With a fine break in the weather and an increase in the water temperature, the fishing and variety of fish has greatly improved. From the beaches at Inverloch, Snapper to 78cm and Gummy Shark to a metre have been taken from the beaches after dark.
Well, all the planets aligned following the New Moon this week. A high barometer reading around 1030, overcast conditions and a light southerly breeze. And the Australian Salmon didn't disappoint. Spinning lures off the beach east of the Jetty towards the Mouth of Screw Creek produced fish to 60cm a couple of hours either side of the high tide. Blue bait patterns were the most successful pattern of lure.
Land Based spinning for Salmon on Inlet beaches can be rewarding and there are times when you spin your ar** off for nought. Don't expect the Australian Salmon to always move along the same sections of beach. As they are always following bait schools, they will be where the bait schools go.
In horrific conditions today, a good sized school of Australian Salmon moved along the beaches at Pensioners Point. Fish ranged from 32 to 43cm and smashed silver metal lures cast out into the channel. After checking our records, the Salmon were three days later than last year.
With Salmon Season underway, we were fortunate to have some great weather to send up a Drone up last week. The purpose to show the best land-based options to fish with a better understanding of the changing sand bars and channels. The salmon schools are moving in on the tides following large bait schools. So where are the best locations to reach when spinning lures and bait fishing?
The great fishing in Anderson Inlet continues through this warm and stable weather for April. Landbased, Pensioners Point is producing Trevally to 40cm taking Bluebait on the running tide, Flathead to 45cm on Pilchards and Squid. Although the numbers of Whiting has reduced, the size is consistantly 35-38cm Best baits are Worm, Pipi, Mussel, Squid Strips and Live Bass Yabbies.
It is fair to say that in Anderson Inlet, the term Pinkie Snapper is regularly used. When the Snapper Seaon is full on in Western Port and Port Phillip Bay, a 2kg Pinkie Snapper is a good catch in Anderson Inlet. November is the usual time to start targeting them. But this year is the season has started early and the quality of fish is that of the larger bays.
It finally happened...after a good blow from the South West and some seriously good swell which all the surfers have enjoyed. From first light today, trevally were hooked in big numbers again. As it got closer to high tide, the schools as salmon could be seen in the shallows and the game changed.
After being teased for the last month or so, a solid run of salmon came close to the Inverloch shoreline at Pensioners Point. The schools outside are in the vancinity of 3 kg and up to 65cm and having been moving from Cape Paterson towards the mouth of Andersons Inlet. Today, just after the high tide, fish to just under 2 kg were landed on metal lures. The best being the Searock Ultra Flash 40gram in pilchard.
The gutter formation along the Venus Bay Beaches is deep and within casting distance from the high tide mark. Schools of salmon are moving along the gutters throughout the tides. Best baits are blue bait and pilchard fillets. If using poppers, tip with a strip of squid.
Rory Mackenzie landed a crackin' Gummy Shark using fresh bait at Mahers Landing during the summer holidays. His son Romi was so impressed he had to have a go. Romi landed his first gummy that he released unharmed. The viewers poll indicated pound for pound, your fish was bigger! Well done Romi!
The reward for fishing the tough conditions this week-end come in quality fish. This bream of 46cm took a live bass yabby. At Mahers Landing, good sized gummies have been hooked on trevally fillet in the most appaulling conditions. Thank the fishing gods, the conditions are improving for the rest of the long week-end.
The warmer weather patterns and the subsequent increase in water temperature has produced the first quality catches of Whiting and Pinkie Snapper in Anderson Inlet.
The pattern of late afternoon tides and big salmon off Pensioners Point continued. Last Thursday, Friday and Saturday afternoons produced 2kg fish around the high tide. This also coincided with a high barometer reading of 1030 and north/north-west winds increasing your casting distance. Metal lures 25-40 gram produced the results and some quality fish were taken on blue bait.
A pattern is evolving for the schools of salmon coming into Anderson Inlet. Late afternoon high tides with overcast conditions or falling light. Again, the salmon were within reach of land-based lure anglers at Pensioners Point. Spinning from the shore using 9', 4-6kg rods and 4000 sized reels with 25-40 gram metal lure produced results again yesterday.
Rod Bending's has 3 places left in our June 28th Fishing Clinic. Register with David via email firstname.lastname@example.org Venus Bay Surf Beach. High Tide 1.00pm June 2014 Date…..Saturday 28th Times 10-3pm Cost Adults $60 bring your own gear. Kids $30 Adults $85 with gear provided. Kids $40
Inverloch, Venus Bay, Fishing Report and Opportunities. Queen’s Birthday Week-End June 2014.
We conducted our first Surf Fishing Clinic on the Venus Bay Beach 1 on Saturday 31st May 2014. Start time was 10am with 5 adults and 2 kids attending. The aim of the clinic was to cover reading the beach, safety, casting, rigging, bait and lure fishing and looking after your catch.
After a couple of weeks of hit or miss land-based salmon action, they have returned back into Anderson Inlet. Once again, Pensioners Point was the hot spot. Fish to 2.5 kg were taken yesterday on the last of the run in tide and the run out tide through to dusk. This morning, the action continued on the run in tide. Pearl and white metal lures did the job in the overcast conditions with fish to 2 kg being landed.
Spinning for Salmon on 4-6 kg outfits off the inlet beaches is great fun and also keeps you warm on these bitter days. This is the Searock 25 gram lure that is producing the best results. Notice the "glow in the dark" belly of the lure. Cahrged with a UV light, this lure will be very effective fishing around the dirty water on first and last lights.