Ok, so they can put the brakes on the year any time they like! It feels like only yesterday that it was Christmas and now we are rolling into March. On a positive note however, while the months aren’t slowing down neither is the fishing, with the past weeks providing anglers both in their boat and land-based loads of fishing options.
While January and February were great, it is March and April that provide some sensational fishing, so fingers crossed that as the water cools off a bit the big fish come out to play!
The past few weeks have been a real mixed bag off the Mordialloc Pier with each day producing something different, and anything from garfish to salmon and pinkies, and even a few good sessions of squidding thrown in. Over the past weeks the clear water and calm conditions have led to angler reports of excellent numbers of squid from Mordialloc to Beaumaris. One of the real hot spots has been the Parkdale Pinnacles. Add the odd small kingfish lurking around the nearby reefs into the mix and it becomes well worth putting a live squid or garfish out under a float while you chase other species. Up around Ricketts Point and down towards Black Rock the pinkie fishing has come back with a vengeance and anglers have reported fish around the 40cm mark.
During this month we should also start to see more consistent schools of salmon poking their heads up along the edge of the reef, and a few kingfish will no doubt tag along. For a change of pace I have also found the next two months to be good for the very tasty red mullet in these parts, with my own personal success coming by fishing smaller soft plastics close to the bottom in the reef areas. On the whiting front reports in this part of the bay have been a bit scattered, but the reports we do hear tend to come from the Tea House through to Black Rock.
As the water now starts to cool off just a little, the land-based fishing in this part of the bay really begins to shine. With an influx of pinkies moving back in on the shallow reefs, along with the squid and a few left over schools of whiting from the past few months, there is destined to be some great fishing and very nice mixed bags of fish. Boat anglers fishing between Sandringham and Brighton have has good success of whiting and pinkies over the past weeks. Rolling into March it is well worth fishing some slightly bigger baits as you will start to see some of those quality pinkies turn up.
Further North around Green Point and up towards St Kilda, anglers have reported some good red mullet and if you put some berley in the water you have a good chance of getting onto the gars.
If we continue to move into some nice settled weather over the coming weeks then this area will have some good fishing on offer with March and April renown for great salmon schools and plenty of garfish action for both boat and land-based anglers. For anglers fishing this month, it’s well worth trying out off St Kilda breakwater in about 8m of water as the rough bottom in this area will hold good numbers of pinkies and even the odd school of whiting.
Further along at Kerford Road and Lagoon Pier fish in the evening for a top bite, and into the night for some quality pinkies that move into the shallows to feed under the cover of darkness. If you’re in a boat this month then it will also be worth putting in some time around Station Pier at night as some quality late season reds make their way into this small pocket of the bay during March and April.
So there you have it, plenty of fishing options – just remember to pack a jumper as the nights begin to cool off!Reads: 486