Rock Flathead On Plastics
  |  First Published: May 2006

It’s always an interesting start to autumn at Port Albert with the hot north-easterly moving on and leaving more predictable weather and better sea conditions.

We’ll also see a change in our fishing with some species leaving the area and some returning.

With the water cooling the snapper should make their return offshore. There are small schools of pinkies holding off the reef system at Manns Beach, with the odd fish to 5kg – just like the nice fish Dave Day from Morwell got recently.

Cliffy Island has started to produce fish with pinkies, pike and good gummy sharks taken. Douglas Young weighed in a nice gummy of 11.62kg recently.

Although the large numbers of bronze whaler sharks appear to have moved on, there is still the chance for a good sized one for those prepared to put the time in.

The buzz of cured eel for gummies has spread from Western Port east. I thought that I’d give it a crack and can now agree that it works. In a day’s fishing three gummies were landed and all were on eel. There were lots of rays and skates caught too, all on conventional baits, but only one on eel. Needless to say we now have a good stock of cured eel at the Alberton Roadhouse.

In the months to come, offshore waters will cool considerably and with that will come Australian salmon, seven gill sharks and the ever reliable flathead to help fill the box.

On the inshore waters at Port Albert the whiting have been very hit and miss. Bob Vardy and his boys have been doing well though with nice bags of whiting to 500g. Bob tells me that clickers and the last of the runout tide have been the right combination.

The Preston and Port Albert fishing clubs had their yearly competition recently with good numbers of large flathead weighed in. The Preston boys won the day. Always next year Port Albert.

There’s a large number of rock flathead in the estuary at the moment. Although not a common catch, you can get a good bag if you target them. Soft plastic lures cast around weed beds is the best way to catch these fine table fish.

With a bit of luck there’ll be some good rains soon to give the inlet a flush.

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