Located along the Mornington Peninsula is a favourite little hidey-hole of mine. What makes the rock platforms along Mt Martha so special is that you can fish them any time of the year and always expect to have a good crack at catching a few calamari. It has easy access and is a short drive from Melbourne, and an even shorter drive from Cranbourne.
The beauty of fishing the abundant rock platforms along the peninsula is that every day is a good day to go fishing, weather permitting. Try to plan your session around the tides. You really want to be fishing this area on a high tide as the water is deeper.
The squid like to move in close and mooch around the weed and reef. Also, when working jigs, you won’t snag up and lose as many. There is more water between the surface and the bottom, which means you can work your jigs a lot slower and keep them in the strike zone for longer periods of time. Dawn and dusk are key factors, as low light makes the squid a lot less wary and spooky.
When fishing land-based you want to maximize the time your jig spends in the water. This is where a quality rod and reel outfit comes into its own. You want a light 7”6, two piece graphite rod that allows you to cast all day without it being a nuisance. It should really punch a jig out a long way. Matched up with a quality 1000-2500 sized spin reel and light 6-10lb braid, this is all you need to get out on the water and catch a few.
Squid can be real finicky at the best of times, especially in crystal clear water on bright sunny days. A long length of light 4-6lb fluorocarbon leader is essential for the best results. An egi snap is also a fast an effective way to change jigs quickly without cutting your leader and shortening the length every time you decide to change a jig.
It’s always good to have a variety of jigs in different sizes and colours in the arsenal. A couple of favourites are the Yamashita Live and the Search Jigs. They have an awesome colour range and come in sizes to suit all styles of squid fishing. For this area 2.5 and 3.0 models are best as they aren’t too heavy and won’t plummet to the bottom and snag up.
Rock hopping works best for this area. As there are quite a few spots to fish along Mt Martha, the best thing to do is move from spot to spot until you find an active patch of squid that are feeding. Whether you move 50m along to the next bit of rock, or get in the car and drive five minutes up the road, you will cover a lot more area and your chances increase a lot more when you go looking for them.
Remember to always check the weather and get the latest update before venturing out along the rocks. It can be dangerous so always tell someone where you are going and when you are likely to return. There is no fish worth risking your life for. There is always a next time to go fishing.
It’s worth getting a can of Egi Max Spray when going squid fishing. This is a pheromone-based scent that can be sprayed onto your jigs. I always have it in the bag. It can be the difference between an okay session and an awesome session.Reads: 2266