Port Albert has been like an oasis in a windy desert. The good thing about this area is that if you want to catch a gummy or snapper and you are unsure about the wind, Port Albert usually has one or two spots to fish.
Now, I'm not encouraging anyone to go out in a hurricane and expect Port Albert to be flat and calm. However with the recent winds, Corner Inlet has been off limits for the most part, so Port Albert has been a great place to tackle those larger species such as sharks and snapper.
I guess we will start the report with something anglers without a boat can do. The Port Albert Jetties are great places for the kids to go and wet a line, yet this time of year, the jetties are often loaded with guys in the know about the calamari.
I’m not sure what jetty has been fishing the best, however every week I've spoken to numerous anglers whom have been getting great bags of good sized calamari. These are good eating fish as well between the 25cm and 30cm mark.
Mornings and evenings have been fishing the best. Squid jigs have been the go, and I’ve heard good reports with most colours, however pinks and oranges have been selling the best, so there’s an indication of what’s working well.
Sizes of the squid jigs have been varying but again, I’ve been selling more 3.0 and 3.5cm sizes.
There’s also plenty around for the boaties, I’d just be sticking to the weed beds around Sunday Island and the Drum Channel.
Now I know everyone is expecting to read about snapper, but I’ve only heard of about half a dozen snapper caught in recent times. A couple were caught at Port Albert and a couple were at Corner Inlet. The biggest I’ve heard so far is 7.5kg. They are around as the locals have witnessed the netters bringing in a few boxes of snapper.
One customer was chasing squid off the jetty and watched one of the netter unload six boxes of snapper which is roughly 100kg worth. I’m sure once November gets underway the snapper will be on!
The snapper may not be biting, but the gummy sharks certainly are. The entrance and the blue hole have been producing quite few. Pilchards and squid have been the best baits, however if you can get some fresh salmon or trevally, use it.
Heavy running sinker rigs have been the best rig by far. Basically run an Ezy rig sinker clip of on your main line, and then run 6’ of 30-60lb leader, depending on what you like. I always snell two hooks together as this keeps your bait straight in the water and presents well.
Most of the gummy sharks have been just legal size; however a couple of anglers have managed some five footers. In Corner Inlet, a lot of seven-gill sharks have been caught, mainly on an evening but a few during the day as well. These have mainly been caught as a by-catch from anglers chasing snapper and gummies. Of course there’s still plenty of draughtboard sharks around annoying everyone; this is because the water temperature is currently around 14C so another degree or so and these nuisances will disappear.
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