The first of the winter chill made itself felt with some cold wet weather in April, some of that classic autumn weather with sunny days, no wind and plenty of fish to be caught was exhibited too.
May is the time get down to Mordialloc pier and creek with this month being a top time to start chasing the big mullet that move into the area for the next few months. Among them, anglers are also finding some nice bream and a few trevally.
Further out towards the end of the pier the evenings have been fishing well for some nice pinkie snapper to 45cm in length and this should only get better over the coming weeks and months.
The last few weeks have also been producing good numbers of squid with the reef areas between the pier and up towards the Parkdale Pinnacles being very consistent.
In the boats, anglers are finding plenty of pinkies on the inshore reefs with hordes of undersized models to be found from Mordialloc to Black Rock. Persistence pays off with anglers also finding some much better fish, especially by using bigger baits. As an added bonus on the reefs between Parkdale and Ricketts Point, in among the pinkies there has still been the odd catch of really solid whiting, with anglers reporting that when they find them they are in the 38-42cm size.
Up at Beaumaris Pier it’s turning into squid central for the land-based anglers, with this and the coming months producing plenty of them for anglers who are there in droves to get in on the action.
If you do plan to go there for a fish make sure you have good quality squid jigs such as the Yamashita or Harimitsu brands as anglers using these good brands are catching far more than those with cheaper quality ones. Another hot tip is to fish a larger jig, with the best one being the Evergreen 3.5XS, it’s got an ultra slow sink rate so can be fished in ultra shallow water but its size gets you the bigger squid.
Out wider in the 16-18m area from Ricketts Point through to Black Rock, there has been really good numbers of solid pinkies with more than the occasional fish around the 2-3kg size. In fact, there are still some really good fish to be found, with the lack of snapper being caught appearing to have more to do with the lack of people fishing for them rather than lack of fish.
Back inshore along the coastline between Rickett Point and Black Rock will really fire up with good numbers of squid, pinkies and red mullet.
The Breakwall and Rock Groynes off Sandringham have been producing good numbers of squid, pinkies and garfish and this should only get better as the upcoming weeks roll by.
Out in the boats, some big snook are on offer along the reefs with the best results coming from anglers using fresh garfish rigged on gang hooks then slowly trolled along the reef edge. While doing this its also well worth getting some deep diving minnows out in the water also as the next few months will also produce some great pinkie snapper on the troll.
Brighton Breakwall has been fishing well for some big garfish during the day, with late afternoon and into the evening also producing some good pinkie snapper and the odd small gummy shark.
Working small plastics along the shallow reef areas form Brighton to St Kilda is also producing some great catches of red mullet, great looking and even better eating they are a species that loves to eat plastics, especially when you fish the shallower areas in 2-4m of water. While working these areas it’s also time to make sure you have a squid jig out, as the reefs are fishing well in the northern part of the bay for squid. While they may not be as thick in numbers as in the southern part of the bay, they certainly make up for it with several anglers finding success on squid up around the 1kg mark.
Up towards Port Melbourne, anglers have been starting to find mullet on offer from the piers and this can only mean one thing, and that’s mulloway! These guys will be hot on their heels for a feed, and the coming month is the time for anglers to be putting there efforts into fishing locations such as Lagoon and Station piers with live baits to tempt these mysterious fish.
Anglers fishing around station and Princess Piers during April found great success on the bream and numbers of trevally on soft plastics with plenty of the bream up to and over 1kg, while the reports on the size of the trevally came down to being what anglers could actually stop from busting them off.
Some short sweet downpours over the past month or so has seen the mulloway and bream fire up in the Yarra, with bait anglers fishing the upper reaches of the Maribyrnong for bream with reports coming in from anglers saying they are finding some quality fish by casting baits around bridge pylons. Other anglers are having great success fishing the open stretches of banks, especially if they fish the baits close to the edge and then sit back from the water.
In the Yarra itself the bream fishing has been great with good bream and the added bonus of some nice pinkies being taken around the Docklands area. However, it’s the mulloway that gets anglers going over this period and one of our good customers Michael Choi got a lovely fish in there a few week back on a live mullet during the day, which shows you don’t always need to fish in the dark for them, in fact lure anglers tend to have their best success during the day.Reads: 387