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Gummies give us a run for our money
  |  First Published: May 2016



Summer is well and truly behind us now, it’s dark early and the warmth is disappearing, but that has certainly not put the fish off! The last month has seen some really great and consistent whiting action and the gummy shark fishing has been nothing short of phenomenal!

THE TOP END

The top end of the Port has been gummy shark heaven and the fish are well above average size. Jason Vardi left from Warneet Boat Ramp and headed out off the channel and into the top of the north arm. He had a great session on the gummies, ending up with three in total. One was a large model, which left Jason with not only a nice feed of fresh flake but also one hell of a smile! Frank Grivas also put in a few hours up the top end and boated a whopper of a gummy that tipped the scales at 13kg.

The whiting have fired up in the Tooradin Channel. Owen Trebilco was fishing a combination of pipi and mussels and left with a healthy bag of 17 whiting between 34-44cm. The Quail Bank has produced a few nice calamari for anglers, which is a great sign as it was been relatively hard work on the bank over the last couple of months. Lucas Davies from the Tooradin Angling Club got a few oversized models throwing 3.0 sized squid jigs. Anything with a red foil is irresistible for these hungry squid!

One of the more exciting reports came from Andrew Ketelaar who was fishing out from Warneet recently. He was fishing with fresh garfish and was able to tempt a beautiful mulloway that weighed in at 8kg. Everyone that has ever tried to catch the unicorns of Western Port know they’ll have to put in a huge effort as they can be a frustratingly hard fish to catch!

THE NORTH ARM

The North Arm of the Port is where the whiting go gangbusters, and a handful of local charter operators have put their clients onto plenty of some of the greatest eating fish in the world! Shaun Furtiere of Think Big Charters spends a lot of time on the Middle Spit. Most trips have resulted in plenty of fish for his clients, and Shaun uses a couple of techniques to ensure consistent results. One of the biggest tricks is Shaun’s willingness to pull anchor and move. If there isn’t whiting in the bait within 15-20 minutes he’s on the move. Stay on the move and attempt to keep up with fish, whiting will move quite quickly to find food, so stay mobile. The other secret to Shaun’s success is fresh bait. Shaun will use a lot of squid that he has either caught that day, or from earlier that week. The fresh is best theory works for every fish, including whiting.

Lysaughts is generally a location we mostly enjoy in November and December for the snapper season, however, this month produced a nice gummy capture. Michael O’Connell from the Victorian Police Angling Club got a cracker 8.5kg gummy on a pilchard. Hastings still produces a mixed bag of species. Paul De Lisle and a group of mates aboard Ace Fishing Charters finished a day with 20 odd whiting, a couple of pinkies and a few nice rock flathead, which made for a very tasty meal that night!

The Hastings Pier has seen a sprinkling of squid around at the moment, and local young gun Cooper Ellis caught his first squid ever with a few casts with a Daiwa Nude jig in a natural brown colour. Well done Cooper, a great effort all round!

As we look forward, now is the time to make the most of what’s left of our season. It is going to get cold and possibly a little wet in the coming months but as it stands at the moment the fish do not seem to be slowing down at all, so get among it. Good luck and keep the reports coming!

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