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MITSUBISHI ES LANCER SPORT
A COUPLE of well-
known Wonthaggi lo-
cals Brett Forsyth and
Dino Tiziani tried their
luck in the Walkerville
This area is renowned
for its huge whiting as
well as a variety of oth-
er quality fish.
On a recent trip they
were out looking for
whatever might come
They had out a few
lines, as is usually the
case and were on the
drift as the water in
this area is too deep for
“Forsey”, as he is af-
was in charge of pro-
ceedings and had his
favourite rod out when
his line was suddenly
fouled with some drift-
This built up quite a
strain on the line and
in a flash the rod “Fors-
ey” was using suddenly
sprung out of the hold-
er at a great rate.
In a flash the hapless
owner jumped into the
water in an attempt
to retrieve his prized
and expensive gear but
to no avail and it was
last seen slowly sinking
into the murky depths
never to be seen again.
Of course his good
mate Dino thought it
was rather funny and
said that he couldn’t
help as he was too busy
He did however man-
age to help his very
wet mate back into the
Inverloch: The area
has plenty of boaters
and land-based anglers
trying their luck who are
having varying degrees
Outside the entrance
there have been very
good numbers of whiting
being caught for those
who know where to look
in the comparatively
The royals have been
taking a variety of baits,
which include Bass yab -
bies, squid, pipis and
Mixed in with them are
quality flathead and gar-
fish and local knowledge
is a big help.
there have been reports
of big gummy sharks
being landed as well as
Boaters have been
making the trek outside
the entrance as far as Ve-
nus Bay where just out-
side the breakers there
have been good size flat-
head being caught on
soft plastics and a vari-
ety of natural baits.
In the same area there
has been a sprinkling of
silvers that have been to
the 2kg mark.
Just inside the en-
trance there has been
a sprinkling of quality
flathead that have been
to the 37cm mark along
with mullet, flathead
There has even been
a few gummies being
bagged but there is a
fair bit of water mixed in
There have been a few
very keen anglers who
make the drive to Lees
Road and then make
the trek to fish from the
sand at an area known
as The Snags.
This is known as the
deepest water in the
inlet but also has very
good quality fish such as
whiting perch and flat-
head that can be caught
on a variety of baits.
There is however a
small window of oppor-
tunity being when there
is very little tide.
However the rewards
can make the effort well
The area known as
Stevies Gutter has also
been productive and
again this area can be
fished by land-based
anglers for good results
with flathead, perch and
whiting at low water.
Just outside the gut-
ter there are smallish
but size whiting being
bagged but there are
also plenty of those mini
flathead that never seem
to grow but are hopefully
going to increase in size
There has been plenty
of activity at Mahers
Landing and no doubt
this will increase as the
holiday season goes by.
There has been a vari-
ety of fish such as mul-
let, flathead, silvers and
coutta being bagged by
land based anglers on
baits such as whitebait,
pipis, sand worms and
Tarwin River: The fish-
ing platforms have been
receiving quite a work-
out as far as visitors are
They have been catch-
perch, mullet and eels
with best results being
on the run out tide.
Further down near the
rock bank there have
been reports of silvers
and mullet also being
bagged by land-based
Shallow Inlet: Karen
Starrett at the Shallow
Inlet caravan park says
there has been plenty
of activity at Shal-
low Inlet and with the
warmer conditions now
with us the situation
will only improve.
have been to the 50cm
mark, which puts them
well into the thumper
bracket, and are being
caught on baits such
as Bass yabbies, pipis,
squid and cockles.
As well as whiting
there has been good
numbers of flathead,
gummy sharks mak-
ing up very impressive
For the benefit of
those not familiar there
is no constructed boat
ramp but the sand is
firm enough to launch
medium size craft.
though as there are
some soft patches of
sand and local knowl-
edge should be sought
if you are not sure.
Lakes Entrance: An-
glers are bagging out
on king George whit-
ing around the Barrier
landing and the Floating
Dragon Jetty. Pipi and
sandworm are catching
The Post Office Jetty
has mullet, trevally, tai-
lor and the odd luderick.
The Kalimna rock wall
is producing whiting,
tailor, ling and trevally.
Local prawn and sliver
lures are best baits.
Omeo High Country:
The Gibbo and Mit-
ta Mitta Rivers have
brown trout in the
deeper sections. Worms
and hoppers are best
Keep the fishing info
coming to King George
au or 5672 3474. Good
Luck and Tightlines.
WITH a short week because of Christ-
mas deadlines there isn’t much to re-
port so I thought I would put something
together that might help some of the
many visitors we get to the area.
I get a lot of visitors to the shop from
all parts of the state and country many
of whom have been told all these stories
that boating in Westernport Bay is dan-
gerous because all you do is get stuck
on the mud.
Like anywhere you go boating it can
be dangerous and Westernport Bay is
no different but with a small amount of
common sense it can be as safe if not
safer than any other boating waterway.
The best way to stay out of trouble
is to ask someone who knows the area
and generally the local tackle shop is
the best place to start and while they
might not be able to guarantee you will
catch a fish if you follow the instruc-
tions you are given chances are you will
avoid getting into trouble.
The most important rule in the bay
is to follow the channel markers and to
know what a danger marker looks like.
If unsure slow down.
There are a few things you need to
be aware of to have an enjoyable days
fishing in Westernport Bay as it can be
quite different to Port Phillip Bay.
In Westernport we have current and
lots of it and the biggest difference you
will find when fishing is you actually
need to use sinkers and I don’t mean
split shot but large pieces of lead.
You will also need to change the size
of sinker as the tide changes and you
will need to use different size sinkers in
different parts of the bay.
As a general rule when you are whit-
ing fishing you are generally in the shal-
low areas of the bay often as shallow
as 1m and you generally use sinkers
from 1/2oz to 3oz when you are chasing
snapper or gummies you will need 4oz
to 8oz in the shallower spots and 8oz
to 16oz in the deeper channels with all
of the above dependant on the time of
The biggest advantage we have in
Westernport is we have an island in
the middle and although it can still get
quite rough it is generally a short chop
which can be navigated safely.
It also means there is generally some-
where you can go to fish.
Until the end of January, Jim’s Bait
and Tackle will be opening every day
from 6am and won’t close before 5pm.
We have sheets available with GPS
marks on them to give you a starting
point for your fishing.
Around the Bay
By Craig Edmonds of Jim’s Bait and Tackle, San Remo
On a very hot and humid summer
day, Westernport Field and Game held
its monthly clay target shoot on De-
The day was well attended despite the
very hot conditions and consisted of 75
targets involving three rounds of 25.
Sponsors for the event were Cowes
TV and Antenna Systems and Lindsay
and Janet Miles won the raffle donated
by Coles Wonthaggi.
High Gun for the day was awarded to
Adam Durose with a score of 70.
AA Grade: 1st Andrew Fiek (65); 2nd
Paul Johnson (64); 3rd Karl Kivinen
A Grade: 1st Wayne Leishout (61);
2nd Bill Stewart (60); 3rd Ves Dubo-
B Grade: 1st Jack McFee (63); 2nd
Brett Szabo (57); 3rd John Dudley
C Grade: 1st Steve Edwards (45);
2nd Daniel Briscoe (43); 3rd Ash Moat
Veterans: 1st Rod Evans (62); 2nd
Colin Barker (62); 3rd Fred Botica
Ladies: 1st Brittany Cole (53); 2nd
Janet Miles (33); 3rd Kathy Cecho
Juniors: 1st Reece Cain (68); 2nd
Billy Cain (64); 3rd Mark Durose (63).
Westernport Field and Game’s next
shoot is the Stan McFee Club Cham-
pionship to be held January 16 and
17 consisting of 75 targets on each
day with nominations commencing at
9.30am both days.
Westernport Field and Game
Whiting like these are in good numbers outside
the entrance at Inverloch.
In 2016, the Korumburra Gun Club
will be hosting two important events
on the Victorian trap shooting calendar
and thanks to a grant of $5000 from the
South Gippsland Shire they’ll be in bet-
ter shape to do it.
The gun club will be staging the Victo-
rian State Ball Trap Titles and a South
East Zone Team title.
The club committee requested that the
club’s kitchen facilities be inspected by
South Gippsland Shire Councils Envi-
ronmental Health Officer to see what was
needed in place to register the kitchen.
A report suggested that a complete ret-
rofit of the kitchen would be needed to
meet compliance. The club then asked
for a Small Emergency Grant fund al-
location as they did not have the funds
to retrofit and get the kitchen back into
The retrofitting of the Korumburra
Gun Club Kitchen will enable the club to
make and supply homemade food from
a registered kitchen for all people attend-
ing the club.
The kitchen is a major source of in-
come for the club and having this facility
running gives the club more financial in-
dependence and better financial security.
A registered kitchen makes the Korum-
burra Gun Club a more attractive propo-
sition to the authorities planning larger
shoots, hopefully increasing the num-
bers of shooters travelling to the South
Members of the Korumburra Gun Club including Jim Spinks, Daryl Cam-
eron, Kristy Matthies, Trenton Tobias and Scott Grattan, with the Mayor Cr
Bob Newton, will now be in better shape to host main shooting events thanks
to a shire grant. m225115
host title shoots
BOATInG tips from Gippsland Ports for responsible
and respectful boating:
• Keep your boat and motor in well-maintained con-
dition. Check battery and electrical systems, avoid
fuel and oil leaks. Check remaining fuel onboard and
top up prior to departure. Do not re-fuel your vessel
on the water other than at re-fueling facilities.
• Regularly check safety gear. Check life jackets in-
cluding self-inflate components, flares, waterproof
and buoyant torch with charged batteries, fire extin-
guisher, radio, first aid kit, anchor chain and line,
spare water, food and any necessary personal medica-
tions. Familiarise yourself and your passengers with
the safety equipment on board and how and when to
• Check the weather before you leave. Avoid the
open water during times of strong and gale force Wind
• Familiarise yourself with channels and navigation
aids and safe bar crossing. For boaters intending to
cross the ocean bar – “if in doubt, don’t go out”. Visit
the Gippsland Ports website for the latest Lakes En-
trance bar conditions and real time tide and weather
• Respect other waterway users. Observe 5 knot
speed limits – in designated areas, or within 50 metres
of a person in the water, jetties, slipways, boat ramps
and other vessels.
• Watch your wake. Even at the 5 knot speed limit,
boat wake can cause damage or inconvenience to oth-
er waterway users – adjust your speed to minimise
your wake in confined waterways or when passing
Tips for respectful
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