It’s now the time of year to think about putting away the snapper and whiting gear and swapping it for the surf and bream gear. That’s why fishing is so great: there’s a fish for every season. Don’t let the cold weather stop you fishing – just change your fishing tactics.
All the local surf beaches are producing salmon to 1.5kg. The fishing has been fairly consistent at Baxters, Williamsons, Kilcunda and Woolamai. Mixed in with the salmon have been good catches of mullet. Pipis are one of the best baits for mullet and low tide is the best time to target them. The rising tide is the best time to target salmon.
Below the bridge some good whiting of around 40cm have been caught on the last of the run-off tide. There have been some salmon and trevally mixed in too. Outside the entrance some good-sized flathead have been taken on the drift, along with heaps of arrow squid and some really big barracouta.
For those wanting to catch arrow squid you can use any sort of squid jig because they aren’t fussy. The jig must be weighted to get to the bottom, then lifted a couple of metres off the bottom. You shouldn’t have any problem catching your bag of 10 squid. Use a short wire trace or you will lose a few jigs to ‘couta. If you’re after a few big ‘couta just put a small arrow squid on a hook and let it hang mid-water.
Above the bridge, Loelia Shoal has been the most productive for elephant fish, although they haven’t been around in big numbers this year. At the Corals it’s been pinkies, pinkies, pinkies! Whiting are still about in reasonable numbers at the Boys Home Channel and the Maggie Shoal area. There are also many small gummies around Elizabeth Island.
The Cowes Jetty is producing mullet, garfish, salmon and a few flathead and pinkies. Newhaven has seen a few elephants, pinkies, salmon and mullet, while at San Remo there are still a few big squid and the odd pinkie being taken.
The deep water off Ventnor around No.6 Buoy has seen some big gummies being caught as well as some large schools of salmon in the 1.5-2kg range. Outside near Pyramid Rocks there have been more reports of bluefin tuna.
There are still a few big whiting about but you’ll have to work hard to catch a feed. There are also a few big squid off Flinders and the snook have started to show up. The best method to catch these fish is to troll over reefy areas with lead lines and any small fish-like lure.Reads: 645