The warm weather over the last week has seen plenty of anglers out fishing after dark, making the most of the mild nights. The squid fishing has been good
around the many piers and rocks around both bays although no real monsters have been caught. Customers Jim and Harry fished with staff member George
down at Flinders earlier this week where a few nice specimens were caught. They weren't monsters by Flinders standards but quality none the less. The
boys also noticed lots of anglers targeting the horse mackerel around the pier with small baits under a float.
The best jig for the night was the slow-sinking Yamashita Q Live Search in pink. The tide was low at Flinders so the slow sink rate of this particular
jig helped in staying in the 'hit zone' for longer, while also keeping above the leather-like weed and kelp that claims many jigs every day. These
'slow sink' jigs in 3.5 size are recommended for any shallow. heavily weeded bays like around the pier.
Over at Queenscliff customer Scott has been getting some nice squid. Scott came in store to top up his jig supplies, after losing some to the weed. Scott
and mates have been getting most of their squid on a mixture of baited jigs and artificial jigs along the right hand side of the pier.
Small garfish suspended under a 'flasher' style float have been getting results, while the Yamashita Q Live 490 search jigs have also been working around
the this area. The slow sinking models (blue eyes) have been good as the ground around Queenscliff is similar to Flinders and lacks the amount of tidal
flow compared to places like Portsea or Sorrento.
Further back up Port Phillip, the small pier at Mornington has been producing loads of 'typical' sized squid. While there have been a few better sized
squid coming from the cobblestone wall section of the main pier, they have been patchy in numbers. The small pier in front of the restaurants has been
holding large numbers of these small squid, which have been a bit picky on jigs. Being so small, the most effective jig size on these are tiny little
1.5 - 2.0's, with natural baitfish patterns working when most others aren't. Start with a brighter colour to test the mood of the squid, as some nights
they will hammer the brighter colours over the naturals. Staff members Dylan and Don have been at the pier catching these bait sized squid with the
above mentioned jig sizes working best, and the odd one like this grabbing a size 2.5.