Windy start to spring
  |  First Published: August 2009

Will the wind ever go away? After several months of consistently strong northerly winds it has made it hard for anglers to target many areas. Thankfully however there are several areas that are very fishable, especially around this part of the bay.

Mordialloc to Black Rock

Mordialloc creek has in recent weeks been inundated with huge schools of small salmon or bay trout as they are known. This has allowed anglers to fish in relative comfort from an easy access land based location and have an absolute ball catching these hard fighting fish. It pays to have a few options at the ready when you head down there – a variety of bait types as well as a selection of lures.

While most of the fish are 20-30cm there are a few better fish among them to over a kilo, which will see you in all sorts of bother around the boat mooring ropes in the creek. On the really windy days there have also been some better salmon around the kilo mark being taken from the pier on the same methods.

Asides from the salmon the past weeks have seen decent numbers of squid moving onto the reef on the right hand side of the pier with last light producing the best results

In Beaumaris Bay itself some schools of salmon have shown up with fish between 1-2kg on offer, so keep your eyes peeled for the birds as they follow the schools.

Working the shallow reefs around Parkdale Pinnacles and the areas known as the Horse paddock has seen pinkies and good numbers of squid on both lures and baits, while Beaumaris Pier has been going great guns with some anglers catching plenty of squid on a regular basis. The key is definitely good quality Hamashita or Simozuko jigs and a bit for scent such as Egi Max to improve your results.

The following weeks are also well worth fishing Beaumaris and Mordialloc Piers for snapper as they often produce some of the very first quality snapper for the season, especially on a south west wind.

Sandringham To Port Melbourne

The rock Groynes off Hampton are producing both garfish and pinkies with a steady number of boats fishing the area on an almost daily basis. Around Green Point has good numbers of small squid on offer and well worth stocking up on for the upcoming snapper season.

Brighton Pier has had a few pinkies and on offer with anglers fishing baits whitebait and pilchard tails fished on paternoster rigs producing the best results. Further north the rocky shoreline around North road has had its fair share of squid, while working the areas up towards St Kilda, where the reef meets the sand with baits of whitebait and soft plastics have been producing some nice sized flathead over a kilo or so in weight.

Off Kerford Road and Lagoon Piers anglers have been finding a few squid, mullet and garfish and best of all the northerly winds of late make these locations absolutely perfect to fish, with the wind from behind and broken by the city, a light breeze helps to carry your berley out into the bay presenting it to a broader area and ultimately more fish.

Yarra and Maribyrnong Rivers

Bream are the flavour of the month but there are plenty of other odd-ball species among them to keep anglers on their toes.

All the bridges continue to fish well with schools of bream moving from one bit of shady structure to the next as they feed and prepare to spawn.

The Maribrynong River has continued to produce numbers of quality bream from between the railway bridge to well above the racecourse with baits of peeled prawn, pod worm and freshwater yabbies producing some of the bigger fish. Just to keep things interesting, among the bream there have also been some pinkie snapper to over a kilo in weight, which seems strange to find these fish so far upstream, but it just goes to show there are no rules in fishing.

Williamtown to Werribee

The shoreline from Williamstown to Altona has held decent numbers of squid with those anglers prepared to keep mobile and walk the shoreline while throwing Yamashita jigs in the 2.0-2.5 sizes producing the best results.

Out off Werribee in 20-22m of water there have continued to be a few more reports of decent gummy sharks from 4-12kg in weight with those anglers prepared to berley hard for several hours producing the goods. Over the coming weeks we should also start to hear of some good early season snapper mixed in among these fish.

Onto the Werribee River itself there are more than a few issues and dramas unfolding for anglers and river users alike, at one end there are floating fishing pontoons being built for anglers to fish from, but at the other it looks as though there are foot bridges being put across the river, which are low too the water, stopping access on the majority of boats.

By next month I hope to have more info and some firm answers to what is planned on the future of this great fishery.

It’s almost like the start of a big race as the anticipation builds on another snapper season, will it be an early one? Will it be a good or bad season? Will it be better than the last?

I for one cant wait to find out

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