Changing seasons
  |  First Published: September 2008

Well it’s been a cold old winter, with more frosts that I can remember. So much for global warming! Now we can all look forward to the start of the snapper season ­– let’s hope it’s as good as the last one.

The fishing scene at the moment hasn’t been too crash hot, although the surf beaches are still going reasonably well in between the bouts of bad weather.

Don’t forget the trout season either. Come the opening on September 6, I will be out there with my grandkids trying to bag a few.

Surf Beaches

All the surf beaches are fishing reasonably well. Woolamai and Kilcunda beaches have seen the most fish caught, with the majority between 800g and 1kg.

Williamsons has had some better quality fish of up to 2kg on offer. Gunnamatta Beach and Portsea Back Beach are also worth a try, with the odd big fish to 3kg being caught.

Best fishing times have been the last of the run-in tide and the first of the run-out. Best baits have been bluebait, along with blue and white and yellow and white surf poppers.

San Remo Area

Below the bridge there is not a lot happening with only a few salmon, trevally and flathead being caught.

Above the bridge there are some good reports of whiting being caught near the mouth of the Bass River and out from Reef Island. Baits of a mussel and squid strip cocktail are the top bait.

The area from Elizabeth Island to Temby Point is fishing reasonably well for gummies of 4-8kg, with a lot of smaller fish mixed in.


There are still reports of reasonable catches of whiting in close in the weedy areas off Red Rocks and Cat Bay. There is also the odd big gummy being caught off Ventnor in the deeper water.

Flinders/Shoreham Area

The big calamari have started off Flinders and there have been reports of good catches of squid around the 2kg mark off the Flinders Jetty (see also the September Hotspot – Ed.).

The snook are still about in good numbers for anyone wishing to troll for these fish. Best results are obtained if you troll over reefy and weedy areas in 6-8m water and use a lead line to get down to the fish. You seem to get a lot more fish if you fish the last of the run-in tide.

Shallow INlet

The weather was lousy the other weekend but I was determined to go fishing somewhere so I decided to head down to Shallow Inlet with my brother George. I thought it was cold and miserable when I left home, but when we got there we found that it was a lot colder and a lot more miserable there! We went for a fish anyway and, despite the lousy conditions, we managed a good bag of trevally and salmon.

The action was pretty full on for a couple of hours and despite the cold we had a great time and landed a good bag of fish. It’s a good place to fish when the weather is bad everywhere else because the water area isn’t big enough for it to rough up too badly. Plus it’s only about a two-hour trip from Melbourne’s southern suburbs. So if you’re mad keen for a fish it’s a good place to have a try.

Alex Petridis with a couple of nice salmon. All the beaches in the Phillip Island have continued to fish reasonably well.

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