Gear up for the gummies
  |  First Published: November 2013

The fishing and the weather are improving as many of our summer species start to show up in angler’s catches again. Species such as King George whiting, snapper, flathead and gummy shark have moved back along our coast for the approaching summer months.

Cape Patton and Cape Otway have been the proven areas to dangle a line between 35-40m of water. Both areas have produced snapper, gummies and some decent flathead, which have measured up to 50cm. November is known for its big snapper so don’t be surprised if fish over 5kg are encountered when fishing these areas.

The King George whiting have been found closer to shore in areas such as Marengo and the waterfall reefs. Pipis fished on a running sinker rig will get your drag singing. Fishing the slack water period at the top of the tide has been producing the most fish and berley will also improve your catch rates while fishing for whiting.

Schools of yellowtail mackerel have been congregating after dark around the light on the end of the pier and are easily taken with small pieces of pilchard for bait or tiny soft plastics twitched just under the surface. If cleaned and eaten fresh they are surprisingly good table fare, but they also make top quality slab baits for gummy sharks.

Don’t forget to take a squid jig down after dark as there has been some good sized squid hanging around the light off the end of the pier as well.

Trout to 2kg have been caught on small hardbodied lures in the Barham and Aire rivers. These trout have been in great condition as they have been feeding on the schools of whitebait that have entered these systems to breed in the freshwater. Watch for schools of whitebait showering along the banks and then concentrate your efforts in that area.

Bream and estuary perch will also be feeding on the whitebait and are best targeted with a slower more erratic retrieve. The best lures should have a long slender profile to match the shape of the baitfish, lures such as the Rapala Husky Jerks or Smith Panish will work fine.

Mid November marks the start of crayfish season, so clean up your dive gear and start searching for a delicious feed of crays. Shore diving at Blanket Bay is a good place to find a feed early in the season and is a big crayfish haven. Remember to check all your rules and regulations before heading out.

Abalone can be taken on nominated days during November and make a sensational entrée to your crayfish main course. Check the latest fishing guide or call the Department of Primary Industries for nominated days, catch and size limits in your area.

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