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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 ends on Sunday, 3 April,
when clocks will go back one hour. The predictions are
in daylight saving time when it is observed.
6.27am 12.16pm 6.40pm
2.96m 0.67m 2.65m
12.19am 7.01am 12.56pm 7.28pm
0.60m 2.91m 0.60m
1.03am 7.37am 1.35pm 8.19pm
0.71m 2.84m 0.54m
Sun 8 1.49am 8.16am 2.19pm 9.18pm
0.83m 2.76m 0.48m
Mon 9 2.41am 9.02am 3.09pm 10.23pm
0.96m 2.68m 0.45m
Tue 10 3.41am 9.58am 4.08pm 11.33pm
1.09m 2.60m 0.43m
AFTER the season we have had so far I guess the
weather of the last week or so is almost expected.
It has made it difficult at times to get the boats
out and a little wet and windy on the land-based
areas as well.
The reports have reflected the inconsistent
weather but when things were right, good catches
Despite the winds often being the wrong direc-
tion for the tides, those who took advantage of the
opportunities when they presented themselves
managed some quality fish and even the odd bag
With two islands, there is usually somewhere
that is sheltered that you can launch the boat to
have a fish or a land based spot out of the wind;
the rain is a different problem obviously but it still
won’t affect the fish, only the angler.
That has been the case in the past few weeks and
if you are prepared to drive a few miles to have a
fish you have a similar situation further down the
coast around Wilsons Prom and Port Albert areas.
It is usually as simple as working out the effect
wind and tide has on each other as well as onshore
and offshore winds in different areas.
Wind with tide will generally be calmer than
wind against tide. Just remember at some stage
the tide will change and onshore winds will gener-
ally be rougher than offshore winds. Just factor
in the tide as well and while it may sound compli-
cated, simply look at the map of the area you are
in and the wind and tide directions and you will be
able to work it out.
Failing all of that of course, check in with the
local tackle shop for advice.
Much of the wind in the past couple of weeks
has been northerly making it offshore and plenty
have been out chasing flathead and some of the
bigger species caught in the deeper water.
Flathead have been very good and found in sev-
eral different depths. They aren’t in large schools
and seem to be the same as they have been for
the past few years with smaller schools a few hun-
dred metres apart.
If you are going to give fishing offshore a try,
make sure one of the first things you purchase is
a sea anchor.
I find if you purchase a sea anchor that is one
size bigger than recommended for your boat, it
will have a much better effect of slowing you down
than a smaller one.
Use your sea anchor to help you drift in the
direction you want to go simply by changing the
place it is tied onto your boat. Doing this, you can
keep your lines directly behind you making fish-
ing much easier.
The flathead have been reported from 25m off
the glasshouse to 65m off the cape and are a good
mixture of tigers and sandies.
If conditions are right you will also be able to
get a good bag of pinkies on the close hard bot-
tom areas east of Kilcunda near the wind mills,
but you will catch and throw back several under-
sized in between your keepers.
In the same areas, you need to put down a big
bait on a bigger rod for a gummy or school shark.
If you are going to target a gummy offshore,
take your time getting there, throw out a couple
of lures and pick up a couta or salmon for some
If you are going to trawl around for a salm-
on blind or working a school of fish and using
a deeper diving type lure, don’t rig it on a light
outfit because we are coming into Kingfish time
and you will often find them swimming with the
If you want to fish light for salmon find a school
of fish and cast small metal slugs, white the best,
into them and keep it on the surface.
Kingfish have been very good around Wilsons
Prom and fish up to 1.4m have been landed in the
past couple of weeks.
There are plenty of rats in the undersize variety
but be patient because the bigger ones are there
- they are just a bit harder to get interested in tak-
ing baits or lures.
Live baiting has been one of the best methods
around the Prom as it is here but you also need
a supply of lures, stick baits and mid-water hard
bodies the best, just in case.
If all else fails and you can see them swimming
around and not taking live baits or lures, try cut-
ting a few pilchards into very small cubes and
slowly throw them into the school of fish.
If they are taking the cubes, set up your live bait
rig with a single pilchard just hooked through the
eyes and throw it over. The trick is not to over
feed them with the cubes.
There have been rumours in the past month of
Bluefin tuna being caught locally with the first re-
ported off Cape Paterson.
Although we saw some barrel Bluefin a few
months ago, the ones being reported now are
school fish around 10 to 15kg and far more man-
ageable by the average angler.
Between Christmas and New Year it wasn’t just
rumours that came in, it was photos as well and
several of them.
The Bluefin weren’t caught initially by someone
targeting them but more of an accidental catch by
those looking for Kingfish and once the rumours
got around several then targeted them.
While we saw the photos on other people’s
phones, getting them sent to me was never going
to happen, either was the exact location.
Although I haven’t got exact locations both sides
of the Prom around the various island groups
would be a good starting point judging by the
background in the photos.
If you are putting in at Inverloch I would consid-
er setting your lures once you are about halfway
to the Prom.
Makos are starting to make an appearance and
reports have come in from Inverloch, Venus Bay
and one that we were told of from off Kilcunda.
Most caught so far have been around the 30 to
40kg but a couple of bigger 8’ plus models have
been lost or just not interested swimming up the
There is a lot of food out there for them now
with schools of couta, salmon, arrow squid and
other bait fish like slimies and scad so there is
plenty for them to eat.
Because there is so much food you will need
to try everything you know to get them interested
and at times they will just swim around the boat
for a while and then swim away and there isn’t
much you can do.
Whiting have been good in the past couple of
weeks but a little searching will be needed to get
a good bag of fish.
The same pattern of low tide in Cleeland Bight
and high tide in Dickies Bay has continued but be
prepared for plenty of toadies and leatherjackets.
With so much berley getting put into the water
this time of the year as usual it brings plenty of
the pickers and you will have no trouble catching
The leather jackets at least are getting bigger
and well worth taking home for a feed and once
you learn the skill of skinning them and you try
one for the first time you won’t throw too many
back in the future.
There have been reports of whiting from a lot of
different spots as there always is around Christ-
mas with so many people unfamiliar to the area
who often stop and fish in areas regular people
The size of whiting is very mixed now and sev-
eral undersized to several over 45cm reported;
the best 55cm.
We have had reports from almost all the usual
spots making it difficult to work out the exact
spot to go.
The best advice I can give is early morning and
somewhere quiet is the best spot to be.
We have had some reports from the land as well
and while we never see bags of fish caught land-
based, they are usually good quality. Newhaven
Jetty, Rhyll Jetty and low tide at Sunderland Bay
have all seen success.
Almost all the snapper we are seeing in the bay
now are only pinkies and that very small annoy-
ing bait thief type.
We did see a small handful of good snapper to
5kg but very random catches.
Pinkies you will find everywhere and if you
aren’t catching them move to another spot.
If you want to target a bigger one, it will be
nothing more than luck and I suggest just head-
ing to your favourite spot because we haven’t had
enough reports to get any type of pattern.
Newhaven Jetty and Cowes Jetty are the places
to head if you are land based; early morning late
evening the best.
Gummy reports have been very consistent and
although most that are caught are just pups and
undersized, some very good keepers have made
it back to the boat ramp.
The best of the reports has come from the chan-
nel along the island near Elizabeth and around
A few reports from Corinella and Temby Point,
mostly in the channels but a couple from the
shallower whiting spots around Coronet Bay.
This is typical of the variety caught be-
tween Christmas and New Year.
Around the Bay with Jim’s Bait & Tackle
Keen angler Luke Heinrichs, from New
Wave Concreting, had a successful day fish-
ing last Thursday, landing this whopper
54.5cm flathead off Cape Woolamai.
CORA Lynn and Inverloch-Kongwak will con-
test the first ever match of the Alex Scott and
Staff West Gippsland Football Netball (WGFNL)
The two-time reigning Ellinbank and District
Football League premier will host last year’s
Alberton Football Netball League grand finalist
in an historic battle between two heavyweights
from opposite ends of the newly- formed com-
The senior football and A Grade netball
matches will be played under lights on Satur-
day, March 25 in a matchup brought forward
from round 11 as a stand alone fixture to open
The official round one follows on Saturday,
April 1. Phillip Island will play Dalyston away
in round one and Kilcunda-Bass will travel to
Koo Wee Rup to kick off their 2017 campaign.
The new competition, which was formed fol-
lowing last year’s AFL Gippsland-led senior
leagues review, was officially launched on Sat-
Along with the fixture, the new competition
logo was revealed while prominent Gippsland
livestock and real estate company Alex Scott &
Staff was unveiled as naming rights sponsor for
the next three years.
AFL Gippsland region general manager Tra-
vis Switzer said the competition was coming
together in leaps and bounds.
“As the competition’s governing bodies we
and Netball Victoria have already met with the
member clubs five times and the majority feel-
ing in the room has been of excitement and an-
“There is obviously a lot to work through in
setting up a new competition but the enthusi-
asm with which the clubs have embraced the
change has been very encouraging.
“We had plenty of feedback on the image of
the new league and it was felt that adopting
red and gold as the colours was a nice way to
acknowledge the past and embrace the bright
future of a modern football and netball com-
“That we have also managed to secure a nam-
ing rights sponsor so quickly has been a major
boost and we sincerely thank the directors at
Alex Scott and Staff for supporting us in this
exciting new venture,” he added.
AFL Gippsland has appointed former Latrobe
City events and international relations coordi-
nator Jason Membrey as senior league opera-
tions coordinator and he will oversee the ad-
ministration of the WGFNC.
A committee of management has also been
formed to assist AFL Gippsland and Netball Vic-
toria in the administration of the competition.
Celebrating 130 years of business as a pri-
vately owned company in 2016, Alex Scott &
Staff chief executive Paul Dunlop and the com-
pany directors had little hesitation throwing
their support behind the new competition.
“Our company is celebrating 130 years of
doing business this year and we are proud to
have had a long association with all of our local
football netball clubs,” company director Greg
“We are delighted to be the major sponsor for
the West Gippsland Football Netball Competi-
tion and look forward to the 2017 season and
“Our 12-office network throughout South
Gippsland has clients associated with all of the
clubs in the new competition and we believe
it is extremely important to support the local
people who support us especially those clubs
that provide the opportunity for young people
to participate in sporting activities,” he said.
New league ready to launch in 2017
Football and netball representatives are pictured with staff from Alex Scott and Staff
South Gippsland at the launch of the newly-formed West Gippsland Football Netball League.
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