We really have now hit that crazy time of year in the fishing world where all the species we get in Victoria are here at once.
If you’re not fishing now, you’re missing out!
The estuary has just started producing those monster flathead that we all love chasing on lures. There are plenty in the 60cm range and the flathead we get around these parts are always fat and healthy and a 65cm specimen will normally weigh around the 3kg mark.
I have seen some very big flathead caught in the past few days on lures measuring nearly 80cm. Soft plastics have been the usual favourite, as we can get a lot of weed which fouls up conventional hardbodied lures during certain times. But if you do find a clear patch of sand, a shallow diver or a more modern sinking minnow style hardbodied lure will work an absolute treat, and you may even catch a snapper or a perch as well.
Some anglers are having some real sport by using surface lures such as floating stick baits or poppers, and again you might nail a perch or two as well. The most unusual catch I have heard this month was of a 36cm bream caught at McLoughlins caught by Daniel Duggan on a soft plastic. This happens nearly every year, but is extremely uncommon.
For the bread and butter guys, this is the best whiting season I have ever seen. Most anglers that have a bit of experience on the whiting are getting a bag limit quite easily. Pipis have been the best bait by far, Bass yabbies are also quite good, but I love the old squid and pipi cocktail if you want a 40cm plus whiting.
The garfish and mullet are still about in good numbers, and never underestimate the eating quality of these fish. The garfish for one would have be up there in the top 3 of best eating quality in Victoria and the mullet in south Gippsland are extremely clean due to the high tidal flow and they taste a lot like whiting.
The snapper have started now outside in the usual haunts and are smashing pilchard baits very well. The running sinkers seem to be the way to go on the snapper in particular. Most of the snapper seem to be around 3-4kg; however there are some 6kg specimens about as well. Ben Black and I had a pretty good session out wide in some rough seas, but we still managed some good snapper to 4kg.
Sounding them up proved very important in the conditions and drifting seemed to be the way to go on that particular day. There have been some very big snapper caught, so it has definitely been worth while trying your luck outside on the reefs. There are some thumping big gummy sharks out wide as well as a few seven-gill sharks still and some big bronze whalers.
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