There’s no doubt about it says Ray Mountain who runs the caravan park on the Yanakie side of Shallow Inlet, “the fishing has never been better.”
Whiting have been around in very good numbers. Most have measured 38cm although I’ve heard of some to 43cm this season. They’ve been taking a variety of baits including strips of pilchard, squid, mussels and pipis, with the latter the most productive.
For the whiting, the better fishing has been above the caravan park. Mixed in with them have been some silvers, pinkies and mullet, all taking a variety of the previously mentioned baits intended for whiting.
Wonthaggi Angling Club member Wayne Evens tried his luck on a recent competition day. He was looking for a big flathead because there had been some very good ones caught on both baits and soft plastic lures. It wasn’t long before his bait of a whole baby squid was scoffed and he faced a real challenge on light gear. He eventually landed a 1.85kg yank, which won him the competition, partly because flathead attracted double points for that day.
Down near the entrance there have been good numbers of gummies taken on pilchards and sauries.
Venus Bay is still popular with land-based anglers who’ve been doing very well off the surf for salmon to 500g on the run-in tide. The better fishing has been after dark with gummies to 1.5m, along with flathead on whitebait, squid and pilchards. Soft plastics have also been taking flathead to 1.4kg.
Brendan Little of Inverloch Marine has his finger on the pulse and says that out wide there have been good numbers of makos and blue sharks taken in around 50 to 70m of water.
Michael Cawley of Rod Bending’s Fishing says that whiting have been caught just inside the entrance around Ayr Creek at low water. They’ve been taken on both sides of the tide and mainly on bass yabbies. According to Michael there have also been some perch and luderick caught around the snags and further up the inlet towards Mahers Landing.
Silvers and gummies have been taken mainly on the run-in tide. If the run-in tide coincides with evening, the fishing has been even better. Anglers have been doing very well from the shore, just to the left of the boat ramp.Reads: 2834