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Andersons Inlet for reliable sport
  |  First Published: June 2009



Even though the whiting have gone a bit quiet, the news is not all that bad. There are still quite a few visiting anglers who love to visit this area who realize that the recent high tides have moved the sand bars in Anderson Inlet which can be located at low tide.

If you haven’t visited this area recently or are unfamiliar with the layout it’s a good idea to have a look at low water and you will see where and where not to go.

Outside the inlet

Outside the entrance there have been good numbers of silver trevally that are being taken to the 1.5kg mark by boaters and land-based fishermen. Gordon Hining contacted me just before this report saying how he always fishes just outside the entrance near Flat Rocks. He was with a mate who was on his first trip and they managed a very impressive bag of silvers. Just as they were about to come home a big school of salmon surfaced nearby.

In no time they had quite a few of these marvellous fish that were all around the 1.8kg mark and taken on the surface. Gordon said that the fishing was very easy as the fish stayed on the surface, swallowed the lures and took off. The happy pair just took a few fish, throwing the rest back and called it a day which was not a bad idea as the wind suddenly got up and they beat it back to the boat ramp.

Mahers Landing

Further up the inlet towards Mahers Landing there are good numbers of salmon being taken by land based anglers where Bass yabbies and whitebait have been the best of the presentations. The channel comes quite close here which can make bank fishing a bit easier for those without a boat.

Lachlan Stephenson is a mad keen junior who is already years ahead of his time and can show many of us older folk how it’s done. On a recent trip to Inverloch with dad he managed some very nice whiting, one of which won him the junior section of the Wonthaggi Angling Cub monthly championship. Well done Lachlan and we look forward to seeing you out on the water again.

Tarwin River perch

The Tarwin River is going along very well, which is good news with perch being bagged to the very impressive 47cm mark. Of course this is the exception with 35cm being more likely. Bass yabbies and soft plastic lures have been the best of the presentations with the run out tide and the first of the run in flow being the most productive time to wet a line.

Venus bay surf

Venus Bay has been producing good numbers of salmon to the 1kg mark along with mullet and flathead making up some very impressive bags. Number four beach has been the most productive but if you don’t go too well there try the others. With some big blows recently the gutters will move about a bit, so be prepared to be mobile. Some keen anglers are setting their main surf rod with a bait and surf popper in a rod holder and then spinning the closer gutters with shorter rods and metal lures. This can be a good way to fill in the time between bites on the big rod out deeper.

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