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Courtesy of -- WESTAWAY FORD, LEONGATHA
High tide is marked in bold
Tues 3 4.19am 10.04am 4.15pm 10.00pm
1.65m 0.52m 1.40m 0.29m
Wed 4 4.55am 10.42am 4.57pm 10.37pm
1.63m 0.47m 1.41m 0.32m
Thurs 5 5.30am 11.18am 5.40pm 11.17pm
1.61m 0.43m 1.40m 0.38m
6.07am 11.57am 6.27pm
1.57m 0.39m 1.39m
Sat 7 12.00am 6.45am 12.38pm 7.21pm
0.45m 1.52m 0.35m 1.37m
Sun 8 12.48am 7.29am 1.24pm 8.25pm
0.53m 1.47m 0.32m 1.37m
Mon 9 1.40am 8.17am 2.16pm 9.38pm
0.63m 1.42m 0.30m 1.38m
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AFTER the season we have had so far I guess the
weather of the last week or so is almost expected.
It has made it difficult at times to get the boats
out and a little wet and windy on the land-based
areas as well.
The reports have reflected the inconsistent
weather but when things were right, good catch-
es were reported.
Despite the winds often being the wrong direc-
tion for the tides, those who took advantage of
the opportunities when they presented them-
selves managed some quality fish and even the
odd bag of fish.
With two islands, there is usually somewhere
that is sheltered that you can launch the boat to
have a fish or a land based spot out of the wind;
the rain is a different problem obviously but it still
won’t affect the fish, only the angler.
That has been the case in the past few weeks and
if you are prepared to drive a few miles to have a
fish you have a similar situation further down the
coast around Wilsons Prom and Port Albert areas.
It is usually as simple as working out the effect
wind and tide has on each other as well as onshore
and offshore winds in different areas.
Wind with tide will generally be calmer than
wind against tide. Just remember at some stage
the tide will change and onshore winds will gener-
ally be rougher than offshore winds. Just factor
in the tide as well and while it may sound compli-
cated, simply look at the map of the area you are
in and the wind and tide directions and you will be
able to work it out.
Failing all of that of course, check in with the lo-
cal tackle shop for advice.
Much of the wind in the past couple of weeks has
been northerly making it offshore and plenty have
been out chasing flathead and some of the bigger
species caught in the deeper water.
Flathead have been very good and found in sev-
eral different depths. They aren’t in large schools
and seem to be the same as they have been for the
past few years with smaller schools a few hundred
If you are going to give fishing offshore a try,
make sure one of the first things you purchase is
a sea anchor.
I find if you purchase a sea anchor that is one
size bigger than recommended for your boat, it
will have a much better effect of slowing you down
than a smaller one.
Use your sea anchor to help you drift in the
direction you want to go simply by changing the
place it is tied onto your boat. Doing this, you can
keep your lines directly behind you making fishing
The flathead have been reported from 25m off
the glasshouse to 65m off the cape and are a good
mixture of tigers and sandies.
If conditions are right you will also be able to get
a good bag of pinkies on the close hard bottom
areas east of Kilcunda near the wind mills, but you
will catch and throw back several undersized in
between your keepers.
In the same areas, you need to put down a big
bait on a bigger rod for a gummy or school shark.
If you are going to target a gummy offshore, take
your time getting there, throw out a couple of lures
and pick up a couta or salmon for some fresh bait.
If you are going to trawl around for a salmon
blind or working a school of fish and using a
deeper diving type lure, don’t rig it on a light outfit
because we are coming into Kingfish time and you
will often find them swimming with the salmon.
If you want to fish light for salmon find a school
of fish and cast small metal slugs, white the best,
into them and keep it on the surface.
Kingfish have been very good around Wilsons
Prom and fish up to 1.4m have been landed in the
past couple of weeks.
There are plenty of rats in the undersize variety
but be patient because the bigger ones are there -
they are just a bit harder to get interested in taking
baits or lures.
Live baiting has been one of the best methods
around the Prom as it is here but you also need
a supply of lures, stick baits and mid-water hard
bodies the best, just in case.
If all else fails and you can see them swimming
around and not taking live baits or lures, try cut-
ting a few pilchards into very small cubes and
slowly throw them into the school of fish.
If they are taking the cubes, set up your live bait
rig with a single pilchard just hooked through the
eyes and throw it over. The trick is not to over feed
them with the cubes.
There have been rumours in the past month of
Bluefin tuna being caught locally with the first re-
ported off Cape Paterson.
Although we saw some barrel Bluefin a few
months ago, the ones being reported now are
school fish around 10 to 15kg and far more man-
ageable by the average angler.
Between Christmas and New Year it wasn’t just
rumours that came in, it was photos as well and
several of them.
The Bluefin weren’t caught initially by someone
targeting them but more of an accidental catch by
those looking for Kingfish and once the rumours
got around several then targeted them.
While we saw the photos on other people’s
phones, getting them sent to me was never going
to happen, either was the exact location.
Although I haven’t got exact locations both sides
of the Prom around the various island groups
would be a good starting point judging by the
background in the photos.
If you are putting in at Inverloch I would con-
sider setting your lures once you are about halfway
to the Prom.
Makos are starting to make an appearance and
reports have come in from Inverloch, Venus Bay
and one that we were told of from off Kilcunda.
Most caught so far have been around the 30 to
40kg but a couple of bigger 8’ plus models have
been lost or just not interested swimming up the
There is a lot of food out there for them now with
schools of couta, salmon, arrow squid and other
bait fish like slimies and scad so there is plenty
for them to eat.
Because there is so much food you will need to
try everything you know to get them interested and
at times they will just swim around the boat for a
while and then swim away and there isn’t much
you can do.
Whiting have been good in the past couple of
weeks but a little searching will be needed to get a
good bag of fish.
The same pattern of low tide in Cleeland Bight
and high tide in Dickies Bay has continued but be
prepared for plenty of toadies and leatherjackets.
With so much berley getting put into the water
this time of the year as usual it brings plenty of
the pickers and you will have no trouble catch-
The leather jackets at least are getting bigger
and well worth taking home for a feed and once
you learn the skill of skinning them and you try
one for the first time you won’t throw too many
back in the future.
There have been reports of whiting from a
lot of different spots as there always is around
Christmas with so many people unfamiliar to
the area who often stop and fish in areas regu-
lar people wouldn’t.
The size of whiting is very mixed now and sev-
eral undersized to several over 45cm reported;
the best 55cm.
We have had reports from almost all the usual
spots making it difficult to work out the exact
spot to go.
The best advice I can give is early morning and
somewhere quiet is the best spot to be.
We have had some reports from the land as well
and while we never see bags of fish caught land-
based, they are usually good quality. Newhaven
Jetty, Rhyll Jetty and low tide at Sunderland Bay
have all seen success.
Almost all the snapper we are seeing in the bay
now are only pinkies and that very small annoying
bait thief type.
We did see a small handful of good snapper to
5kg but very random catches.
Pinkies you will find everywhere and if you aren’t
catching them move to another spot.
If you want to target a bigger one, it will be noth-
ing more than luck and I suggest just heading to
your favourite spot because we haven’t had enough
reports to get any type of pattern.
Newhaven Jetty and Cowes Jetty are the places
to head if you are land based; early morning late
evening the best.
Gummy reports have been very consistent and
although most that are caught are just pups and
undersized, some very good keepers have made it
back to the boat ramp.
The best of the reports has come from the chan-
nel along the island near Elizabeth and around
A few reports from Corinella and Tenby Point,
mostly in the channels but a couple from the shal-
lower whiting spots around Coronet Bay.
This is typical of the variety caught between Christmas and New Year.
Around the Bay
By Craig Edmonds, Jim’s Bait & Tackle, San Remo
Tim Domelow caught this 90cm gummy shark from the shore at Andersons Inlet on the
low tide at dusk on New Year’s Day.
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