Bread and butter

The Winter run of garfish has been anticipated by many since last year and there have been numbers of gars around at present. Weather conditions have favoured them with no really rough onshore winds to move them off or bring in the predators like salmon and snapper.

The main areas that have been producing gars over the past week or so have been Sandrigham, Beaumaris, Mordialloc, Seaford, Frankston, Mornington and Mount Martha. All of these areas have been holding numbers of fish, and fine ‘wet sand’ consistency berley has been the way to get them to turn up and start to bite.

Small correctly weighted floats with narrow gape hooks and small pieces of banana prawn or maggots have been the best baits.

Staff member Dylan has been catching some big garfish from the shoreline and piers around Beaumaris and Black Rock. Dylan has found maggots to be best bait of late, with banana prawn second. Fishing heavily weighted sliding floats with an extra long indicator has been the key to setting most bites, as they have been sliding the float under the surface very subtly.