2007 is going to be a great year for anglers. Monster gummies and snapper have been caught from various locations around Western Port and good bags of whiting are also being landed in the top end.
An enormous 11kg+ snapper was landed recently somewhere between Rhyll and Corinella. The monstrous fish is shrouded in mystery, as the exact location and bait that it took has not been disclosed. Although I didn’t see this fish myself, a very reputable source confirms the capture. Several other fish to 7.2kg have been taken in the same area.
Corinella has also seen its fair share of gummies to 4kg, which is typical for this time of year, but the odd quality fish to 12kg has also showed up. A few school sharks to 6kg have been taken at night by anglers fishing for mulloway, and most have fallen for fresh squid baits.
Land-based anglers have had plenty of success off the rocks, chasing gummies on the flood tide. Most gummies have been 4-6kg, again with the odd better fish being taken. Cured eel, squid heads and stripey fillet have accounted for most gummies.
A few elephant fish have already turned up. It seems a few of these odd-looking creatures have gotten their holidays plans mixed up, arriving during Christmas instead of Easter!
Local fisherman Alan Patterson had a fantastic trip in the Tooradin Channel recently, landing 20 whiting to 35cm. Most fish were taken during the last half of the flood tide on pipis and mussels.
I was lucky enough to fit in a quick trip recently, along the French Island side of the top of the middle spit. I landed seven whiting to 38cm, and a bunch of mullet, flathead, grass whiting and garfish, all in 6m of water. Squid strips and fresh mussels accounted for most fish although pipis and pilchard fillet also worked a treat.
Several anglers have reported good number of snapper to 4kg being landed along the top of the middle reef. This area lies between Lysaughts and Eagle Rock extending down towards Stony Point. The bottom here is mainly cunjevoi and shale.
The deep water between Cowes and Sandy Point produced some fantastic snapper last month. Several fish between 6.2-8.4kg were taken on garfish, silver whiting, and yellowtail scad.
Ray with a nice catch of Western Port whiting. (Image courtesy Jarrod Day)Reads: 571