Give the surf a crack and squid abound
  |  First Published: August 2013

The fishing has been good on all of the surf beaches with a lot of fish coming in around 900g and quite a few around 2kg.

With not too much going on this time of the year, the surf beaches are definitely worth a go.

Whitebait and bluebait seem to be accounting for most of the fish and surf poppers are also working well.

Half tide in and right up to high tide and the first hour of the run-off tide seem to be the most productive time to fish.

With recent calm weather I did a couple of trips in Western Port just to see if there were any whiting still about.

I tried a few of my favourite spots off the Middle Spit, Tankerton and Tortoise Head and came up with zero.

I tried the deeper water for a gummy on the slack tide and came up with two skates of about 50kg and nothing else.

Then in desperation I decided to give the squid a go off Tankerton and was rewarded with six good ones, the biggest went 2.5kg.

The one thing that I have noticed when chasing calamari in Western Port is that if the water clarity is good, you will do well on both artificial jigs and baited jigs. But if the water is dirty, don’t bother trying.

San Remo Area

Below the bridge and Cleelands Bight has been producing some good squid and there have been some good schools of salmon working up and down the channel.

Above the bridge, and calamari are being taken off the San Remo jetty, around Reef Island, off Tankerton and the Tyabb Bank.

The odd gummy is being caught off Elizabeth Island and off Cowes.

Some big calamari have been caught just out wide of the Flinders Pier and the odd gummy coming in off Merricks Beach.

The author with a couple of nice squid taken off Tankerton

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