Peninsula calamari

The squid fishing along the Mornington Peninsula has been good considering most of the wind direction of late has been from the East. The protected shorelines from Mt Eliza through to Mt Martha have been good, but the standout has still been Mornington pier. The pier has been producing large numbers of small school squid for anglers fishing small jigs. The key really has been to fish a jig smaller than a size 2.5 or 2.0, with sunset through the night being the better time to fish. For those after squid, when the Easterly winds have backed off, Flinders and Portsea piers have also been fishing well.

Staff member Don fished the pier at Mornington during the week and managed a bag of squid. As usual small jigs from size 1.5 to 2.5 have been the most productive, with 1.8 being about the best general size at present. Fishing the shallower section of the pier has been more productive than further up along it.

Customer Angelo has been fishing Flinders pier when the weather has allowed, and when the water conditions around the pier have been clean enough the squid fishing has been good. Angelo has been finding the afternoon bite has been more consistent on the squid, with the last few hours of light the prime time. Fishing size 3.5 jigs with ‘minus’ nose weights allows them to sink slower around the kelp and minimises snags while providing the same larger profile to the squid.