As the cold winter months roll in, many anglers make the mistake of packing up the fishing gear until summer. This is a real shame as there are plenty of fish to be caught in Western Port all year round. In fact this month I have 46 different fishing reports on my desk to write about!
‘Seven gillers’ prefer the colder weather and plenty have been caught recently. These guys account for many of the bite-offs that occur when fishing for snapper and gummies. If they are about, try using some 120lb wire and 8/0-12/0 hooks.
Nick and Ryan caught a 35kg seven-gilled shark in 20m at Cat Bay recently. They caught some barracouta on metal lures, which made lovely strip baits. The guys also boated an impressive gummy shark of 18kg during the flood tide.
Now is the time for those big winter gummies that cruise the depths of Western Port. Ron Smith was fishing out from Warneet in 12m when he hooked a gummy of around 12kg on a cured eel fillet. Unfortunately the gummy escaped at the last minute, but Ron did manage another gummy of 5kg. Both fish were taken on the start of the ebb tide.
The elephant fish have nearly finished their annual spawning run and most are beginning to leave the port. Elmer, Glenn, Voan and Maria fished land-based from Stockyard Point recently. They landed four elephants to 5kg on squid and pilchards.
There were some monster snapper taken last month that any angler would be proud of. Justin Tapner was fishing land-based off Stockyard Point with friends George and Scott, and landed a huge snapper that was 90cm long. It was weighed in at Cranbourne Tackle World and went exactly 10kg. It was taken on a live salmon that was about 30cm long.
Michael Collins also landed the snapper of a lifetime. Out from Corinella he boated a massive red of 12kg. He was fishing for gummies in the shallows with cured eel fillets for bait. He also caught four gummies of around 5kg.
On a sadder note Cranbourne Tackle World staff member Vicki has recently moved on. After a few years of spooling reels and selling hooks, Vicki has decided to pursue other interests. On behalf of all the staff, sales reps and customers, we would like to wish you all the best for the future Vicki. Good luck mate!
Michael Collins landed this massive 12kg snapper out from Corinella (photo: Jarrod Day).Reads: 2232