The trout action has been good in many of the local streams and rivers recently. With Melbourne's cold and windy weather at least fishing in some of the rivers you can get a bit of a break from the wind, and sometimes the rain too. Customers Jinsu and Jordan have been fishing local rivers near Noojee in search of a few spotted river wrigglers.

Jinsu has found that soft plastics like Gulp Minnows and turtleback worms have been effective in dirtied up pools when visibility is low, while Jordan has been catching fish on a mixture of flies. Jordan has been alternating between indicator nymph fishing and also wet flies like wooly buggers and the like. Between both of these techniques the guys have been pulling some nice sized browns for the streams.

Up around the Eildon region, customer Vince has also been getting a few trout here and there. Vince has found that the most effective lures for him recently have been small spinner like the Blue Fox Vibrax, in plated gold and also brass colour. With a bit of colour to the water he has found the trout have been able to find these lures a bit easier. 

 

Reports from Port Phillip Bay have been quieter recently, and with the average Melbourne is now having it doesn't seem like much will change. The rough onshore weather has brought schools of salmon along the eastern side of the bay however, with Seaford, Frankston and Mordialloc piers all producing fish. Staff member Don went for a landbased session hopping between the piers and managed to get a heap of salmon and also couta on a mixture of lures including Yakamito Angry Baits and Squidgy plastics. The strong southwesterly winds make the fishing a bit difficult but the fish are there.

Down the bottom end of the bay the squid have been going well up until the recent rough weather. Mornington pier has been good fos amaller squid if you have the right jigs, and Portsea and Sorrento have also been good for larger squid. Customer Shane fished down the southern end of the bay recently to find some nice squid using green grass whiting pattern Yamashita jigs in size 3.5.

 

The Gippsland lakes are still fishing well for estuary species such as bream, mullet and flathead. The lakes around Paynesville and Metung has been good along with the Nicholson, Tambo and Mitchell rivers. Bream are being caught on baits such as chicken gut, prawn and glassies, while the flatties are loving glassies at the moment. Customer Colin fished from the banks of the Tambo river just recently with his kids where they caught a heaps of nice bream. Using bait of prawn the guys got into a heap of fish and had a heap of fun.  Customer Thao also fished the lakes near Metung recently to get a few schooled up bream, and some nice table sized flatties from the area also. Plastics and vibes were the best types of lures for him.

 

Westernport has been fishing well for squid anglers during the week, up until the rain. With clear water the squid have been active, and many anglers have been making the most before the average Melbourne weather kicked in. Customer Ben has been out during the week getting some nice squid and cuttlefish from the top end of the port, around both Tyabb and Quail banks. Ben has been doing well on Gesolas and also UV white Keimuras. Some of the squid Ben has caught have been around the 2kg mark.

Customer Jamie has also been out on the squid around the Stony Point area. Jamie did well on squid up to 38cm hood length around the Tankerton/Stony area in 2 - 6m of water. Most of Jamie's jigs worked well, with early in the morning being the most productive.

 

This time of the year coming into winter can be the best time to specifically target large Murray cod. Many of the larger fish feed up heavily before going into a spawning aggregation in late winter. Smaller fish can also be caught during this time, but the largest fish seem to be as active as ever. Fishing deeper sections of the rivers and lakes can also be a very good way of connecting with a big fish, as this deeper water remains at a more stable temperature and the fish move about happily. Places like Eildon are worth a shot at the moment, along with deeper river channel sections of Mulwala and the Murray.

Customer recently fished the Murray river up near Tocumwal in search of a big cod. He was persistent with casting lures from a drifting boat and managed to nail this awesome fish on a black and red skirted spinnerbait below the bridge section near town. A cracking fish around the metre mark, not a bad way to spend a winter's day.

Port Phillip has had mixed fishing recently. With on and off weather, the reports have also been the same. Most of the late afternoons have been calm and cool, which has been perfect for some squid fishing. Customer Stefan fished down near Blairgowrie recently to land some nice squid from the shore. Gold based/orange cloth jigs worked the best for him, and he was lucky to bring a landing net as the squid were larger than he was expecting. Customer Cass fished for squid recently out near Werribee during the week to land a good bag of big squid. Cass fished in 3 - 4m of water and found that Keimura jigs in UV white and purple/gold were the best of the bunch for him. The hottest bite occurred about an hour before sunset.

While the squid reports have been good, the larger predators around the bay have also been active recently. There have been a few nice mulloway floating about in the bay and also areas like the Yarra, Werribee and Patterson rivers. Most of the fish have been in the 65 - 85cm size, with a few larger fish around a metre/10kg to be caught. Live mullet and freshly caught squid have been the most effective, with the odd fish taking pilchard and saury. Lure anglers fishing soft plastics and hardbodies have also been catching the odd fish as well. Customer Tuan was fishing the Yarra river last week when he hooked this nice mulloway on pilchard. This fish of 75cm is about average size for school fish around Melbourne at the minute.

Westernport bay has been producing lots of elephants and pinkies recently, along with a few table sized gummies. The elephant fish have been fairly thick throughout the 'triangle' over the last few weeks, with fish to 5kg being caught. Customer Shane fished out from Tortoise Head recently and caught a couple of good sized fish in 8m of water. The most effective bait on them was fresh squid.

James from Unreel Fishing Charters has been catching a few elephants with customers out between Tortoise Head and Rhyll, with baits of pilchard, squid and pipi being the most effective when fished on a sliding sinker rig. Depths of 7 - 14m over mud and broken ground have been good for the elephants, with the odd gummy finding a bait as well. Some customers have even been catching the odd elephant from the pier at Rhyll.

On the pinky front, most of the 'normal' areas where anglers would target snapper and pinkies have been loaded with fish in the 25 - 35cm size. There have however been some much better fish getting close to 2kg mixed in with the smaller fish. The trick has been to fish a larger, tougher bait that the smaller fish can't rip off the hook in 5 seconds flat, which will give the bigger fish a chance to get to it, and also fit it in their mouth. Baits of squid, salmon and couta have been good when targeting these larger school sized fish. James from Unreel Fishing Charters has caught some nice ones mixed in with smaller fish and elephants recently, which none of his customers have been complaining about!

 

The tuna are still firing out in the states' west, from Warnambool through to Port Mac in South Australia. Most of the fish caught are out wide towards the shelf, but there are still plenty of patches of fish in a lot closer than that. Customers Damo and Christian fished out of Port Mac over the weekend to get their bag of tuna on a mixture of skirts and hardbodies.

Customer Edly also fished out on the tuna, out wide from Portland. Edly fished with a boat load of mates and he said that most of the lures used caught fish. Standouts were skirts in the 'Lumo' colour, and some darker UV coloured Xrap 30's.

 

West gippsland is a fairly large area with lots of freshwater fishing options. At the moment there have still been some nice trout to be in the local rivers, while some of the dams in the area can produce some good results on carp, redfin, trout and Australian bass. Customer Jordan has been flyfishing some of the rivers in the region during the week to land some nice brown trout to about 500g. Jordan has mainly been fishing nymphs on the local trout, with a couple also taking wet flies.

Customers Rene and Brad fished down at Blue Rock dam recently using their Old Town canoe. The guys had a bit of fun with redfin and bass in the dam using a variety of lures like Gillies wide body jigs. Customer Mick took a few of his mates down to Lake Wellington near Sale recently in search of some carp. Fishing the lake and also the Avon river the guys caught some chunky carp which they took home to use for a European fish soup. The best rig for the carp was a small ball sinker fished right down to a number 6 baitholder hook loaded with a bunch of juicy troutworms. 

 

Lake Eildon has still been fishing well for most species, and will continue almost into the depths of winter. At present the lake level is sitting at around 55% and has been steadily dropping since summer as water is diverted down the Goulburn for irrigation. What this means is that there is more structure exposed and the fish are continuously moving to new structure, so a bit of searching around is always necessary. Never the less, fish like redfin, trout and golden perch have still been caught on a variety of methods. Customer Trevor came into the store after fishing with a group of anglers up towards the Bonnie Doon end of the lake, where there were a few nice goldens caught. A few were caught almost in front of the Peppin Point caravan park trolling deep running hardbodies. Customer George also caught nice goldens like this 61cm model on scrubworms recently in the lake.