Our summer has now been and gone, although it never really felt like it had truly arrived. The fishing has been pretty awesome considering all the unpredictable weather and flooding in the area.
Now with the cooler months approaching we can expect to see more whiting in the area and some more yellowtail kingfish and striped tuna during the month of April.
The kingfish sure can test your patience but they can provide a solid fight and this is why they are the prized catch for this time of year.
The kingfish can be found trolling near Barwon Heads and white Ockies being their preference. However they are proving to be a bit more difficult to find than the striped tuna. So whilst trolling for the kingfish, keep an eye out for the striped tuna busting up and they will keep you entertained.
The striped tuna have been making their presence known this season with quality catches coming in good size and quantity. The stripies can provide a decent fight on light gear and have been providing many anglers with great entertainment off shore. At this stage they can be found off shore at the front on Barwon Heads and it is expected that they will be around there during the month of April.
Whiting have been producing the goods this season averaging around 35-40cm, and with some whoppers at 45-50cm. The whiting are now settling in and can be expected to be around for the following months. So arm yourself with some light gear and squid and head down to Queenscliff for you will be rewarded with a great feed to take home.
The salmon are certainly not as consistent as last month; they are a bit hit and miss at the moment. You may find them busting up for a few minutes then they disappear again. If you find them busting up they prefer white Ockies and on light gear they can provide some great entertainment.
Sharks are still being caught offshore when the conditions are right. There have been some quality captures this season, however not the consistency in shark fishing that we have become accustom to in Bass Strait, and we can only contribute that to the weather and the limited opportunities that had presented themselves to actually get out there and chase the mighty beasts.
Now with the colder months now upon us, we certainly can expect the shark activity to slow down.
Though we didn’t experience much of a summer this year the fishing sure didn’t disappoint. Though it was difficult to get out there and try to conquer the big boys, we still had plenty of action with the snapper, squid, flatties and salmon to keep us in the game.
Heading into April we can expect more great fishing, we still have the yellowtail kingfish to conquer and the whiting and striped tuna to keep us entertained.Reads: 913