Cooler weather has kept a few more anglers at home but even with some ripping wind and good doses of rain it’s still not enough to let the fish know that it’s winter and they really shouldn’t be this active, but who could complain with stacks of fish still on offer for those who want to get on the water?
Best of all we are now well past the shortest day of the year so it’s all on the way up form here as we build up towards anther big fishing season. For now however it’s time to stay focussed on what is currently on the chew.
The pier just hasn’t slowed down with garfish still in good numbers for those who want to use a bit of berley and fish with small baits suspended under floats. However it’s the consistent run of Australian salmon that is keeping anglers busy and while they aren’t huge, they offer anglers a stack of fun. Best of all it’s been great to have kids coming into the store grabbing a small metal lure then heading off down the pier where they are catching multiple fish. The best lures have been the River2Sea Sea Rock 14-25g in the gold, white and silver/blue colours or the 15g Samaki baitfish in blue/silver and gold/green.
Of an evening there have been good number of pinkies kicking around with fish to 1kg caught fairly consistently, with the best method being a paternoster rig baited with pilchard tails or squid strips.
In the creek itself the mullet have been biting quite well, even with the stirred up water as the dredge continues its work to make the creek deep once again.
Out the in the boats the pinkies and solid flathead are still well and truly on the chew with anglers getting great bags of fish in and along the rough bottom that runs between Mordialloc and the Parkdale Pinnacles.
Right up in the bay itself the squid are making a few marks over the past weeks with the Beaumaris Pier and the surrounding rocks producing them in decent numbers. Garfish are also abundant in the calm bay and are offering boat and land-based anglers plenty of action.
Further up at Ricketts Point the pinkies are in full swing with lots of 30-35cm fish around and more than the occasional 1-3kg fish among them. Best of all it’s been a bit of a mixed affair with some days the bait anglers doing the best then the next its all on the soft plastics.
One other method that has been consistently working has been trolling X-Rap 10 deep divers along the reef, especially in the hot head and silver colours with plenty of 30-45cm pinkies falling to these.
On the snapper front, the fish just don’t know when to quit with anglers still getting good numbers of fish out in the 17-19m area and while they aren’t as thick as in November the quality is there with three or four fish averaging 4-5.5kg.
Land-based anglers in this stretch of coastline really are in the key area at this time of year with great fishing for pinkies, squid and garfish and this past month has been firing for all of the mentioned species and really does not look like slowing yet.
Reports have been coming in with anglers finding good success on the pinkies off the end of the Sandringham Breakwall and the rock groynes at Hampton – saying that though the best results have definitely been in or after a solid south to south west blow.
Further along the shoreline at Green Point there have been garfish moving onto the shallow reef area, especially when it has been calm in the mornings and afternoons and while the numbers of them haven’t been crazy, they have made up for it with the size being better than average.
Brighton Breakwall has been a little patchy on a day to day basis, however it is producing squid, garfish, pinkies and flathead so if you take a range of tackle then you are putting yourself in a much better chance of getting some action.
Out wider I heard the odd report of anglers catching snapper up around the Fawkner Beacon and while the reports aren’t that common I don’t think its to do with the lack of big snapper, rather the lack of effort on our part as anglers.
Finally if you are after something different to do, now is the perfect time to drag the boat out to the Anonyma Shoal and troll some diving minnow pattern lures around, as there are plenty of really big snook that will be hunting around this reef system.
Further to the north the rocky reef area around North Road and back to Brighton will fish well this month for squid and red mullet on the shallower areas while working the edge of the drop-offs will see some very solid pinkies move in on the reefs as they push up towards the top of the bay. Best of all there are plenty of areas through here where you really can find your own area to fish on your own rather than in the crowds, which are more common more towards Black Rock.
At St Kilda, the pier has been a little quiet but there has been the odd trevally and some garfish for those anglers that are willing to berley hard and fish around the tide changes to get the best results.
It’s an unknown quantity, as the fishing has been quite good here over the past weeks and it will continue if we don’t get too much rain making this area really dirty with fresh water. For now however Lagoon and Kerford Road piers are still producing pinkies with some evenings seeing some anglers finding a fish a cast. I know I have said it before, but it’s also always worth putting out a larger bait at this time of year as you can find yourself with a truly huge snapper or a big mulloway, both of which inhabit the top of the bay during winter.
If you are in a boat then fish the cunjevoi beds in 5-10m of water that run through this area and you can also find plenty of action on both small and larger snapper.
At Station Pier it’s now a perfect time to be floating unweighted baits or small soft plastics down against the pylons in search of the big silver trevally that move around this pier during July and into August.Reads: 871