Whiting and flathead still strong
  |  First Published: May 2012

No matter what the season, Victoria has some great fishing on offer!

Queenscliff is still producing the goods with quality yellowtail kingfish remaining on the bite and also the ever reliable flathead and whiting are providing entertainment for anglers. But if you want to experience some of Victoria’s best game fishing, you need to head down to Portland during winter and join the chase for southern bluefin tuna, it’s an experience you won’t forget.

Yellowtail kingfish

It’s been a ripper of a kingfish season this year! With plenty of activity in the rip we have been landing the species from 2-10kg

One method you can use to hook up one of these beauties is by using lead lines dragging around 6-8” rubber Ockies at a depth of 15m.

Always have a popper on standby for these species can come up to the surface and you want to be prepared to cast a line at them, which to your delight you may find successful.

The kingfish are an elusive species and plenty of time may need to be put in.

We may still see them around in May, and we are finding the smaller kingfish ranging at about 60-70cm have moved into bay and are a bit of fun on knife jigs.

Whiting and flathead

The whiting are still going strong, averaging at 35-40cm and great entertainment on light gear. We have found that using fresh pipis and mussels are working a treat. The whiting will continue through to winter and provide many anglers with a reason to get up on the cold frosty mornings.

Flathead have been in good numbers and size in Bass Strait and they have been found in the bay though smaller in size and coming in at around the 30cm mark.


The pinkies are still undersized in the bay, bigger ones are outside in Bass Strait around Barwon Heads.

As the cooler weather rolls in we will see the fishing slow down in Queenscliff, however there are always a species or two still to be found, particularly offshore.


May-July will see many anglers make their way down to Portland in search for southern bluefin tuna, and it is arguably some of the best game fishing on offer in Victoria.

Good reports of tuna are coming through with plenty of tuna out there, hopefully it will be an awesome Tuna season like the one we had last year.

We at Gone Fishing Charters will be heading down to Portland for during the months of May – July, if you have any reports in Bass Strait or Queenscliff drop us line at --e-mail address hidden--

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