Around the bay there has been some ok action for light tackle fisherman. The bream fishing has been reasonable in most of the rivers, with Werribee and Patto producing a few nice fish. Staff member Dylan fished a few of the rivers landbased recently throwing lures around to try and connect with a few bream, and while the fish weren't huge they were still good fun on small hardbodies. Small freshwater yabbies and scrubworms have also been good on the local bream also.  Young gun Kozi fished Patto recently with bait to land a stack of bream to around mid 30cm size also.

 

Down on Mornington pier there has been a few options to keep most anglers happy. The squid have been on and off, but persistence after dark with small jigs up to size 2.0 will see you land a few. Colours to try have been UV pink/orange and also natural gold and silver foils. Kozi fished off the pier recently to land squid on natural gold and brown jigs in size 2.5 and 2.0.

 

Inside the harbour there have also been schools of yakkas, couta and mullet to be caught as well. Baitfishing with small sliding floats and a fine grit berley trail has been the most productive method, however the yakkas and couta can be caught casting small soft plastics and lures. Small single tail grubs like Zman and Squidgy have been effective when fished lightly weighted.

 

The snapper reports have been a bit quiet this week out in the bay, but they are there for dedicated snapper anglers. While the weather is usually the determining factor, most of the fish have been caught in around 18m of water out from the Mornington area, which isn't too far from shore. This area right out to 24m has been producing snapper to 4.5kg on pilchard and squid. James from Unreel Fishing Charters has been catching snapper to around the 4kg mark with customers during recent trips, and he has also found a few silver whiting out in the same areas. The whiting have been making excellent snapper bait in the same area as well.

 

In closer to shore around Mornington and Mt Eliza James has been catching good numbers or squid with customers, with most of them being excellent size for the area. James has found some of his old faithful size 3.0 jigs in natural/red foil and greens have been working very well.

 

With some of the spells of warm weather we have had over the past few weeks, a few switched on anglers have been out and about in search of Victorian Yellowtail Kingfish. While these hard pulling brutes aren't as prolific as in other states, there are good numbers of fish around for anglers putting in the effort to track them down. This often means a decent drive in the car only to launch the boat and spend time searching around to locate them on the water. Customer Damien is one such angler who has been out on the water trying to find them, and just last week he was fishing with a couple of mates when they struck paydirt. Kingies to around the 10kg mark were caught slow trolling live yakkas and slimies on modified 'Westernport' rigs. These rigs are used to keep the livies down in the strike zone around rocks and ledges. Damien was fishing some points and bommies in Gippsland for these fish.

 

While Westernport Bay is generally easier to fish from a boat, there are still plenty of options for anglers without boats. The variety of fish on offer from the shore is almost as plentiful as fishing from a kayak or boat, without all the extra expenses. Fishing from the shores of the port does require a little bit more planning and preparation to be successful, but any angler can do it. Recently customer Andrew has been fishing from the shoreline of the northern section of the, where he has had success on a few school sized mulloway. Andrew has found that fillet baits of freshly caught salmon have been working well on fish to around 5kg. Staff member Dylan has also had some shore-based success with mini mulloway around 2kg taking medium sized hardbodies cast and retrieved. The cover of darkness has been the key to catching these shy fish.

Further south in the port the squid have been fishing well from most of the main piers, with Flinders and Stony Point doing well. Customer Tony is a Flinders pier regular who normally does well when he fishes for squid off the pier. Tony was down at the pier recently, and again he managed to get some good sized squid on his favoured Gancraft jigs. Tony's colours of choice recently have been dark silvers and also green.

Down on Phillip Island, customer Pat was holidaying with family when he snuck out for a fish. Being a keen fisherman Pat couldn't spend the whole time by the water and not fish, I think we all know about that problem...Pat decided squid was the target, and with an area in mind he set off with a few jigs to try his luck. Pat ended up catching some lovely sized squid from the shore which kept himself and the family happy. Customer Shawn fished after dark from the pier at Cowes recently in search of a few shark and snapper baits. Shawn fished with a mixture of baits and lures to land some good sized yakkas and also couta.

 

Customer Stuart has been holidaying down at Mallacoota in Eastern Gippsland where he has been having some fun chasing the bream and other estuary species around. Stuart has been catching plenty of good fish on both hard and soft baits. A lot of the bream have been coming from secondary drop offs in the system, with small metal vibes accounting for a lot of fish, with UV green colours being the real killer. Stu has been using scent on all of his lures, to give the fish extra time to eat the lure before striking.

Customer Chez fished offshore from Bermagui with some mates over the Christmas period with marlin the target. The boys managed 2 fish, 80kg and 85kg. Both fish were caught on small skirts in slimey mackerel and small tuna colour combinations. 

 

The whiting in Westernport bay have been going well recently. Since Christmas the fish have been thicker in numbers around all the usual areas of the port. Customer Johnny went out from Hastings recently where he got onto a school of nice sized fish. Pipi/squid cocktail baits were the most effective along the edge of the middle spit. James from Unreel Fishing Charters has also had some good success on quality fish with customers, from Tyabb right down to Cat Bay. 

Most whiting around are school sized fish in the 35 - 39cm range, with a good number of 40cm+ fish around also. A small move away from school fish into deeper water can result in a bite from larger fish also. Baits of pipi, squid and mussel have been the best lately. James has been searching around some deeper areas for the whiting recently close to the entrance of Westernport Bay, and in amongst a whiting bite he also managed to land a nice kingfish which found a small shogun mutsu circle hook in the corner of it's jaw.

 

 

The Western district lakes have been producing fish lately for freshwater anglers chasing trout and salmon. Customer Mick has been finding some quality chinook salmon in Lake Bullen Merri over the past week or so, with most fish averaging around 1 - 2kg. The salmon have been found in schools and have responded best to bluebait and glassies fished on lightly weighted rigs. A few have also been taking lures worked around the school.

Around Ballarat, keen angler Tyler has been catching some nice trout on lures in the nearby lakes. Some of the better sized fish have been in the 50cm size range like this brown, with bullet lures working the best. The redfin colour has been the most effective on the larger trout as well.

 

There has still been some good freshwater fishing despite the hot weather around Melbourne, with some of the cooler trout streams and lakes producing along with local urban lakes. Customer Peter took his daughter Kristina down to Emerald Lake to fish for the rainbow trout and she was rapt in catching one of her own. The nice rainbow took a Powerbait nugget in Rainbow colour fished on the bottom. Staff member Kozi has been fishing some of the locally stocked lakes for redfin recently, and while most of the fish have been fairly small there has been no shortage of them to catch. Kozi has found Karkarook to be one of the better ones recently, with soft plastics working well. 2.5 inch Zman grubs in the bloodworm colour have caught most of his fish when fished on a 1/20th jighead.

 

Up around Eildon the Goulburn River has been fishing ok for trout but water levels are fairly high and the are well spread out. Jason from bullet lures has been catching a few nice browns in the river up around Alexandra on the redfin coloured bullet lure. Customer Daniel spent a few days on Lake Eildon in search of yellowbelly, but with lots of boat activity that plan was soon out the window. A backup plan of his was to search for feeding carp and present flies to them. Around some of the calmer bays and points the carp were active enough to cast wets like wooly buggers and matukas in front of them with good success. Using a #7 outfit to combat the wind, carp to around 6kg were caught and dispatched.

 

Westernport's gummies have been playing ball over the last few weeks for anglers, with lots of good table sized sharks coming aboard. Customers aboard Unreel Fishing Charters have been having a ball on gummies to 8kg all throughout the port. Baits of fresh trevally and yakka have been the most productive lately.

Customer John fished out from Hastings in search of a few gummies just recently where he landed some nice fish along the channel edge in 13m. John caught gummies to 10kg using rings of freshly caught squid on a 5/0 circle hook, with the last 2 hours of the run out tide being the most productive.

Customer Andrew was fishing out from Corinella recently in search of a few table sized gummies when he landed this ripper. This female shark was heavy full of pups and released after a quick photo. Freshly caught squid head was the effective bait.

Port Phillip experienced a shorter than normal snapper season for most anglers this year, and overall numbers were down. Late November saw hardly any action for a lot of anglers, with some nice fish here and there caught by the guys following the fish around. During the last 10 days, there has been a small run of fish around the southern end of the bay. Customer Jacques had been looking around out wide from Mornington where he managed some good sized fish in a few trips. Jacques found most of the fish around the 4kg mark, and they were all taken on pillies in 21m.

 

Most of the snapper action recently has taken place between Mornington and Mt Martha, and the best depths have been 18 - 23m. James from Unreel Fishing Charters has been getting in to quite a few nice sized fish with customers, with Mt Eliza and Mornington fishing well. James has had some sessions recently that have been hotter than earlier in October. Big groups of these fish will normally hang around this area until about March, where they can be caught on pillies and fresh baits of squid or yakka.