Calm prompts ocean angling

Recent calm weather has triggered fishing action at sea.

CALM CATCH: Calmer weather for the start of winter has encouraged many anglers to head offshore and drop a line.

CALM CATCH: Calmer weather for the start of winter has encouraged many anglers to head offshore and drop a line.

Smooth seas at the start of the recent long weekend allowed plenty of cabin cruisers to put well out from Bridport into Anderson Bay.

Pleased with his catch of flathead, one skipper had used baited lures 15 metres down near Southern Cross reef, in the middle of the bay and almost directly out from Bridport. Gurnet were also about, but in patches.

Meanwhile, down East and well out from St Helens, another party fishing over the Shelf boated several bluefin tuna, common off Eaglehawk Neck but rarer to the North.

Fishing deep and well-offshore for swordfish in this area is calls for innovative techniques, with occasional rewards of dramatic action and worthwhile memories.

Inland, most trout anglers would have packed their gear away but many are already anticipating next season. One who fished Lake Rowallan just before it closed on May 28 gave an encouraging report of many small rainbows along shore.

Right now, Meadowbank Lake, one trout fishery remaining open, has returned to normal operating level and its boat ramp, now with a new landing stage wider and much longer, is ready for use.

Meanwhile, the Inland Fisheries Service has reduced unnecessary shrubbery at Four Springs Lake (dropping saplings and trees along the dam wall). Removing wattles has made much more parking space available in the carpark.