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  |  First Published: March 2017



It took longer than expected but the whiting have finally gone completely nuts! The weather has continued to be extremely kind, which has made a huge difference. Amongst the whiting, some big gummies are still on the move and the reports of a few elephants have started to filter through.

THE TOP END

Before we get to the whiting, the top end of the port is where the gummy madness has been taking place. One local angler has been spending quite a few hours through the top end on charter and the gummy fishing has been really consistent. Although they are not massive fish, there are plenty of them. He was also boating a few whiting per trip in excess of 40cm from the same spots as the gummies.

It just shows that it’s always worth having a heavier whiting setup handy, so you can put a couple of squid strips down in the deeper water and get a few of those channel whiting as they cruise through. Like always, load up on fresh calamari and salmon while they are around, as they are easily the best baits for the gummies!

Kallan from Tackle World Cranbourne and his mate Matt Thompson planned a gummy trip out on the top end recently and it just happened to be one of those sessions where everything went according to plan. They boys landed six gummies in total and after keeping a couple for a feed the rest went back unharmed. Pilchards and trevally were the best baits and the boys said the action was red hot for the whole session. Well played, fellas – gotta love that!

Ruby Fitzmaurice and her old man snuck in a few hours before our recent set of storms hit and had a lovely little session up the top end. Ruby dominated a handful of spectacular whiting to 40cm while her old man was too busy knocking over a nice 1.5m gummy. Well done team!

For the land-based anglers, young gun Tyler took his brand new tackle rat combo down to Tooradin and put a dent in the local trevally population. Along with the trevally, Tyler cleaned up on salmon and mullet too. Well done, little mate. It’s always great to see the nippers getting amongst it!

THE NORTH ARM

They need to officially change the name of the North Arm to the ‘Whiting Arm!’ The whiting have gone completely nuts in the last couple of weeks and it has been insane! The end of the Yaringa Channel and onto the Tyabb Bank has been great and the size of some of the whiting has been exceptional. Chris O’Connell found fish to 42cm on squid and mussels as they anchored in a nice little sand hole around Yaringa. Young Michael caught his first ever fish with his dad on a recent trip also out of Yaringa. Michael’s first fish was a fat 42cm whiting, so my advice to him is hang up the boots on the whiting, little mate – you just dominated it on your first trip! Love it!

Ash Craven and his two boys Tom and Dean set up camp along Lysaughts and ended up with three nice gummies with the biggest topping out at 13kg! Just for good measure, they boated some quality channel whiting to round out a handy little session – top effort, lads.

The Middle Spit

Let’s just say there are whiting everywhere! The charter boats are dominating in a big way and the rec boats are doing just as well. Many PB goals have been slayed both in size and numbers over the last month. We all know the Middle Spit is the big time for whiting and it has taken it to another level. My advice is to just go and do it!

Adam and Natalie Powell had one of the more interesting reports from the spit. Not only did they slay the whiting, but Natalie also ended up with a nice little elephant fish. That’s fairly unusual for the Middle Spit, but a great capture for something a little bit different.

There has been a common theme amongst the Middle Spit reports and that’s berley hard. Pipis lined with a little strip of calamari or cuttlefish have easily out-fished every other bait. Remember: no flow, no go. That’s it for another insane month and here’s to the next month being just as good! Good luck on your next adventure and keep those reports coming!

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