I am pleased to say that over the last few months the snapper started to fire up. On my last three trips I have managed to bag out with fish from 2-6kg. On my last trip I was on the water for only 90 minutes – we had our bag of six fish and were home for breakfast! The 20m mark off Frankston has been the hot spot.
Weather permitting; most beaches have fished well with salmon to 2kg. Fishing the deeper gutters in the early morning or late evening has produced some nice pinkies and decent flathead using fresh squid or pilchard for bait. If you find a gutter that has a line of reef along one of its edges its also worth a try for whiting. Fish with pipis or squid strips. You might only get a couple but they are usually good ones, in the 500-800g range.
The Cleeland Bight area is still fishing well for calamari as well as whiting and pinkie snapper. Outside the Entrance there have been good reports of flathead and also a few reports of kingfish around Pyramid Rock. With the water temperature rising, mako sharks should be out there too.
Snapper have been hard to find in Western Port although pinkies are now showing up in bigger numbers. The usual areas such as The Corals, Elizabeth Island, Corinella, Rhyll and Silverleaves are probably the best spots to try. Whiting are still patchy with lots of just legal size ones about. You have to move around to find them. Some reasonable reports have come in from Coronet Bay, Reef Island, Bass River mouth, Dickies Bay and the Cowes area.
There is still some good-sized calamari coming in. A few snook and couta have been caught trolling around the reefs but the whiting again, have been difficult to locate, you really have to move around a lot to find a fish or two.Reads: 494