What a winter season this has been! Yes, it’s been cold, but the fish have not minded one bit, this is the best winter whiting season in the past few decades.
I’m not going to talk about McLoughlins Beach all that much this month, as there is way more to talk about from Port Albert. Firstly, the whiting have been nothing short of sensational. I have bagged out on whiting every trip, and now there seems to be a slightly bigger run of fish inside and we are getting some bigger specimens to 42cm mixed in with our catches of small to mid-sized fish.
Tides have been important, and they seem to be feeding hard when the tide is at its slowest. The first and last hour on the run-in and the start of the run-out have been prime times to catch the whiting. Pipis and squid are as good a baits as any. There’s plenty of undersize whiting as well, so make sure you measure them and don’t keep anything under 27cm. Having that many small whiting in the system is a good sign for future fish stocks.
It’s late but the salmon have finally arrived in droves. You can catch any number of salmon in the entrance at the moment, and they are moderate size between 35-45cm. They are mostly down deep, so use metal lures between 25-60gs and let your lures sink before you retrieve. Also, soft plastics have been working a treat with heavier jigheads and again, let them hit the bottom. Some anglers have been having a ball on fly using sinking lines and catching a salmon every cast. I’ve got to get over and have a crack at that myself!
The big calamari are getting caught offshore around the Prom, so it will only be a matter of weeks until we see them come inside the inlets. Anglers are catching them over 1kg at the moment.
If you want a feed of pinkies, try the reefs in 20-30m as anglers are bagging out on good eating size pinkie snapper to 35cm and are getting some morwong mixed in as well. There are still the usual draughtboard sharks and beared rock cod annoying everyone as well, which will continue until the water rise a few degrees.
Over the next month, we should start seeing those first snapper reports come in, so be sure to send in your photos. Be sure to sign up for our weekly fishing reports at www.allwaysangling.com.au and send us your reports and photos.
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