When the conditions are allowing, anglers are venturing out offshore from Westernport chasing the Sharks. February is typically a good month for sharking, as water temperatures are just about perfect, and there are normally large amounts of bait schools around.
Many customers are reporting acres of Salmon, Yakkas and Slimeys, which are all top class baits for many fish, including Sharks. Lots of bait schools are moving about near Stony Point, Tortoise Head and Cowes, along with West Head off Flinders and throughout both entrances.
Good customer Joe and his mates have been hitting these bait schools early on and then fishing some of their deep marks through Western entrance, to catch some quality Gummies. In this deep, tidal water these big Gummies go like rockets, slugging it out against the current; fishing slightly heavier than normal to compensate for larger sinkers is a good option.
If Sharks with teeth are your interest, then offshore is where you should be. Plenty of Makos averaging 25-50kg are around, but there are also more large Sharks around than average. Makos estimated at up to 180kg have been hooked and lost next to the boat by anglers targeting smaller, table-sized Sharks. Earlier this week, we received some photos of a large Bronze Whaler caught by customers out fishing for Makos. The beast was hooked up on a live Slimey, and slugged it out for over 4 hours on 15kg tackle. Eventually beaten and boated, the huge Bronzie was estimated at over 120kg and 7 feet long, and caught out along the 70m line behind Phillip Island.