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Whiting spread all around the Port
  |  First Published: February 2013



A great sign for anglers is the many places around Western Port producing fish.

With the weather still being a little bit patchy at least the fish are playing the game when we get the chance to hit the water.

THE TOP END

Whiting have spread themselves all over the top end and snapper also continue to grace us with their presence. Throw in a few calamari and the top end is primed to round out the trifecta for many anglers!

Young Brooklyn accompanied her old man for relaxing afternoon on Western Port and they fished the banks of the Tooradin Channel. During the run-in tide they managed 16 good quality whiting amongst some various other species.

The snapper continue to play the game at Joes Island with plenty of quality plate sized reds coming in. Julie Attard set her new PB with a nice 4.1kg snapper in a quality session that resulted in six fish for the session. Paul Jones and his mate Chris also had a crack off Joe’s and landed a cracking 82cm snapper during the run-out tide.

The deep water around Crawfish Rock is the place to be for a mixed bag of fish if you can’t decide on what species you want to target. Chris Miller fished in 15m of water and had a ball on the snapper with the average fish all around the 2kg mark.

I have also received quite a few reports of whiting in 10-15m of water. Berley has been the game changer and is a must to keep the fish around during the fast flow of the run-out tide. Pipi and mussel have been the go for the whiting and the local pinkie population don’t seem to mind those two baits either.

The calamari are still the species swimming under the radar and the Quail Bank is the place to be for them. The squid have been taking both artificial jigs and silver whiting baited under a float but floating weed has been an issue so try and base your trips around the run out tide and be prepared to check jigs and baits regularly.

THE NORTH ARM

Just like the top end of Western Port, the north arm has fished insanely well over the last month. Whiting and snapper still dominate the reports but some big garfish have started to show up and the beautiful eating rock flathead have also been hungry of late.

The charter boats of Western Port have been working the north arm flat out and the results have kept the smiles on many anglers faces well after the trip has ended.

Robin Gray has ticked off all species on offer in this time of year. Snapper to 5kg, a boat load of whiting and a few rock flathead to 58cm have been caught regularly as well.

Lysaughts has still been producing plenty of snapper as young Ebony Phipps found out. She put in a few hours with her uncle Peter and landed her first ever red on a pilchard.

The middle spit would have to be one of the most iconic whiting locations on the port and it continues to produce year after year. Brendon Borg has been poking around the spit and anchoring over the odd whiting school or two. He has found some spectacular specimens between 2-5m of water with both pipi and mussels taking their fair share of fish.

The reports of whiting in 2m of water have been outstanding and any of the whiting snatcher rigs laced with a little bit of mussel have been almost a sure thing. Be prepared to move around but there are some really nice healthy fat fish cruising around in the shallow water.

The Sunken Island is not a location you hear much about but some very nice big garfish have been zipping around there lately. The Sunken Island sits just along side the Middle Spit and the sight of a few big garfish is a great sign for those who don’t mind a bit of dip netting under the cover of darkness, especially when the gars are pushing 50cm!

Hastings is always a reliable area and this continues to be the case. Wendy Odgers has been fishing off the Hastings Jetty on the run-out tide and has been getting great numbers of silver trevally and some thumping pike to 60cm as the water empties off the sandy banks.

I have also been hearing whispers of some thumping big snapper to 8kg still being taken from around the area so please don’t give up on those snapper just yet!

There you have it, fish everywhere! Let’s just hope that the weather continues to settle because as I mentioned earlier the fish are hungry and ready to eat our lovely offerings! Good luck and keep the reports coming!

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