The massive rains in March flooded the city of Melbourne and caused major headaches everywhere, but the upside to this is it will bring on some awesome fishing through late autumn.
I am sure there are more than a few mulloway anglers who just cant wait to get out on the Yarra river in search of them over the coming weeks.
Here’s hoping that some of the promised fine April weather lets us get into some great fishing.
Squid numbers have been good for anglers fishing in boats over the past weeks, but for some reason the Mordialloc and Beaumaris Piers haven’t had big numbers but this should change over this month.
Most anglers are still chasing the whiting at the moment, which have been hot and cold throughout the Mordialloc to Black Rock area, often requiring several moves in a session before finding small schools of fish. If you are lucky you will hit the mother load, which will see you easily get your bag.
Pinkies have begun to move in, with anglers fishing off the piers of an evening starting to get fish up to 40cm, while boat anglers are having no dramas finding hordes of smaller pinkies along with some better sized models, especially if they are fishing with larger strips of fresh squid or slightly larger sized soft plastics.
Some great catches of big snook are on offer at the Anonyma Shoal with several anglers over the past few weeks getting fish up to almost a metre in length. Best methods for them have been to troll Rapala Xrap 10 Deep in Silver or Hot Steel colours, the other option is to slow troll whole garfish on ganged hook rigs.
Closer in, the Yorkies Reef has held decent numbers of whiting and some great garfish, while the breakwall at Sandringham Yacht club has been also producing some great garfish for anglers, especially late in the afternoon.
Working further to the north the reefs off Green Point and up past Brighton are beginning to produce some decent numbers of pinkies, but it’s a case of sorting through the smaller ones to get a few better fish.
Out deep off North Road we heard some good snapper reports recently with the keen anglers managing two or three quality reds in a session with the best baits being pilchards.
Towards the city, April is the time to get serious on the piers with Kerford Road, Lagoon and Station piers tipped to produce some great fishing over the next two months.
For the angler chasing the trophy fish, live baits suspended under floats at night can produce some exceptional mulloway, especially of Lagoon Pier, while the larger baits of fresh squid heads or fresh salmon or mullet fillets can see you with a monster snapper or mulloway.
For the boat anglers, the fishing is equally as good in the area with some night sessions in 4-8m of water putting you in the running for the fish of a lifetime.
Here the key is to be patient. You won’t get a lot of bites, but there is a fair chance that the ones you do will be screamers.
Torrential rains and floods through the city during March turned the Yarra and Maribyrnong into brown soup, which slowed the fishing for a while but on the upside it gives the waterways a good flush, which in turn makes them better in the long run.
While many anglers struggled to catch fish in the floods, when the water slowed a little the anglers who reverted to freshwater baits of scrub worms and yabbies had some memorable fishing. Big numbers of large bream were on the chew over a wide variety of areas, from bridge pylons to open sand and mud banks such as those found around the city side of the Westgate Bridge.
While the bream are in the rivers it’s the big mulloway that many anglers will begin to chase over this month and lets hope that with the rains in March that the jewies are lined up and ready to eat in April and May.
This side of the bay still continues to fish very well with Williamstown Harbour producing good bream over the past weeks on a range of unweighted baits cast in and around the boat moorings and pylons.
Anglers also finding a few trevally up to 500g amongst the bream.
Towards Altona the pinkies are starting to show in numbers on the shallower reef areas along with a few whiting and decent numbers of squid.
Further along the Werribee area is still producing good numbers of whiting all the way through to St Leonards with plenty of fish to be found in the 30-40cm size range.
Out in the deep water anglers had some exceptional late season snapper fishing off Point Cook with numbers of snapper in the 4-8kg size range, so lets hop that with some stable weather in April the fishing should still continue.
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