A few icy blasts combined with some fantastic autumn days have let us know that winter is on the way.
The fishing has been nothing short of awesome recently and if previous May periods are anything to go by then it looks like this one could be a cracker so don’t pack t hat fishing gear away just yet.
While Mordialloc Pier always seems to fish well, the past weeks has really seen it turn on the action for the land-based angler with good numbers of 30-35cm pinkies being caught of an evening, as well as a fair smattering of fish over the 40cm mark. Best of all these guys will only get better and better as the water cools in the bay over the coming weeks.
The slight drop in bay temperature has also seen good numbers of Australian salmon being taken off the pier on small metal lures and baits of pilchard tail or whitebait fished on a paternoster rig. Adding to the salmon and pinkies however has been the decent flathead that have been smashing baits with fish to 50cm being taken on more than just the odd occasion.
If you’re like me however, it’s the return of the squid that we have been patiently waiting for over the past months and after a few false starts due to the ever present rains it seems that we might now be on the verge of some decent squid action as anglers have been getting them fairly consistently over the past weeks.
Finally if you like to fish in the creek itself now is the time to get in there with small floats and a bit of berley in search of the yellow eye mullet that are coming into the creek each day.
Out in the boats, anglers are still finding snapper with Beaumaris gun angler Steve Church has been getting into solid bags of pinkies with a lot in the 35-45cm range. Adding to this however Churchy”has also been getting reds to 3kg when fishing the deeper areas between Mordialloc and Ricketts Point.
Moving up into Beaumaris Bay the squid are really making their presence felt with lots of anglers reporting not only good numbers of squid but of a better size than further south with a lot of them in the 500-900g and the odd even bigger one. The trick to getting into them is to fish the deeper edges of places like the Parkdale Pinnacles and use bigger jigs such as the 3.0 and 3.5 sizes with the Evergreen Brown and gold and hot Orange patterns and the Yamashita live 3.0 in red or silver being exceptional.
For land-based anglers, Beaumaris Pier has been fishing well for squid and this will only get better through winter. If you prefer your own quiet bit of fishing then walk along the rock areas till you find a suitable spot and you should be able to get into plenty of squid.
Good customer and gun squid angler Ru has been doing just this and getting bag limit catches by using the new Evergreen, 3.5XS in Orange tones. This very slow sinking jig allows him to fish a 3.5 sized jig in 1-2m of water.
Up off Ricketts Point and through to Black Rock it’s pinkie season with loads of them moving on the shallow reefs just waiting to gobble up a bait or soft plastic. If you have ever wanted to try plastics this is the best stomping ground to do it on as the fish are aggressive and there are plenty to catch. Add to this some odd good whiting are around and its always a good idea to have a squid jig out.
Great reports have filtered in through this area over the past weeks with the area from the Anonyma shoal through to the red marker buoys off the Hampton rock groynes producing some solid snapper in the 3-6kg size for anglers fishing early in the morning, while the closer-in areas have still been producing the odd whiting and plenty of pinkies.
Off the end of the Sandringham breakwall is a great place to be chasing pinkies on first and last light as they tend to hold off this point before moving into the shallows.
Off the rock groynes themselves, I have had customers reporting good pinkies on occasions, along with squid and a few garfish, however the coming weeks should see the pinkie fishing really heat up in this area.
Adding to this and I know I have probably mentioned it before but boat anglers should show some consideration to the land-based anglers on these rock groynes . Give them a bit of space, as they can’t move around as freely as the boaties.
Further along Brighton breakwall has been producing solid pinkies and some good flathead with one of our good customers Ryan travelling down from Berwick on a weekly basis to fish the area, with each trip producing good numbers of fish.
Up at Green Point and through to St Kilda Marina there have been some really great reports of squid and some solid Australian salmon lurking about on the right day. Over the coming moth as the water will really cool off its also a perfect time to get into the big red mullet that love this area. While out deeper the 18m line has still been providing some snapper for the guys who just cant get enough of the reds.
Moving along from the St Kilda Marina the Pier there have been some solid reports flowing in form anglers finding good success on the local flathead and trevally population with the best method being to use a bit of berley in the form of mashed up pilchards, pellets and a bit of tuna oil. Then either throw balls of it out in the water and fish near that, or use a berley pot that hangs just under the surface, then fish unweighted bait of pilchard fillet and allow them to sink through the water column.
Off Kerford Road and Lagoon piers the past weeks has seen plenty of anglers rewarded with some good catches of pinkies and flathead of an evening, while during the daylight hours some days have proven to be very good for the schools of Australian salmon that are patrolling the stretch of coastline between to the St Kilda and the mouth of the Yarra River.
Over the coming weeks another great option of anglers is to fish either a large live or dead bait off the and Station piers as it’s the time of the year when the mulloway tend to move through this area before heading into the Yarra to harass the local mullet population.Reads: 2182