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 We have leave-passes, so Shane and I are going to take the Hobie Revolution 13's out and fish the mouth of the Tarwin River and in the bottom reaches of Anderson Inlet. The weather is perfect but the tides are not ideal. (I prefer to fish the top of the tide running out for Estuary Perch).
The salmon schools continue to move up and down the Inlet with the tides. Fish up to 2 kg have been taken. Local Neil, fishing from his Hobie Oasis (picture) landed a good catch of salmon.
An unseasonal run of Salmon have entered both Anderson Inlet and Shallow Inlet. Reaching as far up the inlet as Mahers Landing, fish to 1.2 kg) are taking baits and lures. You can have a crack at them land-based, from a boat or a kayak. At Shallow Inlet, slightly smaller in size with trolling from a boat the best option.
What a week of east winds! So you want to fish and get out of the wind....where do I fish?
Mac and his dad, Bruce fished the annual Aqua Cup at Lake Tyers. This competition they love. The fishing, the friendships and it is a family friendly social event. And they catch and release great fish! Those who visited the Inverloch Store over the holiday period would have met Mac and been treated to his enthusiasm for quality fishing tackle and passing on his knowledge and techniques.. Here is Mac's Report.  
John Hobie (Revolution 13) and Judith (Hobie Outback) were fishing this afternoon from their kayaks in Anderson Inlet. They launched from the beach at the end of Pimble Avenue. They fished the weedbeds with pipi.
Fishing the deeper holes in Anderson Inlet is proving to be the key to catching your target species this week. King George Whiting to 45 cm at the Snags, in the main channel outside Stevies Gutter and at Mahers Landing out the front of the Inverloch Boat Hire. Best baits are mussel meat, bass yabbies and pipi. Amongst them, you will find good sized trevally (ready for a gummy shark upgrade) and flathead to 50 cm.
Anderson Inlet continues to produce quality catches but has never been known for it's squid fishing. Last Friday, between the Bowling Club and the Yacht Club, a land based angler fishing for flathead with soft baits attracted a couple of squid to follow the bait. Changing immediately to squid jigs, landed three nice calamari.
Weather to Fish or Not? A Plan is in Place. It's Tuesday and work has destroyed any dreams I had of kayak fishing with Shane on the Tarwin River for Estuary Perch.  We discuss work and families commitments. Sunday night is the only chance we have. Beach fishing for gummy shark it is. Awesome!
The Estuary Perch have moved up above the highway bridge in the Tarwin River. Schools of fish to 32cm can be sounded up in the boat or kayak. If you are in search of the 40cm plus, drift with the outgoing tide and target the larger fish in tight on the one off snags. Most consistent soft baits have been the Sqidgy bug or 100 mm Wrigglers in Blood worm or the Strike Pro Pigmy (suspending) in the striped minnow pattern.
Over the week end, conditions were perfect for drifting in your kayak for flathead.Whether bottom bouncing a cube of pilchard or spinning a small vibe, flathead to 60cm were taken in the channel at the Snags and in the minor channel east of the boat ramp heading towards the mouth of Screw Creek.
Between the cold fronts passing through Sth Gippsland, and a good south-westerly blow, the Venus Bay Surf beaches are producing flathead to 50 cm and gummy shark to 7 kg. Mac from our Inverloch store fished Beach 1 on consecutive nights on the lead up to New Moon. A rising barometer on the last of the incoming tide made for perfect conditions.
Estuary Perch have been a major target fish in Anderson Inlet over the last week. The best results have been around the Venus Bay Islands, the mouth to the Tarwin River and above the highway bridge. The best bait is live bass yabbies and a variety of soft and hard lures doing the job. The Atomic Crank 38 Mid Diver in Muddy Prawn is a stand-out hard body.
The stable morning weather conditions have allowed many boats to cross the bar and make their first trips chasing Sharks and heading down to Cape Liptrap in search of the Kings. Water temperatures have increased to 19.4 degrees and in some areas 20 plus. 
James from the Rod Bendings Store in Inverloch fished the run out tide at the Snags for King George Whiting....using pilchard fillets and mussel, came home with a great feed...he had to for all the extended family were counting on it! Now get back to the shop..we're busy!
The week leading up to the New Year is prime time to fish Sth Gippsland for Gummy Shark. The areas to target them are the Venus Bay Beaches 1, 4 and 5, Mahers Landing and the entrance to Anderson Inlet.
The schools of mullet are moving up the Tarwin River with the clean water. Land-based anglers fishing the incoming tide from the platforms are hooking fish to 40 cm. Berley is the secret. Small handfuls of bread crumbs will attract the mullet to your location. Best baits are pipi and pilchard fillets.
They say "variety is the spice of life " and the land based fishing in Anderson Inlet continues to provide great variety.
An awesome week of fishing in Anderson Inlet. Only this Inlet can provide a  variety of fish such as this in Victoria and being only just over an hours drive from the eastern suburbs.
The Snapper have well and truly entered Anderson Inlet. An unusual 2 kg fish was taken from the Inverloch Jetty late last week and further reports from boats of 3kg fish taken from the bottom of the Horseshoe at Doyles Rd.  Best baits Us Squid, whole pilchards and trevally fillets. Salmon schools are taking metal lures (pearl the best color) at the mouth of the Inlet on the last two hours of the run in tide.

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