Trevally Amongst the Whiting
  |  First Published: June 2006

The best fishing in Anderson Inlet has been around the area known as Ayr Creek, which is located just inside the inlet. The best time to wet a line has been an hour or two either side of low tide.

Brendan Lyttle from Inverloch Marine tells me that the good run of whiting should continue with fish to 43cm taken of late. Silver trevally have been mixed in with them.

Wonthaggi angler Graham Gray managed to land a ripper trevally recently that stretched the tape out to 40cm. He had a real battle with it, taking 10 minutes to get it into the net.

There have also been gummy sharks and good flathead taken at night. The best baits have been bass yabbies, pilchards, sauries, strips of squid and chicken pieces soaked in tuna oil.

Seven-gill sharks to 2m are starting to turn up. Most I’ve heard about were taken on squid. Seven-gillers seem to like the colder water but unfortunately, so do those useless skunk sharks.

According to Brendan, further up towards Mahers Landing, there have been quite good numbers of gummies and elephant sharks caught by land-based anglers and boaters. Squid has been doing the job.

Tarwin River

Wonthaggi angler Alan Bentick tried his luck in the Tarwin River after it had settled down following some rain. He said that there were lots of eels around, which were making a nuisance of themselves. However, Alan did manage 10 perch on bass yabbies above the Highway Bridge. There were a few nice fish amongst them that he kept. The rest were released.

Shallow Inlet

Shallow Inlet is still productive and the local caravan park proprietor, Ray Mountain, says that the whiting have slowed but there are still a few being caught further up the inlet in the shallows in water of about 2m.

Leongatha angler Geoff Renton is a regular visitor to the area. Ray tells me that Geoff specialises in gummies and always heads down towards the entrance. He prides himself on his fishing prowess but was recently outfished by his wife and had to cop a bit of flak from the park’s residents. Fishing, like any other sport, can be a great leveller – just ask Geoff!

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