Port producing the goods again
  |  First Published: May 2014

Things have certainly started to calm down a little bit and the nights are getting cooler, but it hasn’t stopped the masses hitting the water in search of feed.


Things have been a little tough of late in the top end of the port but there are a few key areas to target if you are after a nice fish.

The Tooradin Channel has been a nice little area of the port with the whiting still filling the scaler bags of local anglers. The run out tide has produced the better fish and it’s as easy as sitting just off the bank and waiting for the fish to follow the tide as it washes all of the whiting goodness back into the deeper water. Whiting have not been the only capture in the Tooradin Channel as local anglers Ross Finnegan and his son Ethan found out. The two boys managed a ripper of a gummy shark that put a massive smile on young Ethan’s face!

Joes Island is the pick of the spots this month. There are a variety of different species on offer and it’s purely a lucky dip on which jump on your bait first.

Local gun Paul Martin was one lucky angler who come across a few of the different table species Westernport has to offer. In the one session Paul came across some beautiful whiting, a few table-sized snapper and a cracker gummy that rounded out the trifecta.

There have been quite a few gummies caught here recently and the gun bait has been something that you can catch within the port itself. Fresh fillets of slimey mackerel have been getting the fish and a fine berley trail in most areas of the port will bring on this prized bait fish.


The north arm of Westernport is where most of the action has been. The whiting continue to fire, some big calamari have moved in and the gummy shark fishing has been nothing short of sensational.

The Tyabb Bank still has a nice scattering of whiting over its sandy patches but the big draw card here has been the calamari. My biggest tip for this month is to not be shy with the size of your squid jig. Bigger really is better, so bump up the size of your jig to a 3.5 or even a 4 and get stuck into some of the best calamari you will find!

Lysaughts has been a productive area as well. Ben Mathers had a great little session under the cover of darkness just out from Lysaughts and left there with a bag of plate-sized pinkies and a ripper gummy that certainly had the mouth watering.

The Middle Spit is where the bulk of the whiting bags have been coming from in the last few weeks.

There has been a recent trend in fishing for whiting in deeper water and anglers continue to do really well in depths greater than 6 meters.

Some nice fish have been coming from the secondary drop off of the Middle Spit in 10m of water. Berley has been the greatest factor in leaving with a full bag and I know that berleying can be difficult in deeper water. There are however some really good berley pots getting around now that carry up to 3kg of weight, so keep an eye out for them as they make a massive difference.

The local charter boats are still getting their customers a really healthy feed of whiting working that banks of the Middle Spit and that 5m mark is the magic number for them. The big difference this time around is that the humble pipi has taken a back seat in the bait department. A couple of the charter boats in particular are dominating whiting on shucked mussel with a little strip of fresh calamari hanging nicely over the top. Their biggest word of advice is berley and this will be even more crucial as the water temperature begins to drop and the numbers of whiting thin out. Once you find that patch of fish, the berley can really keep them in your area and assist in rounding out that bag.

The most surprising catch however would easily go to our good mate Methers. While participating in the Westernport Whiting Challenge they had the coolest by-catch ever. Taking a small piece of pipi intended for a competition winning whiting, was a 60cm kingfish, NICE!

As you can see it’s well worth getting out and making the most of what’s left of Melbourne’s glorious weather. Good luck to all and keep those reports coming!

There are still some thumper kidney slappers like this cracker!

The deeper water is producing some really nice, healthy sized fish.

The charter boys are still getting big numbers of whiting off the Middle Spit.

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