This summer has cemented one thing in my mind – the peninsula has a long-term problem!
With increased access to the Mornington Peninsula, the pressure at our boat ramps, from both boats and jet skis has, at times, become intolerable. With the Frankston bypass due for completion in early 2013, access to the peninsula is only going to get better and with that will come more boats and jet skis.
Ramp infrastructure will have to be improved.
This is an issue that will no doubt surface at local and possibly state elections in the coming years and I would urge all readers to make their voice heard!
More importantly however, the punters willing to brave the ramps have seen some sensational fishing.
Also known as ‘yanks’ the big blue spot flathead have been in abundance this year. Often mistaken for dusky flathead, many people would find it hard to believe that flathead up to 80cm are still being caught in the bay! Blue spots between 35-50cm are most common but plenty of customers have reported fish up to 70cm and few larger. Interestingly, blue spots only seem to be found in the south of the bay, and more pointedly, on the sand and grass beds where many anglers fish for whiting and squid.
We have been inundated by reports of big gummy shark this year. We have had numbers of customers reporting catches of 2-3 fish to 18kg in a session, which is pretty hot activity. The last quarter of the moon seems to have been good, as has the start of the flood tide. During this period of heightened boat traffic there is no doubt that the fishos experiencing the most success have focussed their efforts on fishing at night.
On the whole it has been a great year for garfish and in recent weeks we seem to have had another influx of these tasty little fish. Gar floats and bait have been hot property in the shop. And best of all, they are an easy target both land-based and from out in the boat, with our local piers seeing plenty of action. The key trick to getting a bag is to get some berley running. Many novice anglers underestimate the power of the burley. Just make sure you use a fine or ground mixture.
Looking to the month ahead, we will be moving into early autumn, which often sees patches of clear, calm conditions: fantastic for heading offshore or trolling for salmon around the Port Phillip heads area.
For more information feel free to contact the boys at Peninsula Total Tackle at 11 Boneo Rd, Rosebud or phone 03 5981 1994.Reads: 1223