Well, it’s that time of year again when things start to happen on the fishing scene. The trout season is up and running and the snapper season is about to fire with early fish coming in from Western Port and Port Phillip Bay. The surf beaches are producing good salmon and whiting have arrived in some areas. It’s time to dust off the fishing gear, clean and re-spool your fishing reels, get that boat motor serviced and get out there amongst the fish and enjoy life.
On the surf scene, Kilcunda, Baxters, Williamsons and Woolamai beaches have all been fishing well with salmon to 2.5kg being caught. One visiting angler managed a 3.5kg fish off Woolamai Beach when fishing with squid. Many anglers have been bagging more than 10 fish per trip with whitebait the top bait.
There have been several early reports of good bags of whiting being taken above and below the bridge. Average-sized fish to 35cm have been caught and are biting at all stages of the tide. You just have to be prepared to move around a bit to find the fish. There are quite a few salmon about as well.
In the Dickies Bay area there are some good quality garfish.
Around the jetties things are starting to pick up. The Newhaven Jetty has been producing salmon, mullet and the odd leatherjacket. The run-in tide has been the most productive time to fish. At the San Remo Pier there have been a few calamari taken. The Cowes Jetty is still very popular with garfish, salmon, mullet, flathead and leatherjackets.
The big squid are on the go at Flinders and are turning up in numbers at Stony Point and Tankerton. There are also reports of some good whiting at Merricks, Somers and Cat Bay. A few of the local anglers have been finding 500g squid on most trips. There has been quite a good run of snook on the edge of McCauffies Reef.
There have been several early reports of good bags of whiting being taken in the San Remo area.Reads: 3264