Flinders Whiting About
  |  First Published: November 2005

It’s prime fishing time! The snapper run is in full swing, whiting are showing up in good numbers and there’s plenty of calamari in both bays.

So what’s keeping you? Fuel too expensive? Do what I do and share some fishing trips with your mates. Take turns in using boats and you’ll cut your fuel costs in half and still get to go fishing as often as you want.

Surf Beaches

As I’m writing this report, the weather hasn’t been kind; there has been lots of wind and quite a bit of rain. Most surf anglers have had to contend with a fair bit of kelp on the beaches. Once this cleans up though, the fishing will improve. Woolamai Beach has been fishing well for salmon up to 1.6kg. Baxter’s, Williamson’s and Kilcunda also have fish if you can get past the weed. Once the weather settles they will all fish well. Those interested in catching a gummy or two should fish on a rising tide just on dark.

Powlett and Tarwin Rivers

At present there’s not much happening. Both rivers have had heaps of rain, which means lots of dirty water. As soon as this clears the Tarwin will produce estuary perch and mullet, and the Powlett some good black bream.

Newhaven and San Remo Jetties

The Newhaven and San Remo jetties are producing silvers, salmon and calamari. The Cowes Pier has mullet, salmon, flathead and a few gummies after dark.

San Remo Bridge to the Entrance

Below the bridge, some 40cm whiting are starting to show up together with a few pinkie snapper. Above the bridge in Dickie’s Bay, the locals are doing well on whiting and big garfish. The deep water off Cowes is producing some snapper between 4 and 6kg and gummies to 1.8m, so it’s definitely worth a try.

Flinders Area

The big calamari run is in full swing off Flinders. The pros and the locals are all doing well. A weighted baited jig, with silver whiting, will account for better numbers of larger squid. Some decent whiting are on the go at last and there are a few gummies mixed in as well.

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