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  |  First Published: February 2011

If the fishing that has been on offer over the past months is anything to go by then it seems that there is a chance the fishing might just go off the chart during February Mordialloc To Black Rock

Mordialloc pier has really turned it on over the past weeks with excellent numbers of garfish on offer for all the kids, as well as mullet, trevally and the occasional school of salmon. Late in the afternoon on the calm evenings some anglers have found some nice whiting while casting to the sand holes among the reef located on the right hand side of the pier.

Out further the boat anglers have still been finding the odd decent snapper in the 14-16m area with best baits being squid and pilchards.

Up off Parkdale Pinnacles there has been a few good catches of whiting, but this should really start to fire in the upcoming weeks as more schools of fish take up residence in the area.

Over the coming weeks its also well worth putting your efforts in for the yellowtail kingfish that will also start to harass the local baitfish over the Pinnacles. Best of all you can easily put out a live garfish or squid while fishing for the whiting.

Off Beaumaris Pier there has been a few whiting and squid taken over the last few weeks but the following month should really see the squid numbers increase – if we don’t get too much more rain that is.

Off Ricketts Point anglers are still finding snapper out in the Gasso region with fish ranging 1-4kg in weight. While closer in along the reef edge between the point and Black Rock is seeing whiting catches varying from day to day along with the sizes of the fish.

What is really firing in this area however are the abundant schools of big garfish that can easily be berleyed up to the boat. Needless to say this stretch of coastline has also had numerous sightings and reports of anglers hooking kingfish, most of which have been seen when anglers haven’t been prepared, so make sure you have a live bait, popper or soft plastic ready when you are on the water.

Around the Cerberus there has been some good schools of whiting for the anglers fishing first and last light, it has also allows land-based anglers to get into some action by casting baits of pipis towards the structure during the night.

Sandringham to St Kilda  

The breakwall at Sandringham Yacht club has been producing garfish on the outside and some nice mullet on the inside with the odd decent pinkie snapper from the end when it has been rough.

Out wider, the Anonyma Shoal will really hit its paces this month with the previous weeks seeing this large reef system holding good numbers of whiting along with some solid snook and more than the occasional kingfish, which I would assume has something to do with the loads of big garfish that are swimming around the reef.

Back inshore and up at Green Point the land-based crew have been finding some garfish while fishing and berleying in knee deep water, along with the occasional squid.

Brighton breakwall has small pinkies are making their presence felt of an evening and while most are small, this month should hopefully see some better fish move into the shallows. The past weeks has also seen the occasional small gummy shark taken of a night.

North Road Boat ramp has had some squid for keen anglers who are willing to fish last light and into the evening.

Out in the deep water the edge of the channel around the Fawkner beacon has held some decent schools of smaller snapper in the 1-3kg size along with plenty of slimy mackerel, adding to this several anglers are reporting lots of bite offs from sharks.

St Kilda To Port Melbourne

Lets hope that February doesn’t see too much rain fall in Melbourne so the top of the bay can clean up and get warm so it can allow some good fishing to unfold.

Over the past weeks I have heard some good reports of flathead being taken off St Kilda breakwall with baits of whitebait and pilchard on paternoster rigs producing the goods on fish to a kilo in weight.

Closer to the pylons and around the moored boats there has been the odd trevally and small salmon on offer for anglers who are using berley.

Further along at Kerford Road and Princess piers its well worth fishing live baits over the next month with the chance of a big mulloway, especially with the mullet starting to show up along the shallows, making easy pickings for these predators.

On some of the warmer days it will be well worth wading the shallows and casting small diving minnows and soft plastics between the two piers for some decent flathead that will make their way into the shallows to feed and warm up.

Further along at Station pier their has been some good reports of small snapper and decent flathead as well as some good bream and trevally hanging around the pylons, so lets hope that over the next few weeks anglers get out on the pier and find themselves some quality fish from these structures.

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