The bay is still biting
  |  First Published: February 2014

Although the summer holidays are drawing to a close, it doesn’t mean the fish have stopped biting! It’s still summer and the fishing is great down in Bass Strait and Port Phillip Bay.


With the weather being against us for most of the summer, we’ve been faced with fewer opportunities to head out on the hunt for these majestic beauties.

Heading into February, and the end of summer, take up one of the last opportunities (weather permitting) for this season and head offshore. There is no feeling quite like reeling in a shark.

As always make sure you take care going out the heads and go with someone experienced, particularly when heading out to set up a shark trail.


The salmon have been showing up in good numbers so far. A school of salmon can be spotted by keeping your eyes peeled for activity on the surface. If you see birds working an area and the water appearing to bubble, it will most likely be a school of salmon feeding below. At the moment they can be found in and around the rip.

The best way to go about targeting the salmon is by trolling the area and using white ockies and 2-4kg light outfits.


The yellow-tailed kingfish are the prized catch of the month. They require a lot of patience, as you need a lot of time and effort to capture this species. They are a good fighting fish and, if last year is any indication, the rip will be the place to find them. They range in the 10-15kg mark.


The whiting are starting to come through with some consistency and February will see them coming in greater numbers and in good size too.

So to catch these delicious species arm your-self with some fresh squid for bait on light tackle.

While we are still in the midst of summer, take the opportunity to head out and enjoy the large variety of species of fish we have to choose from at this time of year.

Whether you dream of catching your first mako shark, or a kingfish for the season, there is only a small window of opportunity for the conditions to be right. So be on the ready and head out when the opportunity strikes, for those winter months tend to creep up very quickly and the smorgasbord of fish we have on offer at the moment will be vastly limited.

I am now signing off, thank you to all our readers I have enjoyed writing this monthly article. Don’t forget to come and visit me on Gone Fishing Charters www.gonefishing.com.au or you can keep up with the Gone Fishing Charters action on Facebook.

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