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High tide is marked in bold
Tues 11 5.38am 12.21pm 6.04pm
0.54m 1.44m 0.6m
Wed 12 12.34am 6.29am 1.15pm 6.55pm
1.44m 0.46m 1.52m 0.59m
Thurs 13 1.16am 7.12am 2.00pm 7.37pm
Fri 14 1.53am 7.50am 2.38pm 8.14pm
1.48m 0.35m 1.63m 0.57m
Sat 15 2.27am 8.26am 3.12pm 8.48pm
1.49m 0.33m 1.64m 0.57m
Sun 16 2.59am 9.00am 3.43pm 9.23pm
1.49m 0.32m 1.64m 0.58m
Mon 17 3.31am 9.35am 4.15pm 9.58pm
1.48m 0.33m 1.62m 0.6m
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Around the Bay
By Craig Edmonds of Jim’s Bait and Tackle, San Remo
AS I sit here on Sunday afternoon writing this
report it is a very ordinary day with plenty of rain
and strong winds to come, but I am also looking
at the forecast for the Easter break and at this
stage it is very promising with a big high to park
over us for the whole weekend.
While it doesn’t look like we will have a heat
wave, the winds will be down and there will be
some good patches of sunshine, which will mean
great conditions for our Easter fishing competi-
tion and we should be able to raise plenty of mon-
ey for the Good Friday Appeal.
We have finalised the prize lists now and apart
from the category prizes, local businesses have
been very generous in donating vouchers and
other items and we now have around 25 prizes to
give away as lucky entry prizes.
These prizes will be random draws over the
whole weekend and you don’t have to catch a fish,
you just need to enter.
Even if you can only fish one day over the week-
end, it’s well worth entering for the chance to win
some great giveaways, knowing your money will
be going to a good cause.
Go to our Facebook page or drop in store for
more information and entries.
With the school holidays this week there were
plenty of people out fishing and the reports were
promising for the weekend ahead.
There wasn’t as many boats out as I would have
thought there would be with such good weather
and most were fishing from the land-based spots.
This week might be different with many waiting
until this week to have some time off to be able to
combine it with the Easter break.
Over the Easter long weekend, we will be open-
ing at 6am each day for those who want to get an
With an early low tide, it will be perfect for a
Whiting fish below the bridge in Cleeland bight
These tides are good because you can head out
early and chase your Whiting, then head home for
breakfast and head out again to chase something
else on the high tide.
There were several boats offshore this week
with the calm winds and low swell allowing all
sizes of boats to be able to get amongst the Flat-
There were some good numbers of Flathead
caught this week and the size is now a mixture of
large and small.
Most of the bigger boats will head a several kms
offshore, while the smaller boats tend to stay in a
bit closer and often those who stay in close catch
more or as many.
We had some good reports from just outside
the entrance inside the line of the cape still and
even closer towards Punchbowl.
The numbers weren’t as concentrated in close
as they were out further but there was a lot more
The reports from in close was of the same qual-
ity Flathead but included the odd Pinkie, Mack-
erel, Yakka, a few Sweep and of course, plenty of
Wrasse and Gurnard.
Schools of Salmon randomly appeared in most
depths of water and if you were quick enough
with a lure you had a chance of catching a couple.
Those fishing on any of the offshore reef have
found some good Pinkies over the last couple of
weeks as well as some good quality size Gum-
Calamari reports were slightly better this week,
not what we are used to or expect, but certainly
better than the last few weeks.
The jetty at San Remo produced a few this
week and were quality in size but from the re-
ports there were plenty of shy ones in the water
that weren’t interested in taking the jigs.
We had reports of a few from the Cowes jetty
and from the Rhyll jetty, which seems to be get-
ting better and better.
No reports from the beaches this week, but I
don’t really know how many were even chasing
them from the beaches either.
Boating and kayaks produced several Calamari
reports, but not a lot in number or even much in
The reports from both the land and boats were
more promising though, with several sightings
of schools of Calamari or Calamari following up
jigs, so hopefully they will be back in good num-
bers over Easter.
Whiting continue to frustrate with their incon-
sistency since Christmas and not just in number
or size, but where and when to find them.
From the reports, customers don’t mind put-
ting up with the size or numbers of fish and ex-
What is frustrating people is that you can fish
an area and drive away from them because you
have had enough, then head out the next day to
the same area at similar tide and not even lose
It does make it difficult and frustrating at
times, because it’s obvious the fish don’t actu-
ally disappear, for some reason they just go off
What happens then is you start second guess-
ing where to go next time you head out.
This happened to one customer who got plenty
one day, nothing the next, then on the third day
he was heading out again and decided to go to a
different spot, only to find out later his mate went
to the original spot and bagged out.
We didn’t see too many bag out but there was
still some reasonable Whiting.
If you asked me where to fish, I would almost
be guessing as much as you, but I would still stay
with the run-out tide below the bridge and run-
in tide above the bridge, especially with the tides
A couple of reports came from Tortoise Head
and the reports from around the Cowes area
were from my kayak customers.
We did get reports from almost all the other ar-
eas you would expect Whiting to come from, but
nothing great in numbers.
This fisherman was pleased with his efforts, bagging this Gummy Shark during the week.
One of the quality Gummy Sharks caught
offshore this week.
A SMALL fleet braved Sunday’s chilly con-
ditions for race seven of the South Gippsland
Yacht Club’s Big 4 Holiday Park series.
The blustery northerly wind meant it was
hard work for the sailors who took part
but in the end everyone had a good sail and
agreed that it had certainly been worth the
effort of rigging boats and setting a course.
Despite the early enthusiasm however,
there were no takers for race eight in the af-
With gale force winds predicted at some
stage it was probably the wisest choice.
Sailors weren’t too disappointed as there
will be plenty of sailing coming up over Eas-
ter with six races scheduled over three days.
With the latest South Gippsland Yacht Club
series completed, the results have again been
dominated by the Kiely brothers.
Pete comfortably took out A Division in his
Windrush catamaran and Matt dominated
the other monohull sailors of B Division tak-
ing first place in five of the races.
Congratulations also go to junior Oscar
Llewellyn on achieving third place while sail-
ing in the main fleet with the seniors.
Big 4 Holiday Park Series Results:
1st Pete Kiely, 2nd Rob
McNair, 3rd Jake Lurati.
1st Matt Kiely, 2nd Noel
Owen, 3rd Oscar Llewellyn.
1st Alana Lopez-Freeman,
2nd Vincent Trease, 3rd Jess Beachley.
Matt Kiely has dominated in the monohull division.
Not so smooth sailing
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