Some of the school holiday crowd head out towards the east coast of Gippsland and into NSW over the school break. With beautiful scenery and even better fishing, there's no wonder so many Victorians head out that way. Down around Bemm river in east Gippsland customer Mark got into some lovely bream fishing the lake. The lake here will continue to heat up over the next month or so, and perfect timing with many anglers heading out this way around Cup Weekend. Mark caught most of his fish between fresh prawn and sandworm on light running sink rigs.

Around the southern NSW coastline, customer Lilong camped out and fished with some mates from the rocks and wharves of the area. With a large offshore algae bloom the fishing was slower than usual, but the guys caught plenty of couta, pike and salmon using a variety of lures. Casting slow jigs and smaller plastics accounted for most fish between Tathra, Merimbula and Eden. The squid fishing in the area has also been good, with the same wharves producing both calamari and arrow squid around last light on size 3.0 jigs.


Staff member Dylan was also situated around the south coast for a few days with a couple of rods packed. With cold water temperatures, there were plenty of silver trevally, tailor and salmon around in the estuaries. Dylan spent a bit of time studying the habits of some nice luderick in the area and tried a few methods of catching them on the fly rod. After a few days of different methods, he managed to work out their feeding habits a bit and got into some. Fishing home tied 'weed' flies to fish around 1kg on the sand flats was the best method, with a handful making their way home to the table. Among the luderick, he also caught flathead, tailor, silver trevally and salmon on fly in the local estuaries around Merimbula and Eden.


Further up the coast, customer Hendrik has been putting slabs of chrome on the rocks. Hendrik has been fishing around Southwest Rocks, and has been getting cleaned up by some mulloway. Along this part of the coast the mulloway range in size from big to huge! Using a few techniques, Hendrik has landed fish to around 1.1m. Fishing live baits of mullet and pike has been getting the attention of the fish, with scary big fish earning their freedom back in the reef also. Another popular method along this part of the coast is casting big hardbodied lures and swimbaits to likely areas where these predators hunt.

 


The bread and butter species like gummy shark are an excellent option during the winter months, as you are able to catch them shore based in the bays, from the surf beaches, boat fishing the bays and also offshore. The best part about this style of fishing is you don't have to go overboard, for a landbased session a surf outfit of your choice is the way to go, along with a sturdy rod holder and enough tackle for the session. 

Staff member Dylan did just this last week, took to the the ocean beaches in search of a gummy or two. A nice gummy of around 7kg hit the sand during the first hour of the run in tide, and took a fillet of freshly caught grass whiting on a single 8/0 circle hook. Picking your preferred beach during the day can give you the advantage in spotting the more likely gutters and rips, and taking the guesswork out of your fishing.  Programs like Google earth can also help you identify similar features from the palm of your hand, but just be mindful that these conditions can change subtly between aerial shots.


If the boat fishing for gummies is more your thing, then the offshore fishing at the moment has been worth getting in to. The gummy fishing just offshore from Western Port has been exceptional, with much better average sized fish coming in. Among the gummy sharks, you will also have other species like snapper and flathead to keep you busy offshore, so you can really bring back a mixed bag at times.


Frogleys Offshore Victorian Rep Gerry took his new boat out for a spin last week in search of a gummy or two while offshore conditions were good and he wasn't disappointed. Gerry landed 2 lovely fish destined for the table using the lightweight Atomic Arrowz offshore model rods.

Customer Steve also got out offshore in the same region to land a nice fish just under 11kg. Steve fished a patch of reef that he normally tries for gummies and found multiple fish around it. Locally caught couta was the best bait for the day, which were thick mid water and easily catchable on small sabiki style rigs.

 

The offshore grounds have been producing fish for anglers making the most of breaks in the weather with kingfish still about along with the odd mako. In between there have been plenty of species to keep angler busy, and fed. Customer Cam fished out from the rip last week to land some nice school kingies on baits and jigs. Cam said that the boat traffic in the rip was crazy and the fishing was better outside, with boats able to find their own patches of fish. The kingfish should hang around locally for a little while yet, so don't be discouraged as the weather starts to get a bit cooler.


Customer Mark has been making the most of the quieter mid week water traffic, catching kingies like this in the rip and also offshore. Mark has been reefed by some much bigger fish but has also landed fish to 10kg. Fish like this one have been about average for him, with fresh squid and jigs both working. This fish took a 150g jig earlier in the morning.


Customer Brendan has been making the most of the offshore fishing recently, trying for a mako. While during his latest session no makos were seen or hooked, Brendan had plenty of fish to keep himself busy. While drifting for a shark with berley trail going, a good mixed bag was caught. Brendan managed to bag a nice eating size gummy, some tiger flathead, salmon, silver whiting, yakkas, slimies, couta and silver trevally. Some good eating fish and excellent baits for the next few sessions. Brendan was fishing offshore from Phillip Island, starting in around 60m.

 

 

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 snapper fishing in the top end of Westernport bay continues to be a bit more consistent than Port Phillip due to water temperatures. While only a fraction warmer than the rest of the bay, the snapper know this and will stay in the area before dispersing around the rest of the bay once other areas become warmer. The main areas that have been the snapper hotspots recently have been North of Corinella, around to about Tooradin. 

Customer Daniel fished with his uncle out around Corinella over the weekend in search of a couple of snapper, and they weren't let down. Fishing in calm conditions, the guys caught 6 nice fish in just over 2 hours, with the biggest fish weighing around 7kg. The most effective baits for the guys were pilchards and also large squid heads.

Customer Pete also fished out in the port recently in search of a red. Pete fished around Joes Island where he found lots of schools of small barracouta. After catching a few, Pete rigged a couple up as baits and put them back down. During the run out tide Pete managed a nice school sized fish on the fresh couta.

 

 

Noble Park Angling Club had their local 'both bays' competition over the weekend where 17 anglers took to the water in search of a few different species including snapper. With anglers fishing both Westernport and Port Phillip bays, there were plenty of options - although the snapper were the main fish that kept the anglers busy, with 33 snapper landed between 17 anglers. The best snapper weighed just under 6kg, with salmon, couta and a lone gummy shark to fill in the rest. Most successful baits for most people in the comp were pilchard and squid.

 

There have some good reports coming from out off Carrum and Mordialloc for the snapper. Customer Barry took 6 year old Brady out from Carrum in around 18m of water where some solid barracouta were caught, along with a nice 62cm snapper. Baits of pilchard worked best fished around the bottom of the tide.

Customer Steve also got into some chunky snapper out wide from Ricketts point in 20m of water. Pilchard on twin snelled hooks got this nice fish of around 6.5kg.

 

 

For anglers fishing the Southern end of Port Phillip Bay there have been a few different species on offer, with squid, whiting, salmon, tommy rough, barracouta and garfish available at the moment. The squid, couta and tommy rough have been the best this week though for the land based anglers fishing from Portsea and Sorrento piers.

James from Unreel Fishing Charters has also been fishing the area with customers and has found the fishing to be good for squid and whiting, with loads of couta around for anglers chasing fresh snapper baits. James has found that the couta have been thick enough in some spots that they are attacking his squid jigs, with Haramitsu in AK colour attracting both squid and couta.

 

Customer Paul fished out from Hastings on the weekend to target a snapper. Paul caught himself some fresh bait first in the form of yakkas and couta from around the channel edge near the BP Refinery north of Hastings, using bait jigs like sabiki rigs.

After loading up with some quality baits he anchored up around the second drop off out from the same area and sent out a few baits for a red or two.

Paul ended up catching three nice solid snapper up to 5kg on these baits.

 

Mark went down to Phillip Island to have a look around the piers, and ended up staying at Newhaven pier to catch the Barracouta that have been around.  Using vibes and heavily weighted soft plastics, Mark caught Barracouta up to 80cm long.

Mick has been fishing Frankston Pier during the week, catching plenty of Salmon on whitebait.  He has noticed the fish moving around the sand ridges on the incoming tide.

Sop has been catching some nice size whiting off Stony Point pier, using pilchard fillets. Later in the afternoon has been the best time, especially with an incoming tide.

Reginald has been catching Mullet in Patterson River, down towards the entrance.  Dough baits on size 16 ST-36 trebles are the way to go, with plenty of fine-grit berley a must.