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PRE MIX & DECORATIVE CONCRETE
Fifteen trucks delivering to all commercial
and residential areas of South Gippsland
- NORMAL AND SPECIAL CONCRETE MIXES
- CRUSHED ROCK PRODUCTS
Phillip Island 5956 8302.
Also plants at Wonthaggi 5672 3733,
Bass 5678 2022 and Inverloch 5674 2911
PROOF TO ANNABEL
Tidal predictions for Stony Point
Cowes -0 .09 Newhaven -0.31
High tide is marked in bold
All material is supplied in good faith and is believed to be
correct. No responsibility or liability for errors or
omissions is accepted.
Phillip Island Marine
Open 7 days
l ALL YOUR BOATING & FISHING NEEDS
l 10 HIRE BOATS AVAILABLE
14 Beach Road, Rhyll
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.
3.15am 8.51am 3.00pm 8.57pm
3.12m 0.98m 2.67m
4.12am 9.48am 4.01pm 9.53pm
3.19m 0.83m 2.75m
5.02am 10.41am 5.00pm 10.45pm
3.21m 0.70m 2.80m
Sun 7 5.49am 11.30am 5.54pm 11.35pm
3.18m 0.59m 2.81m
6.32am 12.15pm 6.47pm
3.11m 0.51m 2.79m
12.23am 7.13am 1.00pm 7.38pm
0.48m 3.01m 0.48m
For the majority of the Christmas-New Year
break the weather was favourable for the holiday
makers with typical fine mornings and afternoon
The good conditions then added up to plenty of
people fishing and plenty of reports to the shop.
While the trend of quality over quantity continued
not too many were complaining, able to catch a
feed most times they went out.
While whiting, calamari, pinkie snapper and
flathead made up most of the reports, we did see
some quality makos, gummies and garfish with
plenty of other species reported.
Holiday time and, as always, a lot of people
around means more reports with a mixture of
boating and land-based from some who have never
fished here before, so the reports are usually from
the not so common areas.
This is one of the best things about this time of
the year, with visitors not really knowing where to
go they will try areas not normally fished and gen-
erally with some surprising success.
Trying new places is normally the case with the
land-based fishermen this time of the year as boat-
ers, even new to an area, will tend to follow each
other and fish together.
There are a few spots around the bay beaches
but most of the less fished spots by regulars are
along the open water beaches.
The reason this happens is because when people
come here to fish they do as we would in a new
area, get up high, look around for the areas where
there is less kelp or sand patches, something none
of us really do in our own back yards.
Boating, and offshore is the place to be especially
if you don’t mind a feed of flathead tails because the
good numbers are continuing, and the best part is
they aren’t that far out.
Several people in smaller boats have fished in a
bit closer, often not as far out as the end of the Cape
and while the flathead are much smaller in the en-
trance there is still plenty of size ones to catch.
The bigger ones aren’t a lot further out but a lot
further down the coast towards Kilcunda.
Those who have been fishing out deeper, 40m
plus, have found some good flathead but nowhere
near the numbers.
Makos have been good, mostly shallow and a few
that even come up to the boat without berley and
not even fishing for them.
The usual seven gills and a couple of bronzies off
the bottom, a quality 50kg thresher and those fish-
ing in close at Kilcunda have found several quality
We have had some quality pinkies and even a few
snapper around 5kg have been reported but most
down around the 30cm. The best spots offshore
for the pinkies has been down on the reefs off Kil-
cunda and around the end of the Cape.
Kingfish reports have started to come in but not
from those above the water but from those below
with several being landed from spear fishermen
over the last two weeks, Pyramid Rock the best
area. If you are fishing offshore you will eventually
catch a gurnard.
Just a little warning, if you don’t know what you
are doing, for lip hooked ones use long pliers or
a flatty flicker and if the hook is too far down just
cut the line.
While there are plenty that will keep them to eat,
and they are worth it, they have also learned how
to handle them.
Check the internet or ask next time you are in
and we can show you.
While not everyone will have a reaction one cus-
tomer found out during the week just how painful
a spike from them can be, having to cut their trip
short and head in with a hand that was very painful
and the size of a football by the time they got back
to the ramp.
I am far from any type of expert but when you
read up on what to do they say, hot almost boiling
water asap on the wound will help.
It is the same for stingray spikes but ask your
chemist or even doctor next time you are there and
if you do have a severe reaction probably the emer-
gency department is the best place to head.
Like the simple bee sting, for some it is nothing
more than a bit of pain for a few minutes but for
others it can be deadly.
Boating in the bay, the pattern of the pinkies
hasn’t changed from the last few weeks with the
area around Rhyll in the deeper channels the best
early morning and as the day goes on spreading
out across the Corals and the top end of the bay.
We are still seeing the odd larger snapper and
an 8kg one was landed between Christmas and the
New Year from the Rhyll hole, but they are few and
far between now as is always the case for this time
of the year.
If you are going out to chase the pinkies you will
have changed you rigs dropping hook sizes back
to a 2/0 to 4/0 and most likely now using a pater-
Don’t forget to always have that rod in the wa-
ter with the larger rig, running sinker with snelled
hooks and a larger bait just in case something big-
ger comes along.
I get asked a lot about using soft plastics for the
snapper and while the strong currents make it dif-
ficult in Western Port Bay this is the time of the year
to give it a go if you want. Those who have the most
success will generally be drifting on the ends of the
tides across places like the Corals.
One method we have tried at anchor with suc-
cess is to use a slightly heavier jig head and a plas-
tic with plenty of natural action, curl or paddle tail
and when the tide slows down be casting forward
of the boat and the plastic will naturally sink as it
comes past the boat but once past comes to the
top so you will need to cast back to the front again,
takes some practice but will work.
One thing we seem to sell more of during the
holiday periods, especially to land based anglers is
soft plastics with so many visitors that fish in port
Phillip bay where they are more popular.
They will still work from the land here, but you
will need some modifying from what you do in oth-
er areas to have success.
First thing is a heavier jig head and the areas you
will need to fish, jetties will be difficult, not only for
the current but are generally very crowded.
Most that use plastics from the land will be fish-
ing on the various sand bank areas, wading into
the shallows, working with the tide and long cast-
ing then simply flicking the jig off the bottom while
walking further in the shallows.
This works the best for flathead especially if you
are trying to fish the middle of the tides.
On slower ends of the tides or days when the jet-
ties are a bit quieter flicking around and retrieving
off the top, again using something with a big curl
tail can be successful for your salmon and trevally
and the odd pinkie.
Whiting and calamari are still impossible to work
out but are worth persevering with because the
quality is excellent.
It’s a bit of same, same with mornings below the
bridge in Cleeland Bight then evenings above the
bridge in Dickies Bay. Where you will catch whit-
ing, you will catch squid, so it is worth putting both
types of gear out while you are there.
There has been the odd time where both have
fired up in Cleeland Bight in the evenings but not
that often. The only slight change this week to the
reports has been the whiting have been a little
deeper in water 3m and over during the day the
shallows at each end of the day.
To keep up to date with reports follow us on
Facebook and for those getting an early start we
are open from 6am every day until the end of
Noel took his dad and uncle, down from
Queensland, out fishing during the week and
the trio caught a variety of species including
this quality squid.
Steve and his young charge admire the
day’s pinkie snapper catch after another suc-
cessful fishing expedition. A keen angler,
Steve has managed a quality feed of fish
from his boat or kayak every day over the
Christmas and New Year period.
SNAPPER was on the menu for Christmas
in the Savannah household, with Cowes
local Serge Savannah hauling in this 23
pound whopper out in Westernport, off Sil-
verleaves, in the lead up to the big day.
Serge has done it again!
THIS summer, Bass Coast Shire Council will
offer a new and convenient way to buy your daily
boat ramp tickets through an online payment sys-
PayStay has been operational at Bass Coast
Boat Ramps from December 2017.
Community members will be able to purchase
boat ramp tickets for all of Bass Coast Boat
Ramps via PayStay from 6am to 9pm on Monday
through to Saturday.
Boat ramp users can register by calling the Pay-
Stay Call Centre on 1300 322 111.
Once registered, you can buy daily boat ramp
tickets electronically using the PayStay mobile
app, or PayStay website, and your credit card at
Upon purchase you will not receive a physical
ticket; council officers receive an immediate auto-
matic update showing your ticket purchase.
Boat ramp users will notice new PayStay sig-
nage at Bass Coasts boat ramps which will pro-
vide all the information needed to register and
pay via PayStay.
Daily tickets, and monthly or yearly permits,
can still be purchased from any Council Cus-
tomer Service Centre or the following businesses:
• Phillip Island Marine, 14 Beach Road, Rhyll
• Rhyll General Store, 41 Lock Road, Rhyll
• Jim’s Bait and Tackle, 151 Marine Parade,
• Phillip Island Motors and Fishing Centre/
Shell Service Station, 157 Thompson Avenue,
• Cowes General Store, 181 Church Street,
• Cowes Boat Hire, 1 Anderson Road, Cowes
Vehicles parked in boat ramp car parks must
have valid permit or ticket displayed, or have
purchased a PayStay ticket for their visit.
The money raised from the sale of boat ramp
tickets and permits is used to improve recre-
ational boating facilities across Bass Coast.
PayStay at Bass Coast boat ramps
Daily boat ramp tickets can now be purchased through an online payment system.
By Jim’s Bait & Tackle, San Remo
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