Home' South Gippsland Sentinel-Times : January 5, 2016 Edition Contents THE SOUTH GIPPSLAND SENTINEL-TIMES, TUESDAY, JANUARY 5, 2016 - PAGE 47
ON days when the wind is blowing a gale,
local anglers get their gear sorted for the
better days, but on Sunday, January 3,
they had another reason to leave the boat
Anglers, supporters and tourist visitors
attended the annual market day at the An-
derson Inlet Angling Club in Inverloch.
The market is the biggest fundraiser for
The market is well supported by holiday
makers, visitors and stall holders – some of
whom have been attending for the past 20
to 30 years.
Winners of the club’s major raffle were an-
nounced on the day: 1st prize - fishing gear
(value $300) Wayne Williams; 2nd prize Pe -
ter Ross; 3rd prize Carolyn Priestly.
Open 6am everyday throughout January
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I HAVE listed some of the more pop-
ular spots in the bay which should give
you a starting point for your day’s fish-
The best fishing is usually around
one and half hours before and after
the low or high tide.
Dickies Bay is located on the eastern
side of the bridge behind the police
station where there are plenty of weed
and sand patches in about 1m to 2m
This is probably one of the most pro-
ductive areas for whiting and garfish
in the bay but if you are fishing in this
area don’t forget the squid jig as plenty
are caught during the season as well.
Move about 1km further ENE and
you will come to Maggie Shoal and the
Anderson peg - again a very popular
spot for whiting.
With a slightly different bottom you
have a very good chance of finding a
few flathead in this area as well as the
odd grass whiting.
Move another 3 or 4km north and
you will come to Reef Island another
spot for whiting.
The whiting in this area are generally
smaller than Dickies Bay but there can
be plenty of them but be careful of the
island as the rocks can be just under
the surface at high tide.
As you head to Reef Island there are
several spots along the way that can
be very productive for pinkie snapper,
calamari and flathead.
From Reef Island head SSW back to -
wards the bridge to the main channel
where there are plenty of opportuni-
ties to fish.
The top end of the channel can pro-
duce some very good whiting along the
edge but more weight will be needed as
the current is quite strong there.
The channel can also be very good
for pinkie snapper and flathead but
you will come across a bit more rub-
bish in the form of stingrays and Port
The channel is also a very good place
to troll a lure or two for salmon and
pike but remember it is a main chan-
nel and will get very busy with boating
traffic at times.
From the top of the main channel
at San Remo you can head towards
North will take you to places like
Corinella and Elizabeth Island, north
west will take you to Ram Island and
Tortoise Head all very good for bigger
snapper and gummies but you will
be fishing in deeper water and this
is where the 8oz to 12oz sinkers will
come in useful.
Baits vary to the angler’s preference
but squid and pilchard would account
for about 80 per cent of our reports.
From Elizabeth Island head SSW to -
wards Rhyll and about half way you
will come across The Corals about 6m
deep, an area well known for snapper
At this time of year the fish are a bit
smaller in size than the deeper areas
but certainly a lot easier to fish as you
can drop down to a 4oz or 6oz sinker.
This area is also a very good area to
take the kids as there is usually some-
thing to catch, even if it is undersize
flathead, it’ll keep them occupied for
You will get pestered by small flat-
head but I have seen plenty of size
flathead return from this area this
For the snapper and gummies hooks,
baits and rigs are the same as the deep -
er water with just a change of sinker.
One advantage though in this area is
to be able to read your sounder as you
can easily pick up schools of fish and
with a bit of burley you can have a suc-
cessful day’s outing.
If you want to stay a bit closer to
the Newhaven boat ramp or the wind
is coming from the NW and you want
somewhere calmer, head towards Clee -
land Bight, west of the bridge.
Stay to the correct side of the channel
markers in the Bight as on your port
side on the way down is a big sand bar.
There are several places to fish in
the Bight and the edge of the sand bar
can be very productive for flathead on
the right day, just anchor on the side
of the channel and fish back to the
The whiting can be very good further
west towards the two green channel
markers fishing in about 3 to 4m of
water but fish on the Woolamai beach
You can also pick up some reason-
able size pinkies and gummies on the
edge of the channel.
Another good spot for whiting is fur-
ther towards the entrance where you
will see a big sand hill and fishing only
a few 100m from the beach is where
Like the rest of the bay, shallower
water smaller sinkers, deeper water
bigger sinkers and the rigs and baits
remain the same.
The Bight is also a very good place
for calamari and you will need to be in
about 2.5m of water from the sand hill
to the public mooring buoys.
Anglers use either a baited jig un-
der a float or an artificial jig and both
Like all lure fishing the colour of the
jig will depend on the day but as a gen-
eral rule natural coloured jigs work
best with the better swimming more
expensive ones much better.
You need to take some caution in this
area as it can get very busy with kay-
aks, jet skis and water skiers all trying
to use the same area of water also be
careful if you are anchoring along the
channel as it is the main channel for
the commercial boats which can put
up a large wake as they go past.
The last place to mention is offshore
and it is a place you should only head
if you are confident in your ability as
things can change very quickly.
There is some good fishing to be had
offshore but I would suggest you drop
in and see us at the shop for all the
information you will need as it is very
different to in the bay.
Until the end of January, Jim’s Bait
and Tackle will be open every day from
If you are heading offshore and want
an early start, call the shop on 0409
018 980 and we will come in a bit ear-
lier for you to pick up some burley.
For daily fishing reports search for
Jim’s Bait and Tackle in San Remo on
Facebook, or see the shop at Marine
Parade, San Remo.
Don’t forget to send in your success-
ful fishing photos in to news@sgst.
Top spots to fish
Fishing in South Gippsland
By Craig Edmonds of
Jim’s Bait and Tackle, San Remo
By Mitch Guy
FISHERMEN have been smiling
from ear to ear when returning to the
boat ramp at Rhyll recently, with Phil-
lip Island Marine reporting a bumper
start to the season.
The busiest boat ramp on Phillip Is-
land has been full of activity since be-
fore Christmas and has boosted busi-
ness at the boat shop.
Phillip Island Marine’s Marnie
Burns said it’s been a cracking season
“All our hire boats were out on Sat-
urday, December 30, and as soon as
they came in, we sent them out again,”
“We’ve sold out of fishing licences,
sold out of flares and sold out of bat-
“There’s been whiting caught, heaps
of snapper, gummy sharks mainly of an
evening and flatheads have been big in
the bay with big ones caught off shore.
“Last week a man rang with a flat-
head just under 1m caught in the bay.
“He didn’t know what to do with it
so we told him to take a photo and
release it because it’s probably a big
“It was 97cm which is the biggest
one I’ve heard of in a very long time.”
Local fisherman’s big catch
Keen Rhyll fisherman Peter Cleeland
headed out at 3am on New Year’s Eve
and returned to shore four hours later
a very happy man with 12 whiting, in-
cluding a whopper 50cm whiting – the
biggest he’s ever caught.
By heading out in the early morning
he not only beats the crowds, but he
said it’s also the best time to catch a
“The fish aren’t there at daylight –
the last fish I caught was a 36cm whit-
ing at 6.15am,” he said.
“I did have two runs with gummy
sharks and they busted me off so
there’s a fair few gummies about at
Richmond’s Brodie Doyle Jones tried his luck fishing for
squid off the San Remo Jetty, while staying at Newhaven over
the Christmas break. rg040116
Rhyll fisherman Peter Cleeland was thrilled with his catch of 12 whiting early New Year’s Eve morning,
including a whopper 50cm whiting. He is seen here filleting his catch at the Rhyll Boat Ramp. rg050116
Fish ‘jumping into the boat’ at Rhyll
This was only some of the whiting caught by Peter Cleeland on
New Year’s Eve morning – a 50cm beast, others were between
36cm and 45cm.
Anglers go to market
First prize winner in the Ander-
son Inlet Angling Club’s raffle was
Stall holders were pleased to support the Ander-
son Inlet Angling Club.
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