Kayak Fishing in Gippsland

Ruth Beeby arrived in South Gippsland in 2003 from Western Victoria.  Drawn to the rolling hills and clean beaches nearby, she calls it her Sea Change. 

 

Ruth’s passion is evident when talking about the powerful Kingfish. “They can be elusive; you have to go quietly up on them and when they take your lure, hang on – they really put up a fight!" The sight of a Kingfish splashing around early in the morning at Welshpool with the sun just rising and some sea mist on the horizon, there is nothing quite like it”, she shares animatedly.

 

Ruth Beeby arrived in South Gippsland in 2003 from Western Victoria.  Drawn to the rolling hills and clean beaches nearby, she calls it her Sea Change.  Ruth’s passion is evident when talking about the powerful Kingfish. “They can be elusive; you have to go quietly up on them and when they take your lure, hang on – they really put up a fight!"

 

The sight of a Kingfish splashing around early in the morning at Welshpool with the sun just rising and some sea mist on the horizon, there is nothing quite like it”, she shares animatedly.

 

Her encouragement to all people is to learn to fish - “It’s an incredible sport which makes you want to head outdoors – You don’t need too much gear and can fish landbased.”  She is happy to give away her best tips for fishing around Port Welshpool and Yanakie - “Head out on towards Wilson's Promontory and cast a few lures towards the mainland in the channels - you're bound to hook up with some big Salmon, Tailor or perhaps a few good sized Whiting.”

 

“The excitement rises as you slow the boat and prepare to cast towards them.  Then that strike - the scream of the reel as the fish takes off and the power it has in your hands.  The gradual reeling in of these magnificent creatures never ceases to amaze me and the battle’s not over until it's safely landed in the boat.”

 

The reward is captured with a few quick photos before they are returned to the sea to catch again another time. “You can't go past a nice King George Whiting either - a beautiful eating fish! Plentiful during summer and they get to quite good sizes at Welshpool.” 

 

Aside from Welshpool, which is an obvious favourite, Ruth also loves spending time at Metung.  She refers to it as “A beautiful picturesque lakeside country town, which is still unspoilt. There's nothing like heading out on the lake to catch some Black Bream before casting a few lures into the ocean just a short stroll from one of the jetties on the way to Lakes Entrance.  Salmon and Tailor practically leap onto your lure as you wind it in.” What more could a keen fisherman want!

 

Ruth has her own Hobie Pro-Angler 12 Kayak. This is a pedal powered kayak designed specifically for fishing. The extra stability provides a safe option for the open water. She regularly takes this out around local inlets, rivers and Inverloch as well as heading over to Blue Rock Lake – another favourite place to fish.  She is planning a trip to chase the big Bream at Gipsy Point near Mallacoota in October to get in some practice before entering the Hobie Bream Classic competitions next year.  She is also heading to Norfolk Island late October and plans to spend lots of time out fishing offshore.

 

Ruth has always enjoyed fishing, however, previously was devoted to the land dwelling equine creatures - showing and competing at Agricultural Shows and Royals with her daughter up until 2013.  When her daughter left home for University and later worked in Melbourne, Ruth moved more into the fishing scene and gave up her horses. She hopes to see more women fishing from Hobie kayaks.  

 

A book lover she is currently devouring a book her daughter gave her on Mother's Day.  Eliza Henry Jones’ work called 'In the Quiet.’  Also a big sweet-tooth she loves to curl up with a book and a Vanilla Chai Latte.

 

 

 

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