Located along the Peninsula, Mornington is a hot spot for anglers at any time of the year.
What makes the rock platforms along Mornington through to Mt Martha so special is that you always expect to have a good crack at catching a few calamari. It has easy access and holds excellent squid populations as well as salmon, pinkies and whiting, along with a few very large snapper.
The beauty about fishing the abundant rock platforms along the Peninsula is that, everyday is a good day to go fishing, weather permitting.
Try to plan your session around the tides. You really want to be fishing this area on a high tide as the water is deeper.
The squid like to move in close and mooch around the weed and reef. When working jigs you won't snag up and lose as many as there is more water between the surface and the bottom, which means you can work your jigs a lot slower and keep them in the strike zone for longer periods of time.
Dawn and dusk is another key factor as there is low light which makes the squid a lot less wary and spooky.
When fishing land-based you want to maximize the time your jig spends in the water. This is where a quality rod and reel outfit comes into their own. A light 8ft Egi rod or a longer soft plastics graphite rod is ideal and it allows you to cast all day without it being a nuisance and really punches a lure out a long way.
Squid can be real finicky at the best of times, especially in crystal clear water and bright sunny days. A long length of light 4-6lb fluorocarbon leader is essential for best results.
It's always good to have a variety of jigs in different sizes and colours in the arsenal. For this area, the smaller models are best as they are not too heavy and will not plummet to the bottom and snag up. A go-to jig is the Harimitsu 2.5 in colour AR. When things are tough this jig always seems to be a constant performer due to the red foiled body and natural colours.
What we like to call rock-hopping works the best for this area. There are quite a few spots to fish along Mornington, the best thing to do is move from spot to spot until you find an active patch of squid that are feeding.
Whether it be move 50m along to the next bit of rock, or get in the car and drive 5 minutes up the road. Either way, you cover a lot more area and your chances increase a lot more, when you go looking for them.
Remember to always check the weather and get the latest update before venturing out along the rocks. It can be dangerous so always tell someone where you are going, and when you are likely to return. There is no fish worth risking your life for. There is always a next time to go fishing.
It's worth getting a can of Egi Max Spray when going squid fishing. This is a pheromone-based scent that can be sprayed onto your jigs. I always have it in the bag and is a must have item. It can be the difference between an okay session and an awesome session.Reads: 4513