Hard work will still produce fish
  |  First Published: April 2013

Whiting have made anglers work ridiculously hard for a few fish.

Calamari have been very consistent and those big sea gars continue to plague the top end of the port.

The Top End

It has not been all doom and gloom for the whiting angler and there is still a few more fish to be had in the top end.

Tooradin Channel has continued to produce fish and a lot of pinkie snapper have moved up into the channel as well which always makes for a bit of fun. Shayne O’Conner and his wife Kelly had a nice little session in the channel and came home with a mixed bag of both whiting and pinkies. Their son Kalani also managed his first ever whiting.

The Quail Bank has been fishing quite well for calamari and the average size has been great. Drifting while casting jigs has been the preferred method of most anglers with size 3 jigs in lighter colours taking most squid. Peter Dobson had a ripper of a session along the Quail Bank, easily catching his bag of 10 with 3 of those 10 fish weighing around 1.5kg. It is not just artificial jigs getting it done however with a lot of squid also coming on the more traditional baited jig. There is plenty of bait around at the moment and species such as, yakkas, slimy mackerel and garfish are all good fresh baits to put on a squid prong.

The North Arm

The north arm is still where most of the action is taking place and has been as reliable as any place in the port for a bit of action.

Clint Hockley has been cruising around the shallow flats of the north arm in his kayak and showing a few of the boat based anglers how its done. While flicking around a few 3” soft plastic minnows he landed a beautiful late season snapper of 2.3kg and was also blown away by a much larger fish. It just shows that the big fish are not necessarily in the deeper water.

The Tyabb Bank is the place to be if it’s a little bit of variety that you are after. The whiting have still been scooting around but the key is definitely to keep on the move. The schools have thinned out a little bit but there is still no shortage of them so keep on the move and keep working the sand holes and you should still come home with a nice feed of King George whiting. Sisters Laura and Amelia Dangaard went out for a day with their father and headed straight to the Tyabb Bank. Whiting, big garfish, trevally and flathead all took a liking to the Dangaard family’s offerings and they left with a lovely seafood banquet for that nights dinner.

Paul and Pat found themselves in the middle of some red hot whiting action also on the Tyabb Bank and in a four hour session landed 30 whiting with 12 of those exceeding 40cm. Pipi was easily the best bait.

The one species that has been absolutely swarming the port has been the big sea run garfish. The sunken island around the old de-commissioned submarine has been a garfish hot spot and by creating a solid little berley trail you should have the gars swimming around the boat in no time. Small slithers of pilchard fillet and silverfish has been enough to get the gars in the bucket.

Big gummy sharks have still be cruising around of a night time as Peter and his son Kane found out earlier in the month. Fishing off Lysaghts with fresh yakka they managed themselves a quality 7kg gummy shark.

This wouldn’t be a Western Port report without talking about the Middle Spit. A lot of the charter boys have been moving up and down the spit and the whiting have still been in pretty good numbers. Jarrod Day has been doing a few trips with Matt Cini and with the aid of a GoPro camera mounted to the top a berley pot has been able to give us all a first hand look and the bottom of Western Port and it would have to be one of the more interesting things you will see. Head on over to YouTube to have a peek at the videos. They have not just left with a bit of footage though, Jarrod tells me that there are still plenty of whiting around and though the average size has dropped a little there are still some quality fish over 40cm around.

With the fishing getting a little bit tougher as the season slowly draws to end I would still be tyring to make the most out of the season before it get’s cold. The whiting will still hang around for a little while longer and the calamari fishing will continue to stay consistent right through out the year. Elephant fish will come and go very quickly and can be good fun on your whiting gear so have some fun there while it lasts.

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