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OVER the years many customers have told
me that the silver whiting or school whiting that
you catch offshore aren’t all that good to eat
and that you should only keep them for bait.
Generally when you ask a few more ques-
tions you find out they have never tried them
and are going on what they have been told.
If you haven’t tried them before now is your
chance to see how they are filleted and cooked.
On Sunday at the Fishing Village Festival at
around 12pm there will be a demonstration of
how to fillet and cook school whiting and you
will be able to taste the cooked fish to see what
they are like.
People tell me many different reasons for not
eating them with smell the most common one
and I will admit they can get that way but it is
normally because they are allowed to get warm
in the fish box, ice will fix this and keep them
as fresh as they were when you caught them.
Another way to eat them and very popular
with many of my customers is pickled, it’s the
pickling recipe that takes some working out
and generally a close kept secret.
Sunday is also our annual stock clearance
sale and we will be setting up around 6am with
the sale going all day.
During the week we will be posting on our
Facebook page some of the items on sale with
plenty more available on the day.
The sale is only on Sunday in store and will
be for sales on that day with no lay-by available
The festival will have plenty to do for the
whole family and starts at 9am finishing
The long weekend is also the San Remo Fish-
ing competition and will run from 6am Satur-
day with all fish to be weighed by 1pm Monday
There are plenty of prizes up for grabs and it
is open to all ages and abilities both land based
and boating anglers.
You also have the chance to win a $650 rod
and reel combo just by entering. Forms are
available on our web site, Facebook page and
in store and you can enter anytime during the
week or Saturday morning.
There were plenty of fish caught this week
but there was one species that took up most
of the conversations and social media pages,
History says that tuna are not new to the area
and if you do a little research there are photos
around of them being caught many years ago
off the various rock ledges around the island
and offshore in boats.
While they are not new to the area they
haven’t been here for some time, with a couple
of bigger fish showing up last year and schools
of them this year.
The majority of the ones we have seen so far
this year have been around the 15kg mark with
a few bigger and a few smaller as you would
The best part of it has been the numbers
that have shown up and been caught with very
good soundings of large schools that couldn’t
be coaxed to take a lure.
Almost all the tuna so far are coming from
the flinders area and don’t forget to leave your
radio on for the days the gunnery range is do-
ing test firings.
There have been two that we know of caught
in between pyramid rock and seal rocks.
The rest offshore has been about the couta,
how to stay away from them and not lose too
We fished offshore on Tuesday towards Kil-
cunda in about 45m of water and had no trou-
ble at all losing rigs, it was simple: put your
bait on, drop your line over the side and count
to two then wind it in and re-rig.
The frustrating thing is when you could get
to the bottom there is plenty of flathead and
After a while we would just look at the sound-
er and when the red line of couta would thin
out dropped down get a couple of flathead then
wait for a break again.
We were only keeping flathead over about 32
and got plenty for a few feeds and threw more
back than we could count. We also caught
mackerel of all sizes, silver whiting draught-
board sharks, banjos and a very large seven
Other reports were very similar just throw in
a few salmon and a gummy with two Mako’s
reported for the week.
In the bay the whiting have woken up again
and the reports this week were the best for a
couple of weeks. It also helped that the tides
were perfect both ends of the day for those who
fish below and above the bridge.
Below the bridge in Cleeland bight it was low
tide and day break when most of the whiting
The most successful of the whiting fishermen
this week were heading back to the ramp when
others were heading out.
From the reports there didn’t seem to be one
spot better than the other in Cleeland bight
with good reports from several of the more
The whiting were excellent in quality and it
wasn’t a surprise to lo into an esky and see a
dozen over 40cm.
During the day was nothing too special and
while we had a few reported everyone said it
was hard work with many moves needed.
The quality was still good but numbers were
a struggle, then as the day went on the whiting
got a bit smaller.
Once you then got to the evening when the
workers headed out for an evening fish the
numbers started picking up.
The size of the whiting caught in the evenings
wasn’t quite as good as those caught in the
mornings. Nothing really stood out with baits
this week and the usual pippies, pilchard and
squid all did the job.
A by-catch from those fishing for whiting dur-
ing the day was pinkies with some very respect-
able size around at the moment.
A few customers came in this week telling
me they actually bagged out on pinkies with a
couple over the 40cm mark.
The smaller pinkies came from those catch-
ing them on the whiting spots and those who
went looking for pinkies, usually in slightly
deeper water and over the corals found the big-
Calamari were slightly better this week but
are very quiet compared to other years and that
is both on the land and the boats.
This year we are seeing more couta than we
have for many years and when we get that run
of couta before Christmas the calamari always
shut down and become very difficult to catch
so maybe that is the reason why they are quiet
There is nothing to suggest that they have dis-
appeared altogether because we are still getting
reports from customers saying they are seeing
some big schools of them swimming through
the bay but are very flighty when you throw a
jig into them.
As is with all fishing it’s only a matter of time
and I will be reporting that there are plenty be-
Around the Bay
By Craig Edmonds of Jim’s Bait and Tackle, San Remo
Courtesy of -- WESTAWAY FORD, LEONGATHA
High tide is marked in bold
Tues 7 12.26am 6.47am 12.52pm 7.54pm
0.53m 1.48m 0.21m 1.47m
Wed 8 1.12am 7.37am 1.40pm 8.58pm
0.60m 1.41m 0.27m 1.41m
Thurs 9 2.03am 8.36am 2.36pm 10.07pm
0.67m 1.34m 0.34m 1.37m
Fri 10 3.07am 9.51am 3.47pm 11.15pm
0.72m 1.29m 0.41m 1.37m
Sat 11 4.30am 11.12am 5.10pm
0.72m 1.28m 0.44m
Sun 12 12.19am 5.53am 12.25pm 6.24pm
1.40m 0.66m 1.32m 0.44m
Mon 13 1.18am 7.01am 1.30pm 7.26pm
1.45m 0.57m 1.40m 0.42m
1 Hughes Street, Leongatha
Phone 5662 4144 L.M .C .T. 1257
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FORD TERRITORY TX
Ladies who love the shooting sports: Winners of the Ladies grade of simulated clay
target shooting, from left, Kristy Matthies (first), Melody Hogan (second) and Karina
• South Gippsland Field and Game
The fun club in the scrub
RESULTS of South Gippsland Field and
Game simulated Clay Target Shoot held on
Sunday, March 5, 2017.
On a warm overcast day, 78 shooters en-
joyed a 75 Tgts Sim Grd event.
The high gun for the day was S Silver with
a score of 67.
The other place getters are as follows.
AA: S Silver 67, S Busana 67, W Lieshout
A: S Dunn 59, S Grattan 58, J Green 56.
B: M Huitson 60, D.Rodregues 57, S.Bickel
C: S Jarvis 50, J Clancy 46, A Thomas 46.
Vets: J Robbins 56, G Hart 55, J Spinks
Ladies: K Matthies 56, M Hogan 48, K Sty-
Juniors: J Lieshout 54, H Hamilton 39.
The next shoot will be a 75 Tgts Sim Grd
event on Sunday, April 2 starting time 11am
at the ground situated at 940 Leongatha–Yar-
ragon Road Hallston.
If you are interested in trying simulated
clay target shooting just come along, you will
be made most welcome.
Leongatha small bore rifle club
2017 50m Prone Pennant - Section C.
Round 1: Albury A 569.014 defeated by
Leongatha 576.020, Wangaratta 565.013
defeated Brunswick 554.010, Glenelg B
574.019 defeated by Kyabram 576.020.
The best shooter for Round 1 was Daniel
Croatto (Leongatha) with 198.012.
Round 2: Glenelg B 580.015 defeated Al-
bury A 562.016, Leongatha 573.019 defeat-
ed Brunswick 568.016, Kyabram 575.019
defeated Wangaratta 566.013.
The best shooters for Round 2 were Si-
mon Noonan (Kyabram) and Richard Izard
(Brunswick) with 194.007.
Ladder: 8 Kyabram, 8 Leongatha, 4 Gle-
nelg B, 4 Wangaratta, 0 Albury A, 0 Bruns-
The Leongatha Small Bore Rifle Club
shoots Wednesday nights at 8pm at the rifle
club on the recreation reserve.
Any inquiries, please call R Spratt on
Phillip Island Bridge results
The Phillip Island Bridge Club committee for 2017 is, back row, from left, Don Stewart-
Uden, Paul Waylen (president), Shirley Stewart (secretary), Beryl Chilcott and Bob Weaver
(treasurer); seated, Karen Klym and Deb Anglim. Absent: Moya Crowley (vice president).
ON WEDNESDAY, February 22, Shirley Stew-
art and Paul Waylen blitzed the field with a
strong win from Trish and Don Stewart-Uden.
Deborah Anglim and Jack Kuiper came in
Monday, February 27 resulted in a North/
South win for Jean Barbour and Greg Nichol-
Anne and Bruce Gibson finished second
while Molly Downing and Roger Walker came
In East/West Shirley Stewart continued
the domination, this time accompanied by
Wendy and David Saleeba finished second
while Kaye Douglas and Yvonne Mears were
At the AGM there were a few changes to the
committee with Greg Nicholson retiring (and
the president thanked him for his service).
Don Stewart-Uden resigned as treasurer but
agreed to stay on and Bob Weaver stepped in as
treasurer in his place.
The members of the committee have worked
well over the last two years and look forward to
another successful year working together.
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