This Weeks Fishing Report

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Whiting doing well in WPB

Westernport’s whiting fishing has been excellent for those in search of some of these tasty fish. The whole reaches of the port have been fishing well for KGW, but it’s been a ‘pick your battle’ scenario of late with the amount of weed and grass suspended from all the rough weather. The quality of the fish certainly makes up for it, with plenty of solid fish in the high 30cm size range that are still carrying some winter fat on them.

Customer Edly fished for whiting along the Mornington Peninsula around Sorrento with a mate a landed a nice bag of fish. Freshly caught squid and pipi were the best baits when fished during the run out tide in 4m of water.

Customer Damien and workmate Josh hit the whiting up out from Hastings in Westernport during the last calmer spell of weather and they weren’t disappointed. A good bag of fish to 41cm came aboard, with mussel, squid and pipi all doing the job. Extended paternoster rigs with narrow gape mid shanks and lumo tubing helped in preventing leatherjacket damage. One remark that Josh’s hi-vis was the same colour as the tubing and that it was the fish attractor on the day.

Customer John has been out on the whiting a few times over the past fortnight. He took one of his friends out recently and got into a good bag of fish, with a few nice school snapper thrown in the mix when fishing a bit deeper. A solid bag of fish to 44cm were caught on pipi with the early run out tide being the best bite time especially after the boat traffic died down. Fishing out from Hastings in 4.5m was the go.

Right up the top of the port customer Colin has been on the whiting. Colin has been fishing right up around Joes Island recently and has been finding whiting to 43cm along with plenty of silver trevally and yakkas. Fishing the bank edges on the run in tide has been the best for him, with squid and pipi doing the best.


Port Phillip Snapper success

While the Melbourne weather really hasn’t been very fishing-friendly at all for most of the snapper season, there have still been some keen anglers getting out and amongst the fish. The rough and wetter than normal conditions have gotten the fish chewing well, but the constant spiking and dropping of the bay’s temperature has been the only main factor keeping the fishing hot and cold.

Customer Natalie took the ski out recently after doing a stock up at the store. Natalie fished in close from Frankston down to Canadian Bay and caught some nice school snapper and big pinkies. Natalie found squid on a flasher rig the most effective with the slightly dirty water, and the best depth was around 6m.

Customer Ben also fished out from Frankston and had a good session on the red recently. Fishing Reedys Rigs tipped with squid and pilchard was fishing the best for him, with the UV ‘scallop’ colour standing out in the dirty conditions. A few moves about from 7m through 14m were needed but some nice fish landed in the end.

Customer Nick got on the board for the season recently also fishing out towards P2. Nick sounded around the anchorage and found a few likely marks so anchored up and starting the berley trail. Nick managed a couple of nice fish and caught on both californian squid and silver whiting.

Customers Billy and John snuck out from Carrum recently and landed a couple of nice eating fish. The boys dropped the anchor in 16m of water and berleyed up with Snapper Skittles and cubed pillies, and landed a 44cm and 65cm fish straight up. One came on silver whiting and the other on pilchard.


Great going on the gummies

A few anglers have been catching some quality gummies out of both bays over the past week or so. When the weather has played ball many have sat with fresh baits in search of some flake, with a few coming from the deeper snapper ground in Port Phillip as bycatch. Fishing the top end of Westernport can be gummy central if the right positioning and bait presentation is adhered to, and there’s also been plenty on offer for the land based angler also.

Customer Jamie landed a ripper gummy while fishing fairly shallow south of Corinella. While out fishing for whiting over the grass beds Jamie scored a heap of silver trevally and put one to use on a bigger rod – and scored this nice gummy.

Customer Dennis has landed a couple of small table gummies while out fishing for snapper. Dennis has been finding the smaller gummies in the 20m area  while in search of snapper. Freshly caught and presented yakka have been good when fished on a larger circle hook.

Customer Peter has been searching around the northern region of the port for some table sized sharks also. Peter prefers the gummies just above legal size as he claims they are a better eating fish, and also finds them more fun on the lighter gear. Peter took a brace of sharks home for a feed in his most recent trip, which all took chunks of saury fished in one of the channels behind Joe’s Island.

Even the land based anglers can expect a few of flake if fishing the rights. Customer Ismail and Nicco fished from the shore in westernport in search of a a gummy or two to take home, and they weren’t disappointed. The boys landed a couple of small legal fish from the mudflats near Grantville, with silver trevally and salmon proving to be the successful baits.


Shore based snapper and salmon

With some pretty average weather on it’s way over the weekend, it’s time to get out the long rods and be in search of some local shore based action. The piers and local beaches and rock platforms will be a hit with anglers in search of big red. Amongst the snapper action from these shore based points, there have been some solid salmon pushing the bait schools in close to shore – with some salmon being genuine 2kg plus models.

Customer Sixto has been spending some time fishing from the shoreline of Port Phillip in search of snapper. Sixto has caught some nice fish to around 4kg from the rocks around Mornington during strong Northerly winds. Fishing 13ft surf gear and baits of pilchard, salmon and squid has been the go for him.

Amongst the rough weather some of the piers along the Eastern seaboard have been seeing runs of solid salmon. Mornington, Frankston and Mordialloc piers and along the beach around Mentone have been the areas the fish have been moving through. Customer Dino caught some nice salmon from Frankston pier during his most recent outing. A bit of dirty water and onshore winds had the fish in the area and active. Dino caught his fish on a mixture of bluebait and ‘live bait’ lures.

Customers Ismail and Nico have really been knuckling down and spending their time practising their local land based fishing with pinkies, salmon and snapper on their list. Stocking up on the correct gear and perfecting the rigs, and also persisting with new spots has led the guys to success.

The boys have been catching salmon to about 1.5kg amongst heaps of table sized pinkies and a few nice snapper to around 3kg, mainly coming from the sand and local piers at night. Trevally, salmon, pilchard and squid have all been producing fish, with the attention to detail on the rigging side of things really paying off for the boys.


Local suburban trout

If you live in the South Eastern suburbs and are still fancying a feed of trout, or just want to get to a local lake and relax – there have been plenty of trout still on offer amongst the stocked suburban lakes. Karkarook, Casey Fields and Berwick Springs have all been producing ‘stockies’ on both bait and lure, with the odd stonker still coming out.

Fishing specialist dough baits and powerbait in amongst a pellet berley is a sure fire way to see some action, while the lure options have been a bit more varied. Spoon style lures have been great to fish in windy conditions, while small ‘smelt’ style soft plastics and shallow crankbaits have been catching a few in more favourable conditions.

Customer Paul landed a ripper rainbow down at Casey Fields recently amongst a couple of smaller fish. Paul was fishing an ever faithful Tassie Devil when he hooked the chunky rainbow.

Customer Jason was fishing down in Patterson River just recently in search of bream when you hooked and landed a rainbow trout. Jason caught the lost trout on a small soft plastic grub intended for a bream. The trout was quite healthy and measured 45cm and fought super hard apparently.


Eildon trout

The Eildon area has been a hit for many anglers recently as a leisurely drive up in the hills and some river (or lake) therapy. While the lake has been fishing well for yellowbelly, cod and other species – the pondage and Goulburn have been the standout. With the Goulburn’s level hovering around 400mgl it has been a lot more accessible for wading anglers. With a lower level it has also meant that there is less water between fish!

Customer Clark got away for a breath of fresh air wandering the streams around the region, with the Goulburn one of his stops. Clark had a great time catching trout to around 5lb in the river on a variety of lures, with nice low and clean water helping to wade and cover ground.

Customer Michael also enjoyed a spot of quiet wading around the banks of the Goulburn. Michael fished the river down around the Thornton area and used a variety of lures. Trusty bladed spinners and small spoons worked well in the lower levels of the river, with a swag of 10 trout coming to the bank, including a thumper rainbow of around 13lb!

While the Goulburn has been producing some nice fish for walking anglers, the pondage has also been fishing well for those using coarse methods. Customer Graziano fished the lower pondage using these exact methods and specialised trout dough for bait to land some lovely fish.

Customer John has fished the pondage with his father recently and had some success on some nice fish. John and his dad have been fishing coarse methods with feeder cages and a mixture of powerbait and maggots for their success. Among the quality browns John landed a great looking albino rainbow trout – which are a rarity for the pondage.


Local land based bread and butter

The weather this week has been great for anglers, and with a few more days left of school holidays there are some great options to get the kids outside and enjoy some good fishing.

The garfish fishing has been excellent with the calmer weather around the piers, and the fish have been around in great numbers and hungry, and the suburban stocked lakes have also been fishing well for rainbow trout. The best part about both of these methods is that generally the rod and reel choice will crossover, so you could almost fish for the garfish in the morning and then chase the trout later on – with a not much more than a simple rig and berley tweak.

The garfish have again been excellent value for local shore based anglers. Many of the bayside piers and jetties have been excellent for catching these tasty little fish with the action occurring from Brighton to Blairgowrie. The real hot areas have been again from Mt Eliza through to about Black Rock however, with Mordialloc being a real gar haven the last few days.

Customer Jason fished with a couple of mates in his boat just out from Mordi pier during the week where they landed a great bag of gars. Fishing lightly weighted floats back into a fine berley trail with an extra bit of pilchard in the mix was the go. Silverfish chunks were also the gun bait.

Making the most of the school holidays staff member Don took his son Tygar down to the lake at Casey Fields for a spot of trout fishing. Even though the conditions were horrendous a handful of trout made it to the bank. The method that was most effective was the usual coarse style powerbait fishing, complete with berley feeder cage and fine mix berley. The specialist trout dough and bright ‘spring green’ coloured powerbait were the two baits of choice.


Gippsland Lakes bream

The gippsland lakes have been fishing very well for quality bream at present, as there is still some fresh water feeding in from higher up in the feeder rivers. This fresh water puts some anglers off as it seems ‘dirty’ but in reality it helps in many ways.

Customer Mohammed and friends camped at Lake Tyers overs the weekend and caught some nice bream fishing from the bank. The guys found that the water level was very low and discoloured, but baits of prawn were the best with some very nice fish landed around the Mill Point region.

Customer Pete fished the lakes over the weekend with the Nicholson angling club and managed to upgrade his personal best bream by a big margin. Pete fished the Mitchell river and found the fishing slow on the Saturday, but Sunday morning the big fish were out to play! Peter live weighed in his 5 fish and all were super solid fish, with the best going around 1.6kg. Pete has been finding stretchy Zman grubs fished super slow have been the go, loaded with scent.


Southern squid and whiting

The southern Mornington peninsula is again the place to be looking if you’re searching for squid and whiting – with some good quality squid at that. Even though the weather this week hasn’t been bad enough to keep the northern end of the bay dirty, the southern end has definitely been more consistent. The real areas to be focusing on are from Rye to Portsea.

Customer Shane has been catching quality squid from both Rye and Blairgowrie piers. Shane has mainly been fishing at night and most of the squid he has caught have been around 1kg or bigger. Haramitsu jigs in size 2.5 have been the best for him, especially in dark natural colours.

Customer Izzy fished along the bottom end of the bay with Brett Reed from Reedy’s rigs in search of both squid and Whiting. Izzy and Brett fished out from Portsea and Sorrento where they managed some very good quality squid on size 3.5 Haramitsu jigs. Red foil underbellies were the best performing jigs amongst the clear shallow water.

After collecting some calamari they fished their way around Sorrento, Portsea and Dromana in search of whiting. Pipi fished on reedy’s ‘tinganoster’ rigs worked best in water 5 – 7m deep.

Fishing the same section of the bay customers Josh and Arthur have been doing well on the Whiting. They has been moving about a bit but has found the fish out from Portsea in 8m. The next session the fish went well further back off the Rye region. Both Josh and Arthur had a good session just recently off Rye in 5m of water. Pipi was the best bait.


Bread and Butter pier species

Frankston and Seaford piers have been fishing well for gars. Staff member Don fished Frankston and Oliver’s Hill earlier in the week and caught a feed of garfish. Don found the usual fine berley mix was good to get the fish going, with banana prawn and silverfish the better baits. Float adjustments were also critical, with very calm conditions turning the fish very shy. Don found that his most finesse float was the best option, as heavier weighted floats were pulling on the fish slightly and they would drop the bait.

Further up the bay customer Bashir caught a bag of gars out in the boat. Fishing the shallows off Brighton he managed a nice feed of tasty gars. Fine berley constantly pumped out of the pot kept the fish hanging about and maggots were the best bait.

The area around Green Point is a good area to anchor up, especially on the Northern side of the reefy point. The shallows here produce plenty of garfish once the berley is deployed.

Around the southern end of the bay there have been a few species on offer if you’re hitting one of the piers. Amongst the garfish around the pier and Rye and Portsea, there have been stacks of tommy rough. The tommies are very easily mistaken for small salmon but generally have a larger eye, rougher scales – hence the name and black tips to their tail fins.

If you’re fishing from the pier here the same setup as your garfish gear will suffice. Staff member Don fished the pier during the week with his son Tygar and landed a heap of tommies. A fine grit ‘garfish spec’ berley trail is excellent with the addition of slightly more tuna oil or finely mashed pilchards. Finely tuned floats with small pieces of banana prawn have also been excellent.

The squid fishing has recently picked up for anglers fishing from the piers. The southern end of the peninsula has been the place to be out eging. Customer Tony fished from Portsea pier recently and found that the early morning fishing was the best.

Tony fished the end of the pier from before first light and managed 6 nice squid for his morning session. After purchasing a new squid outfit Tony was super keen to get amongst them, and he reports the new outfit made the fishing much more enjoyable. The best jig for Tony for this session was a UV white in size 3.5