Rayner’s favourite season
  |  First Published: April 2012

As the water now starts to cool off in the bay it really brings on some great fishing for some better-sized fish.

Perhaps they are feeding up in preparation for the impending cold water that surrounds them during the winter months or maybe it that the water temperature is just right to get them actively feeding. Either way now is a great time to be out on the water in search of some great fishing around this part of the bay.

Mordialloc To Black Rock

I know I say it every month but the fishing continues to be great off Mordialloc Pier and this month it looks like will be no exception.

March saw some decent numbers of squid start to get taken off the pier later in the afternoons. While the garfish were and still are a constant saviour especially when a berley trail is used.

As and added bonus the pinkies have been going quite well over the past weeks and one would only expect them to get much better over the coming month as they move back into the shallower water to feed in big numbers.

Out in the boats, anglers are still finding some solid flathead up in Beaumaris Bay, with the back of the mussel farms and through to Parkdale Pinnacles producing the best results. Adding to this the squid have been quite consistent off the pinnacles as well, with Fishing Fever staff member Pete Alevizopolous having no dramas getting a feed of calamari up to a kilo in weight on several occasions.

This month also tends to see a lot of big snook in the same area so its well worth having a troll around Parkdale Pinnacles and out off Ricketts Point.

For those who can’t get enough of the red fish, the snapper bite has been quite good over the past weeks with some solid fish in the 3-6kg size being taken out in the 18m areas off Ricketts Point. In closer on the hard shallow reef, now is the time to get serious on the pinkies with the coming weeks and months offering some red hot fishing for both bait and lure anglers.

Anglers have also been finding the odd squid off the jetty and car park rock wall at Half Moon Bay. However if I was looking to find a feed of squid in this area over the coming weeks then I would definitely be looking at Beaumaris Pier and down along the walking track that runs along the shoreline between Quiet Corner and Black Rock – especially on a high tide late in the afternoon.

Sandringham To St Kilda

Pinkies, King George whiting, squid, Australian salmon and snook are all on offer through this area over the coming months. To find them you don’t need to fishing in any more than 10m of water. In fact some of the best fishing is to be had by land-based anglers or those boat anglers who fish in very shallow water at night.

Sandringham Breakwall and the nearby Hampton Rock Groynes have been producing some decent bags of garfish and pinkies to a kilo, with the better pinkies taking fresh pieces of garfish and squid.

Moving north the coming weeks will see some great action on the garfish off Green Point with this big shallow rock area generally producing the best fishing on the sunny days when the gars hang in this area as the water warms over the rocks.

Out in the 14-20m area anglers are reporting that they are still sounding up plenty of snapper, which tend to bite best on a tide change, and the schools of yakkas and slimy mackerel are thick enough to walk on, which is giving anglers an endless supply of fresh bait.

Further north Brighton Breakwall has been producing some scattered reports with some anglers finding good fishing while others are missing out depending on the day and the fish being targeted. Saying this however I am sure that this month will produce plenty of good pinkies, garfish and squid to those anglers that are heading that way.

North Road through to St Kilda is worth a look this month with squid on offer for land-based anglers, while boat anglers can chase some of the much better sized reds in the area up to Elwood drain area with pinkies and solid fish to over 5kg being a real possibility. This same area will also produce good squid and the odd whiting if the rain can stay away for long enough for the water to keep clean – fingers crossed.

St Kilda To Port Melbourne

St Kilda Pier has been keeping the kids busy with a recent Fishcare day put on for the kids producing pinkies, flathead, garfish, trevally and yakkas in just a matter of hours and since then there has been more reports of similar action for other anglers.

Further along from Lagoon and Kerford Road piers the pinkie reports are flowing in with anglers having some great sessions, in fact one customer popped in to let us know that he and his mate had been into one session that saw them catch and release over 50 pinkies in a short pace of time on light soft plastic outfits.

Up at Station Pier there have been some nice pinkies to 1kg being caught off the pier with some anglers actually doing well on them by floating unweighted pilchard tail baits down a fine berley trail.

For the boat anglers the area around Princess Pier has been fishing well with some good hauls of pinkies being reported along with the odd big snapper or mulloway thrown in to keep things really interesting on light tackle. The other bonus however has been some solid silver trevally that can be entices from the pylons by getting a berley trail going back towards the decrepit pier then fish unweighted baits or soft plastics into the berley.

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