Inside Over Out
  |  First Published: April 2009

Andersons Inlet continues to provide excellent inshore fishing, however, erratic offshore conditions continue to plague anglers.

At the entrance of the Inlet, land-based fishers are catching gummy sharks to 4ft, which are taking saury, whole US squid and fresh trevally fillets on the rising tide around dusk. Around low tide at the Kiosk, whiting to 35cm are taking live Bass yabbies and pipis.

When fishing with pipis, ensure the black bit (the guts) of the pipi goes over the tip of the hook. The guts of the pipi is what the King George whiting will be enticed by first and this will ensure a greater hook up rate.

Schools of salmon have remained in the Inlet and providing plenty of fun from the jetty through to Mahers Landing. Also at Mahers Landing, there has been good gummy activity around dusk as well as trevally, flathead to 45cm and whiting to 35cm in front of the A-frame house.

Now the boat traffic on the Inlet has reduced, Stevies Gutter is the pick of the areas to target the whiting, which have been taking live Bass yabbies. Consistent barometer readings have been the key to their success. The end of the run-out tide and the beginning of the run-in are the best times.

Deep in the Inlet, at Nolans Bluff, elephantfish and a late run of pinkie snapper to 45cm are moving towards the Tarwin River. Best baits are whole pilchards and US squid. These fish can also be targeted off the Rockwall between Venus Bay and Tarwin Lower.

Schools of mullet and trevally are taking pipis and whitebait on the run-in tide. Estuary perch are active on the run-out tide between the mouth of the river up to 2km above the road bridge.

The gutters and holes along the Venus Bay beaches have deepened with the unruly conditions and provide deep water within a 50m cast. Reports of salmon to 2kg and gummy shark to 4ft at night have been substantiated.

Traditional autumn Walkerville South whiting to 50cm are taking stripped US squid, fresh pipis and live Bass yabbies on the drift over the weed beds.

When offshore and conditions suit, Waratah Bay is having plenty of mako activity in the 30-40kg range in 40m of water. Cape Liptrap is producing good schools of kingfish to 3kg. Out wider, excellent bags of tiger flathead are being caught when bottom bouncing, as well as trevally to 1.5kg and thumping salmon.

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