Winter hit late this year so we can’t really complain.
It felt for a long part that we were having an extended spring. However, when it finally turned we all felt it in a big way! Rain and icy winds certainly hit us hard down here on the Peninsula. What’s amazing though is, even amongst all the wintery gloom, people have still been getting out there and cracking some awesome fish! While social media is not everyone’s cup of tea, it has certainly opened up people’s eyes to the world of fishing possibilities at every stage of the year. So next time you’re lacking a bit of fishing motivation take a drive around facebook and see what people are out there catching!
I thought I’d start with something different this month, as even through winter, we still get a lot of questions about the whiting fishing. As has been the case for much of the year, the fishing along the peninsula has been a bit patchy on the King George. In recent weeks we have seen selected pockets fire up, some at Sorrento, a couple of times out at the Pinnace Channel but on the whole the best fishing has been for those who have pushed over to the other side and fished the western channel, around Swan Bay and at St Leonards.
A lot of the fish in the last few weeks have been modest in size but again, in pockets, there has been some pretty good quality with some lucky anglers finding patches of fish all between 38–44cm. At this time of year it certainly pays to remember berley and when you land your first whiting make sure you get a good trail running to keep them in the area and firing.
The winter surf scene is well and truly in high gear at the moment with any good days seeing a plethora of anglers hitting the sand in search of our favourite winter species, the Australian salmon. IN early July we saw a great run of bigger fish, hopefully something that will continue over the next month. Salmon between 2 -3kg have been reasonably common and they make for excellent sport, especially for those using lighter spin sticks and lures to tame their target!
Inside the bay there has been some great salmon fishing too. We have seen some good schools at the Blairgowrie Marina, which have been accessible to anglers casting from the pier or trolling lures around in the boat. Mt Martha rocks has also been really consistent in the last few weeks with guys catching plenty of salmon land based.
It has been a terrific year on the squid and it’s been great to see that continue right through winter. It provides such fantastic staple fishing at this time of year so it is really pleasing when we have consistent squid fishing through these cool months.
Smaller squid have been found throughout all of your shallower weed beds around Rye, Blairgowrie and Sorrento. While fishing deeper at Portsea in the 6-9m range has seen some better quality. For the big squid hunters it’s been pretty hard to go past a quick trip to the other side of the peninsula, where very healthy cala have been pulled from the Quail and Tyabb Bank in Western Port.
I can almost smell the snapper! September heralds the piscatorial ‘silly season’ where many angler’s wake from their winter slumber with red fish and early mornings on the mind. It’s an exciting time of year as the first reports get everyone fired up and reassessing tackle, techniques and game plan. However, there’s plenty more on the go too with big squid, bait collection and maybe even a reconnaissance mission or two to keep you busy!
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