It seems like the main snapper run in Port Phillip Bay shut down in mid December. For a couple of weeks prior to that the fishing was hot, you could bag out on 3-4kg fish in about an hour or so.
It’s been a funny season with the bulk of the fish staying in the northern section of the bay. The hot session was much shorter this year than last but the average fish size was bigger than last years. I have a feeling that we will get another run of fish in April and May this year in the Mt Martha and Mornington areas so don’t give up on the snapper just yet.
There has been a great run of salmon on all of the surf beaches. Fish up to 4kg are being reported and they have been happily taking any bait that is being offered to them.
With most fishos chasing whiting and snapper, the few dedicated surf fishos have been having a ball.
There have also been reports of a few gummies and pinky snapper being caught just before and after dark.
Outside the entrance, anywhere between the 40-70m line, is the best place to drift for a mako when the weather permits.
While you wait for a blue bullet to show up, you can also bag some tiger and sand flathead and arrow squid.
The Clelland’s Bight area just below the bridge has been producing lots of calamari and pinky snapper.
Reports of snapper and a few elephants have been coming in from The Corals and Silverleaves but not in big numbers.
The odd big gummy are being caught in the deep water between Cowes and Ventnor.
Whiting are about all over the bay with lots of smaller fish and a few good ones mixed in. If you move around a bit until you find the fish you will do okay. However, they have been very picky of late and are only taking the freshest of baits.
The best areas have been Dickies Bay, Reef Island, Tortoise Head and Middle Spit.
After a couple of trips to Flinders and Cat Bay it’s been a bit disappointing, usually this time of year the big whiting are about in good numbers but I have had to work hard to pick up half a dozen.
There are still some big calamari coming in off Flinders but not in big numbers.
My next trip will be out to the 50m line to chase makos.Reads: 569