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Courtesy of -- WESTAWAY FORD, LEONGATHA
High tide is marked in bold
Tues 31 3.20am 9.06am 3.19pm 9.08pm
1.59m 0.53m 1.42m 0.29m
Wed 1 3.59am 9.45am 4.03pm 9.47pm
1.62m 0.44m 1.46m 0.30m
Thurs 2 4.35am 10.23am 4.46pm 10.29pm
1.62m 0.37m 1.48m 0.33m
5.11am 11.02am 5.30pm 11.10pm
1.61m 0.31m 1.49m 0.38m
Sat 4 5.46am 11.43am 6.17pm 11.53pm
1.58m 0.26m 1.48m 0.44m
Sun 5 6.25am 12.24pm 7.09pm
1.53m 0.23m 1.45m
Mon 6 12.38am 7.06am 1.08pm 8.09pm
0.52m 1.48m 0.23m 1.41m
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IT’S the end of the first half of the summer fish-
ing season and like most Januarys, it started off
with a bang then dropped off to hard work.
Like all years, the end of January brings the
start of what is usually some of the best weather
and fishing of the year over the next couple of
Late summer and right through to the end of
autumn generally sees calm seas and some very
good quality table fish in flathead, whiting and
flake. Offshore comes into its own and you just
never know what you might catch and for the
more adventurous, makos and kingfish will now
become a targeted species.
For those who like to take part in fishing com-
petitions, there’s one we are organising for a local
fishing club on February 18 and 19.
The competition starts Saturday morning and
finishes Sunday at 2.30pm. Information and en-
tries can be picked up from the shop or send me
a text or email and I can send one out.
With over $2000 of prizes and a $1500 tuna
charter for four people as a lucky entry prize, it
will be well worth giving it a go.
You can enter at any time at the shop until 8pm
on Friday February 17 and from 5am Saturday
There is a free BBQ breakfast each morning
from 6am to 7am at the shop included in your
The end of January also sees us have a breath-
er for a few weeks and go back to opening at 8am
during the week.
We will still be opening at 6am on weekends
and public holidays right through until the end
of April and the odd good day during the week
The other bonus with the next few weeks is
because everyone has a bit of a rest to get over
Christmas and catch up on the overtaxed credit
card, it is a great time during the week at the boat
ramps with very little traffic.
By a long way, the best spot to fish this week
has been offshore and about the only fish we
didn’t have reported was a kingfish.
Several smaller makos were caught during
the week and a couple of bigger ones were seen
swimming around the boats but were not inter-
ested in taking a bait, which is no real surprise
with so much food in the water for them.
From the reports, there is plenty of baitfish to
be found and finally a few yakka’s have shown up
for those who use them for live baiting kingfish.
There are slimmeys mackerel from pencil size
to the big horse mackerel, which make good
baits and berley.
If you do get onto some and have a vacuum
sealer, do yourself a favour and vac them up and
put them into the freezer for your winter gum-
mies or early snapper.
There are plenty of arrow squid and you will
find them deep, usually in the bottom third of the
The only problem you will have in getting both
of these back to the boat is getting past the couta
as there are, as many customers have put it, mil-
lions of them.
The couta are everywhere and getting your
squid jig down or your sabiki jig down will be dif-
ficult, and for all those asking there are no tricks,
A couple of things that will help is to paint your
sinkers black, use black swivels as small as you
can get away with to reduce the bubbles or use a
longer shank hook other.
Other than that, there isn’t a whole lot you can
The flathead offshore have also been the best of
the season so far and we have seen several bags
of mixed tigers and sand flathead 45cm or better.
The problem, as it is with all fishing offshore
at the moment, is the couta and of course with
the flathead you need to get to the bottom so it is
Several people have also told us that once they
hooked their flathead it got much heavier on the
way up and when they got it to the surface it was
obvious why, with an arrow squid or two hanging
off the back.
Make sure you have your net ready so you can
Gummies have also been good and as is always
the case, those caught offshore are quality size
We have also had reports of blue and thresher
sharks, pinkies, salmon, school shark and gur-
nard, and all have come from a different area but
similar depth with 40m to 50m the place to be
for all of it.
Reports have come from the western entrance
to Cape Paterson and everywhere in between.
Those traveling out wide have not found much
and a couple of customers that have fished Cody
Banks over the last couple of weeks have come
home empty handed from there and only got a
feed once they stopped on the way home.
In the bay, it is like you are on a different planet
with fishing very tough over the last week or so
since the full moon.
About two days before the full moon, custom-
ers were complaining that fish were getting hard-
er to find, then they just seemed to shut down
and it’s only been the last day or so that things
Of course, they didn’t shut down completely
and there was always someone that was finding
some fish, but it was hard work.
I had a bit of a read back through my reports
over the Christmas period for the last five or six
years and not a lot changes.
It starts off good then slows by the end of the
month and picks up again in early February.
The main difference this year is how good the
offshore fishing is and I had to go back five years
to find similar reports.
Whiting reports have been very slow, but like
the rest of the bay they are on improving, espe-
cially those fishing the very early morning tides.
Because the early tide change has been the
change of the low, the best spot has been below
the bridge in Cleeland Bight.
The whiting have been good quality and num-
bers were reasonable over the weekend in Clee-
land but very poor during the week or so before
The only other spot that has been ok is around
Gardner’s Channel and Tortoise Head.
Everywhere else the numbers have been well
down, but are showing signs of improvement to-
wards the end of the weekend.
Pinkies were much the same as the whiting,
very patchy but with nowhere standing out for
reports and probably found in more places.
Many of the pinkies were very small and not a
lot were big enough to bring home.
Like everything though we had the odd report
of someone that managed to find a school of rea-
sonable size pinkies around the 40cm mark.
Most of these reports came from the late tide
and from the top end of the bay between Reef Is-
land and Coronet Bay.
Calamari have been most disappointing as they
normally don’t drop off in numbers too much,
but with the wind change and the couple of ordi-
nary days we had, it halted the reports but also
bought a lot of weed to the land-based areas es-
The jetty at San Remo saw most of the usual
locals fishing during the week but most walked
away with nothing in the esky.
There was a slight improvement on Sunday
and I would expect now much of the noise has
gone home things will continue to improve.
Mitch landed this quality gummy shark recently.
Fishing was a popular way to beat the crowds on Australia Day Weekend and with a light sea
breeze wafting in, it never got too hot to enjoy a day by the water along the Bass Coast foreshore.
Around the Bay
By Craig Edmonds of Jim’s Bait and Tackle, San Remo
LOCH Nyora Pony Club became affiliated with
Pony Club Association of Victoria (PCAV) in Jan-
With the 50th Anniversary of the club fast ap-
proaching, the club is holding an Open Day on
Sunday, February 5 from 10am to 2pm, to help
assist its membership, to keep the club going
strongly into the future.
Internationally renowned coach, Adam Woot-
ten will be special guest of the club giving lessons
to current members. Interested riders, who wish
to bring their horse, are welcome to come and
try the club for a small $10 fee and experience
firsthand what Loch/Nyora Pony Club has to of-
fer. If you don’t have a pony or horse you are en-
couraged to come and join in the activities also.
Pony Club can provide non-riders just as much
as riding members.
The club will be putting on a free sausage sizzle
for those who attend, so it will be a good oppor-
tunity for people to come and speak to current
members and past members, with the view of
joining the Pony Club movement.
As a past riding member, a Life Member and
current coach of the club, I find the Pony Club
movement an important part of developing young
riders. Loch/Nyora Pony Club has produced a
number of international riders, many national
and state riders and has a reputation for some of
the highest sportsmanship in the state.
Pony Club is open to riders up to the age of
25, to encourage young people to ride and to
learn to enjoy all approved types of sports con-
nected with horses and riding; to provide quality
qualified coaching in horsemastership and rid-
ing, and to instill in the members to proper care
of their horses; to promote the highest ideals of
sportsmanship, citizenship and loyalty, thereby
cultivating strength of character and loyalty.
Loch/Nyora Pony Club meets the first Sunday
of the month, except for January. Riders and
families interested in joining such a dynamic and
diverse club can contact Club President – Libby
White on 03 5659 6393 or Club District Com-
missioner – Chris Hill on 03 5659 0064
Contributed by Loch/Nyora Pony Club life
member, Paul Seuren.
Loch Nyora Pony Club rides towards the future
Some of the members of the Loch/Nyora
Pony Club competing at the Lang Lang
Show last Saturday.
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