Cooler water brings back our favourite species
  |  First Published: April 2013

With April bringing in the cooler weather and new species arriving, many anglers will now change their focus to the prized kingfish and dinner table stable whiting.

The elusive yellowtail kingfish will be on the priority list for some as they are highly ranked in the challenging department and will definitely give you bragging rights if you pull in a decent size. Then we have the all-dependable whiting that have been awesome all season and will continue to be around in the coming months ahead.

Yellowtail Kingfish

The kingfish sure can test your patience but they can provide a solid fight and this is why they are the prize catch for this time of year.

Though the Kingies where on a slow start to the season, they have been nothing short of awesome this season and well worth the wait.

We have been reeling them in from 6-10kg in size, which we are finding around the rip. We have also been finding patches of them out the back of Lonsdale in the deep reefs, though smaller in size once you gear down it can be lots of fun.

With the kingfish there is only a small window of opportunity to capture them, it is as if you blink and they are gone, so don’t delay and head out in search of them.


Whiting have been excellent in size and numbers for the anglers looking for a good feed of whiting, and you don’t have to go far, they can be found in the bay.

Whiting have been producing the goods this season averaging at 35-40cm, and with some whoppers at 45-50cm. The whiting are now settling in and can be expected to be around for the following months. So arm yourself with some light gear and squid and head down to Queenscliff for you will be rewarded with a great feed.

Australian salmon

The salmon can be great entertainment on the water and they can be found feeding at the back of the rip at this time of year. If you find the salmon busting up, make sure you arm yourself with some light gear and white Ockies and you will set for some entertainment on the water.

Pinkie snapper

The pinkies can be found offshore, in the deep reefs of Bass Strait. They have been coming in at sizes ranging between 35-50cm, and whilst fishing for them you may also find the odd nannygai taking the bait which will help to keep your skills sharp, whilst waiting for your preferred catch.

Southern Blue Fin Tuna

Don’t forget tuna season in Portland, it’s a full day game fishing experience you won’t forget! We will be heading down there from the end of April when the tuna start to heat up, positions are filling fast, so don’t miss out and book in early, it’s an experience you don’t want to miss!

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