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WE have been waiting a while this season
and finally Saturday produced an almost
perfect day for the offshore fishermen.
The conditions weren’t 100 per cent like
the forecast but it was perfect for a full day
drifting for shark or flathead.
The bay was calmer and glassed out for
most of the day, making it a hot afternoon on
the water and probably why most were out
early in the morning.
The one question we get asked several
times a day this time of the year is what is
the best time to go fishing and while there is
the odd time that works out better than oth-
ers, it’s more a safety thing and the best time
to go fishing is when you have the time to go.
There are also plenty of theories as to the
best wind, with as the saying goes ‘East fish
If you subscribed to this theory you would
have missed out on some good fishing on
In the bay, it was extremely a light easterly
but a bit stronger offshore, still from the east
and it was the best day for reports so far this
There were still plenty that missed out but
that happens on any day regardless of the
wind, but there is also plenty of fish in the
freezers of those who were successful.
With the forecast of good conditions we
had an early start on Saturday morning with
plenty wanting berley and baits to chase a
Mako shark offshore.
Good customer Mitch was the first in and
the first on the water.
He was also the first to send in a report of
a Mako capture and it came not too far into
The reports then came in regular, about ev-
ery half hour or so for the rest of the day and
not just from one spot, but from the wind
mills to the western entrance.
About the only thing similar in the reports
was that 40m to 50m of water was the spot
By the end of the day we had seven Makos,
one blue shark and two thresher sharks re-
ported with another four or so seen swim-
ming in the berley trails.
Several fishermen also reported missed
hook-ups which could have been the ones
they eventually caught.
One mistake many make is as soon as
something takes your bait then lets it go,
people tend to wind it in straight away to
A shark will often stay around in your ber-
ley trail for some time, even after trying to
take your bait so the best thing you can do is
leave it there for a while and see if it comes
Most of the time you will be using large
baits so it will still be there, the shark may
have just bitten on the hook and let it go, but
it will generally come back for another look.
There are hundreds of opinions as to the
best way to hook them, strike as soon as the
shark runs, give it more line when it starts
taking line, many won’t put a bait in the wa-
ter until they see a shark or have one swim-
ming around the boat and like most things
in fishing there are no set rules and you will
find every fish is different.
The Flathead were also on the bite offshore
during the week although the best day on
Saturday, they were a bit harder to find.
We had some good reports both of size and
number and from several depths but in simi-
lar areas, 25m to 60m from the end of the
cape to the glass house.
The Flathead were a good mixture of Ti-
gers and Sandys and some very respectable
50cm ones caught, although the average was
There is plenty of bait swimming around
out there and that’s probably why the Makos
have shown up.
Slimmeys have shown up, with anything
from the pencil ones to very large whole
shark bait size.
Arrow squid are plentiful and the trick has
been finding the depth they are in, with most
people reporting they found them in the bot-
tom third of the depth they were fishing and
not too many up high.
The bigger Couta are following the squid
and the smaller ones are just following any-
thing and can be found all over the place.
Large schools of Salmon have been seen
and several boats, especially those with kids
aboard, have chased them around catching
some up to 2.5kg.
Reading this I know you are going to be
saying I was out there all day and saw noth-
My reports come from a lot of people and I
would have to say for everyone that said they
got baitfish or Flathead, three said they saw
nothing, so that’s just fishing I guess.
While I have only seen a couple of Kingfish
landed by boats around the Island, those un-
der the water are reporting seeing some very
good schools around the Pinnacles, Pyramid
Rock and the George Kermode, so once we
get a few more calm days I would expect a
few reports to come in.
Unfortunately the only bait fish that have
been a bit scarce has been the Scad Yakkas,
which are the preferred live baits by those
While most of our reports come from live
bait, you need to be prepared with a selec-
tion of lures, stick baits or poppers for a bit
of surface skimming, deeper divers, x-rap 15
or 20 to get under the schools of Salmon and
maybe a knife jig of some sort.
You also need to be prepared with a couple
of made up ready to go live bait rigs, because
when it starts to happen it happens quickly
and a rolling boat is not the place to try and
crimp a rig together.
The other thing Kingfish will do is destroy
inferior gear, while you don’t need to spend
$1,000 on an outfit, your $50 cheap 8kg
combo isn’t quite going to do the job.
It is still very much an untapped fishery
here and each year people are develop-
ing different ways to catch Kingfish and for
those who have never caught one, they are
extremely strong and fast and when born
they’re given a map to every sharp rock in
the ocean and that’s exactly where they will
head when hooked, but they can be worth
the frustration as they are a very good eat-
Back in the bay and it is typical of most
Christmas or busy times that the first few
days are very good then it’s as if the fish go
Usually after a few days of heavy boat traf-
fic the fish become very scattered and ex-
tremely difficult to find during the day time.
It doesn’t mean the fish have gone any-
where, but you need to target them at a dif-
The successful ones this time of the year
are generally those you see coming home as
you are leaving or leaving as you are coming
That goes for most fish in the bay this
time of the year, but like all fishing there are
plenty of exceptions and it means a bit more
work during the day.
Whiting this week were good although we
are seeing plenty of small pencil ones now
especially in areas like Reef Island during
There has been some good size whiting
caught at Reef Island, but very early morning
or late evening.
Cleeland Bight has been the same and a
few good bags have come back from those
keen enough to get out of bed before day-
One place during the day that has been
reasonably successful has been around Tor-
toise Head, although those reporting catches
There has been the odd land-based re -
port, from Newhaven jetty, Boys Home Road,
Ventnor Beach and Sunderland Bay, but not
many more than one or two each.
The other spot whiting were caught dur-
ing the week was at Foots, both off the land
and the boat, with what seems to be a very
short window of an hour or so over the tide
Snapper have slowed right down and we
only had a couple of reports of fish over 5kg,
but several of the pinkie to Snapper size
There are also plenty of very small ones
and plenty of perseverance is needed to find
a feed of size ones to take home.
It’s hard to advise on the best spot because
it seems to change every day.
It could be the north end of The Corals one
day, then Rhyll the next day, so like the whit-
ing it might require a bit of driving around
to find them and fish the tide changes in the
deeper water as that seems to be the most
successful way at the moment.
Calamari have been ok while nothing too
special and I think they are affected more by
the noise than anything else.
The boats have struggled a bit because of
so many boats on the water, as you are un-
able to drift for them and must anchor which
is generally not the most successful way to
The boating reports have come from Clee-
land Bight, Ventnor/Cowes and the odd one
from Reef Island.
With so many people in the water swim-
ming around the San Remo jetty, the only
time to catch calamari has been very early
morning and late evening into the dark when
things are much quieter.
Very mixed reports as always with the co-
lour of the jig and some having success us-
ing baited jigs, especially those from the
Several were reported from the beaches at
Ventnor and in Cleeland Bight but again the
quiet times were the best times.
For those wanting an early start don’t for-
get we are open from 6am every day until
January 29 and like Saturday when several
fisherman wanted an earlier start we can
open earlier if you contact us.
For those interested in fishing competi-
tions, we will be organising a comp on Feb-
There will be over $2,500 in prizes for the
heaviest Gummy, Snapper, Whiting, Flathead
and Squid and just for entering you will go
into the draw for a lucky entry prize of a
$1,500 Tuna Charter for four people.
Entry forms can be picked up from the
shop or on our Facebook page.
Around the bay
By Craig Edmonds of Jim’s Bait and Tackle, San Remo
One of the many Mako sharks caught this week.
Courtesy of -- WESTAWAY FORD, LEONGATHA
High tide is marked in bold
Tues 10 2.40am 9.15am 3.17pm 10.51pm
0.72m 1.37m 0.28m 1.42m
Wed 11 3.50am 10.23am 4.30pm
0.77m 1.35m 0.26m
Thurs 12 12.01am 5.10am 11.37pm 5.45pm
1.48m 0.78m 1.35m 0.22m
Fri 13 1.05am 6.26am 12.46pm 6.51pm
1.56m 0.72m 1.38m 0.19m
Sat 14 2.02am 7.30am 1.48pm 7.50pm
1.63m 0.64m 1.43m 0.17m
Sun 15 2.56am 8.28am 2.45pm 8.43pm
1.68m 0.55m 1.47m 0.17m
Mon 16 3.44am 9.20am 3.37pm 9.30pm
1.70m 0.47m 1.49m 0.20m
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