The bay has gotten a fair bit quieter over the last month with many anglers turning their attention towards whiting and gummies over in the other bay, but there still have been some nice snapper caught by anglers putting in the hard yards. Traditionally the main run of fish quieten off around Christmas, as water temperatures push up towards their optimal spawning temp range. As almost a direct opposite of what happens early season, the top end of the bay slows off, and the fish that are still actively feeding can be found further south around Mornington and Mt Martha. Customer Mick got a ripper fish just recently fishing down south.


For the guys out there still wanting to tangle with a few - the ideal locations to be looking at the moment are from Mt Eliza through to the Mt Martha spoil ground, and deep. Most of the fish being caught are in 18 - 22m, as this screenshot from earlier this week shows. The area was deep off Mornington, with good congregations of fish still keen to take baits like silver whiting and squid.

 


While customer Steve was up in QLD for Christmas visiting family, he couldn't help but get out and wet a line. Steve fished with a mate straight out of Maroochydore on the Sunshine Coast. The boys were fishing around 7km out from the bar when they spotted some birds hitting the surface, so the boys started working lures around the commotion. They ended up catching some line burning mackerel tuna and yellowfin tuna from the baitball before the fish went deep.


After some deep bottom bouncing Steve decided to put a fillet of fresh wrasse down to see if anything showed interest, and he ended up landing a nice little kingfish. The boys ended up with a few for their efforts.

 


The upper reaches of the Yarra River have been fishing well for trout for both lure and fly anglers recently. There have been quite a few hatches of small winged ants and termites which normally get the fish feeding fairly actively. Fly anglers who are able to 'match the hatch' on these instances are catching numbers of brown trout. For the anglers casting lures, sometimes a small soft plastic fished weightless under the surface will provoke one of these fish to strike. The better choices of soft plastic include 'Strike Tiger' nymphs and 'Berkley' T tail minnows.


Customer Mohd fly fished the upper river during the week and did well on brown trout to around 200g. While the fish weren't monsters in this section of river, what they lacked in size they made up for in colouration. There was also the odd plump rainbow trout caught which is very rare for this section of river. Mohd found that small dry flies like stimulators, elk hair caddis and Adam's parachutes all did well. Mohd found quite a number of small crays in the river too which is a good sign as well.

 


For many of the famliy-based fishing over the holiday period, piers can provide some fun for the kids and adults alike. At almost every local pier you can find fish like salmon, pike, trevally and mullet. Bait fishing on the piers can be effective but lure fishing can also get you into some fish. At the moment the salmon schools are fairly good along the eastern seaboard with fish popping up from Black Rock all the way down to Dromana and Blairgowrie. 

Customer Ryan was in the boat out from Mordialloc recently where he caught some ripper salmon within casting distance of the pier. Ryan found the fish to be moving about a bit so trolling covered the ground needed to locate them. Deep trolled hardbodied lures got most of the fish when the schools went down, with lures in a pilchard blue or purple/silver colour getting the most bites. Customer Ange was fishing the pier landbased earlier this week where he was catching a few fish on bait, with this big snook coming aboard the pier on 6lb leader. Snook like this are always a shot when on the pier, especially when fishing small paddle tail soft plastics.

 


The lovely town of Noosa is quite popular for tourists and traveling fisherman alike, and with good reason. The Noosa river and surrounding offshore waters are host to a large array of species, with many southern and northern species mixing. Customer Vince travels here regularly and in his most recent visit found a good mix of species in the river. Vince was fishing the river from the shore using soft plastics to nail a couple of fish. A nice 52cm dusky flathead made it to the keeper bag, and a nice little diamond trevally went back to fight another day. Both fish were caught on Squidgy 90mm 'wriggler prawns' which are a very good representation of the local prawns that are common over the summer months.

 


If there was any time to try your hand at lure fishing for bream, then now is it. Bream on lures CAN be a tricky affair, with larger fish definitely not stupid or easy to fool with artificial offerings. The bream fishing at present is very good, with the recent rainfall giving many of the local systems a good flush out, and bringing some more food in for the bream. Moderately discoloured water also gives the fish some cover, so their guard is down a bit more than if the water was crystal clear.

Many of the local estuaries have had some reasonable size fish on the chew, with fish to 40cm not uncommon. Many lures can be used to catch these fish, but with the warm water temperature a lot of fish will be actively hunting surface prey like prawns and shrimp, along with insects and schooling baitfish.


Customer Jordan has been experiencing some excellent bream fishing in places like the Werribee and Maribyrnong rivers over the last week, with quality fish like this as recent as Xmas day. Jordan has found that the most successful lure has been the new Jackall Spytail, which is a jointed 'S' bait - which imitates the injured baitfish almost identically. Jordan has found that the fish have been following the lures closely, only to crunch them on the pause after a few short jerks.

 


The Murray cod fishing will continue to improve as the rivers clear up over the coming weeks, and even with the recent mild floods the fishing has been pretty good. There have some nice fish caught in the lakes and rivers and worth a shot if you're planning on chasing them. The section of river just downstream of lake Mulwala has been poular with anglers over the last few weeks and is producing fish on bait and lures.


Customer Rad fished the section of river below Yarrawonga  from the bank during the week where he landed some nice cod. Rad also caught and released this cod which had a tag in it using cheese. Customer Vito has been fishing the cod a couple of times since the season open, and he caught some nice fish. On his most recent trip Vito caught fish on both spinnerbaits and 'mumbler' or chatterbait style lures along with surface paddlers, even during the heat of the day. Vito has been fishing the same section of river below lake Mulwala.

 


Westernport bay has been producing snapper this week for anglers. The fish have moved about a bit as the water temperature in the port shifts but there are still good numbers to be caught. The main areas to concentrate on have been from Stony Point through to around Rhyll with the deeper water holding good schools of fish. Customer Kevin went out and did a solo trip during the week to land fish to 3.2kg close to buoy 13 around the bottom of the tide. Squid heads were the most productive bait for him.


James Rogers from Unreel Fishing Charters has been taking customer out onto Westerport during the week in search of some of the more active snapper. James has been finding similar areas to be more productive, with the deeper water from Stony Point and Tortoise Head through to Silverleaves/Rhyll the go at the moment. Fresh squid has been hard to beat, but the deeper water off Rhyll has been doing quite well with silver whiting and pilchard also.

It is worth putting a bait down on a 9/0 or similar circle hook and 100lb leader at the moment as well, as there have been a number of school shark and smaller bronze whalers hooked in the area.

 


Flinders has been the go for squid lately, with plenty of anglers having success both boat and pier based. With cold oceanic swell constantly coming into Flinders bight, the large squid are generally always about. Customer Evan got a nice squid from the pier just recently using a Yamshita Egi Oh K jig.


Customer Steve has also been getting some cracker squid from the area. Steve has been fishing a few different jigs, with the size 4.0 Clicks 'black opal' having good success. The darker coloured jigs can imitate small shrimp and wrasse around the thick kelpbeds here so it is a good idea to always carry a couple of darker colours in case your regulars aren't working.

Steve Rabel has also been getting some nice squid earlier this week. Fishing the run in tide, and using again a dark/black jig from Gancraft Steve has caught some rippers from the pier. 

 


Reports from Port Phillip bay have been a little slow over the last few weeks. Water temperatures in the bay have reached a level where a lot of the snapper will start to spawn, so the bite has slowed down, especially from Carrum north. The better areas of late seem to be around Seaford/Frankston and further south right the way to Mount Martha, where the water temperature is a fraction cooler.

Customer Jason got his bag of snapper during his last trip out off Mt Eliza. Pilchard was the go and the 18m area was the more productive depth.


Peter and Matt McCoy have been out wide from Frankston lately where they have been getting some nice fish. The guys have been putting in the hours but have had fish come through from between 11am and 2pm, so super early starts aren't needed at present. The 18m area out from Frankston was the most productive for them, with silver whiting being the best bait.


James Rogers from Unreel Fishing Charters has found the going tough out in Port Phillip at present, but he has still been getting some nice fish. James has been concentrating out wide from Mt Eliza through to Mornington for the best results, with silver whiting and pilchard doing the job on most fish.