Tarwin Perch on Bass Yabbies
  |  First Published: August 2006

The fishing around Inverloch has been reasonably productive with most land-based anglers fishing near the entrance or just inside.

I came across local angler Barrie Smith who was road testing his latest ‘invention’, a multi purpose rod holder. Barry explained that this contraption consisted of PVC piping with a steel spike designed not to come out of the sand accidentally. Not only does it hold the rod but it doubles as a bait holder, knife holder and somewhere to hang your jacket.

Barrie mentioned that he’d been catching whiting to 35cm as well as salmon, and reckons that there are probably a few seven gillers lurking not far away too.

Korumburra angler Phil Wardle was out recently with his daughter and witnessed a rather large school of salmon just out from the boat ramp. Phil said that although boaters were having a ball on the 1kg fish that were taking lures he was frustrated he couldn’t be part of the action.

Screw Creek has been productive lately with estuary perch to 34cm being taken on bass yabbies and soft plastic lures.

Further up the entrance towards Mahers Landing, reasonable numbers of salmon have been taken in the vicinity of the A-frame house. Local anglers Martin Congreave and wife Vilya are regular visitors to the area and have been bagging salmon to 400g.

Tarwin River

The Tarwin River has been keeping anglers happy with perch to 32cm being caught above the highway bridge. Most fish have been taken on the last half of the run-out tide on bass yabbies.

I’ve had a few trips to a spot above the bridge with Wonthaggi angler Graham Gray lately. We have been taking home perch using bass yabbies for bait. Just as we were about to go home I accidentally hooked one perch behind the head. It put up quite a good show before finding its was into the bag with his mates. Jagged fish have a tendency to fight out of their weight-class and this little fella was no exception.


The surf at Venus Bay has been firing even though there have been some quiet periods in between. Number four and number five beaches have been giving up better salmon to 2kg. They’ve been taking whitebait and surf poppers. A small piece of whitebait attached to the surf popper has improved its catch rate.

Other beaches have been performing all right, but the fish haven’t been much bigger than 32cm.

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