We are fast approaching the end of a great snapper and whiting season. There’s just enough time to give them one last go in the Phillip Island region before they all disappear for the winter.
If you are into offshore fishing, there are still makos around. I managed a nice one of 40kg on my last trip out of Flinders.
On the beaches the salmon are about in good numbers, as well as trevally, mullet and flathead. Some gummy sharks are being caught after dark.
Kilcunda Beach has been very popular with anglers, who are catching salmon to 2kg. Williamsons and Woolamai beaches are also fishing well. The best times are the top of the tide, and the first hour or so of the run-off. Bluebait, whitebait and pipis are the best baits.
Below the bridge there are pinky snapper, whiting and trevally, with the best fishing occurring on the last of the run-out tide.
Outside the Eastern Entrance, if you are chasing makos, the 60-70m line is the hot area to be in.
Above the bridge behind the police station there are whiting and some good-sized garfish. A bit further up the bay there are plenty of elephants about from Rhyll to Corinella and Reef Island. Fish anywhere in that triangle area and you shouldn’t have any problem catching elephants.
The Newhaven, Cowes and Corinella jetties have all been fishing well with salmon, trevally and garfish making up most of the catch. The last half of the run-in tide has been the most productive.
The whiting fishing on Tortoise Head Bank is still going well, with quite a few fishos bagging out. Around Buoy 13 there are still good gummies in the 10-12 kg bracket being caught.
The Cat Bay area has been hot and cold with good quality whiting one day, and very little the next. There has also been some big gummies and seven-gilled sharks in the deep water off Seal Rocks.
There have been some good snook to 1m off Flinders. Trolling with lead lines is the most effective way to catch these fish. Whiting have been very patchy. The biggest problem in some of these areas is trying to keep your bait on, as small leatherjackets are about in plague proportions.
May is your last chance to catch a few King George whiting in Western Port before they disappear for the winter.Reads: 739