The local Melbourne rivers and estuaries are fishing well for bream at the moment with the warm weather and intermittent rain. The Patterson and Maribyrnong rivers are producing some nice bream for bait and lure anglers, with the lure fishing really turning it on recently. Customers fishing bait in the main river channels of both rivers have caught bream to 42cm, with freshwater yabbies, scrubworm and frozen prawn doing the job. When fishing the main flow try and mix up rigs between unweighted baits through to heavier sinker rigs to see which method is working on the fish. The main section of the Patterson river has also produced the odd flathead before the rain, with staff member Dylan landing a 51cm fish over the weekend on a lure.


Staff member Dylan has also fished the lakes in his kayak over the weekend and has caught some school sized fish on a mixture of lures. Hardbodied lures like Ecogear SX40's and atomic cranks have been good when cast alongside floating pontoons and rockwalls and let sit around the structure. A few fish have also taken smaller subsurface offerings as well, with plenty of small mullet around the system for the bream to prey on.

 

The Gippsland lakes are still fishing well for estuary species such as bream, mullet and flathead. The lakes around Paynesville and Metung has been good along with the Nicholson, Tambo and Mitchell rivers. Bream are being caught on baits such as chicken gut, prawn and glassies, while the flatties are loving glassies at the moment. Customer Colin fished from the banks of the Tambo river just recently with his kids where they caught a heaps of nice bream. Using bait of prawn the guys got into a heap of fish and had a heap of fun.  Customer Thao also fished the lakes near Metung recently to get a few schooled up bream, and some nice table sized flatties from the area also. Plastics and vibes were the best types of lures for him.

 

Westernport's murky depths have been producing some nice bread and butter options for anglers at the moment. Squid reports are still filtering through and some crackers have been caught, like customer Lee found out. Lee was fishing along Tyabb bank using artificial and baited jigs to catch some chunky specimens. Out of all the cast and retrieve jigs, this red and pink combo Haramitsu did the most damage.

Along the same area, customer Zach did well on the squid recently. Zach found some solid squid in very shallow water and he ended up with his bag by using baited jigs with fish such as silver whiting and mullet. Speaking of mullet, customer Zach also did well on some nice mullet over at Corinella. Zach found that a constant berley trail around the shallower end of the pier kept the fish hanging around, and small pieces of pilchard fillet were the gun bait.

Reports of whiting have still been floating about, with the dedicated anglers catching some solid fish. Bags of 10+ fish have been common, with lots of fish in the 39-40cm+ size around. Bites have been a bit slower and more moving than usual can be needed to keep finding the fish. Baits of pipi, mussel, squid, pilchard and cured nippers have all been good, with a mixture of these baits normally working at any given time. James from Unreel Fishing Charters has been catching good numbers with customers recently around areas like Tankerton and Tortoise Head. 

 

The bay has been fishing hot and cold for a mixture of species recently. Winter species like gars and salmon have started making an appearance, along with runs of mullet and the odd mulloway in the rivers. Customer Michael had another successful outing on the mulloway during the week, with a school sized fish taking a bait of fresh squid. Around the river mouths of the Patterson and Yarra there have also been schools of smaller sized salmon which are providing fun for anglers of all skill levels. Most of the salmon have been around 400g but there has been a few much bigger fish of 1.5kg+ caught from the same areas, along with the foreshore of Frankston and Mornington. Baits of bluebait and whitebait fished under a float have been effective, along with small metal lures and soft plastics. Customer Michael recently fished the mouth of the Patterson river with pearl white coloured Squidgy Flickbaits to land a heap.

 

The squid have still been active in the bay recently with some calmer weather. The southern end of the bay has still been where most of the action is, and the northern section of the bay should start to improve the further we get into winter. From Mornington south towards Portsea the fishing has been the best, with Sorrento and Portsea being hotspots at the moment. Customer Damien fished out from Sorrento around the 'Sisters' in 8m of water where good numbers of solid squid were caught on larger 3.5 size jigs. Aggressive colours like 'nemo' worked the best. Down at Portsea pier on the weekend, customer Nigel caught some nice squid on red foil based 3.5 and 3.0 sized jigs.

 

The local land based fishing has been quite good at the moment, with most bread and butter estuary species on offer. In the Yarra, Maribyrnong, Werribee and Patterson rivers there has been god numbers of mullet to be caught, with the size ranging from 15 - 35cm. Small floats and fine grit berley are the key to success on these species. There has also been some nice bream being caught by both bait and lure anglers. Cutsomer Brendan has been killing some time down in the river fishing small soft plastics in search of a bream or two. Brendan was casting a small lightly weighted Zman grub from the shore and landed a nice chunky bream of 35cm. Brendan was rapt as he had been spending some time targeting the bream with lures and finally broke the duck.

 

The odd mulloway has also been caught by dedicated anglers fishing for them in the local estuaries. Customer Adrian had some success with a school sized fish caught towards the end of the river on a live mullet. These fish do take a bit of time and patience to work out, but the rewards are there for anglers doing so.

 

Autumn around the bay can be good for the landbased angler, with a few different options to test your luck on. Mullet, bream, mulloway, squid, pinkies and whiting can all be caught from the shore if you are in the right areas and have the correct gear. There have been a few mulloway caught from the areas around the docklands and some of the local rivers over the last few weeks, and while these fish are never easy to catch - patience and persistence definitely pays off. Customer Michael got onto a good fish just last week using live baits, which pulled the scales down to around 15kg. All Michael said about his fish is that it was captured around the 'wall'. Staff member Don has also had some luck on the smaller school sized mulloway locally, with a few fish in the 60 -80cm mark eating soft plastics. Don tested some of his light gear out on the fish and came out on top, quality gear goes a long way when you're targeting fish like mulloway.

The pinkies have been fairly ravenous lately, with loads of anglers catching fish from many shore based areas of the bay. Any rock platform or pier has been worth a shot lately, just be ready to fight through the schools of smaller fish. Customer Dennis fished from the shore at he mouth of the Patterson River just recently where he landed some nice pan sized fish. Fresh squid was the gun bait on these fish.

Squid reports are good around the bay, with most of the piers fishing well. Southern piers like Mornington and Blairgowrie have been good, especially for anglers fishing smaller sized jigs. Staff member Don took his young twins down to the pier just recently, where they had a ball catching squid on 2.5 sized red and gold foil jigs.

 

Around the bay there has been some ok action for light tackle fisherman. The bream fishing has been reasonable in most of the rivers, with Werribee and Patto producing a few nice fish. Staff member Dylan fished a few of the rivers landbased recently throwing lures around to try and connect with a few bream, and while the fish weren't huge they were still good fun on small hardbodies. Small freshwater yabbies and scrubworms have also been good on the local bream also.  Young gun Kozi fished Patto recently with bait to land a stack of bream to around mid 30cm size also.

 

Down on Mornington pier there has been a few options to keep most anglers happy. The squid have been on and off, but persistence after dark with small jigs up to size 2.0 will see you land a few. Colours to try have been UV pink/orange and also natural gold and silver foils. Kozi fished off the pier recently to land squid on natural gold and brown jigs in size 2.5 and 2.0.

 

Inside the harbour there have also been schools of yakkas, couta and mullet to be caught as well. Baitfishing with small sliding floats and a fine grit berley trail has been the most productive method, however the yakkas and couta can be caught casting small soft plastics and lures. Small single tail grubs like Zman and Squidgy have been effective when fished lightly weighted.

 

The local estuaries and rivers around the bay have been fishing well for bream and mullet recently. Some intermittent rain has given most rivers a good flush and brought more food into the system, which fires the fish up a bit. Local estuaries of the Patterson and Maribyrnong Rivers have been fishing well for bream with both bait and lures working well. Best baits at the moment have been scrubworms and small freshwater yabbies, fished unweighted on light leader and fine gauge hooks. Anglers berleying up while bream fishing can normally expect a mullet or two picking at their baits as well. 

Staff member Kozi has been fishing with a couple of mates for the local bream, and they have been catching fish to around 38cm. Patterson River has been producing good average size fish of around 35cm on this method.

Staff member Dylan has been out chasing a few bream recently with plastics and hardbodies, with some nice fish to 40cm being caught. Slim profiled suspending hardbodies have been working well when twitched and held around bankside structure and small plastics have been good when fished deep around the same edges. Soft plastics like the Zman 2.5'' grubs have been deadly recently in a variety of colours. 

The estuaries around Melbourne have been running a lit bit discoloured recently but are starting to clean up and fish a bit more consistent. The patto, yarra, maribyrnong and werribee have all been producing reasonable numbers of bream and mullet for land based anglers. Customers Thao and Nick ventured out to one of the metro rivers on the weekend in search of a few bream on the lures, where they found the fishing tough due to weather and water conditions. After a couple of hours of searching and trying different style lures, the boys got onto a couple of patches of school fish. Small blades and plastics vibes were the order of the day, with a strong breeze making other lures too hard to use effectively.

Patterson river has been fishing well for bream and mullet, with most of the bream taking scrubworms and freshwater yabbies, while the mullet have been good on small pieces of bluebait once berleyed up. Customer Michael went up the river during the week in search of a few bream on lures, and while the bream were tough he did manage to land a thumper of a sea mullet, on a lure. At this size mullet really fight hard, taking long powerful runs and occasionally jumped out of the water. Staff member Dylan fished patto last week in a short session looking for a few bream, but with discoloured water at the bottom of the tide the fish were a bit tough. A few flushes of clean water this weekend should kick them into gear. 

While the water has been dirty and cold, there have still been some nice bream and mullet caught in the local rivers and estuaries. Customer Dave has been getting into the bream luring the past few months, and is having a ball. Although Dave has found the fishing quite tough, he has learnt that lure fishing for bream during the winter months can be a fickle, hit-and-miss affair. Dave fished with a few mates down in the Gippsland lakes just recently where he has been refining his tactics on the cold water bream. Dave found that during his last session most of the smaller schooling fish were taking small 40mm blades, worked around drop offs and open water, with a few bigger fish taking a liking to plastics. Dave found fish to 37cm using Zman 2.5" grubs in UV motor oil colour, slowly bounced along the bottom on a 2g jighead

Customer Neil fished the Gippsland lakes recently with family to land some lovely bream up around the 40cm mark. Neil found the shallows fished better than the deeper water for the larger fish. 

Young gun Harry has been fishing Patterson Lakes recently for bream and mullet and he has been catching some nice fish. Harry loves his fishing and had a fair amount of line ripped from his reel when he hooked this massive sea mullet in the system. The big mullet weighed 2.8kg and was caught right in close to the shore.