September saw some great success stories. My favourite involved customer Rob Plant and his son Aaron.
The boys were chasing gummies early in the month. It was their first trip to Western Port and I’m guessing it won’t be their last! They headed east of Joe’s Island and sounded up a nice hole of 10m. After anchoring, the boys sent the berley pot to the depths, filled with pellets soaked in oil. The berley worked a treat and almost immediately they had a few enquiries from pesky stingrays. That was before the big fish hit! It was Aaron’s turn on strike and the beast that had consumed the eel fillet was peeling line fast. After a ten minute struggle, a big gummy appeared from the murky waters. It lay exhausted by the boat and a victorious Aaron pulled it on board.
The boys often tag and release their gummies but decided to keep this one for tea. They took it to Cranbourne Fishing Tackle for weighing. It pulled the scales down to an impressive 17.5kg. At the shop, Paul suggested they check what it had been feeding on. It was stuffed full of crabs, an eel cube, and three toadfish!
The toadfish was a surprise but the eel cube certainly wasn’t. This bait has been a standout for the last month, ever since we managed to find these top quality, fresh, vacuumed-packed de-slimed eels.
Other customers have also made the most out of this popular gummy bait. Harry landed an awesome gummy of 19kg on an eel fillet, while regular customer Scott also used eel fillet and promptly landed his first ever gummy of 8kg.
Another congratulations must go to 5-year-old Jackson Clarke. The poor young lad had his rod stolen from Tenby Point – how low can you get? Proud grandpa Garry Clark bought him another rod, which Jackson quickly christened with some fantastic bay trout and flathead from Corinella.
On the squid front, there have been some super cephalopods taken from Stony Point pier recently. Many have taken a fancy to silver whiting suspended under a float. Large Shrimp Hunter squid jigs (size 4.0) have also done very well. These squid have been enormous, weighing up to 2kg. Anglers fishing Flinders Pier have had similar results.
Until now the gummies really have stolen the limelight but by mid October the snapper should be firing. Last year, productive areas during October and November included Lysaughts, Joe’s Island and the corals off Rhyll. If you’re new to fishing Western Port this season and want some help finding the hot spots, drop in and grab a copy of Paul Worsteling’s Fishing Western Port. It’s packed full of useful information, including GPS marks to help you find some fish.Reads: 2005