Some good reports are coming in on calamari in Western Port.
On the eastern side, Cleelands Bight has been fishing well with squid up to 2.5kg. On the western side Tortoise Head, Stoney Point and the Tyabb Bank have also been accounting for a lot of early calamari.
I have had no report from the Flinders area but my guess would be that the big squid would be there in numbers as well for any one looking for a feed or a good stash of snapper bait.
All the surf beaches are fishing well when the weather permits. Baxters and Williamsons have seen Australian salmon up to 2.5kg. Kilcunda and Woolamai Beaches have had fish to 2kg with the odd trevally thrown in.
The majority of the fish are being caught on the top of the tide but there have also been some good catches on the low tide and the very start of the run-in. So it sometimes pays to stick around that bit longer for you never know when a school of fish will come through.
Below the bridge, as mentioned earlier, Cleelands Bight is fishing well for calamari and salmon. Outside the Entrance apart from flathead and ‘couta not much else is happening.
Above the Bridge, there a few reports of whiting to 40cm in the Dickie’s bay area and the odd school of salmon cruising up and down the San Remo channel. The San Remo jetty has been fishing well with calamari and salmon being caught in reasonable numbers.
Some good conditioned whiting are coming in the Ventnor area. I fished the Middle Spit and the Tortoise Head Bank for whiting and didn’t raise a scale. Then I had another go for gummies off Cowes and Lysharts and didn’t turn a reel.
But for this time of year it’s to be expected. It’s still better on the water than at home moping around.
As I mentioned earlier I have had no reports on the squid situation at Flinders, but the big calamari will definitely be there as they have already shown up further up the bay.
There are still some good whiting coming in from Somers and Balnarring areas in close on the edges of the weed beds.
They are not about in big numbers, if you get half a dozen you are doing well.
Ben Cornford ventured further afield and was rewarded with a ripper 3-4kg silver perch caught and released from a local dam.Reads: 1355