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Consistent captures in Western Port
  |  First Published: February 2008



Looking back over the last month’s fishing reports, I am astounded the consistency of the King George whiting captures that anglers have enjoyed. In fact I would have to say that we might be in the middle of the best whiting season for at least six years.

Western Entrance Whiting

Cat Bay has lived up to its reputation of being the capital of super-sized whiting. I have 12 separate accounts of thumping whiting taken from water as shallow as 2m here. Renowned angler Simon Rinaldi cleaned up with a bag of 12 huge whiting taken on pipis. One fish measured 47cm and is believed to have reached the magical 1kg mark. Generally whiting have to be at least 54cm to make it to 1kg, but Brendan Wing weighed a 900g whiting of the same length the day before. Brendan also said that Simon’s monster whiting was almost twice as fat. What a fish!

The most impressive bag of Western Port whiting I have ever seen was taken by Patrick Neidhart fishing in 18m of water out from Cat Bay. Pat managed to reach his limit of 20 whiting, which were between 45-50cm, on squid, pipi and pilchard fillets. These fish were so fat that, when I first saw them in his Esky, I thought they were salmon. They were taken on the low tide change.

The Somers to Balnarring area has also been firing. Land-based anglers have found big whiting in the shallows on the top of the flood tide. These sandy beaches have also produced a few gummies to 6kg after dark.

Eastern Entrance Whiting

Often overlooked by whiting fishermen, Cleeland Bight can produce some terrific fish. The area is located between Red Rocks at Woolamai and the Phillip Island Bridge. Try fishing between 4-6m during the day, and shallower at night. Some thumper squid were also taken here recently.

Dickies Bay, south of Bass River, has also been worth trying for some quality King George. The last of the flood tide seems to bring the fish into the shallow water here. Most fish are taken in 3-4mtrs. Again, find the sandy patches between the weed beds.

Middle spit

Charter skipper John Stuber has enjoyed a fantastic month in his regular haunts along the sandbank known as the Middle Spit. His clients have been spoiled with large numbers of whiting taken along the 6-8m line. John has fished both the spit side and the French Island side of the Eastern channel with amazing results. Many fish are 40cm or more and are being taken on pipi and mussels.

Garfish have also been in plague proportions here. On one particular outing John and his customers managed a bucket full of massive garfish to 48cm. I was fortunate enough to pinch a few off him and was quickly reminded of their fantastic eating qualities. Thanks again mate!

Sharks

The offshore scene has started to pick up, in between the hot windy weather. Mako sharks between 15-50kg have been common, but the bigger fish have been reasonably few and far between.

Cranbourne Tackle World staff member Jarrod Day fished with friends to land a lovely 15kg thresher shark on spin gear. The guys started their drift in 70m and hooked two threshers in around 40m. The other thresher broke them off as the crew was getting ready to release the fish.

Gareth Bull sneaks in a nice snapper in between catching good bags of whiting at Eagle Rock.

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