The confiscated gear and seafood.

FISHING REPORT – May 09, 2019

May 9, 2019 BY

ANGLESEA
» Weather has been very poor so reports are far from conclusive
» Small salmon are still being caught off local beaches
» Offshore a few small pinkies are still being reported
» Reports of some flathead out deep
» Gummy shark are being reported
» The occasional whiting is also being caught
» Mullet off the boat ramp
» Reports of taylor continue
» Some small bream in the creek.

Report provided courtesy the Anglesea Rusty Anglers Angling Club

BARWON HEADS
» Snapper, pinkies and flathead offshore have been reported
» A few gummy shark also
» Some small King George whiting in the river
» With the occasional catch of trevally and salmon being reported
» Some salmon are still to be caught off the beaches.

LORNE
» The water temperature off Lorne is still over 17 degrees and the weather has been kind so there’s been plenty of action
» The snapper have arrived in good numbers with plenty of big ones coming in
» There are large schools of salmon popping up everywhere feeding on small whitebait. They have been taking small lures being cast into the schools or by trolling near them
» The King George Whiting season was quiet but still a few being caught for those with a bit of persistence
» Plenty of big gummy sharks being caught
» Lots of flathead about with the odd big yank being landed
» The schools of Blue Mackerel and Yakkas are still about with small barracouta now joining them
» The Lorne Pier has been fishing well with reports of snapper, salmon, whiting, trevally, Squid and the odd shark being caught.

Report provided courtesy the the Lorne Aquatic and Angling Club

TORQUAY
» Still a few King George whiting being reported in close
» Reports of a few snapper and pinkies offshore still coming in
» The occasional gummy shark reports are still occurring
» A few flathead have been reported
» Salmon are still being caught off the local beaches
» Small bream in Spring Creek reported.

Remember Torquay Tackle and Sports. For all the best available advice in Torquay on tackle and bait, phone 5264 8207.

QUEENSCLIFF
» St Leonards is still seeing reports of King George whiting, flathead and squid
» Reports from Clifton Springs are of whiting, flathead, squid as well as some pinkie snapper being reported
» Queenscliff is still seeing reports of whiting, flathead, pinkies and squid
» The creek is still producing the occasional trevally
» Swan Bay has reports of pinkies, flathead and squid continuing at the mouth
» Point Lonsdale is producing reports of trevally, King George whiting, salmon, and squid being
» The White Lady has reports of whiting, squid and flathead continuing
» Indented Head sees reports of flathead, King George whiting, squid, snapper and gummy shark continuing.

A 30-year-old man from East Kew and 35-year-old man from Point Cook have received substantial penalties for diving and spearfishing offences relating to abalone, rock lobster and fish.

Victorian Fisheries Authority Director of Education and Enforcement, Ian Parks, said the men had been observed at Crayfish Bay, Cape Otway, by Fisheries Officers in late September 2018.

“The two divers had taken rock lobster and abalone during the closed season,” Mr Parks said.

“When Fisheries Officers attempted to intercept the pair, one of the men ran off, hiding their catch in nearby bushes.

“The catch bag was recovered and found to contain 25 abalone, six of which had been shucked (removed from the shell), which should only be done at the place of consumption.

“Three of the abalone were under the minimum size of 12cm for that stretch of coastline.

“The rock lobster had been speared, which is illegal, and the men also had an undersize 24cm wrasse.

“In the Colac Magistrates Court on Monday, one of the men was fined $5000 with conviction and banned from any
form of fishing in Victorian waters for 12 months.

“The second man received the same penalties, plus a further $1500 fine for obstructing an authorised officer.

“Both men’s seized diving equipment, worth around $3000, was forfeited.”

Mr Parks said bag and size limits, along with closed seasons and equipment restrictions, are important measures to ensure
sustainable abalone and rock lobster fisheries that all Victorians can enjoy.

Meanwhile, if you see or suspect illegal fishing activity any time over summer please phone the 24-hour reporting line 13 FISH (13 34 74).

CLUB CORNER
St Leonards Angling Club & Bellarine Pirates Angling Club announce their GUMMY SHARK CHALLENGE Fri 10 May to Sun 19 May 2019 (10 days). Trophies for heaviest – all prizes for Mystery Weights. Major Mystery Weight $200 plus 5 x $25 vouchers. Trophies for 1st, 2nd, 3rd Adults, Juniors 16–10 years & Nippers 9 years & under. ENTRY FEE $10 – Entry fee
and form must be paid PRIOR TO weighing in fish. Weigh master available over 10 days.

How to enter and pay:
Email entry form to secretary.fish@bigpond.com or post to PO Box 1070 St Leonards 3223. Pay by direct credit: BSB 633-000 Acc No 1348 73140 “Gummy 19 & your name” in details. Direct Credit and Mail Entries must be received by 5pm Friday May 10

The Lorne Aquatic and Angling Club held their fishing competition on Easter Sunday.

The conditions weren’t the best but plenty of good size fish were weighed in.
• The results were as follows:
• Senior Winner, Ian Middleton with a huge salmon 3,420 points.
• Senior Runner Up, Paul Staley with a big yank flathead 2,320 points.
• Senior Third, Pat Russell with a large leatherjacket 2600 points.
• Junior Winner, Zane Lodge with a Flathead 2,410 points.
• Junior Runner Up, Quinn Lodge also with a flathead 2,320 points.
• Junior Third, Daisy Lodge with a Salmon 2,080 points.

As usual the weigh in deadline was 12.30pm followed by a scrumptious roast lunch which was free to all competitors and only $10 to members. We then had live music with the fabulous VULCANS performing from 4pm into the evening.

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.

PHOTOS

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.