Kingfish season in full swing for divers
  |  First Published: February 2013

February will see the water temperature increase, the schools of baitfish congregate and hence the yellowtail kingfish season is in full swing in Victoria.

Reports from right across the state (from as far afield as Portland in the West and Mallacoota in the East) show consistent captures of kingfish from minimum length all the way up to and even over 20kg! This next month should prove very exciting and we should get a true indication of the kingfish season when the Victorian Kingfish Cup is held in early February hosted by the Southern Free divers Spearfishing Club. Held over two days, divers can spearfish anywhere within the state of Victoria. Check out http://www.southernfreedivers.org.au for more details on the Kingfish Cup and/or Kingfish spearfishing reports.

The usual haunts have been producing kingfish with Portland and Port Fairy consistently producing kingfish to 10kg. Other productive areas include Cape Liptrap and Wilsons Promontory along with Cape Schanck and Phillip Island. Rye spearfishing guru Brett Illingworth landed his first ever December kingfish off his jet ski down at Wilsons Promontory just before Xmas. The kingfish should hang around till the end of March at least so break out the flashers and larger blue water spearguns and try your hand at some Victorian blue water hunting. I will be running charters during the summer/autumn for kingfish and will have a regular update on my website, check it out at http://bwhi.com.au/expeditions/

The crayfish season has been as productive as l can remember in recent times with good hauls coming from across the state. I have been having some fun times teaching some new guys the art of freediving for southern rock lobster. This has proved both rewarding and entertaining. Best results have come from divers working as a pair, a safe and clever way of increasing your catch rates. Using the one diver up and one diver down theory has proven safe and successful.

The smaller scaled fish have really started to appear along the coast and have hung around in close. Quality species such as snapper, trevally, King George whiting, snook and salmon are being found in good numbers in close to the shoreline. The most successful method seems to be a little berley (fresh fish works well as does pilchards) We have been doing very well on the King George whiting in less than 5m of water with a little berley. These elusive fish definitely drop their guard a bit with the presence of berley. Try your luck and be prepared for some exciting and rewarding spearfishing.

Make the most of your February spearfishing as it is without doubt one of the best months of the year to participate in spearfishing in Victoria.

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