Snapper and kingfish test anglers’ mettle
  |  First Published: December 2012

It’s such a busy month down here on the Peninsula and with so many locals and tourists out there fishing, it always yields some fantastic and interesting catches.


The last four weeks saw some very nice snapper come in from Mt Martha as they traditionally do at this time of year. For the guys hunting trophy fish, the run-out tide seemed to produce the best captures. A variety of baits caught fish but the hands down winner was fresh calamari for the bigger snapper. Fishing depths between 21-23m along the shipping fairway saw plenty of action, little wonder considering the enormous bait schools that have held in the area for the last couple of months.

Yellowtail kingfish

We have already seen plenty of early birds out chasing kings around the Rip and offshore. Some fish have been caught but the best action should really happen from here on. For those of you who are new to the Rip please be mindful, it’s a dangerous piece of water and you absolutely must get out of the way when container ships pass through!

The Port Of Melbourne authority is looking very closely at fishing in the Rip and we don’t want it to get banned!


The last month continued to impress with good tiger and sand flathead in 30-40m of water off Sorrento back beach. Heading the other direction we saw plenty of pinkies down off Barwon and even some nannygai being caught by the charter boys a bit further on toward Torquay.

A few Australian salmon have shown up in the Rip but you can almost guarantee we will see more as the month roles on.

Land based

A few anglers have been wading the shoreline at Tootgarook where there are some healthy weed beds which have been producing some nice flathead on soft plastic. Two winning plastics include the Squidgy Fish in Poddy mullet and the DOA in Stark Naked. Great options to pick up a summer flathead.

Looking Ahead

Next month, the ramps will again return to normal, although weekends will remain busy through until Easter. It’s a fantastic time for whiting fishing with the fish spread from one end of the peninsula to the other and generally feeding voraciously.

It’s a great time to target the species land-based too. Fish at Anthonys Nose, Safety Beach (from the beach) or Blairgowrie Marina. All good options for a leisurely evening fish!

Finally, patience is the key down here at this time of year, so take it easy at the ramps and lend a hand to those less experienced. On the whole, happy holidays! We hope to catch up with a few of you in the shop.

For more information feel free to drop in and see the boys at Peninsula Total Tackle, 11 Boneo Road in Rosebud or phone: 03 5981 1994.

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