It’s Whiting Time
  |  First Published: February 2006

Salmon and gummies off the beaches, bream and perch in the rivers, trevally off the jetties and whiting to 50cm have been entertaining the last of the holiday anglers around Phillip Island.

Surf Beaches

All the surf beaches have reasonable numbers of salmon on the go. There have been some big schools moving along the coast so it’s been a fishing feast or famine, depending on how close into shore they’ve come.

For those wishing to fish after dark on a run-in tide, there have been a few good gummies about as well.

Powlett & Bass Rivers

The Powlett River has been producing a few bream around 500g above the road bridge.

There has also been a sprinkling of perch in the Tarwin, nibbling on bass yabbies between the road bridge and the pub on the run-out tide.

Newhaven & San Remo Jetties

The Cowes Jetty has been very popular with good numbers of flathead, salmon, trevally and garfish taken on a variety of baits at the top half of the incoming tide.

The Newhaven and San Remo jetties have had some whiting, trevally, leatherjackets and salmon in reasonable numbers.

San Remo Bridge to the Entrance & Cape Woolamai

The Punchbowl at San Remo has been fishing well with some good snapper, big salmon around 2kg and gummies as well. The fishing can be very productive but fishing off these rocks into deep water can be very dangerous. Don’t fish this area when there is a big swell running or you might end up another statistic.

Below the bridge at San Remo there have been some thumper whiting on the go. Some tremendous specimens to 50cm have been mixed in with some nice pinkies.

Above the bridge in the Dickie’s Bay area there have been some nice bags of whiting and big gars coming in.

In the deeper channels off Rhyll some good snapper to 7kg and gummies around 1.6m have been around in reasonable numbers. There have been elephant fish about as well.


There have been some good whiting about with a few big ones, again in excess of 50cm, mixed in.

You just have to be lucky enough to land on a school.

You might fish eight hours without seeing a fish and then hit a patch, catching 10 or more in 20 minutes. Then they’re gone again. The trick is to keep moving until you find them and to make the most of them while you’re on them.

There have also been lots of good leatherjackets about. Fish on the edge of a reef, berley a bit and they’ll find you.

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