The History an fishing history of people in Mann's Beach
Well i would like to say its all been good but far from it with the lack of foresight an action by governments they have let the place run down, i have fished these waters since 1950s an i can tell you the inside fisherman an there nets behind there speed boats have all but wrecked the fishing so anyone who wants fish go through the entrance an risk there lives, since the 70 when Mac Laughlans beach opened to the sea it has ruined Mann's an Carnies entrance as there is so much sand on the shift all the time ,the first 20 years i fished Mann's beach there were places you could go to an fish an they were there the next year an so on but now it changes from week to week The road was to be tared back in the 70 but the then shire decided to use the money for a round about at Port Albert an that was that for another 20 od years until this year 2009 it finally got tared right to the ramp which is good an one day they will finish the loop.
There have been a lot of people come and go , for 20 od years Fred Hammel an family ran a fishing charter business from Mann's Beach an he had a fairly big moulcraft boat business was that good he bought a bigger one an worked for a number of years.
He then got married had 2 children an moved away from Mann's Beach until his death ,another person who put a lot of work into Mann's Beach by way of the foreshore Comity was Les Wynne who had a drapery store in Yarram he would organise the speed boat races for the beach which were held at the beach or depending on tide over at Nicol's jetty.he an his sons both had boats an did a lot of fishing. Laurie Myer was another identity he first arrived in the 70s an stayer for a number of years eventually going to Welshpool an building a house there. the
The Gippslander after being launched
Mitchells,Bendalls,Dunlops,Mcleods,P Clark,L Wynne.J Wynne all had or have had house at Manns beach
Another local lived at the beach most of his life was Wally Hibbs an wife Jesse ,Wally was a fisherman an he would fish the old way run a net once a day across a gutter an he had the respect of most local fisherman for doing it that way . he also had a hire boat business which he ran for a number of years,boating can be dangerous as he found out one day when he went to start his boat Ajax an the fuel had leaked into the bilge ,on turning the key he was blown into the dingy behind the boat.
There used to be 20 or 30 boats moored at any one time but with one guy wanting insurance you can see what has happened , but as of now we have down at the beach a collection of tractors to put the boats in so at least the type of boat has altered an all are trailer type now