Home' Phillip Island and San Remo Advertiser : September 28, 2016 Contents THE ADVERTISER, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2016 - PAGE 35
Tidal predictions for Stony Point
Cowes -0.09 Newhaven -0 .31
High tide is marked in bold
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Please note Daylight savings sends on Sunday, 3 April,
when clocks will go back one hour. The predictions are
in daylight saving time when it is observed.
Wed 28 2.45am 9.56am 3.28pm 10.04pm
0.78m 2.57m 1.10m
Thu 29 3.56am 11.00am 4.40pm 11.21pm
0.88m 2.55m 1.07m
5.11am 12.04pm 5.49pm
0.92m 2.58m 0.97m
12.31am 6.19am 1.01pm 6.47pm
2.54m 0.89m 2.64m
Sun 2 1.31am 8.16am 2.50pm 8.36pm
2.67m 0.84m 2.70m
3.20am 9.05am 3.31pm 9.17pm
2.79m 0.81m 2.73m
4.02am 9.46am 4.05pm 9.54pm
2.87m 0.79m 2.75m
OVER the last few weeks you will have noticed
that the usual report from Alan hasn’t been in the
Alan is unwell at the moment and not sure
when he will be able to return to writing his re-
port, so to help keep people informed of what’s
happening in the areas his report usually covers,
I will try to expand my report but I need your help
to get the reports.
If you have been successful or have a fishing
story or photos let me know.
I am happy not to mention names if that’s what
you prefer or even exact locations and include
what you send me in the report.
Any photos I must have names, especially of
kids where I need permission from a parent.
You can text your report to 0409 018 980 or
You can also drop in or call me at the shop
Reports need to be sent to me by 9am Monday
mornings for that week, otherwise it will be in the
following week’s report.
Don’t forget you can also keep up to date by fol-
lowing us on Facebook and Instagram.
School holidays has seen plenty of young an-
glers around this week and many of them have
been out chasing squid from the jetty.
We have also had plenty of other fish reported
from those on holidays and there has even been a
few days good enough to get the boats out.
Although you don’t need a fishing licence until
you turn 18, the same bag limits and size limits
apply no matter how young you are.
If you are sending the kids down to the jetty on
their own, be sure they know the legal sizes and
put back undersize fish.
It’s always this time of the year I hear the whing-
ing from some of the, for want of a better name,
more experienced anglers that the ‘kids are in the
way’ or ‘the kids are tangling my line all the time’.
While this can be annoying, often the more ex-
perienced anglers handle the situation like a child
themselves and some of the things that are said
to the kids doesn’t actually fix the problem, they
also forget they were that annoying kid once.
There is a very easy fix to the problem and that
is usually to spend five minutes to help them so
they won’t do it again.
While it would be ideal to have a parent there
with them to help or supervise, sadly it isn’t al-
ways possible and it’s much better to have them
fishing on the jetty than playing a fishing game on
the computer all day.
I have been getting some very good reports from
the Powlett River over the last few weeks of bream
I have plenty of customers that have now set
themselves up and will head down to the river
after work if it’s a bit windy to fish in the bay.
The best of the bream we have seen over the
last week or so were 42cm but there was plenty
of much smaller ones.
The best of the perch weighed in at just over
You can either bait fish or lure fish in the river
and it just depends on how you are set up, be-
cause your snapper gear out of the boat won’t
I find bait fishermen prefer a similar set up to
whiting with a nibble tip rod up to 8’ long, while
the lure fishermen need something that is a bit
stiffer in the tip to get good direction when casting
and good movement in the lure on retrieve.
The most popular baits are peeled prawns,
bass yabbies and pippies, with small vibe or a
floating hard body lures the best option.
Calamari reports continue to come in and while
more people are fishing for them now and you
would expect a lot more reports, I think they have
become such a regular catch that people don’t re-
port them as much.
I had several reports from the jetty at San Remo
this week especially with the school holidays.
The reports came from all over the place and
several from the kids fishing whenever they want-
ed to rather than worrying about tides.
A lot of the calamari were on the smaller side
from the jetty and we were only told of one big
one that was dropped when they tried to lift it up
instead of walking it to the beach.
The other regular land-based reports came
from the Cowes Jetty, Ventnor Beach and at Clee-
land Bight and all had their moments with these
areas producing during the week but none really
standing out from the other.
The boats fared better as they normally do and
we saw a couple of calamari that were over 50cm
hoods but the majority of the better ones were
There were a lot of smaller ones that are perfect
size for a whole bait and those that were taken for
eating the heads went into the freezer for baits.
We also got one report from the Newhaven Jetty
and a couple of reports from the Corinella Jetty.
For most of the reports, artificial jigs were used
and just a handful of reports with baited jigs.
Colours is anybody’s guess and there was no
pattern at all with about a dozen different colour,
colour combinations or brands working.
On Sunday I had four customers come in to get
jigs, telling me they had been trying all types and
colours and the ones they were in to pick up were
the only ones they had been able to catch them on
during the week.
Typically, all four customers were getting dif-
ferent ones, which makes it difficult to answer
someone when they ask what the best one is.
Snapper reports haven’t really increased in
numbers yet despite there being more and more
boats out chasing them now.
There are some keen people spending nights
out on the water now, but I think you would need
plenty of clothing to keep warm as the nights still
haven’t warmed up that much.
If you are going to spend the night on the bay
this time of the year you need to keep a close eye
on the weather as it can still be very unpredict-
You also need to make sure that you do have
plenty of warm clothes with you because while
you might intend to only go out for a short time
if you do break down help might be some time
While we are not seeing a lot more Snapper yet
the ones we are seeing are quality and mostly new
Surprisingly, we are getting reports of small
pinkies and undersize ones which based on past
years is very early, as we normally don’t see them
until at least December.
Reports are coming from everywhere in the
bay which still shows that the snapper haven’t
really schooled up and you wouldn’t expect them
to school up for a few weeks.
This is backed up by the pictures we are see-
ing on sounders of small groups of fish.
Those who are reporting Snapper are saying
that the bites are very light and you have to hook
the fish, so I would suggest keeping the circle
hooks for later on and use your octopus style
There is the odd report coming from those
fishing from the land and the reports from Ne-
whaven Jetty have slowed down a bit, with only
a couple of pinkies over the last couple of weeks.
The best land-based report came from the
Cowes Jetty where a local landed one that was
For those who travel to Welshpool I have had a
handful of reports from the Lewis Channel and
just off Singapore Deep.
The Snapper size has been around 4kg and
the best bait has been squid.
I don’t have a lot of other details about the
Snapper but hopefully more reports will be sent
through in the weeks to come.
The quantity of Whiting reports hasn’t changed
for several weeks and it seems only those who
are thinking outside the box are most success-
The only reports I am getting are from those
who have been going to the same usual spot they
normally do, spending hours without moving
and catching plenty of leatherjackets and toad-
Although several have been successful, they
aren’t bagging out and double figures is an ex-
ception but the quality of the fish they are getting
There was an odd report from below the bridge
but with plenty of Couta around, the Whiting have
gone a bit quiet and the better reports have come
from the San Remo side.
You are limited as to when you can fish there
because of the weather.
Maggie Shoal, the Coronet Bay side of Reef Is-
land and the mud bank on the Rhyll side of Boy’s
Channel areas that are normally better later in
the year have been the best over the last week.
Gummy reports have been ok without being
special, and with the exception of a handful of re-
ports, everyone is only catching undersized ones.
Those who managed keepers said they were at
best 4kg with almost all of them coming from the
channel along the island between Tortoise Head
and Elizabeth Island.
This might have had more to do with the way
the winds have been rather than anything else,
but I am sure once more get onto the water chas-
ing Snapper we will see a lot more Gummies.
Salmon reports are like the whiting, not much
has changed over the last few weeks with smaller
fish around and not too many over the 1kg mark.
The best beach has also been the same for
It is as simple as the beach with the least
amount of weed which has been the best to fish
and produced the most fish, so be prepared to
drive around a bit.
The smile on Tess and Abby’s faces says it
all. They headed out with their Dad during
the week and out fished him with this qual-
Around the Bay by Jim’s Bait and Tackle
AUSTRALIAN MotoGP race winner and Marc
VDS Honda rider Jack Miller sat out the week-
end at Aragon Motorcycle Grand Prix in readi-
ness for his home race at Phillip Island in four
The 21-year-old from Townsville stunned
the MotoGP paddock with his maiden premier
class win in atrocious conditions at Assen in the
Netherlands in June this year, but has missed
three of the past four races after suffering back,
wrist and hand injuries after a heavy crash at
the Austrian Motorcycle Grand Prix in August.
Miller sat out the GP in Aragon to ensure
he’s fully fit to tackle the Japanese Motorcycle
Grand Prix at Motegi on October 16, which
comes the week before the Michelin Australian
Motorcycle Grand Prix at Phillip Island October
21 to 23.
Speaking to the Australian Grand Prix Corpo-
ration’s official podcast, ‘Keeping Track’, Jack
Miller said being able to compete in his home
race was a priority with just five Grands Prix
remaining this season.
“The hand is the main issue at the moment,
but I’ve still got three broken vertebrae in my
back as well,” Miller said.
“Not riding 100 per cent fit with all of the
injuries I’ve got at the moment seems like an
unnecessary risk. We’re not fighting for the
championship – we’re always fighting to be at
the front, but if you’re not 100 per cent fit it
adds another element of danger into an already
“We decided to sit out (at Aragon) to try to be
as ready as possible by the time I get to Phillip
Island for my home race.
“It’s one of my favourite tracks and some-
where I believe we can be really good at.”
Miller became the first rider for an indepen-
dent team to win a Grand Prix in 10 years when
he took victory at Assen, and said the break-
through result in just his second MotoGP sea-
son has cemented his standing in the sport.
“I think the whole year this year, the percep-
tion has changed a lot,” he said.
“I think people understand that my work
ethic is the same as the other guys, that we are
working as hard as any other guy and we do
deserve to be there in the class of MotoGP. It’s
not because I’m lucky.”
Miller spoke about his ‘shoey’ celebration that
has since been emulated by the likes of Daniel
Ricciardo and Valentino Rossi, the influence ri-
val rider Cal Crutchlow has had on his career,
and his hopes ahead of the Phillip Island round
BY THE time of publication,
Phillip Island Golf Club Tues-
day pennant teams will have
travelled to Leongatha, Mirboo
North and Tarwin Lower for
the first game of the season,
and of course all hope for a
Saturday pennant has their
final hit out this Sunday before
the season commences.
Trafalgar club will be join-
ing members for a barbecue
lunch before adjourning to the
greens for the annual clash.
Good luck and good bowling
to all players for the season
and remember the three ‘Ls’ -
Line, Length and Luck!
Thursday social bowls saw
26 players endure a cold day
but enjoy good company with
the team of Dorothy Young, Pe-
ter Dawes, Merrilyn King and
Mario Micallef winning the day
from the team of Dee Reyn-
olds, John Hirst and Harry
It was nice to see Mario, a
very new bowler, in the win-
team of three!
It was a sad day last Monday
when a number of members
made the journey to Spring-
vale Cemetery to farewell and
celebrate the life of good friend
and treasurer Fred Vezis.
Members’ thoughts are of
course with Inara and her
Aussie rider ready for GP
Australian MotoGP race winner and Marc
VDS Honda rider Jack Miller is looking for-
ward to competing in his home race in Aus-
tralia, at the October 21-23 Australian Mo-
torcycle GP. Phillip Island is gearing up for
what is expected to be another huge event.
Merrilyn King, Mario Micallef, Dorothy Young and Peter Dawes were the winners of social
bowls played at the Dunsmore Road greens on Thursday.
Pennant season begins
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