While the shark fishing reports are normally quiet during the winter months, there is still the odd one around to be caught. Most anglers turn their attention towards other fish species but there are still enough sharks to be caught, especially out around the tuna schools in the state's West.

Customer Paul recently sent us a photo of a chunky mako that he caught fishing out from Port Welshpool.

Paul was fishing around 20km out from the Welshpool entrance for sharks when this monster took one of his baits of fresh salmon. 

After a 2 hour fight on 15kg tackle the shark was finally restrained next to the boat. The fish measured 2.9m long and weighed 230kg. Paul said that during the fight it jumped 4 times, and another mako of around 100kg jumped a few times next to Paul's hooked fish. 

On the tuna front there have still been enough fish hanging around Portland and Port Fairy for anglers to have some fun with.

James from Unreel Fishing Charters has still been having fun with the school tuna out of Portland, with skirts doing the best job on his recent outings. James has had his cousin onboard earlier in the week, with plenty of tuna to keep everyone happy, along with a few nice dolphinfish. West of Cape Nelson has been the better area for the dolphinfish and bluefin. 

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The 90 Mile beach has been fishing quite good for a variety of species recently. The section of beach from McLoughlins right down to Lakes Entrance is normally good over the warmer months of the year for species like tailor, trevally, flatties, gummies and also bigger sharks. During the cooler months of the year the salmon and mullet are quite good along the beach.

James Rogers from Unreel Fishing Charters has been fishing from the beach where he has seen the odd salmon to 4kg, along with some good shark fishing. James managed to land 2 Bronze whalers from the beach recently, with both weighing around 30kg each. James' mate Tom has also had a good run with some cracker flatties up to 80cm from the beach too. Further back in the inlet around Port Welshpool, there have been gummies to 10kg in good numbers, along with the odd large snapper. Best baits have been freshly caught squid and salmon.

 

Customer Eric sent in another report from offshore at Mclaughlins in south gippsland where  the gummy fishing has been good. Eric's best fish lately has been this ripper at close to 18kg, which took a bait of trevally fished on a Nitro Magnumbutt 4 - 6kg rod matched with a 4000 size reel. Eric said the outfit handled the fish fine after a half hour battle.

 

Down around Port Albert and corner inlet at the moment the gummy fishing has been good. Snapper reports from the area are quiet, but it is normally around the start of December when they start filtering through corner inlet.

Customer Jack from team Jackmac sent in a report from the area on the weekend. Jack caught this ripper gummy just outside the Port Albert entrance in 18m of water. The preferred bait was a chunk of freshly caught mullet fished on a 6/0 circle hook.

For anglers staying inside the estuary, there have been good numbers of mullet and the occasional whiting caught from around the pier at Port Welshpool on small strips of squid and pipi.

 

Inverloch:

Jacob has been staying down at Inverloch and fishing Andersons Inlet over last week, and reports plenty of school sized whiting taking pipi and squid from the entrance right up to Mahers Landing.  Most of the fish are around 35cm, which is about average for this system.  Silver Trevally and Salmon to 500g are taking the same baits further around the entrance and Pensioners Point.  After dark, gummies up to 7kg are being caught on fresh baits as they scour for food throughout the inlet.

Welshpool:

Port Welshpool has been fishing well in the Franklin Channel for snapper and Whiting with a few rat Kingies around the jetties.  Customer Chris reports that some days they are slamming every lure to hit the water, and others only one or two types of lure will get a hit.

Lake Tyers:

Customer Mitch fished around the Entrance Channel, taking Tailor up to 70cm, bream up to 45cm and loads of flathead up to 50cm.  Most of the Bream where taken on hardbodies along the flats.  Berkley ripple shads caused quite a commotion amongst the local Flathead, with the average size about 40cm.

Amongst other reports received from Lake Tyers, good customer Daniel landed flathead to 74cm and bream to 39cm, mainly soft plastic flickbaits, worked hard against the edges.

Surf Beaches:

Kilcunda and Venus Bay appear to be the most consistent and successful surf beaches over the past week.  Customer Ted landed 2 Salmon both around the 1.5kg mark on bluebait on an afternoon high tide. 

Anton also fished around the Bass beaches last week, with 7 Salmon up to 2.5kg coming from Kilcunda.  Bluebait and pipi has been the best bait for him, with high water around low light times again being more productive in the close gutters.