While the average weather hasn't been super motivating for many forms of fishing, it's probably the best time of year to focus on simple bread and butter
species around the bay. The many species on offer for angler at the moment are bream, garfish, salmon, pinkies and flathead. The best part of fishing
for these species is that most of it can be done from the shore, kayak or in close in the boat. The current amount of freshwater washed into the bay
has dirtied the water up and although this makes the water look very uninviting, the fish can normally bite better.
The bayside rivers and creeks have had a real good flush out and this has fired the bream up a lot over the last few weeks. The Patterson and Maribyrnong
rivers have been producing some nice bream as more food is flushed around for them, and they have decreased sensitivity due to murky water. Customer
Robin fished the Patto just recently and found a few nice bream near the mouth. Robin landed fish to 38cm on scrubworms fished on small whiting 'flasher'
style rigs in 90 minutes of fishing.
The same area around the mouth of the Patto has also been producing salmon as they move up and back along the Eastern side of the bay. While they sometimes don't hang about for long, if the conditions are good the fish shouldn't be far away. Onshore winds and dirty water lines are good signs, especially if there are any baitfish schools about. Mordialloc through to Frankston is the region to look around through, with bluebait and whitebait the best baits. For the lure anglers, slim profile stickbaits and metal 'angry baits' have been effective in long casts into the wind, while small minnow soft plastics have also been catching fish once a bit of scent is added. Youngster James has been enjoying the salmon on soft plastics and lures with dad Chris when they can find a break in the weather.
Once the weather backs off a bit the garfish will come back on the chew. The same areas mentioned for the salmon have also been producing some good size
gars when the wind hasn't been too strong. Onshore winds of 10 knots or less are generally what to look for when chasing the gars, and make sure you
have heavily weighted and buoyant floats like the strada sliding floats. These floats are able to carry lots of lead for casting weight but will stay
upright and alert you of any small gar bites very well.
The top end of the bay has also been producing some nice flathead in the shallows. The region from Port Melbourne through to around Sandringham has been
the most productive stretch, will Atona bay another good spot to try. Staff member Dylan caught a bucket load during the calm weather trolling hardbodied
lures from 90 - 130mm in size, with the best depths being around 2.5 - 3.5m of water. The rougher weather has seen many caught in even closer with
the breakwalls and piers producing fish to around 42cm most days. If you're going to target a feed of flatties, make sure you lure or bait has got
plenty of natural attraction and scent. Baits of small squid or squid heads have lots of movement in the rough water and might even score you some
pinkies also. Small 'flutter jigs' are excellent for casting good distance as are soft hybrid vibes. The best lure choices are ones that the fish can
find the easiest in the murky water, and gel or aerosol scents will increase their effectiveness 5:1.