Port Albert has been very consistent with great numbers of squid, sharks, snapper and yellowtail kingfish.
Why wouldn’t you try you luck here.
There’s plenty of squid being caught around the jetties at Port Albert including plenty of calamari that would be perfect for live bait. Then there’s also the perfect eating size calamari as well. Apparently the squid have quality tastes at present and are only taking expensive squid jigs, not the cheap $2.95 ones that we all love.
There’s still plenty of kingfish around as well, so putting the baby calamari out as live bait would have to work a treat. Aaron Marsh caught a couple of 60cm kings using 7” Gulp Jerkshad soft plastics on a heavy jig head. A fast retrieve is what the kingies want to see, so don’t wind to slow, make sure the lure is erratic and fast and also change the depth that you fish it every cast.
So, on one cast, wind it in across the surface and then the next cast let it sink. Do this until you work out what method the kingies want the lure presented, then repeat.
The kingies can also be seen sipping the surface up the channel as well and in this situation, you want to put the lure right in front of them and crank it in fairly fast.
There are good amounts of garfish around the shallows and the big sea gars, which are 40cm in length and make a great feed. The old port channel has produced some nice trevally using pipis, squid and bluebait and there’s also plenty of flathead averaging 35cm and up.
Whale Bay has started fishing well again, and the gummies are around in great numbers. This has actually been one of the best gummy shark seasons I can remember. Pilchards, squid and trevally fillets are working very well. Further out, in between Rabbit Island and Cliffy Island, the pinkie snapper are still going well.
Most are 35-45cm in length and are taking pilchards and squid on a paternoster rig. You will also most certainly get your bag of flathead drifting around close to Cliffy, and the flathead have been a lot bigger out here. They’re averaging 45-55cm.
There’s heaps of barracouta out wide, which are annoying a lot of anglers, however some anglers are taking advantage and keeping a few for bait. They have been excellent for gummy baits and also mako sharks, which are numerous out near Cliffy Island.
Again, great to hear the proposed mako restrictions were over turned. There’s been some excellent makos caught, most of the makos are being caught in over 25m of water.
So there are no excuses, the fishing has never been better, so get out there and catch a few.
For more information, contact Will at Allways Angling in Traralgon on 51748544, you will get expert advice and some great deals on fishing tackle.Reads: 2666