You have got to love this time of year on the Peninsula.
It seems to come alive; not just with people but with the variety of fish species and options on offer. You can fish offshore or inside the bay – there is plenty to keep you entertained.
It’s been another great season on the snapper and we’ve seen some fantastic fish coming from deep off Mt Martha. Notable recent captures include a fish caught by Peter Boland that weighed in at 8.96kg. This was soon trumped by a couple of huge fish in Phil Andrew’s 9.03kg and Andrew Blacker’s monster at 9.95kg.
In all three of the cases, the fish took fresh calamari. Just goes to show that a little bit of time bait collecting can be well worthwhile! It’s fantastic to have seen such great fish coming from our back door step.
For those wanting a change of scenery, the whiting have been fishing very well. The run started around Tootgarook where we had a few weeks of great fishing, before they seemed to show up in other areas.
Safety Beach has seen some good captures as has the boat moorings east and west of the Sorrento Pier. Fish to 40cm have been common while odd fish up to 45cm have been caught.
We’ve seen an excellent run of silver trevally this year with plenty of fish over 1kg being caught in and around the Sorrento Channel. Silvers are a hugely exciting fish to catch on light gear. Pound for pound they must be one of the hardest fighting fish we have in the bay!
The fish have a clear preference for a slice of fresh calamari while those interested in plastics have been finding success on Powerbait Nymphs, Gulp 2” Blood Worms and cut down 3” minnows. The secret to catching a few is to get a good berley trail running.
The yellow-eye mullet have shown up at Gunnamatta back beach and there are still some sporadic catches of Australian salmon to 1.2kg for those who don’t mind spending some time on the sand.
Blairgowrie Marina has been fishing well for squid with schools of slimy mackerel also making a showing in the evenings around the pier pylons. There is a newly dredged hole on the beach side of the Marina where some nice flathead have also been caught by guys flicking Berkley T-Tail minnows in black and gold.
Finally, January is a pretty crazy time down on the Mornington Peninsula and it is easy to get frustrated with the long queues at the boat ramps. Have a bit of patience and remember to give people a bit of space while out on the water.
No one likes boats roaring past 20m from you while you are quietly trying to have a fish or anchoring 100m behind you in the middle of your well-set berley trail. Above all, have fun this summer!
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