Surf Salmon and Willing Whiting
  |  First Published: July 2006

Salmon and whiting have been abundant around Inverloch, in Anderson Inlet and outside in the open water.

Land-based anglers have been doing very well at the top of the tide with salmon to 3kg taken in very good numbers on a variety of baits and lures. Surf poppers with a bit of whitebait have also been doing the job along with Mr. Twister soft plastic lures.

I came across a local legend in Ken Gardner on the beach near the bathing boxes recently. He has been fishing from the shore for many years and says that there have been good numbers of whiting, salmon and silvers taken. The last half of the run-out and the first of the run-in has been the best time to wet a line.

Not far away was Wonthaggi angler Steve Brann who often fishes with his four-year-old son Joel. The youngster loves nothing more than being with dad, who’s keen to pass on some of his fishing knowledge.

Things didn’t pan out that way though as the little master out-fished dad and caught three nice fish before the tutor landed anything. Even when dad did manage to catch something it was only a small salmon that had to be thrown back. One of the fish Joel caught was a very nice whiting that took a bass yabby.

Davis Walsh from Rod Bending’s World of Fishing says that Venus Bay has been firing very well with deep gutters on beaches 4 and 5 and good holes on the other beaches.

I came across some Welshpool veterans in Malcolm Green, Bruce Webb from Traralgon and youngster Ren Hamilton at beach 4. The tide was nearing full and there was a bit of easterly wind, but the trio had managed a nice bag of salmon between 500g and 2.5kg. Most fish were taking whitebait and surf poppers.

Outside Anderson Inlet around Flat Rocks there have been very good size silvers and whiting taken to the 48cm mark on bass yabbies and bluebait. According to Ken Gardner the best time to wet a line has been on the run-in tide. Sandworms have been productive but big toadfish have been mixed in with the quality whiting.

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