Cold days herald the onset of winter. However, in those smaller windows of good weather, or if you just have to get out of the house for a few hours, then you can have a ball catching some of the species that are biting their heads off at this time of the year.
It’s now mullet season in the creek with each day seeing local anglers having a ball on the big mullet that move into the area during winter. Best of all anyone can get into them in calm conditions. Just call into Fishing Fever and we can set you up with the right stuff to get you into the action.
The past month has seen the pier fish well for a few salmon and pinkies when the weather has been ordinary, which has been a fair bit over the past weeks.
For the bait guys the pinkies have been going well of an afternoon and into the evening with numbers of smaller sized fish on offer in the 28-32cm size. However, among the smaller pinkies there have also been some nice fish in the 40-45cm size, with the best baits being pilly tails or small squid strips fished on paternoster rigs.
While the salmon haven’t been overly big they have certainly provided plenty of fun for those anglers casting small metal lures around when the winds are stirring up the water surrounding the pier.
Best lures have definitely been the Samaki Torpedo in blue mackerel and the River 2 Sea Sea Rock jigs in the oil white finish. Another great lure colour has also been gold, which has really produced the goods when the water has been stirred up. As for size weights, 14-25g have been dynamite.
For the boat anglers there are plenty of options on offer at present. The best news is that you don’t need to go far to find fish with the shallow reefs around the Parkdale Pinnacles and between the Scout Hall Pier and Ricketts Point producing good numbers of pinkie snapper and solid squid to over 1kg.
It’s also worth keeping your eyes peeled as the local salmon population are still around and providing anglers with plenty of action when they stick their heads up.
At Beaumaris Pier the squid are back on and should hopefully continue for the rest of winter. If you are after a good spot to fish, especially in a northerly, then it’s well worth taking a look at this area. And the rocks either side also produce good squid.
Ricketts Point to Black Rock has also seen plenty of pinkie action with some solid specimens to over 2kg being taken. Adding to this have been some solid squid and a good number of snook to 80cm in length for those anglers trolling small diving lures.
Out wide you are still a chance of a big snapper in the deeper water but as the water cools it will potentially take a bit of patience to find them and get them biting. On the upside however for whatever reason the anglers fishing the deeper water this month often find a good number of gummy sharks along the edge of the shipping channel, with most of them in the 4-8kg size.
Back inshore the fishing has been good with the Rock Groynes at Hampton producing squid along with a few pinkies. However, the best run of pinkies that I have heard of for the land-based guys is the Brighton breakwall with plenty of size fish on offer, especially when the south or west winds blow. Best of all this by all rights should only get better over this month as the pinkies really move into this area in droves to feed on the ample food that is available through this reef system.
Just out a little wider anglers in boats are also reporting some solid flathead on offer in the 6-9m depth.
Working the shallow reef areas between Brighton and St Kilda has also been producing some solid squid for anglers who are prepared to put a bit of effort in. And while they are not in as big numbers as they are further south they are certainly making up for it with their size. Anglers reporting that the average sized squid is up between 500g and 1.2kg, which is a really solid calamari.
Anglers chasing squid are reporting that working the reef edge where it drops away into deeper water – usually 3-6m deep – is producing the goods, especially with larger 3.5 sized jigs in red, brown or pink colours. The new zebra striped Evergreen jig has also been very effective.
It can be a great time of year up at this end of the bay if we don’t get big floods to stir the water up. The reason this area can produce good fishing is that the water temperature can often be just a touch warmer. This can produce some solid snapper for those anglers fishing at night over the cunjevoi reefs that run between St Kilda and Station Pier in 5-8m of water.
Adding to this, I have also started to hear of some nice ling being taken in the cooler water, with this area being one of the best to find them in the bay – great eating and well worth targeting!
For the land-based anglers St Kilda pier and breakwall has been producing some small salmon over the past weeks and while there is plenty of white bait in the area you would think the salmon will stick around.
Off Kerford Road and Lagoon Pier there have been salmon and pinkies on offer with each day of late being a bit of a lucky dip as to what will bite best. If heading down that way it may pay to take a few rods or at least different tackle to accommodate whatever is on the bite.
As for Station and Lagoon Piers they have been producing pinkies and flathead over the past weeks and will continue to do so this month. However, they should also start to turn up some nice trevally around the pylons this month so try floating a small bait down into the shadows of the pier.Reads: 611