Calamari on the prowl
  |  First Published: December 2004

Baxters, Williamsons, Kilcunda and Woolami beaches have all been quite patchy. Salmon, mullet, the odd flathead and silver bream have been caught, but and there hasn’t been much size to them.

The bigger salmon are scarce but should be showing up in bigger numbers soon. As the weather warms up there should be some gummies about for those who want to fish at night. You just need to find a good deep gutter and fish a run-in tide, with fresh fish strips, pilchard or squid.

Powlett River

The bream have started to show up, but not in large quantities. Fish up to 1kg are being caught above the Road Bridge. Best baits are worm, shrimp and green prawn.

Quite a few mullet are in the river at the moment. If you want to catch these, you need to berley up the area and fish with a small float with size 6 hook about a metre below the float. Worm is the best bait. There are also a few estuary perch being caught casting small Rapala lures. Jighead-rigged soft plastics also work well.

Newhaven and San Remo jetties

Fishing isn’t red hot, but anglers have been catching some squid, silver trevally, salmon and mullet. One lucky angler caught a 4kg+ snapper off the San Remo pier on the slack tide, so there are some good fish moving about and this will continue to get better.

San Remo Bridge to the Entrance

The good news here is that the whiting are beginning to show up in numbers and fish up to 45cm are being taken. Two local anglers bagged out one day and the following day had to settle for eight fish. Best baits are pipis, squid, mussel and nippers.

Flinders Area

The big calamari squid are really on the go and many anglers are catching their quotas. Baited jigs are the go, either fished on a float or on a hand line.

For best results, the jigs need to be weighted to get them close to the bottom. Best baits are silver whiting, grass whiting and pilchards. The whiting are still very patchy, too few and far between, but it shouldn’t be too long before they show up in numbers.


The author with two large calamari, which are plentiful in the Flinders area at the moment.

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