Whiting is the key attraction
  |  First Published: July 2012

As you all know, many anglers have made their way down to Portland to try their luck on the southern bluefin tuna.

We have found that this year has been tougher than previous years; we still managed to find success, however more patience was needed. Now heading into July the weather starts to turn a little wild in Portland so many anglers pack up and head back home to test out there home ground.

As we are heading back into Queenscliff, we can expect to find whiting, whiting and more whiting.

Whiting can be found in the Bite and around Queenscliff. You can also try the whiting over the other side in Sorrento, straight from the Sorrento boat ramp – just look out for the weed and unbroken ground. As for bait, pipis have been the best to use and usually deliver the goods.

You can expect that where you find whiting the squid can’t be too far away, so it doesn’t hurt to throw a jig around to test the waters. The best areas to try for squid are Swan Bay, St Leonards, Clifton Springs, Portsea and Sorrento.

The squid should start coming on around this time of year, the brighter jig are working the best this year, however the year prior it was all about the neutral colours. So you need to get out there and give it a go and see what will work the best.

Winter snapper in the bay are good fun for those keen to brave the cold in anticipation for the red of a lifetime. Snapper around 6-9kg are common, so sound up a school, anchor on it and then wait for the reels to scream off.

Though we are in mid-winter there still is plenty of fishing on offer, so if you are willing to brave the cold, you may find that it is worth the effort.

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