Westernport

Westernport has been fishing well for all the usual summer suspects – with some good whiting being caught of late. Up on the banks the fish size has been a touch smaller, but many anglers have been searching for fish deeper and being rewarded with larger fish.

Kingfish have still been worth a look, with a small group of anglers spending time on them amongst the other species. Most of these kingfish reports have come from nearby to squid and whiting grounds and alongside the main channel structures.

Gawaine Blake from Saltguide has been providing plenty of reports for whiting anglers lately. Gawaine has been concentrating on deeper marks to secure some much larger fish. Fishing the heaviest model in the Arrowz Whiting Tip range and with 4-5oz lead he has bagged on fish upward of 40-44cm. Fishing squid strips and small pieces of pipi on B10 ‘stinger’ hooks was super effective, as this particular hook is dead straight and has less tendency to spin in the current.

Customer Arend fished for whiting out from Stony Point. He landed some nice fish after a few moves and managed a nice bag of quality fish. Arend found that Pipi and squid were the best two baits for him, when fished on straight shanked hooks. Fishing the top end of the run-in tide in 7m of water was where most of his fish came from.

The kingfish have been floating about right up on the banks while chasing whiting and squid. Customer Peter was fishing for whiting up in the shallows where he was harassed by some rat kingies. Fishing strips of squid for whiting was what these fish came through on, and gave a solid account on the light gear. Having one or two rods set up for kingfish while whiting or squid fishing is the best method of being prepared for them, when they turn up.