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High tide is marked in bold
Tues 25 3.13am 10.24am 3.38pm 10.48pm
0.66m 1.35m 0.70m 1.40m
Wed 26 4.23am 11.35am 4.59pm 11.46pm
0.56m 1.46m 0.69m 1.45m
Thurs 27 5.27am 12.36pm 6.07pm
0.43m 1.60m 0.66m
Fri 28 12.39am 6.23am 1.31pm 7.03pm
1.51m 0.32m 1.72m 0.63m
Sat 29 1.29am 7.15am 2.22pm 7.43pm
1.56m 0.23m 1.80m 0.60m
Sun 30 2.15am 8.05am 3.11pm 8.40pm
1.59m 0.17m 1.83m 0.58m
Mon 1 3.00am 8.55am 3.58pm 9.27pm
1.60m 0.17m 1.81m 0.57m
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Around the Bay
By Craig Edmonds of Jim’s Bait and Tackle, San Remo
A WEEK and a few public holidays makes
a huge difference to the fishing reports with
far less coming in this week despite the good
There were nowhere as many people fish-
ing this week, and with the car racing over
the weekend many just stayed away rather
than get caught up in the traffic.
Despite there being very little wind all week
there was a considerable swell and those who
did head offshore said it was clean but had
regular sets of around 2m plus.
With the bigger swell, it makes catching
flathead very difficult as it is hard to keep
your rig on the bottom for any length of time.
There are plenty of couta still around and
they don’t mind the swell at all.
The schools aren’t quite as big as they were
or quite as thick, but it doesn’t take too many
for you to start losing gear.
Gummies have gone a bit quiet offshore and
the couple of people looking for them during
the week only managed seven gill sharks.
There was some good flathead caught, even
on the days of the bigger swell and every re-
port we had came from the eastern side of
the entrance. The depth changed a bit and
the reports were anywhere between 25m and
45m of water even a few flathead from back
into the entrance itself.
Elephant fish have been very few and far be-
tween for a number of years now and this year
is no different with only a handful of reports
coming in over the last couple of months.
We normally start to see them around the
full moon in March and they will fish until the
end of April into May.
This season so far, we have had more re-
ports in the last week or so than for the last
couple of months. Much earlier in March we
were getting reports from the net boats work-
ing offshore of big schools, further than most
recreational boats will go but they didn’t
come into the bay in any great number.
We might still get some numbers of ele-
phant fish come into the bay with the way the
season has gone so far.
If you are going to head out looking for
them, go to the shallow areas of the corals
and over towards Leola Shoal, squid or pil-
chard for bait and a paternoster or running
sinker rig that you would use for gummies or
snapper with slightly smaller hooks will do.
Whiting reports, just read the last couple of
weeks reports because not a lot has changed
with it still very patchy.
The quality is still there and the numbers
are still down but as most customers are
telling me six or so whiting at the moment
equals a very good couple of feeds.
The only real difference this week is the
couta moved into Cleeland Bight towards the
later part of the week and people started fish-
ing more in the top of the bay.
The kayaks did the best of everyone this
week fishing in some of the shallow areas on
both the San Remo and Cowes sides of the bay.
Something I am being told by the kayak
customers is that they will find whiting in wa-
ter as shallow as 1m.
Sadly, the story with calamari is very simi-
lar to what it has been for the last month ex-
cept this week we had more people telling us
they saw schools of small calamari travelling
through the bay or swimming past the jetties.
Because of the speed which squid grow, it
won’t be long before the small squid are of a
size worth targeting.
The San Remo jetty produced a few but
they were very random times during the day
and not a lot to do with the tides or light.
It was the same was for most of the jetties
around the bay with odd random catches.
The boats and especially the kayaks fared
slightly better, probably because unlike the
land based you could cover a lot more ground
looking for the calamari.
Coming into winter this is about how it will
be for the next couple of months and generally
you need to head out prepared for anything.
You will also need to prepare for the rub-
bish fish that come into the bay during the
colder months which is just part of it.
The best thing about winter fishing is, al-
though we will get some very ordinary weath-
er we can have some of the best days of the
year on the bay during winter.
The other good thing about winter is you
just don’t know what you might pull in and the
quality of the keeper fish is generally very good.
The theory is because of the colder water
the fish tastes much better which is definitely
the case with gummies and whiting.
With the start of May then into winter we will
be reducing the shop hours, mainly on week-
ends and as we do each year, will be closing
on Wednesdays, but as we all know the new
season will be on us before we know it.
During the winter months, we do our sea-
son ordering for new stock with most arriv-
ing towards the end of August.
If you are thinking of updating some of your
gear don’t forget we do lay-by so head in and
we can work out what you want and make
sure we will have it for the start of next season.
It will also give you a few months to pay it
off so it isn’t a strain on your wallet to do it
all at once.
We offer this service on everything in the
shop, rods, reels and all your terminal needs
or even on new stock that will be coming in
for the season.
Judging on the past couple of years with
the snapper, land-based I would be looking
at getting the gear out from mid-August and
boating from early September.
ROSE Lodge Aged Care residents enjoyed
their annual fishing trip to the Tarwin River
held recently, organised by local community
David Walsh, the proprietor of Rod Bending’s
World of Fishing at Inverloch provided fishing
rods, tackle and bait.
Volunteers Ian Kent and Allan Lowe provided
the freshly caught bass yabbies and then baited
everyone’s lines and Shannon Burns was the
head chef cooking up a storm on the barbecue.
While cooking the barbecue and offering
drinks, the conversations and fishing yarns
flowed as everyone reminisced about past fish-
ing experiences and the hundreds of fish they
caught before the days of bag limits.
Nell Dennis was overheard saying “this is
The morning delivered lots of bites and final-
ly Len Witherden was the first to catch a fish - a
very undersized but beautiful bream.
Mary Florrimell was fisherwomen of the day af-
ter catching two mullet and Nell Dennis with one
mullet showed that it was ladies luck – or skill -
outperforming the men who caught no fish.
That’s not quite correct - Ian Kent, David
Walsh, Geoffery Ward and Ralf Heusserer all
caught some very nice toadies.
All in all, “a bad day’s fishing beats a good
day at work”.
The volunteers all enjoyed seeing the resi-
Community support for
Rose Lodge fishing trip
Group photo from left to right front row-Mary Florrimell, Len Witherden, Nell Dennis,
Bernie Winter, Alison Brooks and Geoffrey Ward. Back row Ralf Heusserer, volunteer Ian Kent,
Alan Lowe and David Walsh.
THE Venus Bay Angling Club’s Easter Comp
was held over four days starting on Good Fri-
day and winding up at 1pm on Monday.
Weather conditions were generally good for
boat fishing on Anderson Inlet and for surf fish-
ing along the beaches.
It was pleasing to see a number of both senior
and junior visitors weighing in as well as the
Senior members: 1st, Phil Nebel, Trevally
1000g for 500 points; 2nd, Dale Walker, Flat-
head 880g for 440 points; 3rd, Shannon For-
rest, Trevally 860g for 430 points.
Senior non-members: Melinda, Salmon 400g
for 200 points.
Junior non-members: Ella, Flathead, 320g
for 160 points.
The angling club also ran a sausage sizzle and
children’s Easter Egg hunt as its contribution
to the community as part of the annual Tour de
Tarwin festivities held throughout the weekend.
Perfect weekend for
a fishing comp
Phil Nebel and his first prize trevally.
Steve caught this quality calamari from his kayak in Cleeland Bight.
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