There has been a fair bit of action happening on the land based fishing front. All along the shoreline of the bay there has been activity from a few different options. Squid and salmon have been plentiful and the landbased pinkies and snapper have been good.
Customer Brett took his young fisher mate Walter down to the local piers on the peninsula where some big salmon had been spotted. Casting small metal lures
around the current lines and drop offs resulted in some super fat salmon hitting the deck of the pier. Some of the locals were even getting belted
on large squid jigs, so the competition between fish is fierce. Keep an eye out for the bait schools if you are fishing the piers, as large numbers
of pilchards and small anchovies are in the bay at the moment, as these fish are gorging themselves on them.
The peninsula around Mornington and Frankston has been producing some super-sized squid over the past few weeks, which have been much bigger than usual.
Size 2.5 jigs and small squid are the norm in the area, but at the minute there are plenty about that area a kilogram or bigger, and size 3.5 jigs
have been the go. Staff member Don fished Mornington pier during the week to land some of the bigger squid, using bigger jigs. Staff member Dylan also
caught some similar sized squid in the area over the weekend, with size 3.5 jigs in UV lemon and pilchard patterns getting the job done.
On the land based snapper front, there hasn't really been a standout spot - moreso if you have a location that has produced for you it is worth fishing
at the moment, especially with some strong wind forecast over the weekend. Customer and APL local ninja Cipto fished from a couple of the piers around
Black Rock during the week to land a ripper school fish just before dark on bluebait.
While normally an early season location, customer Frank has been catching snapper from the rocks on Phillip Island. Frank has been catching fish to over
70cm on pilchard on the surf gear, with some solid fish getting back in to the reef. If you are fishing the local rocks just be mindful of the swell
and tide conditions, and fish heavy mono instead of braid if you can. Mono will give you a bit more resilience around the rocks and a some more shock
absorption during those final headshakes and lunges.
From the local Port Phillip piers there have been some varied size snapper caught. There have been some large fish caught, with customer Peter reporting
fish to 5kg from Mordi pier. These fish are not uncommon and it is just a matter of persistence and picking the conditions for them. Customer Connor
also caught some nice pan sized fish from Mornington pier. Connor has been out early braving the wind and rain to catch his fish, which have taken
bluebait. One thing's for sure, you won't catch fish like these sitting at home!
The school snapper have even been hanging around some of the piers in the southern end of the bay. While not normally a common catch from the piers around
the Rye and Rosebud area, customer Eisa reports of some nice table sized fish from Dromana pier. Fishing with pilchard and slimey mackerel Eisa caught
5 nice fish to 46cm and a good flathead. The first few hours of night were the most productive during the incoming tide.