Anderson Inlet is one of those stretches of water where just about anything can happen and as I said in the last issue, local knowledge is vital.
Just outside the entrance, in the vicinity of flat rocks, there have been very good whiting to 48cm that have been taken mainly on bass yabbies, pipis and squid. There have also been silvers to 1kg along with couta that have made an appearance and seem to be scattered along the coastline in very big schools. The couta can be a nuisance as they have a bad habit of snapping at anything shiny. This includes chewing through line. Just be careful if you are boating over the sandbar at Inverloch because it has a reputation that is well earned.
Inside the entrance there have been reasonable numbers of whiting and silvers around the bathing boxes but they’re not the same size as those caught outside. Again bass yabbies and squid seem to be the best of the baits.
Maher’s Landing has been reasonable with the “A” frame house being the place for good numbers of salmon to 450g and similar sized mullet. Again, bass yabbies and pipis are doing the job. Gummies on the run in tide have been taking pilchards.
The Tarwin River is giving up good numbers of perch around the highway bridge but they are not much better than 400g. As the season wears on their size should increase.
The annual influx of salmon has arrived at Shallow Inlet according to local fishing guru Ray Mountain, who runs the local caravan park. Ray says that the fish are up to 1kg and have been taking shiny lures and baits. Around the entrance there are very good size flathead to the 2kg mark. They’ve been taking a variety of baits with bluebait the most consistent.
Not far around the beach is Waratah Bay where Barry McGannon runs the local caravan park with his wife Leanne and right hand man Ray ‘Spock’ Spokes. There is a very good run of salmon with some dragging the scales down to 2.4kg. They certainly make for a very impressive fight but they’re not great on the table. There have also been flathead to 1kg along with mullet taken mainly on the run in tide and the first of the run out. Recently, the fish have come on with a vengeance around dusk, regardless of the tide. For a short period of time the action has been fast and furious.
Silver trevally have been on the chew near the bathing boxes. Bass yabbies have been the best bait.Reads: 511