Red Hot Fishing
  |  First Published: April 2010

Port Albert has fished very well recently, and like the other south Gippsland waterways, you just don’t know what you might catch next.

April was such diverse month; there was everything from kingfish to whiting caught.


We are all surprised the yellowtail kingfish are still around, and not only that, they’re huge.

Anglers were getting spooled, busted off and all sorts of things, and anyone who saw the kingfish, said they were between 80-100cm long.

The only ones that seemed to be landed were the 65cm species that have been around for the past months.

It’s incredible to think in southern Victoria we have had a kingfish season for five months, imagine what next year could be like!

Australian salmon

The big salmon turned up in April, so anyone with a lure got stuck into salmon ranging anywhere from 0.5-3kg, it was just the luck of the draw.

There were also schools of tailor and they seemed to be chasing the massive schools of whitebait that were around.


The whiting finally turned it on, as it has been a slow season for many of the whiting anglers, however there were some big ones that managed to escape the professional nets.

I spoke to a few anglers that managed to get whiting over 45cm and a lot of 35cm specimens as well. Some days Bass yabbies were the go, but plenty of anglers caught good amounts of whiting on pipis.


Good gummies sharks were taken over the past month, there were plenty of those babies still swimming around.

However the 15kg plus gummies were out there if you knew where to look.

Fresh bait was the key, and it wasn’t too tough to get, as there has been so many yakkas and slimy mackerel around, that it just meant putting on a fillet and you were in with a chance.

Closer towards Cliffy Island, there were good captures of pinkie snapper between 28-45cm reported.

There were also striped tuna busting up on the surface on the inside of Cliffy Island; mostly they were falling to Rapala Magnum Lures.

For more information, contact Will at Allways Angling in Traralgon. You will get expert advice and the best prices on all your fishing tackle needs. Ph. 03 51748544

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