You'd have to be keeping your head in the sand if you haven't heard any talk of kingfish around Melbourne and the rest of the state at the moment! Summer time equals kingfish, and with water temperatures at about their peak these fish have been active. While they can still be hit and miss like every other form of fishing, there are plenty of these hard fighting blue water brutes about at the moment.


There has been kingfish action all round the state, but reports from around Portland and also the 'rip' have been quite solid. Portland has been the pick if you're able to cover a few kilometres, as fish numbers are good at the moment, with fish being caught as close as the Lee breakwater and most methods are doing well on them. Customer Daniel fished the Portland area last week to land fish to about 8kg on lures. Smaller 130mm hardbodied trolling lures and surface poppers were the standout for him.

James from Unreel Fishing Charters has been catching a few kingfish down around Portland also. James has been finding quality kingfish on 'sluggo' or 'slapstix' style plastics in white and also clear, along with smaller stickbaits in the 80 - 130mm size range. These work exceptionally well when the fish are high in the water column. When the fish are sitting down 15 - 20m+ this is the time for jigs or livebaits.


Customers Ben and Aaron fished out from Westernport around some of the offshore marks recently to land some nice kingies. Fish to 14kg were landed on a mixture of stickbaits and live baits. The wash zone and secondary points and drop offs were where the fish were active. Slimey mackerel were the best choice of live baits, and the Shimano Ocea stickbaits were dynamite when cast to midwater holding fish.

 

 


 


Squid reports for landbased anglers have been fairly good recently. The Mornington Peninsula has been producing squid from most of the usual spots with the pier itself at Mornington producing smaller size squid. Size 1.8 - 2.5 jigs are the only way to go here as the squid are small and so are the baitfish that they eat. Staff member George stopped by the pier during the week for some fresh whiting baits and he quickly caught 6 before he had lines being cast over his head. George found a size 2.0 mackerel pattern worked for him.

Over in Westernport the squid have been going well from Flinders pier. The pier has been producing good average size squid, with plenty around 1.5kg. Most of the squid reports from the pier have been from during the day, with the odd one being caught at night. Size 3.5 slow sinking jigs are always preferred when fishing over the heavy kelp beds here.


Customer Tony has been catching plenty from the pier using one of his favourite Yakamito size 3.5 jigs, in the Aussie Green & Gold colour. Tony has been finding that early morning sessions have been the most productive time for him here.

 

 


Squid reports from both bays have been fairly consistent over the last few weeks at least, and they have been especially prominent during spells of more stable weather. With snapper season lurking, many anglers have turned their attention to bait collecting, and the humble squid is one of the best for this purpose. Many anglers have been doing well on the squid along the banks in Westernport, with the usual Tyabb/Quail areas producing a few once they have been located. Darker coloured jigs seem to be the best for these areas, as they can sometimes dirty up fairly quickly.


Customer Jamie and his brother-in-law fished out along his normal areas of the North arm in search of some squid recently, where they ended up getting into a few nice sized ones. A mixture of baited and artificial jigs were the go when fished in around 3m of water. Down towards Flinders, there have been some crackers getting caught - but typically for this area not in really good numbers. Some of the squid getting caught have however been in the 2 - 3kg mark. Most of these larger squid will be spawning around the kelpbeds in the area and caught be caught by working size 3.5 and 4.0 fast sinking jigs.  

Squid reports from Port Phillip Bay have been good, with the most consistent areas being Blairgowrie, Sorrento and Portsea. Further back up around Mornington there have also been a few caught by boat and kayak fisherman, with the area around Fisherman's Beach being one of the better locations recently. Size 3.0 jigs in red and silver foils are a good starting point in this area, as most of the ideal water is from 2 - 5m deep.


Customer Daniel tried his luck on the squid down near Blairgowrie after some advice in store regarding jig selection and outfit choice, and he was rapt in connecting to some nice squid from the breakwall. The 'Raspberry' coloured Yakamito jigs were dynamite for him in this area.   

 

 

The mixed bag fishing continues out in Westernport bay, with whiting, pinkies, salmon, squid, leatherjacket and sweep commonly caught by anglers recently. Customer Ryan has been fishing from the shore and piers targeting squid, and he has caught good numbers recently. No super huge squid have been caught, but good numbers of squid to 1kg have hit the jigs. Flinders pier has been good for Ryan, when the seals haven't been in the area. Night time has given the squid more cover and as a result the bite has been better. Daylight hours have produced squid but not the same numbers as during the night.

On the whiting scene, there have been good numbers of fish caught along the middle spit from just inside Crawfish rock, right down to opposite Tankerton. Tankerton bank itself has also been producing good numbers of fish, with the average size being in the 33 - 39cm mark. A few larger fish have been caught further south but numbers are more hit and miss. Staff member and whiting murderer Don fished out alongside the spit over the weekend with a mate to bag whiting up to 41cm. Gun bait was a mixture of pipi, squid and red devil worms. The run out tide was the best time for the guys also.

 

 

While Westernport Bay is generally easier to fish from a boat, there are still plenty of options for anglers without boats. The variety of fish on offer from the shore is almost as plentiful as fishing from a kayak or boat, without all the extra expenses. Fishing from the shores of the port does require a little bit more planning and preparation to be successful, but any angler can do it. Recently customer Andrew has been fishing from the shoreline of the northern section of the, where he has had success on a few school sized mulloway. Andrew has found that fillet baits of freshly caught salmon have been working well on fish to around 5kg. Staff member Dylan has also had some shore-based success with mini mulloway around 2kg taking medium sized hardbodies cast and retrieved. The cover of darkness has been the key to catching these shy fish.

Further south in the port the squid have been fishing well from most of the main piers, with Flinders and Stony Point doing well. Customer Tony is a Flinders pier regular who normally does well when he fishes for squid off the pier. Tony was down at the pier recently, and again he managed to get some good sized squid on his favoured Gancraft jigs. Tony's colours of choice recently have been dark silvers and also green.

Down on Phillip Island, customer Pat was holidaying with family when he snuck out for a fish. Being a keen fisherman Pat couldn't spend the whole time by the water and not fish, I think we all know about that problem...Pat decided squid was the target, and with an area in mind he set off with a few jigs to try his luck. Pat ended up catching some lovely sized squid from the shore which kept himself and the family happy. Customer Shawn fished after dark from the pier at Cowes recently in search of a few shark and snapper baits. Shawn fished with a mixture of baits and lures to land some good sized yakkas and also couta.

 

 

The squid fishing in Westernport Bay has been good recently, whether it's boat or shore based. While there haven't been any real leviathan sized squid around, numbers have been pretty good. Some of the piers that have been good have been Flinders, Stony Point and Hastings. Staff member Kozi fished from Flinders pier during the week to land a few smaller squid. Size 3.0 jigs were effective in landing a few of the smaller squid, with dark red foils and blacks most productive.

Customer Tony fished from the pier also and did well using his favoured jigs. Using his Gancraft 3.5 he was the only person to catch on this particular day, with squid to around a kilo.

Customers Jarrad and Michael went out and fished for the squid in Westernport prior to a snapper session recently. Using a mixture or baited and worked jigs, squid to 40cm hood length were caught - with the largest taking a baited jig. The better areas were nearby to Stony Point along the edges where the grassbeds drop off.

 

Westernport Bay has been producing some lovely squid for anglers out targeting them as snapper baits or for a feed. Most of the normal grass beds are producing, along with the southern piers like Stony Point and Flinders. Stony Point has seen some smaller squid caught around the top of the tide, especially after dark. Pink and black jigs in size 3.0 have been the best around Stony lately. Down at Flinders, staff member Kozi has been catching a few good ones on both baited and artificial jigs. Silver whiting and Tommy Rough sprayed with egimax and suspended under a float have been good, while size 3.5 slow sinking jigs in mackerel and pilchard patterns along with dark greens have been the go. 

On the gummy scene, things have been a little bit quiet for most anglers however there have still been a couple around. Customer Daniel fished out front of Hastings recently along a small channel edge where he picked up two nice gummies. Baits of fresh yakka and squid were turned into gummies from 6kg through to 18kg.

 

While Melbourne's snapper season hasn't really fired up as such, there have been fish caught from the shoreline of both bays. As the fish enter the bays they can be caught from points close to the entrances of both bays, such as Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale in PPB, and areas around San Remo and Flinders in WPB. 

Customer Ferdi has taken a liking to targeting snapper from the shore and recently he has caught some nice fish. Ferdi has been fishing rock ledges and small points near the entrances of Westernport where he has caught quite a few school sized snapper, right through to fish around 75cm. Ferdi has been using powerful graphite surf rods for casting a long way from the shore, to entice the bigger fish in close. Fine berley and baits of pilchard and squid have been doing the job for him.

 

The squid fishing in Westernport bay has been good over the last few weeks, with a bit better weather conditions letting anglers get out amongst them. Most anglers have been out collecting bait for snapper season and there have been plenty of decent bait sized squid around, with good numbers of bigger squid in the mix. Customer Tony enjoys his land based squid fishing and has recently been fishing from Flinders pier. Tony purchased a few new jigs recently and over the weekend he did well on the pier. Tony caught 3 good sized squid on his new Yamashita 3.5D in red/gold foil.

Around the bottom end of the bay James from Unreel Fishing Charters has been getting some big squid with his customers. James has been fishing around Flinders and has been catching decent sized squid on both baited and artificial jigs. Customer Daniel has also been catching some big squid further up the bay around Tyabb bank. Some of the squid have been close to 2kg. Baited jigs have been the best for him. 

 

While it's not whiting season as such, there are still some thumpers to be caught out in Westernport bay. Most of the fish getting caught have been in the 40cm size range, but they are not thick in numbers like over the summer months. The anglers who are catching these whiting are moving around lots and even some days not finding them at all. Once a decent school has been found it has been worthwhile fishing the surrounding area instead of moving too far away. James from Unreel Fishing Charters has been doing really well on these big whiting over the last few months, and his last few trips haven't been any different. James has found the areas close to oceanic water have been holding some decent size fish, with squid and pipi doing the job as baits. 

Customer Peter has also been catching some solid whiting recently, and during his last session he caught a couple that measured over 45cm. Peter has found pipi has been the most effective lately, and he is also doing lots of moving around to catch his fish. Peter said that the 3m mark he has been fishing has been performing best on the outgoing tide.