Anglers fishing Western Port have had a tough time during June. While there have been a few nice fish taken, reports have been sporadic and inconsistent.
A few gummies have been taken throughout the Port, particularly in the southern reaches. Cat Bay and Point Leo have produced the odd gummy to 13kg. Most were taken in deep water between 18 and 20m. The quality of Western Port’s gummy fishery will only improve as winter roles on.
The larger females migrate along Bass Strait and enter the Port via the western entrance to breed. For this reason, 20kg plus gummy sharks can be targeted this month with some real possibilities of success. Large fresh fish fillets such as trevally, salmon and mullet will all tempt a passing gummy. Cured eel and squid strips also work extremely well.
The surf scene has been producing some fantastic salmon lately. While most fish are in the 1 to 2kg range, some jumbo black-backed salmon have also been encountered.
The staff at Cranbourne Fishing Tackle weighed in a salmon of 7.2lb cleaned recently. The fish was 72cm long! It took a surf popper fished in a deep channel off Woolamai.
Try and fish the last few hours of an incoming high tide change. This can really pay dividends for a hot salmon session, particularly if it coincides with sunrise. Bluebait, salted pillies, pipis and whitebait are all worth a go.
Plenty of nocturnal anglers will also be heading to the beaches this month. They will be targeting the winter gummies that choose to feed in the turbulent surf environment under the cover of darkness. Be sure to rug up though, a still winter’s night on a surf beach is awful if you’re not warm and comfortable. It’s funny how a thermos of hot coffee really can help you catch a feed!
Flinders Pier has seen some exceptional squid fishing recently. Anglers have been landing these tasty cephalopods between 1 and 2kg. Some, however, have been half as big again! I saw one enormous squid that weighed 3.4kg and was over a metre long! It took a silver whiting on an Ednor jig fished under a float.
It’s hard to believe, but our cold Melbourne winter is nearly over. I’m sure the snapper are already thinking about their return trip to our waters. Eight weeks until snapper season kicks off, hooray!
Winter is the time to chase good squid and Flinders has seen some beauties lately (image courtesy Jarrod Day).Reads: 483