As I write this, the weather – with lots of wind and rain – hasn’t been good for much fishing. However, all the rain that we’re having is a sign of good things to come, so now is the time to get all of your gear cleaned up and ready to go.
Near Wonthaggi, Baxters Beach and Williamsons Beach have been producing salmon to 1.4kg, taken on the run-in tide in between the bouts of bad weather. Some of the locals have bagged some nice fish, however, weed has been a bit of a problem at Williamsons.
The water is a little dirty due to the rough weather and the Powlett River that’s been in flood. There have been some reasonable catches of salmon around the 1.3kg mark on the run-in tide. The best baits for all of these surf beaches have been whitebait, bluebait, squid and pipis. Surf poppers have also been working well.
The Powlett has also been in flood so not much has been happening there. The area has had heaps of rain this year and that usually means good bream fishing to come once the water clears. Best baits for the Powlett are green prawns, worm, shrimp and nippers. Earthworms also work well when the water is dirty.
Small salmon, tommy ruff, bream, mullet and a few squid are being caught, but the fishing has been very slow. Things will pick up as the weather and water temperature warms, and as more people get out on the water, more reports will filter through.
A few barracouta and salmon, with the odd whiting and pinky snapper have been taken of late. The whiting are beginning to show up in numbers in this will continue to get better. Best baits are pipis, nippers and squid strips.
The annual run of big squid has started and between now and Christmas is the best time to target this species. Some of these squid are huge – weights of 4-5kg are not uncommon. The two best methods to catch them are baited jigs and the prawn-type squid jig.
The 3.5oz jigs work the best for the bigger squid. They take all colours but seem to have a preference for the pink ones. Whole silver whiting are the go on the baited jigs, and these are suspended under a float. Best results are obtained by drifting, with the baits about half a metre off the bottom.
The odd whiting is also about, but they are few and far between. Snook are about in reasonable numbers, trolling over grassy-reefy areas is the most effective way to catch them. Small silver or soft plastic lures work well. For best results you need to get your lures working down at about 1m off the bottom. Garfish strips on ganged hooks also work well.
Small salmon (or bay trout) have been plentiful on the beaches, with fish up to 1.4kg common.Reads: 2003