April is a bit of a transition month down at the Island. Reasonable fishing for whiting and sharks continues, but expect the salmon from the surf to start dominating reports in late autumn and winter.
The local surf beaches have started to produce some excellent salmon up to 3kg. Williamsons, Baxters, Kilcunda and Woolamai have all improved since my last report and local fishos working the beaches after dark have been doing well on gummies too. As long as we don’t get too many big blows all the surf beaches should continue to fish well.
Below the Bridge there continues to be a mixed bag of fish coming in, including whiting to 45cm, trevally to 2kg and salmon to 3kg. The whiting are of a good size but you have to move around a bit and sift through the rubbish to get a few.
Above the Bridge, the Boys Home Channel at Newhaven on the run-out tide has been one of the better spots for whiting. Garfish are still about in good numbers at Reef Island.
Offshore it’s still sharks, sharks, sharks! Blue sharks, mako sharks, bronze whalers and threshers are all there in depths from 20-60m. Everybody is having a ball. I have never seen so many sharks around as this year. There are also plenty of arrow squid and some good flathead in close off Kilcunda.
Cowes Pier has been producing a mixed bag of fish including salmon, mullet, pinkies, leatherjackets and flathead. There have also been some big sharks seen cruising the area, so it’s definitely not a good place to go swimming. Some good catches of snapper and gummies have been made at the Fairway Buoy at the Western Entrance. Reasonable numbers of whiting are still coming in off the Middle Spit.
The fishing is still patchy although some Snapper Point anglers managed a few nice whiting to 700g on their last trip. They didn’t get to double figures but what they did get were good fish. There has also been the odd gummy caught at night off the beaches at Shoreham and Balnarring.Reads: 498