While most people assume that shore based fishing isn't any good around the bays, there's been a lot of variety caught at the moment. There are many piers, rockwalls and beaches around both bays where you can catch some fish - the trick is to try and target a particular species. While this can sometimes be fruitless (that's why it's called fishing and not catching) you will generally do better if you set yourself up in search of a particular fish, instead of setting up for everything and most likely not catching much.


Around most of the piers in southern Port Phillip and Westernport there have been good numbers of yakkas. While they turn up and disappear pretty quickly, they should hang around for a while now as the reports have only recently hotted up. Portsea, Blairgowrie, Sorrento and Flinders are all worth a shot. Customer Angelo fished from Flinders pier during the week and while the squid were quiet for him, the mackerel made up for it. Small pieces of prawn fished on light gauge hooks off a paternoster rig were the go for him. Many anglers have also been catching good numbers of mackerel fishing under a float, as they tend to move about mid-water a lot. A fine grit, coarse-like berley mix is deadly when these fish are around, as it will keep the school actively feeding in your area. They can also be caught using small soft plastics fished on light weight and fine gauge jigheads.


While not normally known for whiting, fished from the shores of Port Phillip can produce some nice fish. Staff member Dylan has seen some good sized fish around Brighton and Black Rock during the week while swimming - with no one fishing for them. Fishing after dark around the top of the tide can be the most productive time, especially after a warm day. Customer Ange fished from the shore around Sandringham during the week where he caught some nice fish. Ange also found a patch of smaller pinkies, which came from a nearby reef to hammer his baits.

If you are chasing the whiting, try and target areas of sand with small patches of eelgrass or light reef nearby, and cast your baits around the edge of this structure, as the whiting will frequently patrol the edges looking for food. If it's pinkies your after, areas of heavier reef with broken sand patches are more productive, especially around last light. There are plenty of areas like around Brighton, Black Rock, Frankston and Mornington.


On the squid scene, things have been good. The warm afternoons have been good for squidding from the beaches and rocks, with Blairgowrie, Mornington and Mt Martha all producing. Customer Harry got out and fished from the beaches around Mt Martha and Mt Eliza, where he caught 8 nice squid using the Yakamito 'fluoro lemon' jig.


Around the same sort of ground off Mt Martha, customer Daniels and Jake fished in close to the shore in their kayak. A nice calm 5:30am start meant they caught prospect around the shallows without much chop and boat wake. The guys ended up with 9 squid in a few hours, on a variety of jigs in both size 2.5 and 3.0. Orange, green and purple colours worked on the day. Staff member Dylan fished in a similar area during the week to land 9 squid on size 2.5 Yamashita and Shimano jigs, with UV based blacks and pinks the standouts.

 


Flinders has been producing some very good squid if you're in the area - both boat and pier based. If the weather permits you can launch a small boat or kayak from the beach here and fish out just beyond the pier, as the kelp beds here stretch far and wide and hold good numbers of big squid. Customer Vito has been catching some big squid in the boat just out from the pier when the conditions are right, with bigger size 3.5 and 4.0 jigs attracting the larger squid. Black, purple, green, and white based colours seem to be producing the best around here of late.


Customer Thua fished with his friends from the pier during the week where they caught some ripper squid. The most effective method was a dropshot/paternoster rigged Yamashita Live Search jig in size 3.0, kept above the kelp beds.

 


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. 

 

The large squid have been doing well in Westernport bay over the last week. Pier anglers have battled a bit with slightly milky water conditions but boat based fishing has been good. The slightly deeper banks and drops have been producing some good sized squid.

Customer Angelo fished the Flinders area again this week but boat based this time where he landed some good squid. Angelo has been doing best using the DTD jigs in natural baitfish and also kevalr cloth varieties.

Customer Daniel also targeted the squid boat based in the port. Daniel has been fishing deep off the Hastings banks to catch his squid on 3.5 'deep' size jigs.  

 

Flinders pier has been fishing well for those out braving the weather. While the 'big' rain that Melbourne copped a few days ago has dirtied the water a little bit, there still have been fish on the go. The grass whiting and leatherjackets - which are both underrated, have been active if you're targeting them. Customer Angelo has been catching heaps from the pier when the squid have been slow, so there's always something to catch! Small baits of peeled prawn, trout worms and occasionally pipi have been the go - but you must check them regularly as the smaller wrasse, toads and leatherjackets will strip the baits as quick as they go down.

If you're interested in catching big squid and you would normally use silver whiting, try your hand at catching these grass whiting. The big quid around the pier will regularly hunt these whiting down so if you can put one on your baited jig you could be in luck.


Speaking of squid, they have been a little bit patchy due to the average weather and cloudy water, but they will turn up again as soon as we get another spell of warm, clear weather. The odd squid has been caught from the pier during the week, with size 3.0 DTD and clicks jigs working well in whites, blacks and bright orange/pink.


 

Flinders pier has been fishing well for squid over the past week or so. Many anglers have been out drifting in boats or kayaks during the calmer weather but the pier itself has been producing some nice squid, along with the usual grass whiting and occasional silver trevally.


The grass whiting have been caught anglers fishing paternoster rigs around the base of the pier and weed edges, with peeled prawn and trout worm being the most successful baits. Using these freshly caught grass whiting be a good way to snag a serious size squid here too. Customer Angelo has been doing well on the squid using a mixture of DTD European squid jigs, with a full white kevlar cloth rattling version the main killer. Angelo has been doing best early morning lately.

 

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.