Pica with six 43cm-to-45cm whiting caught off Anglesea.

FISHING REPORT – July 18, 2019

July 18, 2019 BY

» Weather conditions are still affecting all reports
» Reports of salmon catches off local beaches continue
» A few whiting have been reported but once again only when fishermen can get out
» The odd gummy shark and flathead are still being reported.

Report provided courtesy the
Anglesea Rusty Anglers Angling

» Reports of snapper, pinkies and flathead but only when fishers can get out
» The river is producing some small whiting and some trevally and salmon
» A few salmon are also being caught off local beaches, but reports are few and far between.

» The big snapper that were being caught last month have moved on but still plenty of 30 to 40cm pinkies being caught
» Plenty of good-sized gummy and school sharks coming in
» The flathead are still fishing well in between the big swell events. They go off the bite for some reason when there’s a big swell running
» There’s been quite a few really big blue spot or yank flathead amongst them
» Plenty of good-size winter salmon are being landed
» The King George whiting are still about which is unusual for this time of year and speaking of unusual there’s been a few John Dory being caught
» The blue mackerel, yakka’s and couta are still here in big schools so we’ve been saving heaps on our bait purchasing.
» The Lorne Pier has been busy over the school holidays with plenty of fish being caught
» Some anglers have been having a great run of good size sand and King George whiting
» Also plenty of salmon, mullet, trevally, calamari, snapper and the odd flathead being landed.

Report thanks to the Lorne Aquatic and Angling club

» Reports of King George whiting and some snapper by those fishing off the land and offshore when they are able to
» Still reports of some good salmon off local beaches
» Spring Creek reports some small bream.

Torquay Tackle and Sports

» St Leonards is still receiving reports of good-sized King George whiting, a few flathead and squid
» Clifton Springs has whiting, flathead, squid the occasional pinkies are being caught when people get out
» Queenscliff reports of whiting in good numbers as well as flathead, pinkies and squid when conditions permit
» The creek is still seeing some trevally being caught
» Swan Bay is seeing pinkies, flathead and squid near the mouth being caught
» Point Lonsdale pier is still seeing reports of trevally, King George whiting and some salmon
» The White Lady is still seeing reports of whiting, squid and flathead
» Indented Head is still seeing reports of flathead, King George whiting, squid and snapper.

A NEW survey of recreational fishers and boaters gets underway this month to better understand the social and economic value of these pastimes in Victoria.

Victorian Fisheries Authority (VFA) CEO Travis Dowling said the previous study into the value of recreational fishing and boating is now more than five years old and a more current assessment is required to inform management approaches and investment decisions.

“The new survey, to be undertaken by Ernst & Young, is a partnership between the VFA and Better Boating Victoria, which was established to deliver on a commitment of the State Government’s $35 million Target One Million plan for fishing and boating,” Mr Dowling said.

The new study will provide up-to-date estimates of:
• direct and indirect output
• direct and indirect value added
• direct and indirect full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs
• total annual recreational fishing participation.

Better Boating Victoria CEO Gary Gaffney said the survey will increase the knowledge base about the value boating brings to the community and help inform future boating strategies.

The study will collect data on recreational fishing and boating using a secure online survey of at least 1,000 participants.

The online survey will be conducted this month and next with the results to be analysed and modelled to determine the economic value of recreational fishing and boating sectors.

Ernst & Young will produce three reports in spring: one for recreational fishing, one for boating, and one for recreational fishing and boating combined. All reports will be made publicly available.

Submissions are welcome, particularly regarding what recreational fishing and/ or boating means to you, your family, your business and your community. All submissions will be considered and assist with the final reports.

Submissions can be emailed to helen.myroniuk@vfa.vic.gov.au by August 16 or for more information email dallas.d’silva@vfa.vic.gov.au.

Meanwhile, if you see or suspect illegal fishing activity any time, phone the 24- hour reporting line 13 FISH (13 3474).


The Lorne Aquatic & Angling Club held their second Winter Cup Fishing Competition recently with some nice fish being weighed in.

Senior winner was the Salmon King, Ian Middleton, with a huge salmon, 3,820 points; runner-up was Keith Miller with
a big Blue Spot Flathead, 2,950 points; third was Ric Addison with a nice snapper, 2,680 points. In the junior section, the winner was Quinn Lodge with a mullet, 2,190 points; runner-up was Zane Lodge also with a mullet 2,180 points.

The anglers and members all enjoyed a scrumptious free mixed grill after the presentations.

Our next fishing competition is our third Winter Cup being held on Sunday August 4.

If you are an angling club and you wish to let people know what’s going on within your club as well as help promote your club, email mybigcatch@bigpond.com and we will post your club news here


I would also like to remind everyone to keep those photos coming in of your big catch! Please forward them to mybigcatch@bigpond.com, with type of fish, weight, length, location and your name. I am more than happy to place your photos in My Big Catch.