Heavenly Havoc
  |  First Published: April 2009

Despite the strong winds playing havoc with the fishing opportunities, when anglers have been able to get out on the water there have been some great fish caught.

There has been a good run of stripped tuna being taken approximately 4 miles off the beach all the way to Cliffy. Trolling small skirted lures in blue/purple and red/white combinations have been the best.

Whale Bay is still proving the spot to be to get nice sized gummies. Gary Hunt and Steve Marland aboard Sandman 2 bagged themselves a decent mixed bag of tuna, gummys and flathead while fishing at the end of March. Gummies are still being caught inside of an evening, a full moon being the best time to try your luck.

A good berley trail is the key to catching sharks, whether it’s gummys or ones with teeth.

Manns beach has been yielding some very nice whiting up to the 40cm mark. Old Port has been a bit quiet with only the die-hard finding the fish. Freshly pumped baits are the best, but pipis and NZ cockles work well too.

Flathead are as prevalent as ever. Fish weed beds inside for the better sized ones, and blue bait is the choice of bait at the moment. Outside they are a great by-catch when targeting gummys.

There have been reports of kingfish at Welshpool at the long jetty, but five ways are your best option for these guys. Hopefully, some of them will make it to Port Albert for some fun off our jetties.

Good numbers of flathead and silver trevally are being caught up the top end of the Toora channel. White bait and bottley squid are the bait of choice.

With Easter just around the corner now is the time to drop yourself a line and have a go as there are plenty of fish out there to be had. And with the cooler months approaching the easterly winds should drop off and we can expect good trevally, salmon and the seven gill will make their presence known again.

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