It’s amazing to think that Western Port can go from strength to strength as each month passes by.
The gummy shark fishing has been sensational and will continue on throughout the autumn period. Sure the cold weather will blow in but the gummies will still be on the lookout for a meal. When heading out, work the edges of the channels.
Fish with good fresh baits and a running sinker rig tied with at least 80lb trace. During these cooler months you can expect the by-catch of seven-gill sharks and the stronger leader will aid in landing them, should you want to keep one.
Inside the Port there was still plenty of action. King George whiting were in plague proportions so much so that catching your bag seemed to take no time at all.
Matt Cini from Reel Time fishing charters had his clients drooling and licking their lips as each whiting came over the side.
Matt spent a lot of time working the Middle Spit with excellent results. The majority of the fish ranged from 32cm to a whopping 48cm; and pipi, squid and mussel were the stand out baits.
Matt also said berley was the key to success. On some days the fish were hard to get going but once the berley pot was deployed, they came from everywhere and took every bait in the water.
Still, it didn’t really matter where you were fishing for whiting; they were everywhere. Although the top location was the Middle Spit, the Quail and Tyabb banks, Gentle Annie, Eastern and Fairhaven channels were prime locations to catch a feed.
Dickies Bay near San Remo was also a good location as Darryl Peterson found out fishing the morning high tides.
Darryl had been fishing GPS MARK 137 from Paul’s Western Port Book (S 38 30.735 E145 23.550), and had a ball catching his bag on two occasions. Darryl said the fish ranged from 38-45cm and took live bass yabbies
The elephants have turned up and are in fair numbers.
Robin Gray from Peninsula fishing charters has had some great captures but quickly went back to catching whiting after bagging out on elephants in just two hours fishing.
Even with the elephants around, some anglers put in the hard yards in search of mulloway and one such angler, Rob Camargo, managed a magnificent 43lb mulloway on fresh calamari off Corinella. At first he thought it was a big stingray, so it pays to not bust fish off even when you think they are rays.
While there aren’t a lot of land-based reports, the ones I have got were amazing.
Elephants were popular amongst anglers from the ever-popular sand spit, StockYard Point, but that didn’t phase anglers Brad Palmer and Ash Shaw.
The boys headed out to Ventnor Beach one night where they managed a magnificent bronze whaler shark. A week later and they backed it up fishing another beach near Corinella with a mulloway of 9kg.
Many anglers aspire to catching quality fish like these from the shore and many hours are endured doing so.
If you can put in the time and sift through the hoards of elephants over the next month or so, you too might crack a beauty, such as a mulloway, bronzie or even a gummy shark.
The popular locations including Stock Yard Point, Corinella pier, Tenby Point, Cat Bay and Balnarring Beach are all worth fishing.
While there are a few elephants still getting around, gummy sharks will be a high priority in April. The weather will separate the hardcore anglers from the softies, but you can’t let a little cold stand in your way of success.
Autumn on Western Port has been some of the best fishing I can remember. Even so, the surf scene is about to fire with Australian salmon, silver trevally and gummy sharks all on offer.
Williamsons, Baxters, Kilcunda, Cape Woolamai and Gunnamatta are all very popular and prove to be the best beaches to fish.
If it is salmon you’re after, use a paternoster rig with size 3/0 Black Magic KL hooks; these will prevent you from losing fish.
If it’s gummy sharks after dark, stick to Gunnamatta surf beach, and try my fixed gummy shark rig from the Back to Basics feature in the November edition of VFM.
Use good fresh baits like salmon fillet and wait for your target to find your bait.Reads: 9001