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High tide is marked in bold
Tues 14 3.21am 9.06am 3.28pm 9.17pm
1.61m 0.43m 1.49m 0.29m
Wed 15 4.01am 9.51am 4.15pm 9.51pm
1.62m 0.36m 1.51m 0.33m
Thurs 16 4.37am 10.31am 4.58pm 10.36pm
1.60m 0.32m 1.50m 0.37m
Fri 17 5.10am 11.08am 5.38pm 11.12pm
1.56m 0.30m 1.47m 0.43m
Sat 18 5.40am 11.43am 6.16pm 11.47pm
1.52m 0.30m 1.44m 0.49m
Sun 19 6.11am 12.16pm 6.54pm
1.47m 0.31m 1.39m
Mon 20 12.23am 6.44am 12.51pm 7.36pm
0.56m 1.41m 0.33m 1.35m
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THE weather is taking a bit of a turn for
the worse now and up and down all over the
place, making it difficult to get out in the
boats for any length of time.
It has also been a challenging on the jetties
with the wind blowing in your face most of
the time and as for the surf, good casting
technique is a must casting into the wind.
Having said all that people have still been
getting out in the boats when the conditions
allow and land-based there is always some -
one willing to put on an extra layer of cloth-
ing and brave the conditions.
Generally, we find the weather has more of
an effect on the angler than the fish and we
still get reports from those out fishing.
Whiting this week has still been patchy
and a little difficult to get much in the way
of good numbers but what was caught was
good in quality still.
The best of the reports for reasonable
numbers this week came from the Cowes
side of the island and from around Tortoise
Head on the western side.
Timing was everything and almost every-
one that reported fish from over that side
told us they came on the bite about 15 min-
utes before the tide change and half an hour
later it was all over.
Over the San Remo side, it was slightly dif-
ferent with the most success coming from
very early morning before the sun was up
and once the sun got over the horizon it was
The whiting were good size and if you were
set up it was possible to get some very good
The best spot was below the bridge in
Cleeland Bight with a couple of different
spots working for different people.
Some managed to catch them around
Grollos while others managed good fish
from closer to the old quarry.
The opportunities to fish on the Footes
side were limited and I only had a couple of
reports of a handful of whiting from there.
There was the odd report from around the
rest of the bay and despite numbers being
far less during the day time the size is still
very good. We have seen some just size fish
over the last couple of weeks but nothing
like the pencil ones that were around five
or six years ago. Although we did see some
very good reports, everybody said that it was
hard going and has changed considerably
compared to before Christmas. This week
pilchards, squid or pipis, whichever is your
favourite - it didn’t seem to matter too much.
Snapper have all but finished and only the
odd resident one is being reported but there
are still plenty of pinkies and when you can
get past the undersized ones you will find
some quality around 40cm.
The undersized ones are difficult to get
past and it doesn’t seem to matter what size
hook or bait you use they still seem to get
From the reports the better size ones are
just mixed in with the smaller ones.
The better areas for the week were in
Cleeland Bight early morning and caught by
those chasing whiting.
The same has been for Dickies Bay/Bass
River area with the pinkies being caught by
those chasing whiting. We didn’t have very
many reported from the corals but several
from Cowes and Ventnor, mostly from kayak
Despite very few people fishing, we had pin-
kies reported from the land this week and
while not dozens of them, any caught from
the land are most welcome by those often sit-
ting for a long time for nothing - Newhaven
jetty, Cowes jetty and even Corinella jetty
with one reported from Cleeland Bight and a
couple off the rocks at Sunderland Bay.
There were also calamari at Corinella jetty
this week which seems to happen at odd
times during the year.
The other spot we had reports from this
week that isn’t one of the more popular spots
is from the Rhyll jetty where they seemed to
come in to the jetty on the last of the tide.
San Remo jetty has been a struggle for a
couple of weeks now and there have been
very few days that more than a handful were
There doesn’t seem to be any reason for it
and it is becoming very frustrating for those
who fish there often.
I think every possible colour and type of
jig is being tried and hopefully it is just a
hiccup and things will get back to normal
soon. There are plenty of calamari being re -
ported in and around the bay form the boats
suggesting there isn’t a problem with num-
bers, although a bit more work is needed to
get a reasonable bag of them.
Our boating customers are reporting that
they are very timid and flighty at the mo -
ment which might have more to do with the
amount of couta, pike and other fish that
don’t mind a feed of calamari.
We received more reports from offshore of
calamari being caught in as deep as 40m of
Offshore, when the weather allowed, con-
tinued to produce quality fish for the table
with extra for the freezer and plenty for the
bait freezer as well. There is no shortage of
couta still and the mackerel are the pencil
size to those you need a small metal lure
for. Schools of salmon with plenty of bigger
arches sounded up under them.
Flathead have been the best for a number
of years but difficult because the best of them
are traveling under the schools of couta.
Flathead were reported from 30m of wa-
ter to those really keen, bottom bouncing in
70m of water.
We had a couple of good reports of Pin-
kies and some that you would call snapper
mostly west of the cape.
Gummies were caught but not that many
this week and smaller at around 8kg the
The Mako reports continued and still in
the same area 40m to 50m of water.
Around the Bay
By Craig Edmonds, Jim’s Bait & Tackle San Remo
SHOOTING results at Grantville Rifle Range
on Saturday, February 4 at 600 yards.
Target Rifle: G Walton 146.13, O Henry 146.8,
T Donaldson 143.12, R Gray 143.6.
F Class Standard Rifle: J Eland 176.10, J
O’Rourke 174.12, G Doig 173.11, D Rissman
172.6, T Jury 171.6, K Eland 167.6, R Hork-
ings 161.6, L McCall 154.8.
Results from Saturday, February 11 at 400
Target Rifle: O Henry 146.13, G Walton
145.16, T Donaldson 143.11, B Carpeggiani
F Class Rifle Standard: J O’Rourke 179.18, P
Marum 177.15, T Jury 175.11, K Eland 174.14,
J Eland 173.11, G Doig 165.7 D Rissman 162.7,
K Armstrong 146.3, R Horkings 145.2.
NORTH/South on February 1 was won by
Lorrie Read and Roger Walker from Deb -
bie Anglim and Jack Kuiper with Don and
Trish Stewart-Uden coming in third.
East/West was won by Shirley Stewart and
John Farr. Moya Crowley and Michael Dool-
ey were second. Third were Anne Speak-
man and Marion Wellwood.
On Monday, February 6, the Helen Gra-
ham trophy was won by Kaye Douglas and
Yvonne Mears with Shirley and Bob Weaver
finishing a close second. Anne and Bruce
Gibson came in third.
A most enjoyable day was had by all and
the club raised $400 for its chosen charity,
this year the San Remo CFA.
Members are reminded the AGM will
be held on Monday, March 27 starting at
For information or a partner, phone 0400
RIGHT: Kaye Douglas (left) and Yvonne
Mears are congratulated by president
Paul Waylen on winning the Helen Gra-
Phillip Island Bridge
The best spots for all the fishing offshore
at the moment is from the western en-
trance to Cape Paterson and everywhere in
between. There are still some people miss-
they are fishing more so than no fish.
Unless you are on a drift for a shark
the best thing you can do is spend small
amounts of time in one area and move
around till you find them. When you find a
good school of flathead, two people can put
a lot of fish in the esky in a very short time.
There was mayhem all around, at San Remo last Saturday, during the Channel Chal-
lenge but Jye Murphy of Melbourne was simply happy to dangle a line, with squid jig
attached, trying his luck off the San Remo pier at the weekend. There wasn’t a lot of
action, it must be said. m180717
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