Top of the Bay firing
  |  First Published: February 2005

The fishing in the bay has been excellent over summer with anglers catching a wide range of species.

The big news is reports of yellowtail kingfish being taken at various points in the top end of the bay. These fish, although not big by kingfish standards, are typically between 3kg and 6kg. And for those who have not caught kings before, it’s not until you hook one of these green bullets that you can appreciate how hard these fish go on light tackle.

The kings have been found travelling under the salmon schools that have been appearing in various locations in the bay. There seems to be no pattern as to where they are working and they move on fairly quickly. So it’s a matter of keeping a look out for the salmon schools and make the most of each opportunity.

The most effective method of targeting the kings is by casting soft plastics just to the edge of the salmon school and allowing the lure to drop down deep. Soft plastics like the Mojo Twitchin’ Minnows, Senkos or Slug-gos are ideal for the job as they have a great gliding action and can be worked slowly and kept in the strike zone longer.

If there are no kings under a salmon school, at least you can have a consolation prize and get into a few salmon. At around 2kg at the moment they are great fun on light tackle and can provide a reason for a trip all by themselves.

For the whiting anglers the great season continues with most fish being taken averaging around 40cm at the moment. This has clearly been the best whiting fishing in the bay for years and is showing all of the signs that it will continue for months to come. All of the marks between Ricketts Point and St Kilda are producing exceptional fishing with most anglers getting their bag limit.

On the western side of the bay, the area between Altona and Werribee is producing some real horse whiting. Anglers are regularly coming in with 50cm fish in their bags, with the bigger fish being taken on strips of squid. These are great whiting and put up an astonishing fight before coming to the net. Also in the area are some great flathead that have been taken working soft plastics in the shallows. Some anglers are wading the shallow flats while otheres are drifting in their boats. All have been successful. The flathead are taking a wide range of plastics with most of the larger curl tail and baitfish patterns being successful.

There is plenty happening in the bay at the moment so get out there and enjoy!

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