Springtime Mixed Bag
  |  First Published: November 2005

There have been schools of silver trevally about Inverloch, offering anglers plenty of opportunities to tangle with these tough little scrappers.

They’ve been caught from the entrance to above Maher’s Landing and are taking mainly galaxias and whitebait, which seem to be everywhere at the moment.

Wonthaggi angler Bruce Sharp had a couple of hours to spare recently so he launched at the Inverloch boat ramp and made his way up towards the Horse Shoe. He finished up bagging out on silvers, along with some salmon to 2.5kg, a couple of 35cm flathead and a 34cm whiting.

Based on that news, I decided to try my luck and started off near The Snags. I worked my way up to the A frame house, with local legend Alan Bentick. We came home with a nice bag of salmon to 800g on galaxias. I opened up a couple of the fish and they were so full of these little native baitfish that I wondered how they could have fitted another one in.

At Rod Bendings Fishing Shop in Inverloch I was talking to Michael Cawley, who runs the show with David Walsh. Michael said that a visiting angler had decided to try her luck at Pensioner’s Corner, looking for whiting or whatever came along. She missed out on the whiting but did bag a very nice 42cm luderick that dragged the scaled down to 1.2kg.

The resident estuary perch are being caught in the vicinity of The Snags to the 1.2kg mark. Lures and bass yabbies have been most productive. There are also quite a few luderick around too. The idea is to get them up as quickly as you can because they are dirty fighters and will head straight for the underwater furniture.


The surf at Venus Bay is firing with salmon to 500g taken on a regular basis. Whitebait, bluebait and surf poppers have been most successful. If you put a small piece of whitebait on the popper then your results should improve.

The fish seem to be biting better in the evening and into the night. The size seems to improve as well. Gummies to 1.5m have been making an appearance off the beaches at night too. They’re taking sauries and fresh fish fillets. Use plenty of berley off the beaches – just about any old bait soaked in tuna oil will do the trick.

Local issue

The Inverloch boat ramp has come under a bit of fire lately, much of it justified. After recent big tides washed the pathway near the jetty into the water, authorities came up with the idea of placing tons of rock to prevent this happening again. This might work but many boaters are concerned that the rocks present a hazard to boats.

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