Winter has made its mark over the past few weeks with some pretty awful weather. When the opportunities arrive, however, the fishing has been great with some big fish being caught by dedicated anglers.
Mordialloc Creek has finally started to see good numbers of big fat mullet, which turned up after that bit of rain a few weeks back. The pier itself has seen some big garfish being caught when the weather is good, along with some squid around dark.
For those anglers looking for something to do over the coming weeks, get down to the Creek with a light outfit and some small floats to target the mullet. They are great fighters and it’s a great way to spend a few hours on winter’s day.
Up in Beaumaris Bay, the pier out the front of the Beaumaris Motor Yacht Club has once again been producing some great fishing for pinkie snapper, squid and garfish, however it did also produce a 7kg snapper for one lucky angler a few weeks back. This proves that big fish can be taken at any time by dedicated fishers.
Out in the boats, anglers fishing around the Parkdale Pinnacles have had good success on pinkies and garfish, while anglers fishing out deeper in 10-16m have been whacking some thumper garfish.
The reef along Ricketts Point to Black Rock has seen plenty of pinkies of an evening, although there seems to be an endless procession of smaller 15-30cm fish. Although they are heaps of fun to catch they make it hard to find the bigger pinkies in the area.
Trolling the edges of the reef in 6-10m of water is also producing a variety of fish, with my good mate Joe Falcone have a top session one Saturday morning catching several pinkies, snook and red mullet on a small diving minnow.
Speaking of red mullet, they are also about in good numbers and a plastic worked over the really hard reef areas in 3-5m of water will see you with these tasty fish in the boat.
The pier at Half Moon Bay has been producing plenty of squid and it only takes a walk along the pier to see the areas that are producing the best – there are some serious ink stains.
Out in the boats the snook are around in good numbers with some excellent catches being taken around the Anonyma Shoal and along the reef known as Yorkies down towards Sandringham Breakwall.
Out on the mud near the shipping lane there are some small gummies around at present, and it was through the month of August a few years back that Matt Hunt and I caught some really good ones around 10-15kg.
Although I haven’t heard of any specific reports from the area, out in front of the groynes at Hampton there have been boats fishing close to shore of an evening. There must be some good pinky fishing on offer for them to be putting up with the weather.
Off Green Point there are a few garfish to be had for land-based anglers, while in the boats there are no shortage of them offshore all the way up to the city
At Brighton Breakwall there has been a steady procession of anglers catching pinkies, flathead and gars from both the shore and boats, as well as the odd late season whiting thrown in for good measure. Now is also the time to be throwing small plastics around any of the moored boats in the harbours, such as Brighton and St Kilda, in search of the good silver trevally that should be on offer through August.
The mulloway have arrived in the rivers with several good reports through July. Noted bream angler Andrew Smith has had some great fishing in the Maribyrnong throwing lures. One particular session proved to be red hot when he hooked several mulloway before landing a fish of about 7kg. This was followed up by several more reports over the following weeks of fish in the same areas around the abundant bridges in the river.
Wilson reps Anthony Pavlo and Damian Upjohn went out for a bit of product testing in the Yarra River and came up trumps with a nice mulloway on a new lure that Anthony designed. Then a few days later Cam Whittam and Andy Smith were again up the Yarra chasing mulloway and after several pastings Cam landed a mulloway around 10kg on a bream outfit. Here’s hoping the following weeks produce some more great fishing.
As for the bream fishing there has been a few around higher up in the systems and those anglers taking the time to move around and find the concentrations have reported some decent fishing on both bait and lures.
On a sadder note there was a bunch of dead fish that were found floating in the Yarra, including bream, mullet and mulloway. Several of these were sent away for testing to determine what caused the fish to die. Let’s hope it’s not the start of something major caused by the dredge.
Pinkies and squid are the species of choice in this neck of the woods for the past weeks, and it looks as though August will produce the same, or possibly even better, fishing. Some bigger pinkies are starting to filter into areas such as the shallow reef areas off the back off the footy oval at Williamstown and out off Altona. Best of all there are also squid on offer that make top bait and definitely produce some of the better quality pinkies if you can resist eating them yourself.
Up in the Werribee River the bream are starting to fire and August generally tends to produce some good fishing for them, especially if you take the time to get hold of baits such as Bass yabbies, podworms, sandworms or soft shell.
Finally, after a long slow process, I am proud to announce the upcoming opening of our new tackle store in Main Street, Mordialloc.
The business is called Fishing Fever and it is jointly owned by myself and Morne ‘Saucy’ Muller. Many of you will recognise Morne from the pictures in the pages of VFM.
The store will be open in mid-August, stocking all the big brands. Most of all our aim is to offer you the best advice possible, so you catch more fish. Hope to see you there
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