Good mixed bags at Andersons Inlet
  |  First Published: February 2010

Big winds from the east have re arranged the bar at the entrance of Andersons Inlet.

So much so that the authorities have put in place a flashing warning sign for inexperienced boaters or those who are not familiar with this area.

There have been quite reasonable bags of fish being taken still in the inlet, although it would be fair to say the winds have quietened things down a little.

On a recent visit to the area known as Pensioner’s Corner I came across a group who were visiting from Lalor.

They were fishing the last of the run-out tide and they had a decent mixed bag of fish including whiting to around 34cm, mullet, silver trevally and a good size flathead.

These were all caught on Bass yabbies.

The weather was great and the party was well set up, ready to fish into the night.

Steve Wardle is a Wonthaggi angler and didn’t really believe that the snapper had gone off the bite completely. He went to a spot he has visited over the years, rarely missing out.

This was to be no exception as he quickly hooked into and landed a very impressive 8.2kg red, which was enticed by a whole pilchard.

There have been a few other scattered reports of snapper being taken but it would be fair to say that there is plenty of water mixed in with them.

Further up towards Mahers Landing there have been many visiting boaters taking flathead, a few whiting and mullet.

Although the fish have not been huge, their numbers make them well worth going after.

The Tarwin River has been a bit hot and cold, but at the rock wall there has been a reasonable variety of fish being taken. Silver trevally, mullet and a sprinkling of estuary perch have been making up most bags.

Further up towards the highway bridge there have been mullet and perch being taken with the best time to try your luck on the run-out tide and first bit of the run-in flow.

Shallow Inlet would probably be the best of the spots to try your luck as for some reason that awful east wind does not have that devastating effect on the fishing.

Of course if it is a howler then all bets are off.

Andrew and Karen Starrett are the new owners of the park and they say that the whiting have been going very well with best results from the caravan park and further upstream. There have been a few gummies being taken and they should keep the King George whiting company for a while yet.

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