Now this is summer! The weather this year has been sensational, the way a typical summer should be!
Though we are heading into autumn, March is still well known for its warm weather, so take in every opportunity to get out on the water whilst the fishing is still firing.
The sharks have been good to us this season, with all trips producing a nice mako ranging in size from 20kg to a whopper at 150kg.
Most shark fishing is action packed, but the mako provides an awesome fight and a display like no other. For their size and strength to see this mighty creature leaping out of the water and performing back flips whilst you have them hooked on your line is an amazing experience.
Heading into March we should see the shark activity start to slow down, however if the weather remains as great as it has been then we may still see a few around.
There has been plenty of salmon activity outside the heads, with good size fish being found around the rip. They are still coming in good size and numbers, so arm yourself with some white Ockies on light gear and you will definitely be entertained.
The Gone Fishing team can’t wait for the kingies to fire up, as they are one of the best fighting fish in Victoria. Whether you are on the kingfish in the rip on the down riggers or jigging for them, they are only around for a short period of time and they can be a tough species to capture, however you can’t beat the kingies for a fight and if your are lucky enough to experience the thrill, its guaranteed you will be back for more in the following year.
The striped tuna have also been a bit slow off the mark, however I expect that they will be well and truly on the bite by March. Try trolling for them whilst using white Ockies and you can expect to find them around Torquay and Barwon Heads. The stripies are a lot of fun on light gear so they are certainly worth the effort.
The whiting have shown a slow start and they have been difficult to find at times. However, once found, they have been good in number and size and they should be getting even better by March. Fresh squid has been the bait of choice and two methods of fishing for whiting can be employed. We have found anchoring is always a good way to go but if the tide is to strong then try to drift on your marks for them.
They are all present out in Bass Strait. The pinkies are can be found around the 50m line and the back of the rip where you may also come across some nannygai. Though the pinkies are no longer the feature for the season, they are still there if they are the species you seek. Take advantage of these idyllic conditions and head out for a great day on the water!Reads: 557