Home' South Gippsland Sentinel-Times : May 2, 2017 Edition Contents THE SOUTH GIPPSLAND SENTINEL-TIMES, TUESDAY, MAY 2, 2017 - PAGE 51
ALTHOUGH things have changed a little
over the last couple of years with the bluefin
being caught along the coast, most of the sum-
mer the majority of people chasing them will
now start to head towards Portland area to try
and hook a few.
It’s also a time to head north to places like
Eden and Bermagui chasing marlin, tuna and
If you are heading away soon give yourself
the best possible chance to land a good fish
and don’t just grab the rods out of the shed
where you left them last year and head off.
If this is gear that you only use at this time
of the year, put a bit of time in before you go
away and give the reels a bit of a check over,
change the line if it is getting on a bit and re-tie
Check all your leaders on your lures in case
the mice have had a chew over the summer
time and have a good look at your hooks, may-
be even run a file over them to put the edge
back on them.
If you are lucky enough to hook even a me-
dium size one of these species, they will test
your gear and the slightest problem will lead
Every year I get at least one person chasing
these bigger fish come in and tell me that their
line is no good because it broke after a short
time fighting the fish.
So far every single time there is nothing
wrong with the line and it is a fault of their
Apart from a knot failure there are three
things that will cause the line to break for no
reason – a cracked guide or tip, a seized roller
tip which is normally the major cause, and for
those using a spinning reel, a seized line roller
on the bail arm.
All of these problems are easily fixed with
a small amount of maintenance and can save
you the heartache of losing possibly that fish
of a lifetime.
If you are heading away, drop in with your
rods and reels and we will have a quick look
over them for you.
If you are someone that is putting your fish-
ing gear away for the winter and it needs a bit
of a rod or reel repair or maybe a service, now
is the time to drop them in.
Don’t leave it until the season starts to get
your reels serviced, re-spooled or rods re-
paired, because we might not have time to do
them quickly for you.
Drop them in now and leave them with us
for a few weeks, then they will be ready for the
start of the season for you.
Don’t forget our layby, which we will do on
anything from your sinker needs to a new rod
or reel, giving you plenty of time to pay it off
over the winter and saving you the all at once
cost when the fish show up.
With the last month or so of long weekends,
school holidays and plenty of people out fish-
ing, I think everyone was looking for a bit of
a rest from fishing and this week was it with
very few people around.
The weather played a part as well with a
blunt reminder of what is to come and plenty
of smoke coming from chimneys of houses
with wood fires.
Most of the fishing this week was done by
locals with only the odd visitor on the better
of the days.
We are starting to see several land-based
fishermen, especially those who chase salm-
on off the beaches.
We haven’t had a lot of numbers of salmon
reported from the beaches, but from the re-
Courtesy of -- WESTAWAY FORD, LEONGATHA
High tide is marked in bold
Tues 2 3.45am 9.44am 4.45pm 10.13pm
1.58m 0.20m 1.76m 0.57m
Wed 3 4.32am 10.32am 5.34pm 11pm
1.55m 0.27m 1.69m 0.59m
Thurs 4 5.23am 11.19am 6.26pm 11.49pm
1.49m 0.36m 1.61m 0.61m
6.21am 12.08pm 7.20pm
1.42m 0.47m 1.53m
Sat 6 12.45am 7.33am 1.00pm 8.16pm
0.64m 1.36m 0.58m 1.47m
Sun 7 1.47am 8.48am 2.00pm 9.14pm
0.65m 1.34m 0.68m 1.42m
Mon 8 2.59am 9.59am 3.12pm 10.10pm
0.64m 1.36m 0.75m 1.4m
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ports we have had, the fish were very good
Kilcunda has been very weedy as it usually
gets when the swell is up, but from the reports
it might be worth persevering with the biggest
of the salmon coming from the beaches there.
We had several around the 1kg or better
with a couple just over the 2kg mark, which
were mixed in with smaller ones.
With the weed, most fishing at Kilcunda
were using baits, bluebait and pilchards with
it difficult to use lures without them becoming
caught in the weed.
The story was a little better on the island
beaches for the lure fishermen with nowhere
as much weed.
The only problem was the salmon weren’t
There are a few more opportunities on the
open beaches at the island of getting fish oth-
er than salmon, whereas at Kilcunda most of
the fish reported are salmon.
Areas like Smiths Beach and Sunderland
Bay from the rocks especially on the low tide
we see a lot of varieties of fish caught and it
is an area I would recommend fishing over
the next couple of months when the swell is
This week we had whiting, flathead, salmon
and a couple of pinkies reported.
You are fishing from rocks and will get plen-
ty of wrasse which is unavoidable, but put in
enough time and you will not only learn the
best spots to fish but be rewarded with qual-
ity table fish.
It is an area that for some reason also works
with soft plastics, especially for catching trev-
Calamari reports are still patchy and while
many missed out we did have several reports,
mostly from the boats and those in kayaks
still brave enough to chance getting wet.
A couple from the jetty at San Remo, but
not a lot of people are fishing from there and
would suggest that will change shortly as the
weather settles into a winter pattern and peo -
ple dust off the silver whiting squid gear.
Cleeland Bight was the best for those on the
water, but again not a lot of people are putting
in a lot of time and most said once they had a
couple they were happy enough and changed
to target something else.
Other calamari reports came from the
Cowes jetty, the beach at Ventnor and boating
from Dickies Bay and Tortoise Head.
This time of the year also brings out the
land-based gummy anglers heading to Temby
Point and Stockyard Point, as well as the surf
beaches at Woolamai and Kilcunda.
So far, we have only been told of a few small-
er gummies and the odd elephant fish, but I
am sure that will change over the next few
From the boats, a couple of bigger gummies
around 1.2m were reported during the week,
but hundreds of undersized ones to keep you
The smaller ones were mostly in the shal-
lower areas on the corals and the channels for
the bigger ones.
Whiting were ok and because of the quality
of those caught, it defiantly makes up for the
numbers of whiting being caught.
There wasn’t a lot of opportunity for the
whiting fishermen with tide and wind often
making it difficult to fish their favourite spots.
When things did work out, it took a bit of
moving around to find enough to take home.
As I said, size was good and most of the re-
ports contained a fish or two over 40cm.
RESULTS from Round 9: Cally Devils 9 def
APL Aces 6, Purple Helmets Too 8 def Gypsies
7, Outkasts 8 def The Cally Crew 7, Austral
Warriors 9 def Wonthaggi Club Tigers 6, Won-
thaggi Golf Club 8 def Purple Helmets 7, Won-
thaggi Club Blue 8 def Wonthaggi Workmen’s
Ladder: Austral Warriors 59 32, Wonthaggi
Golf Club 31 32, APL Aces 35 24, Cally Dev-
ils 17 24, Wonthaggi Club Blue -11 24, Purple
Helmets 25 16, Wonthaggi Club Tigers 11 16,
Outkasts -17 16, Purple Helmets Too -39 12,
Gypsies -31 8, Wonthaggi Workmen’s Club -41
8, The Cally Crew -39 4.
Eight Ball Association
THE LeonBurra Shield annual challenge
was recently hosted by the Korumburra
The LeonBurra Shield is a handicap com-
petition played every year between Leon-
gatha and Korumburra, each club entering
five doubles teams.
It was a hard fought competition with Le-
ongatha winning 13 games to 12.
These scores indicate how close the con-
test played out with hoops scored also close
- Leongatha scoring 143 hoops and Korum-
Korumburra put on a great day, which
ran very smoothly, turning on lovely weath-
er and culminating in a very enjoyable af-
ternoon tea supplied by the Korumburra
Leongatha were very happy to take home
the shield which was kindly donated by the
South Gippsland Shire Council.
Congratulations also to Mary Ann Kinnish
who won the internal club Singles Handicap
contest this year.
Anyone wishing to come and try the great
game and join in the fun at Leongatha is
welcome to come along on Wednesday and
Saturday afternoons at 1pm. Please wear
flat soled shoes and use of equipment and
coaching is free.
RIGHT: Korumburra president Joan Hop-
kins presents the shield to Leongatha presi-
dent Merry Dyson-Holland.
THE Wonthaggi Croquet Club held its
annual club doubles tournament on Sat-
The event is held on a high/low dou-
bles combination with names drawn at
random to allow as many members to
Some of the members who do not wish
to, or are unable to travel to other club
tournaments, are hereby given the op-
portunity to take part in a fun, albeit
sometimes serious, competition.
A new format was trialled this year
with semi-final then grand final games
after the round robin.
The eventual winners were Lyall
Broughton and Sam Morale, with the
runners-up Margaret Brooks and Paul
Thanks to tournament organisers, Sue
Cartwright and Barbara Fraser, and Allan
Mullaney who, after a stint in hospital,
manned the lunchtime BBQ and no doubt
others who assisted during the day.
A great day had by all and we now look
forward to our next event, the Presi-
dent’s/Secretary’s challenge on the 17th
RIGHT: Barbara Fraser presented
the Margaret Graff perpetual trophy
to Lyall Broughton and Sam Morale at
the Wonthaggi Croquet Club’s annual
club doubles tournament on Saturday.
Leongatha retain the shield
Wonthaggi Croquet Club
Around the Bay
By Craig Edmonds of Jim’s Bait and Tackle, San Remo
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