Whiting Quieter Than Usual
  |  First Published: March 2006

Whiting haven’t been around in big numbers in Western Port lately, the snapper have quietened off in Port Phillip and the salmon have been patchy on the surf beaches.

The only really good news is for shark anglers with quite a few sharks about in Bass Strait, including a few good makos to more than 200kg.

Surf Beaches

All the local surf beaches have been yielding a few salmon to 1kg and some good-sized mullet to 40cm. Keen anglers have been rewarded with gummies to 1.5m. They’re fishing into the dark on a rising tide. Squid strips and eel have been the best baits.

Powlett & Bass Rivers

The Powlett River has been very quiet with just the odd bream.

There have been a few mullet in the Tarwin along with a few perch and silvers above the road bridge. The best baits have been sandworms and nippers.

Newhaven & San Remo jetties

The Newhaven and San Remo jetties have had the usual array of species on offer for the jetty rats.

The Cowes Jetty is becoming a very popular fishing spot offering up flathead, salmon, mullet, and garfish during daylight hours and snapper, gummies and the odd bronze whaler during the night.

San Remo Bridge to the Entrance & Cape Woolami

Above the road bridge at San Remo there’s been whiting, garfish, salmon and mullet. They haven’t been in large numbers but there have been enough of them to keep you interested.

Below the road bridge there have been some good whiting over the 40cm mark mixed in with pinkies, flathead, silvers and ‘couta. The run-out tide has proved the most productive.

Outside the entrance there have been good numbers of toothies just over the 50m mark along with big ‘couta and arrow squid.

Flinders, Shoreham & Cowes

In the deep water off Cowes’ buoy 16 there have been some big gummies and a few snapper to 6kg caught. The Cat Bay area has enjoyed acres of salmon to 1.5kg and a few good whiting to 46cm.

Around buoy 5 there have been snapper to 4kg and some big gummies to 15kg.

At Flinders and Shoreham there have been a few whiting to 45cm, pinkies to 1.5kg, leatherjackets over 1kg and the odd small gummy. This area is not fishing as well as it should for this time of the year.

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