Fishing a Little Patchy
  |  First Published: February 2005

It’s been a little patchy this month, with only a few catches being reported and sighted. We’ve seen some groups go out and catch nothing, but some nice size flathead have come to other groups and there’s some that have come home with up to 50 snapper.

The best reported catch of the month must go to Scott Goode and the boys aboard ‘Chaser’. They came home with 40-50 pinkies up to 4kg and some very large flathead to 70cm. The snapper were caught out from McLoughlins beach in approx 25 metres of water and both silvers and pilchards seeming to work well. Although the runs didn’t last long the fish were plentiful. At the same spot they got some nice sea whiting to 40cm. They then stopped at the flathead grounds out from the Port Albert entrance and caught a dozen flathead to 70cm.

The Snapper are also making appearances on the inside with some nice size fish to 3 kg being caught just inside the entrance. There is also the odd gummy caught there and its proving to be a busy fishing spot.

There are still plenty of good size gummies, both inside and offshore with numerous catches being reported and the average size seems to be around the 4 foot mark.

Local identity ‘Forest’ caught himself a nice gummy inside Kearneys entrance that just topped 4 1/2 foot and a bag of flathead to 60cm to keep himself amused.

Around at One Tree, Rick Berryman has been catching some nice gummies using the tides and the moons to his advantage. Also, a lot of patience helps. Best baits at all the gummy spots are proving to be trevally cutlets.

Whale Bay seems to be the best offshore option, and plenty of happy anglers would agree.

On the whiting front it has been busy, with good catches at all the usual spots. The banks around the Basket Beacon and around One Tree are the most popular.

In the rivers, there have been some pan sized trevally caught at the Tarraville bridge. Also, some nice flathead to 40 cm have been taken around towards Robertson’s Beach.

The jetties around Port Albert are producing the usual summer trevally and some nice flathead to 55cm at the caravan park jetty. Best baits for these is either pipis or whitebait. Just watch the sizes and bag limits as the Fisheries inspectors are checking fish sizes and licences.

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