Westernport bay has been fishing well as we roll on into the start of Spring. The main species are on offer for anglers chasing them with whiting, squid
and snapper all worth the effort. While the snapper fishing is far from red hot, there are fish in the port willing to eat if you are out there looking
for them. The usual late Winter areas of the port are where the fish have been, with the Corinella region to Spit Point a good area to look, along
with up the North arm out from Hastings. Customers Thao and Johnny have been out making the most of the weather windows in the port and have seen a
couple of fish for their efforts. Snapper to 4.4kg have made their way into the boat with fresh squid being the successful bait. 14m of water and the
early stage of the run out tide were the go.
The squid fishing has been good in the port also, even with some milky water up on some of the banks after the rain. The hot spots have been the Quail
and Tyabb banks, with most coming from slightly deeper grassbeds in the cleaner water. Spring is normally a great time to be out in search of the larger
squid as they spawn - and the southern end of the port has already seen some nice specimens caught. As usual a variety of jigs will give you be best
results rather than 'putting all your eggs in one basket' with one colour. The best thing to pay attention to when selecting jigs colours is light
level in the sky and water colour.
Staff member Don and mate Sam fished out on the port over the weekend in search of some squid and they caught some up to around a kilogram. Water conidtions
in the morning were ideal but as the wind picked up they were forced to fish a bit deeper off the banks in 8m where they caught some larger squid.
Red foil jigs worked well on the shallower banks, with UV blues and greens doing more damage in the deeper water. James from Unreel Fishing Charters
has also been spending time out in the port with customers on the squid grounds - with plenty of happy anglers. James has been fishing a variety of
colours and sizes with blacks, green, and bright UV yellow/orange all working - just depending on light and cloud conditions. The Tortoise head area
and south of Sandy Point has been excellent for numbers of squid.
While many anglers aren't really thinking King George whiting, there have been enough out in the port to keep any KGW angler happy. Numbers of fish have
been good, and average sizes around the high 30cm mark to low 40cm nothing to turn your nose up at. The middle spit and Tortoise head have been excellent
areas to try and where most of the fish have been coming from. The region around Balnarring and Somers has also had some quality fish but much smaller
numbers of fish. Customers like Long have been catching some respectable bags of fish to around 39cm from the area on both pipi and squid. Pipi has
been the standout in the shallower water with the fish really firing up before dark.