Classic Autumn Fishing
  |  First Published: April 2010

Recent rough weather has been surrounded by some of that classic autumn weather with sunny days, no wind and plenty of fish to be caught.

Mordialloc To Black Rock

May is the time to get down to Mordialloc Pier and creek and start chasing the big mullet that move into the area. Amongst these fish are also some nice bream and a few trevally, while further out towards the end of the pier the evenings have been fishing well for some good pinkie snapper to 45cm. This should only get better over the coming weeks and months.

The last few weeks have also been producing good numbers of squid with gun land-based pier angler and Fishing Fever Staff member Eren Gruven having no problems catching 5-10 squid on most evenings.

Boat anglers are finding plenty of pinkies on the inshore reefs with hordes of undersized models to be found from Mordialloc to Black Rock. Persistence pays off however, with anglers also finding some much better fish, especially using bigger baits.

Up at Beaumaris Pier it’s squid central, with each day producing plenty for anglers who are there in droves to get in on the action. If you do plan to go there for a fish make sure you have good quality squid jigs such as the Yamashita or Harimitsu brands as anglers using these good brands are catching far more than those with lesser quality ones.

The reefs between Parkdale and Ricketts Point have also been producing the odd good bag of whiting and while they may not be there in huge numbers they are of good size with lots of them around 38-42cm.

Out wider in the 16-18m area from Ricketts Point through to Black Rock there is still the odd good snapper report. The lack of snapper being caught appears to have more to do with the lack of people fishing for them rather than lack of fish.

Inshore, along the coastline has good numbers of squid all along it and the coming weeks should see the pinkie fishing really heat up.

Sandringham To Port Melbourne

The breakwall and rock groynes off Sandringham have been producing good numbers of squid pinkies and garfish and this should only get better as the upcoming weeks roll by.

Out in the boats some big snook are on offer along the reefs with the best results coming from anglers using fresh garfish rigged on ganged hooks then slowly trolled along the reef edge. While doing this it’s also well worth getting some deep diving minnows in the water as the next few months will produce some great pinkie snapper on the troll.

Brighton breakwall has been fishing well for some big garfish during the day, with late afternoon and into the evening also producing some good pinkie snapper and the odd small gummy shark.

Working small plastics along the shallow reef areas from Brighton to St Kilda is also producing some great catches of red mullet. Great looking and even better eating, they are a species that loves to eat plastics, especially when you fish the shallower areas in 2-4m.

While working these areas it’s also time to make sure you have a squid jig out, as the reefs are fishing well in the northern part of the bay for squid. While they may not be as thick in numbers as in the southern part of the bay, they certainly make up for it with size, with squid up to 1kg.

Up towards Port Melbourne, anglers have been starting to find mullet on offer from the piers. This can only mean that mulloway will be hot on their heels for a feed. The coming month is the time for anglers to be putting effort into fishing locations such as Lagoon and Station piers with live baits to tempt these wonderful fish.

Anglers fishing around Station and Princess piers during April found great success on the bream and numbers of trevally on soft plastics with plenty of the bream more than 1kg. The size of the trevally depended on the size of the fish anglers could actually stop from busting them off.

Yarra And Maribyrnong

Floods through March and some cool weather in early April has seen the rivers come alive with some exceptional fishing.

The upper reaches of the Maribyrnong have been on fire for bait anglers chasing bream, with anglers finding quality fish by casting baits around bridge pylons. Other anglers are finding great success fishing the open stretches of banks, especially fishing baits close to the edge.

In the Yarra itself the bream fishing has been great with good bream and the added bonus of some nice pinkies being taken around the Docklands area. EcoGear VX35 vibes have been producing the goods when worked vertically around the pylons.

Amongst the bream have been some solid mulloway, which become very active in the river at this time of year.

Williamstown To Werribee

Just like Station and Princess piers, the harbour at Williamstown has had some great fishing over the past weeks, with anglers reporting plenty of bream and trevally caught with soft plastics or baits of peeled prawn

Out in the bay it’s now getting into pinkie season with good numbers of smaller pinkies starting to invade the inshore reefs from Williamstown and Altona up towards Werribee. While the majority of them have been on the small side so far, the coming weeks should definitely see them improve in size. Among the pinkies there has also been the odd report of some late season whiting being taken around the stick off Altona.

The inshore reefs all the way along the coast have good numbers of squid on them with most anglers having no problems getting a few for bait or food whenever they need.

One of the better areas however has been up towards and around St Leonards with anglers still finding some decent whiting on the last of the flood tide.

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