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Gummies Galore
  |  First Published: December 2005



What a difference one month can make. The weather is warmer and the fish are on the bite! If this is the start of the summer season then by all accounts it’s going to be great.

INSHORE

Adrian Hunter of Yarram had a fantastic afternoon with his mates down at Robinsons Beach. They were using surf rods to cast out into the main channel, where they caught good numbers of flathead to 55cm on the last hour of the ebb tide. Once the tide stopped the mullet and silver trevally came on the bite, rounding up a great afternoon.

Long time Port Albert local Jeff Lipscomb was out on the whiting recently and got a desirable by-catch of plate size pinkies.

The whiting have been a little sparse with good catches mixing in with empty buckets. Those who persist are being rewarded with mixed bags of pinkies, whiting and flathead.

Garfish have been around in good numbers with some of the best catches down in the trout hole, on the way to Kate Kearney’s entrance. Kearney’s is also starting to fish quite well with nice gummy shark turning up on the last moon. I’ve had heard one report of a local farmer bagging a 9lb snapper inside at Kearney’s.

OFFSHORE

Gummy sharks were the target species of anglers fishing Port Albert recently. Local John Tyrell went out into Whale Bay with his son Adam and his son-in-law Tony, who had never fished this area before. He isn’t likely to forget his first time though, catching a nice 23kg gummy on a pilchard.

Bob Vardy and his son Daniel fished off Port Albert and bagged themselves a nice pair of gummies. Bob’s was 11.6kg and Daniel’s 9.8kg. Bob said he couldn’t get a hit on anything but silver trevally.

Traralgon local Brian Spiteri caught a nice gummy, just inside the entrance at Port Albert. He also watched a 6ft bronze whaler cruise around his boat. It didn’t seem interested in a feed and disappeared after 10 minutes.

To date, the snapper have been a bit slow with mixed reports of small pinkies and larger fish to 15lb. In the coming months Port Albert will come to life with snapper inside and out.

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