Well it’s been a case of the summer we never had down on the peninsula.
It has still, however, been a fantastic month of fishing where we saw the full gambit of fish caught. From striped tuna and shark offshore to late season snapper and thumping whiting in the bay, it has been a time to remember.
To begin with the striped tuna, they have been in an absolute abundance this year. While this phenomenon has been a fairly recent addition to our annual piscatorial calendar, the last couple of years have seen big schools of these fish appearing outside the heads. And this year was even better than the last!
For a period this month, schools of stripies were being reported from Barwon Heads to Kilcunda Beach, such were their numbers. Similarly to last year, the fish were fairly skittish and frustratingly hard to get a hook-up.
Those reporting the best success employed methods such as trolling 85mm Squidgie Flick Baits 70-80m behind the boat.
Sharks and, in particular, makos have be another welcome target over the last month or so for some of our local game fishos. We have had plenty of good reports with fish to 50kg reasonably common. Customers fishing both east and west of the heads in 50-70m of water reported plenty of success.
Late in the month, the large sand and tiger flathead also came back on the chew fishing in 30-50m of water deep off Sorrento. This time of year also sees smaller snapper mixed in amongst the flatties, so it is a great opportunity to gather a first class feed.
True to their annual form we have seen some solid captures of good quality snapper over the last few weeks. For whatever reason, late season snapper are often a bit bigger in their average size and this year has been no different.
Fish around the 6kg mark have been fairly common with a few bigger fish mixed amongst them. Key to late season success is fresh bait. And fresh calamari is very hard to go past!
While the whiting took some time to get going this year, they have been fantastic in recent weeks. Phil Andrews presented us with a stonker, which went 51cm and 930g while Andy Long also brought in a very fat fish which was 52cm and 920g.
A standout feature of the whiting fishing has been the abundance of fish available land-based. Safety beach, through Anthony’s Nose and some of the broken pockets of ground around the Rosebud Motor Boat Squadron have seen some excellent catches from the shore. Well worth a look if you are land locked.
Finally, I’d like to wish everyone a happy Easter. It’s always a busy time down on the peninsula and we look forward to catching up with all the visiting anglers and hearing a few of your reports.
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