January has been a great month for holiday anglers to get amongst a variety of species around the island. February promises more of the same.
All the local surf beaches are still producing salmon to 1.5kg along with a few flathead and mullet. For the serious surf fisho some good gummies are also being taken after dark on the rising tide.
Below the bridge there are some good whiting to 45cm, but you have to move around a bit to find them. There are quite a few bait-picking leatherjackets and wrasse as well.
Above the bridge there have been reasonable catches of whiting, trevally and salmon, but with a lot of toadies mixed in. The Corals are still producing some good snapper. Fishing a low tide towards evening seems to be the best time to fish.
The Corinella area is also fishing well with snapper to 6kg. The whiting in the area at present are mostly schoolies. The deep water off Rhyll is fishing reasonably well with gummies to 10kg and snapper to 4kg. The area around McHauffies Reef is producing a lot of good whiting to 45cm and some local fishos have been bagging out. Lastly, the Cat Bay area has been running hot and cold with some big fish.
Outside the Eastern Entrance the makos and the blues are back in good numbers. Some makos have been in the 150kg+ range which are good fish in anyone’s language. There are also some reasonable flathead about so if you want to pick up a feed while you are drifting for sharks, its not a bad way to pass the time.
There has been a lot of activity on all the jetties, which have been crowded with holiday hopefuls. The Corinella jetty has been producing small salmon, trevally and whiting.
The Cowes jetty has salmon, garfish, mullet and a few pinkies.
The San Remo jetty has some calamari, leatherjackets and the odd pinky. One happy holidaymaker managed a 3kg snapper, a 1m gummy and some good-sized trevally off the Newhaven jetty - which goes to show you that you don’t need a boat to catch great fish.
There are still some big calamari in the deep water off Flinders but for the first time ever the big whiting that I like to target in this area have failed to materialise this year. The only thing that I can put it down to is the drought. Perhaps the big fish have moved up to the top end of Western Port looking for a better mix of water.Reads: 577