Sharks for all anglers
  |  First Published: February 2010

The fishing has been very interesting in this part of the world and there have been very impressive bronze whalers, threshers and makos bagged.

On the subject of makos it would seem that the powers that be have done something of a back flip.

Of course there will be the usual spin doctoring and all those good things that go with it but in simple terms there has been a back flip.

The situation now seems that you can keep one mako that has been caught inside 3Nm from shore as this is deemed to be Victorian waters.

Anything outside 3Nm and a mako it has to be released as these are regarded as Commonwealth waters. I hope this clears the water so to speak.

Still outside the entrance there have been yellowtail kingfish, salmon, flathead and gummies making up quite reasonable bags being taken on pilchards, squid and a variety of surface lures.

One angler contacted me by phone and described something to me that had to be a sunfish. These fellows are rare visitors indeed and look like they have been sawn in half and are the heaviest known boned-fish, with an average adult fish weighing in at 1000kg.

The entrance itself has been reasonable with snapper to 6kg, gummy sharks and big flathead making up some very impressive bags.

The best bait has been pilchards and there are plenty of them at the Welshpool Boat storage where they are fresh frozen.

Inside the inlet there have been quite a lot of kingfish, even though some may be on the small side. Even so, they give a great account of themselves when hooked on lures or a variety of bait presentations.

With the Long Jetty again damaged by fire its future looks very much up in the air.

Boaters have been tying up to the structure and taking a variety of fish with silver trevally, whiting and garfish putting a smile on the faces of anglers.

The other jetties have been producing reasonable well where a few whiting are being taken on pipis. Colin Harders decided to try his luck from the eastern end where he says the water is deeper and as the tide runs in the fishing improves. On this trip he bagged nine garfish, four nice size silvers and five whiting.

No one seems to know why there are whiting being caught off the structure, but for some reason they are.

Quite a few anglers have decided to try their luck in the warm shallow water when the sun has gone down and garfish begin to move in under the cover of darkness. Most have been doing very well and the mini-marlin are well worth going after.

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