I have spoken to a lot of disgruntled anglers at some of Western Port’s boat ramps complaining of the lack of fish in the bay and the amount of time spent on the water for only one or two fish.
In my view, I divide anglers up into three different groups, group one – those who go fishing to relax and de-stress, have a beer with their mates and if they catch fish it’s a bonus.
Group two go out, zoom around all over the place, try hard to get into fish but more often than not come home with little to show for their time on the water.
Group three do their homework, work out the tides and fish them accordingly, take the right bait (that’s fresh), and tackle and fish the right times of the day at certain spots that they know will produce fish on different tides.
This latter 10% of anglers will produce 90% of the total catch from all of the groups. If you want to be a successful angler, it’s just like any other sport, you need to put some time and effort into your approach.
You also need knowledge, so you should join a local fishing club, as that’s where there’s a wealth of knowledge.
Some of the old codgers there are walking encyclopaedias, pick their brains and put new ideas into practice. Be prepared to fish early mornings or late evenings if you want to be in that 10% and don’t be afraid to try new techniques. I have been fishing for 60 years and am always looking for something new or different, so I keep an open mind to anything and that’s what I love about fishing; it’s always a challenge.
Good reports of salmon are coming off most of the surf beaches. Salmon to 2kg were about in good numbers off Williamsons Beach. The fish were caught on whitebait on the run-in tide.
Outside the Entrance, there have been some big schools of salmon in the 2-3kg range and below the salmon schools, if you could get a deep diving lure down were small pockets of kingfish.
Further out to sea, around the Cody Bank, anglers have been doing okay on some big gummies. There have also been reports of a couple of mako captures in the same area.
There’s also some reasonable flathead to be had on the 30-40m line.
Whiting seem to be about in better numbers and some good pinkies are mixed in if you are lucky enough to find a patch. The better areas have been Dickie’s Bay, Newhaven Channel, Rhyll, Cowes and Ventnor, just to name a few.
The odd decent snapper has been taken from the Elisabeth Island area and The Corals is producing a lot of pinkies but mostly undersize.
A few big whiting and calamari are still being caught out from the jetty and some big schools of salmon have been hanging around the gunnery entrance off Flinders.
There’s also been a few big snook popping up here and there.Reads: 1150