I always feel that April always offers some of the best fishing for the year.
Autumn gives us some of the best weather windows with windless mornings yet without the cool temperatures of winter. The bay is still warm enough that we still see all the summer species on offer and often some of the biggest fish for the season!
Over the last four weeks we saw the second run of snapper well and truly kick into gear and make way for some very nice fish that were taken while fishing the slightly more tidal water deep off Rye and Mt Martha. Fish were taken in around 20m as well as up around the two mussel leases at the top of Mud Island. There is no doubt that the trick at this time of year is to be patient. It is not uncommon to sit out a whole tide but with fish up to 7kg fairly common – it can be worth it!
Brett Edwards and his brother Gary and mate Anthony had a number of cracking sessions fishing this water over the last few weeks. The guys could not miss, catching numerous fish in the 3-5kg range.
True to their annual form, the small summer squid have now grown into a much better class of fish with hoods around 20cm pretty common and bigger models mixed amongst them. The last couple of weeks has actually been pretty impressive for the size and numbers of calamari coming in, which is in contrast to the previous six month where the squid have definitely been hit and miss.
The Blairgowrie Marina moorings have been fishing really well and there are a few new sea grass beds which have grown over summer, while some of the favourites grass beds from last year, deep off the Sorrento Sisters, are actually looking pretty thin this year. Keeping your eyes open and spying out new sea grass beds is a key aspect in keeping your squid captures pretty consistent. The beds move continually and just when you thought you’d found the best spot in the world, a year later it has changed and the weed is gone!
We had a downright wicked run of northerlies a few weeks back which saw an absolute armada of boats heading off shore to do a bit of reef fishing, Melbourne style. Schools of rat kingfish turned up of Charlemont Reef, and a few of the bommies between Point Lonsdale and Collendina. As I write this the last couple of days has seen what I would consider to be the first really substantial kingfish caught with some 8-12kg models being taken at Cape Schanck.
For those more interested in a basic feed, the tiger flathead off Sorrento back beach, cray diving, salmon and huge snook around the Rip kept plenty of other anglers occupied.
It’s amazing to believe that’s it’s rolled around again so quick, but soon enough the weather will cool and many local anglers will again focus their attention of the surf fishing scene. My advice, get out there and enjoy April – for many it might signal the last few boat trips before she is bedded down for the winter!
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