Wet and Woolly Conditions on the Peninsula
  |  First Published: October 2010

We have had some pretty wet and woolly conditions on the Mornington Peninsula.

Being the first ‘non- drought’ winter in many years, the rain and wind certainly deterred some of the punters, but for the keen few there was still some great fishing.

It remains to be seen what all this freshwater will do for the upcoming snapper season but whatever the case, the change in weather has been welcomed by many local anglers.


Whether this is a indicative of the season to come, or a symptom of the season that was, a number of anglers have been out in search of early spring snapper and have found success.

As far as the snapper are concerned it has been an excellent ‘off season’, with fish being caught throughout winter. And with the days warming up we are getting better reports every day.

Matt Cini of Reel time charters has had a number of cracker trips already, fishing the area between Mornington and Frankston, while a little closer to home customers have found success in 21m out from Mt Martha.

The writing is on the wall that this is to be another bumper season!


We have truly been lucky this year with the wonderful run of good-sized gars continuing. It has been an excellent land-based staple for those wanting their fishy fix when the weather has turned them against a boat trip.

All the piers with a particular emphasis around Safety Beach and Anthony’s Nose have been fishing exceptionally well.

The gars have been of a really good size with fish to 45cm. Keeping a good trail of ground berley running is without doubt the way to bring home a feed of these quality white flesh fish.


With a turn in the weather the masses have been out in search of quality calamari. Early on, Queenscliff has been providing for some excellent fishing, as has the tidal area from Portsea to the Heads. Squid to 1.5kg have been fairly common, while a couple of honkers pushing 3kg have been taken from the Lonsdale bite.

October is the crescendo on the calamari calendar where plenty of big breeders invade our waters, so hopefully they turn it on in the coming weeks!

Good reports of some quality calamari are coming from both Portsea and Flinders Pier which should offer excellent fishing this month. Be sure to check out the new Yamashita Live Jigs which feature a UV cloth that heats up when exposed to ultraviolet light. These jigs are going to do some damage this year!

Land and Surf

Salmon continue to fish well at Gunnamatta, although as we have progressed further into the season, Portsea Back Beach has fired up with some quality fish to 2kg. Occasional trevally have been mixed amongst the salmon and even a tailor was caught by Jarrod Day and his mates while spinning at Gunnamatta.

Sorrento Pier has seen some good catches of silver trevally, especially in the evenings, where they are susceptible to fall to a lightly baited Sabiki rig.

For more information contact Peninsula Total Tackle at 11 Boneo Rd Rosebud or phone the shop on 5981 1994.

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