Westernport Bay has experienced a normal Autumn run of elephant fish and although they have been relatively quiet last year, numbers are better so far this season. Many anglers crossing over between whiting and gummy water have found the elephants, as this is prime territory for them. Water in the 5 - 10m depth along the edge of grassbeds seems to be a very good place to start. If in doubt, head to the 'elephant triangle' which is the open water section triangulating from Rhyll to Tortoise Head to Settlement Point at Corinella. This area is generally silt and sand mixed with small patches of grass and rubble, and is thought to be the main spawning ground.

James from Unreel FIshing Charters has been taking clients out in search of some elephant fish in the port, and he has been saying that the fishing for them has been good. James has been moving around the 'triangle' to finds the schools, and has found baits of fresh squid and pipi have been the best. Anglers fishing whiting type gear and rigs with a heavier 30lb fluorocarbon leader and 2/0 circle pattern hook have been the most successful. The heavier leader is to prevent the elephants' sharp dorsal spike from busting the lighter line as they thrash around. Customers Jarrod and Andrew fished from the shores of the port just recently in search of a gummy. The boys fished around the Lang Lang area and while no gummies were caught they did get amongst a few elephants, along with most other anglers. The most successful baits for the guys were small chunks of pilchard.

On the gummy front, calm Autumn conditions have had anglers making the most of the weather and good fishing. Gummies in the 5 - 8kg table size have been common along most of the channel edges and potholes, with a few larger fish further south towards the western entrance. Baits of fresh trevally, yakka, squid and salmon have been the most effective. Customer Will from the Hard Yards Fishing Club fished in search of a gummy recently and caught this nice table fish on a fillet of fresh couta.

 

Westernport Bay has still been producing some ripper whiting for anglers in search of them. While most fishos are out chasing the snapper, there are a few making sure they stay a bit shallower and move about constantly to keep on top of the fish. Most of the whiting at the moment have been around the 40cm mark, with some much bigger - occasionally up around 50cm. James from Unreel Fishing Charters has still been having some good results on the whiting with customers, with most trips resulting in at least 10 or so quality fish. Baits of fresh squid and also mussel have been dynamite on these fish over the last few trips. 

On the gummy front they have been a little bit quieter than normal recently, but are still around to be caught by anglers chasing some fresh flake. The East arm of the port through to Grantville has been the most consistent, with table sized fish to 8kg. Customer Trev took his kayak out for a paddle in the eastern part of the port recently, and decided to stay out close to the shore after dark to see if he could snag a gummy or two. Using a mixture of baits, Trev managed to land a couple of nice fish, with a keeper around 6kg. The shallow channels and mudflats of the port are ideal hunting ground for fish this size after dark. Customer Zoran also went out and fished for gummies recently, with a couple of nice table sized fish taking baits of fresh yakka, salmon and squid. 

 

Westernport Bay has been worth a trip if you're after a bag of squid - be it for bait or to cook up. The fishing from some of the piers has been worth a look, along with drifting over the grass beds in the boat. Areas that have been producing lately have been Tyabb, Stony Point and further south around Flinders. 

Customer Zach loves his Westernport fishing and just this week he decided to get out and have a crack at a few big ones. Zach went and fished down around the Flinders/McHaffies area where he got a few ok squid. Zach also managed a cracker on one of his baited jigs which weighed 3.1kg

Customer Michael fished from Hastings and Stony Point piers during the week in search of a few squid for gummy baits, he said that Hastings was very quiet but Stony Point wasn't too bad - with 8 squid to his name his was happy. Michael said that the slack stage of the tide was the most productive, around this time he got 5 of his squid. His best performing jigs were Yamashita size 3.0 in grass whiting pattern, along with a few other colours. 

 

Squid reports have slowed a little, but many anglers are still catching plenty out in the bay. Customer Marie showed a few of the boys up on their last trip out around Sorrento, where he cleaned up using the 14T Keimura jig. James from Unreel Fishing Charters has also had some good sessions around Mt Martha recently, with plenty of happy customers eating fresh calamari. James has found that size 2.5 jigs have been the best size, with red foil, gold foil and blacks being the standout colours for him in the shallows again.  

As for the snapper in the bay, there have been a few anglers out putting in the hard yards to catch these fish, and the rewards are worth it. Customer Sammy has been smashing some solid fish to around 6kg around the top end of the bay recently, with his last session getting him 9 good fish. Sammy has found that silver whiting has been the gun bait. 

Customer Tony has also been fishing around the top of the bay, and has caught some quality fish from the shore. Tony has been consistently catching fish to around 60cm by paying attention to his rigs and baits. Fresh squid is right up there as Tony's favourite bait, and he is a big fan of the Owner SSW suicide hooks for his snapper fishing. Tony also finds that by using 30lb fluorocarbon as his leader he catches more fish without sacrificing strength and wear resistance. 

 

 

Across near Corinella in Westernport there have been some cracker snapper caught. There have been plenty of school fish in the 3 - 5kg size range, but also quite a few larger fish up to 10kg have been caught. Customer Ben fished out towards the corals over the weekend to land this massive snapper on a fresh squid ring. This fish came on the bite around the top of the tide.

Customer Nick also caught a few nice snapper fishing with mate Graeme over towards Corinella, up near Spit point. All fish the guys caught took squid rings on the incoming tide.

 

 

There have been plenty of snapper caught around Corinella recently, with the area from Elizabeth Island to Spit Point near Lang Lang holding good numbers of fish at present. Customers John and Mick cleaned up on snapper out in the Corinella region recently, with all fish taking squid strips fished on 6/0 Daiichi razor hooks. The guys found that the area near Mosquito channel fished well on the incoming tide.

 

There have been some good numbers of schooling snapper roaming arond the top end of Westernport Bay from Yaringa through to Lang Lang. Most of the fish in this area have been around the 2 - 3kg mark, and there are good numbers of them.

Customer Jacob fished most of the tide on Thursday around Joes island to land 3 nice school snapper ranging in size to around 3kg. Fresh squid was the key to get these fish to bite, with most of the action coming during the slower stage of the tide.