Whiting in Western Port
  |  First Published: February 2005

With the snapper run quieting down as the fish do their annual spawning thing, anglers have turned their attention to the port’s thumper whiting.

These tasty fish have really fired up with the recent increase in water temperature. Regular haunts of Coronet Bay, Quail Bank, Tooradin Channel and the Middle Spit have all been productive. Charter operator Glen Harvie of Adrenalin Charters, has been able to keep his customers entertained with several good bags coming from these shallow locations. These fish have been of an exceptional size too, many exceeding 40cm.

While fishing with my partner Julie, we found a lovely patch of whiting in Coronet Bay. We landed 23 whiting to 45cm, and a swag of small trevally, salmon and mullet. These fish were all taken in just 2.7m of water on pipi and squid baits.

Stingray City

Have you ever had one of those fishing trips where you managed to catch everything but your target species? I know the feeling! On a recent gummy trip to Joes Island with work mates Jarrod Day and Jamie Smith we felt as though we had caught nearly every stingray and banjo shark in Victoria. After persisting for several hours we finally came up with the goods in the form of three small gummies to 5kg.

Other anglers have had more success on the gummy front, particularly near Cowes and the Corals off Rhyll. Fresh squid heads and stripy fillet are always popular and effective baits.

The Piers

Land-based anglers have also been spoiled lately with many species on offer. Hastings and Stoney Pt piers have seen their fair share of squid captures while Warneet’s local mullet and whiting fishery is ever reliable. The beaches of Stockyard Pt will be popular this month for those chasing gummies, as will Corinella pier.

This month…

Hopefully the snapper will be on the chew again any day now as they finish spawning and enjoy the rest of their holiday in the port’s warm waters. Let’s hope they stick around for a while.

The elephants should be on their way within the next month or so and the shallows around Rhyll would be a good spot to start looking for them.

Last February it was the legendary mulloway that stole the limelight. Anglers targeted this holy grail of sportsfishing anywhere they could find substantial concentrations of salmon or mullet. They find livebaits irresistible and I bet we see a few over well over 20kg taken throughout February-March.

Don’t forget Valentines Day on the 14th! Nothing says ‘I love you’ more than a brand new Ugly Stik and a packet of maggots!

For the latest fishing information, contact Cranbourne Fishing Tackle, (03) 5996 6500.

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