The cool weather recently hasn’t done anything to slow the fishing in Western Port. In fact, the regular winter species have provided anglers with some much-needed action. Salmon schools are busting up baitfish, trevally are being caught from many land-based locations and whiting are still in good numbers.
Corinella has consistently produced some great fish over the past few months. The pier has been a hot spot for those willing to brave the cold and wet a line. Silver trevally have been caught to over 30cm, with the average ‘trev’ around 23cm. These gutsy little fighters are great fun on whiting gear as they use the current to give anglers a run for their money. Try a berley pot full of chopped pilchards, berley pellets and tuna oil to attract them to your baits. Schooling fish like trevally, salmon, mullet and whiting respond extremely well to a berley mix like this.
Boat fishers have also done well out from Corinella. Mick Collins fished for gummy sharks recently using trevally fillets as bait. He managed to land nine gummies to 90cm.
Other anglers have found some monster snapper in the Corinella/Corals region. Ben Mullins and friend Dennis bagged a beautiful red of 6.9kg on squid. They also caught a small gummy during the flood tide in 10m of water.
Most local surf beaches have been fishing reasonably well lately. Williamsons and Kilcunda have been the standouts for salmon during the last half of the flood tide early in the morning. Try using a paternoster rig with a small salted pilchard on one hook and a surf popper in either fluoro yellow or white on the other.
Gunnamatta surf beach has been the pick of the lot if you’re chasing gummies after dark. Again a rising tide is best. Salted tuna, squid strips or cured eel will do the damage.
The King George whiting in this area have been fishing well for the past few weeks. Kevin Reid and Keith Thomas of the Oakdale Angling Club have managed to get amongst the winter whiting, with two boats reaching their bag limit of 38-42cm fish. The whiting took squid strips, mussels and pipis in 4m of water.
The pipi situation still doesn’t look good. In short, it looks as though there will be almost no pipis until early November at the earliest. There is currently a closed season on South Australian pipi harvesting (where most of our pipis come from). Most frozen stocks have been depleted. To make matters worse, it seems the general public has decided that one of our favourite baits is actually quite good to eat. Remember 20 years ago when peeled cray-tail was the gun bait for rock fishers? Well nowadays crayfish are worth about $60 per kg. So we are faced with just one challenge: find something else that works.
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For all the latest info on fishing in Western Port, drop in and see Dan at the staff at Cranbourne Tackle World, 270 South Gippsland Highway, Cranbourne (5996 6500).
Justin Tapner with a 10kg snapper taken from Stockyard Point.Reads: 2500