The search is on
  |  First Published: March 2015

The latest reports coming in from anglers fishing Western Port is that it’s been difficult to locate fish. My last few trips out from Hastings fishing the Middle Spit, Tyabb Bank, Yaringa and Quail Bank has resulted in 6 or 7 small whiting per trip. And that’s making 12 to 16 moves per trip!

Even fishing the deep water or slack water has turned up zip. The same lack of fish happened about the same time last year but this year has been worse. So I decided to do a few trips to the Flinders-Point Leo area. The results were much the same. I averaged 1 to 5 whiting per trip. Hopefully the fish will start turning up in bigger numbers next month as they did last year.

Surf Beaches

Salmon are still about in reasonable numbers on most beaches. Early morning and late evening fishing a rising tide is giving the best results.

There are also good schools of mullet along the beaches and the best time to fish for them is on a low tide. Target the edges of the gutters, right on the edge just behind the wave break. Use a light rod and reel, 3kg line, a paternoster 2 hook (No 6) rig with small pieces of cut pipi or sand fleas as bait.

These fish are great fun to catch on light tackle. To locate a school of fish, all you need is a good pair of sunnies and walk along the beach looking into the waves as they break on the beach and you will see the fish just before the wave breaks. Now is also a good time of year to fish for gummies after dark. Fresh mullet or salmon fillets are a great bait for gummies. You are also likely to catch skates, eagle rays, seven gilled sharks and bronze whalers, so why not have a go?

San Remo Area
Below the Bridge

Outside the Entrance, flathead and sand whiting, ‘couta and arrow squid are around in reasonable numbers. Mako sharks should be around as well, however I have had no reports of them as yet. There are still some calamari and whiting coming in from the Clelland Bight area but not in big numbers.

Above the Bridge

There have been good numbers of calamari being caught off the San Remo jetty. As mentioned earlier whiting have been few and far between but the better results have been coming in from the Eastern side of the bay, Dickie’s Bay, Reef Island, Coronet Bay and Boy’s Home Channel just to name a few areas. Also some reports of reasonable gummies from Corinella and Temby Point.

Flinders Area

Still reasonable amounts of calamari about, the whiting are few and far between and there are also some snook around but they are on the small side.

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