Whopper whiting!
  |  First Published: February 2008

Well, it’s back to work again, but the fishing scene around Phillip Island has fired up! The Western Port whiting, in particular, are around in good numbers but there have been many undersized fish mixed in with their bigger brothers. Could this have something to do with the abolition of netting? Whatever it is, it appears we may be in for some bumper whiting seasons ahead.

Surf Beaches

Kilcunda is fishing well with big numbers of large mullet in close on the edges of the wash. The best time to target mullet is at low tide using pipis for bait.

Woolamai Beach is producing some good salmon, with anglers fishing early in the morning on a rising tide having the most success.

There have been a few nice gummy sharks caught from Williamsons Beach. If you’d like to hook into one of these beauties, you’ll need a calm sea, a good deep gutter to fish, and a rising tide just on dark. Fresh bait is imperative. Small salmon or mullet freshly caught off the beach before dark are ideal. If you put the time in at this time of year you should not go home empty handed.

San Remo Area

Below the Bridge there are lots of pinky snapper about, along with some good-sized whiting to 40cm. The last of the run-off tide has been the most productive.

Above the Bridge at Dickies Bay, there are reasonable numbers of whiting and large garfish, as well as toadies in big numbers. There are still good reports of snapper on the go, but there are now a lot of smaller fish about. The most productive areas are around Elizabeth Island and at The Corals. There are also good reports of gummies being caught in the deeper water from Rhyll to Cowes.

Outside the Entrance

Flathead of 40-50cm are about in good numbers outside the entrance. There are lots of large barracouta and arrow squid, along with mako and blue sharks, plus a few big bronzies.

Flinders/Somers Area

In the Flinders and Somers area there are some good whiting about up to 45cm, and I’ve managed a few last month around the 850g mark. When you hook into a few of these rod thumping, line running bullets, you will know what whiting fishing is all about. A big head-bumping snapper is great, but you can’t beat the old silver bullet on light gear!

There are still a few squid about for those who persist. The whiting are spread from Flinders to Somers, you just have to move around a bit to find them. One day you might get ten and the next day only three. That’s just how they are, they can be frustrating little buggers at the best of times.

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