Last break of the ice before spring starts in earnest
  |  First Published: August 2013

The best part of August is it’s the last month of winter! The fishing is still reasonable, however with spring looming most anglers are eagerly anticipating the change in weather, which will bring more fishing opportunities in the area.

So for the moment, you can expect to find squid, whiting and snapper to keep you entertainment until the change in season.


For the angler that is keen to chase a bit of squid try locations like Sorrento in front of the boat ramp St Leonards, Queenscliff and Clifton Springs.

Generally they will be the smaller in size now and you may occasionally find a bigger one amongst them, but they are a bit of fun on light gear.


If you are looking for a feed of whiting you will need to search around St Leonards, Sorrento and Queenscliff. At this time of year you may have to put in the time to find these fish and they do like weed and unbroken ground and pipis are advised for bait. Once the whiting are found they are great fun and a good feed.


The snapper have been good in the bay around the Geelong area. There has been some nice reds caught from St Helens Rock, it’s a good spot to fish and easy to get to.


The salmon enjoy a feed of white Ockies, however they made an appearance a bit later in the season last year, so it will be interesting to see how the weather goes this year and what their activity will be like this season.

With spring just around the corner we can except to start seeing snapper offshore and larger squid in the bay and we may even start seeing some more salmon coming through. As for the snapper and squid, fresh flesh baits are there preference and they can be found in 20-60m of water.

So for now enjoy fishing for the winter whiting and on the windy days take the opportunity to service your boat and get it ready for the months ahead.

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