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Tidal predictions for Stony Point
Cowes -0.09 Newhaven -0 .31
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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.
Wed 11 4.51am 11.05am 5.16pm
1.17m 2.54m 0.41m
Thu 12 12.45am 6.10am 12.21pm 6.30pm
2.81m 1.18m 2.52m
1.54am 7.26am 1.36pm 7.39pm
2.93m 1.10m 2.56m
Sat 14 2.57am 8.33am 2.45pm 8.41pm
3.04m 0.97m 2.63m
Sun 15 3.53am 9.31am 3.47pm 9.36pm
3.11m 0.83m 2.70m
Mon 16 4.44am 10.23am 4.44pm 10.27pm
3.13m 0.71m 2.74m
Tue 17 5.28am 11.09am 5.34pm 11.14pm
3.10m 0.61m 2.75m
WE have been waiting a while this season and
finally Saturday produced an almost perfect day
for the offshore fishermen.
The conditions weren’t 100 per cent like the
forecast but it was perfect for a full day drifting
for shark or flathead.
The bay was calmer and glassed out for most
of the day, making it a hot afternoon on the wa-
ter and probably why most were out early in the
The one question we get asked several times a
day this time of the year is what is the best time
to go fishing and while there is the odd time that
works out better than others, it’s more a safety
thing and the best time to go fishing is when you
have the time to go.
There are also plenty of theories as to the best
wind, with as the saying goes ‘East fish bite least’.
If you subscribed to this theory you would have
missed out on some good fishing on Saturday.
In the bay, it was extremely a light easterly but
a bit stronger offshore, still from the east and it
was the best day for reports so far this season.
There were still plenty that missed out but that
happens on any day regardless of the wind, but
there is also plenty of fish in the freezers of those
who were successful.
With the forecast of good conditions we had
an early start on Saturday morning with plenty
wanting berley and baits to chase a Mako shark
Good customer Mitch was the first in and the
first on the water.
He was also the first to send in a report of a
Mako capture and it came not too far into the
The reports then came in regular, about every
half hour or so for the rest of the day and not
just from one spot, but from the wind mills to
the western entrance.
About the only thing similar in the reports was
that 40m to 50m of water was the spot to be.
By the end of the day we had seven Makos, one
blue shark and two thresher sharks reported
with another four or so seen swimming in the
Several fishermen also reported missed hook-
ups which could have been the ones they eventu-
One mistake many make is as soon as some-
thing takes your bait then lets it go, people tend
to wind it in straight away to check it.
A shark will often stay around in your berley
trail for some time, even after trying to take your
bait so the best thing you can do is leave it there
for a while and see if it comes back.
Most of the time you will be using large baits
so it will still be there, the shark may have just
bitten on the hook and let it go, but it will gener-
ally come back for another look.
There are hundreds of opinions as to the best
way to hook them, strike as soon as the shark
runs, give it more line when it starts taking line,
many won’t put a bait in the water until they see
a shark or have one swimming around the boat
and like most things in fishing there are no set
rules and you will find every fish is different.
The Flathead were also on the bite offshore
during the week although the best day on Satur-
day, they were a bit harder to find.
We had some good reports both of size and
number and from several depths but in similar
areas, 25m to 60m from the end of the cape to
the glass house.
The Flathead were a good mixture of Tigers
and Sandys and some very respectable 50cm
ones caught, although the average was around
There is plenty of bait swimming around out
there and that’s probably why the Makos have
Slimmeys have shown up, with anything from
the pencil ones to very large whole shark bait
Arrow squid are plentiful and the trick has
been finding the depth they are in, with most
people reporting they found them in the bottom
third of the depth they were fishing and not too
many up high.
The bigger Couta are following the squid and
the smaller ones are just following anything and
can be found all over the place.
Large schools of Salmon have been seen and
several boats, especially those with kids aboard,
have chased them around catching some up to
Reading this I know you are going to be saying
I was out there all day and saw nothing.
My reports come from a lot of people and I
would have to say for everyone that said they got
baitfish or Flathead, three said they saw nothing,
so that’s just fishing I guess.
While I have only seen a couple of Kingfish
landed by boats around the Island, those under
the water are reporting seeing some very good
schools around the Pinnacles, Pyramid Rock
and the George Kermode, so once we get a few
more calm days I would expect a few reports to
Unfortunately the only bait fish that have been
a bit scarce has been the Scad Yakkas, which are
the preferred live baits by those chasing King-
While most of our reports come from live
bait, you need to be prepared with a selection of
lures, stick baits or poppers for a bit of surface
skimming, deeper divers, x-rap 15 or 20 to get
under the schools of Salmon and maybe a knife
jig of some sort.
You also need to be prepared with a couple of
made up ready to go live bait rigs, because when
it starts to happen it happens quickly and a roll-
ing boat is not the place to try and crimp a rig
The other thing Kingfish will do is destroy in-
ferior gear, while you don’t need to spend $1,000
on an outfit, your $50 cheap 8kg combo isn’t
quite going to do the job.
It is still very much an untapped fishery here
and each year people are developing different
ways to catch Kingfish and for those who have
never caught one, they are extremely strong and
fast and when born they’re given a map to ev-
ery sharp rock in the ocean and that’s exactly
where they will head when hooked, but they can
be worth the frustration as they are a very good
Back in the bay and it is typical of most Christ-
mas or busy times that the first few days are very
good then it’s as if the fish go on holidays.
Usually after a few days of heavy boat traffic
the fish become very scattered and extremely
difficult to find during the day time.
It doesn’t mean the fish have gone anywhere,
but you need to target them at a different time.
The successful ones this time of the year are
generally those you see coming home as you are
leaving or leaving as you are coming home.
That goes for most fish in the bay this time of
the year, but like all fishing there are plenty of
exceptions and it means a bit more work dur-
ing the day.
Whiting this week were good although we are
seeing plenty of small pencil ones now especial-
ly in areas like Reef Island during the day.
There has been some good size whiting
caught at Reef Island, but very early morning
or late evening.
Cleeland Bight has been the same and a few
good bags have come back from those keen
enough to get out of bed before daylight.
One place during the day that has been rea-
sonably successful has been around Tortoise
Head, although those reporting catches did
say it was a bit of hard work with a few moves
There has been the odd land-based report,
from Newhaven jetty, Boys Home Road, Ventnor
Beach and Sunderland Bay, but not many more
than one or two each.
The other spot whiting were caught during
the week was at Foots, both off the land and
the boat, with what seems to be a very short
window of an hour or so over the tide change.
Snapper have slowed right down and we only
had a couple of reports of fish over 5kg, but sev-
eral of the pinkie to Snapper size around 40cm.
There are also plenty of very small ones and
plenty of perseverance is needed to find a feed
of size ones to take home.
It’s hard to advise on the best spot because it
seems to change every day.
It could be the north end of The Corals one
day, then Rhyll the next day, so like the whiting
it might require a bit of driving around to find
them and fish the tide changes in the deeper
water as that seems to be the most successful
way at the moment.
Calamari have been ok while nothing too spe-
cial and I think they are affected more by the
noise than anything else.
The boats have struggled a bit because of so
many boats on the water, as you are unable to
drift for them and must anchor which is gener-
ally not the most successful way to do it.
The boating reports have come from Cleeland
Bight, Ventnor/Cowes and the odd one from
With so many people in the water swimming
around the San Remo jetty, the only time to
catch calamari has been very early morning
and late evening into the dark when things are
Very mixed reports as always with the colour
of the jig and some having success using baited
jigs, especially those from the beaches.
Several were reported from the beaches at
Ventnor and in Cleeland Bight but again the
quiet times were the best times.
For those wanting an early start don’t forget
we are open from 6am every day until January
29 and like Saturday when several fisherman
wanted an earlier start we can open earlier if
you contact us.
For those interested in fishing competitions,
we will be organising a comp on February 18-19
There will be over $2,500 in prizes for the
heaviest Gummy, Snapper, Whiting, Flathead
and Squid and just for entering you will go into
the draw for a lucky entry prize of a $1,500
Tuna Charter for four people.
Entry forms can be picked up from the shop
or on our Facebook page.
One of the many Makos that have been
landed around the bay this week.
Around the Bay with Jim’s Bait and Tackle
By Craig Edmonds
MORE than 100 swimming clubs competed
in this year’s Victorian Age Championships
held at the Melbourne Swimming and Aquat-
ic Centre, including a number of teams from
other states, New Zealand, Japan and South
The South Gippsland Bass Swimming Club
(SGB) had 16 swimmers compete across the
six day competition.
Our swimmers were up amongst some of
the fastest swimmers across Australia and
Five individual swimmers from the Club
made finals and wins included two gold, one
silver and one bronze medal.
SGB finished 23rd in Victoria and fourth
out of the Country Victoria teams, which is
an outstanding result.
The Club has now set its sights on the
Country Victorian Championships in Sale at
the end of January, and it aims for a top five
finish for the first time in Club history.
The 2016 South Gippsland Bass Swim-
ming team to perform at state levele were:
Mallory Bradley, Sophie McKenzie, Locke
DeGaris, Jarrod Muir, Ebony Donohue, Luke
Muir, Nathan Foote, Lily Robinson, Riley Har-
ris, Hannah Simmons, Will Little, Mayson
Vanderkolk, Kai Lumsden, Nicolette Wight,
Luke Malherbe and Eric Zubcic.
• Nathan Foote; gold medals for both the
100 metre backstroke and the 200 metre
• Lily Robinson; silver medal in the 200
metre breastroke, and bronze medal in the
100 metre breastroke.
• Luke Muir; fourth in both the 100 breast-
roke and the 200 metre breastroke.
• Locke DeGaris; fifth in the 100 metre
backstroke, sixth in the 200 metre back-
stroke; and seventh in the 50 metre freestyle
• Mayson Vanderkolk; sixth in the 200 me-
tre backstroke final.
Special mention goes to Sophie McKenzie
who finished 11th (1st emergency) in her
first state final.
Success at 2016 Victorian Age Swimming Championships
Finalists in the 2016 Victorian Age Champion-
ships held recently in Melbourne are pictured.
They are Lily Robinson (100 and 2200 metre silver
and bronze breast stroke medallist) and Luke Muir
(fourth placed in 100 and 200 metre backstroke).
South Gippsland Bass Swimming Club junior representatives competing at the 2016
Victorian Age Championships held in Melbourne recently were, back from left, Han-
nah Simmons and Riley Harris, and front from left, Nicolette Wight, Ebony Donohue,
Sophie McKenzie and Luke Muir. The young swimmers are pictured with their coach
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