Port Phillip Bay can provide a bit of variety in terms of fish species but generally you have to target a specific species to have the best results on it. Lately there has been a bit to offer boat based anglers with whiting, squid, cuttlefish, snapper, flathead, salmon and trevally to name a few.  Customer Ryan fished with his mum and dad out in the boat targeting a few different fish with soft plastics. Pinkies, trevally, red mullet, salmon and pike all attacked the plastics in around the shallow reefy areas. Ryan's mum Marianne got stuck into some nice sized pinkie snapper on small soft plastics which soon found the esky. Customer Carlo also had some mixed bag fishing across near Queenscliff with whiting, flathead and squid all coming to the party. Carlo had a bit of moving about to get decent numbers of the whiting, but after a few drops they started coming aboard. Size 6 Shogun Wide Gap or Mutsu Light + SA pippies = a deadly whiting combo!

Customers Dan and Cam had a leisurely session out around Sorrento over the weekend with some nice sized squid caught. Cam and Dan landed squid to around 1.5kg on a mixture of fast sinking jigs around 'The Sisters' with a couple more further back towards Rye. Customer Steve also fished in the area over the weekend, with some nice squid around 1kg taking the Albino coloured Harimitsu near Rye. Steve also landed some nice flathead to 50cm in the same area using Zman 4" Paddlerz and Squidgy Fish rigged on 1/2oz jigheads. Customer Ryan went out in search of silver trevally recently over towards queenscliff. Ryan had some good success on 1/8oz rigged stickbaits on the run in tide, hopping the plastics around small sand holes and weedbeds.

While most anglers in Melbourne have turned their attention towards the sea of red - 'snapper' there are also other light line options for anglers both boat and shore based. Customer Mana was out off Frankston recently where he found a school of good sized salmon. He decided to throw some small soft plastics around and the salmon were climbing all over each other to eat a smelt coloured twitch tail minnow. Mana found most of the salmon hanging around the point at Oliver's Hill. 

Staff member Kozi has been out collecting snapper and gummy baits from the piers during the week, and most of the piers in southern Westernport have had good amounts of yakkas and pike hanging around. Kozi caught a heap of yakkas from Flinders on baits and small soft plastics, once they were berleyed up. The most effective berley for the yakkas was the Zealcol 'Pier & Jetty' fine grit mix, which kept the fish going for long enough to catch a heap. 

Further up Port Phillip Bay around Williamstown, customer Ryan has been out in his kayak throwing small soft plastics and sinking lures around. Ryan has been catching pinkies up to 1.5kg on these lures, along with some nice size bream. One of the more effective soft plastics for Ryan at the moment has been the Damiki Ripper, a 4'' worm style plastic. The new Berkley 4'' Nemesis has also been good in the natural colours when fished slowly along the bottom.

There have been plenty of fish on offer for the light tackle fisherman in Port Phillip bay recently. Fishing with light outfits and 6 - 10lb line there have been plenty of pinkies, salmon, pike, flathead and reef species around in the bay to have some fun with a take a couple home for a feed. Most of the piers are producing fish like salmon and pinkies in the right conditions as well, so it's not just for the boat anglers. 

James from Unreel Fishing Charters has been putting clients onto big schools of pinkies around Black Rock, Frankston and Mornington. While there are a lot of small fish in the 25cm size range, if you have enough bait and patience you will come across fish in the 35 - 40cm size. A good bait at the moment is squid or cuttlefish, along with salted pilchards. These are best fished on 1/0 - 2/0 circle hooks. 

For anglers in the Black Rock - Frankston region, there have been good numbers of salmon working the shoreline on a rough day. Calmer conditions have kept the fish out a bit deeper and out of reach for most shore based anglers, but days with onshore winds above 10 knots have brought the bait (and the salmon) in to casting proximity for anglers with two feet firmly on the ground. Small, single hook rigged metal lures and soft plastics are the weapons of choice, along with salted whitebait and pilchards. 

Customer Be fished from the shore in Beaumaris Bay over the weekend to land a heap of smaller salmon to around 500g on metal slugs. Be said that single hooks kept 95% of the fish hooked and landed, where as anglers fishing with trebles were losing 50% of their hooked fish.

Further south in the bay has been a good spot for some light tackle bait and lure fishing also. Customer Ryan and a few of his family members went out for some fun around Queenscliff and Sorrento using light tackle and soft plastics. Small baitfish and worm imitation plastics caught them their fair share of silver trevally, leatherjacket, salmon, pike and pinky snapper. The bonus for this style of fishing is that no bait is needed!

There have been some good numbers of Australian salmon around at the moment, and they will only get better as the water cools off as we come into Autumn. Most of the shore based areas of both bays will see you tangle with some salmon on the right tides. Customer Michael fished locally using a variety of baits and soft plastics to catch whiting, pinkies, mullet and snook along with the salmon. 

Staff member Dylan also caught a few salmon during the week while wading some flats in the bay. The biggest salmon were around 1kg, with most being only 15-30cm long. The first half hour of the run in tide was when the bite was best, with every cast resulting in a hook up. The most effective lures were small sinking stickbaits and soft plastics in the 80mm size range, in natural whitebait colours. 

Customer Tee also caught some salmon, down at Frankston pier. The best producers have been River2Sea 'sea rocks' in white, pink and blue. The windiest conditions have brought the fish in close and onto the bite.

For the anglers who are keen to stock up on fresh baits for sharks or just get out and strike a few fish, there has been plenty on offer in Westernport Bay. Many of the piers and structures around the port have had plenty of horse mackerel, slimey mackerel, pike, salmon, trevally and mullet around. Baits of fresh squid, pilchard and pipi have been the most effective. Berleying is also a very effective part of the equation for catching these fish.

Staff member Dylan mixed things up a bit, using micro metal jigs to catch bait species from the shore in Westernport bay during the week. Hopping between a few different piers, a number of different species hit the jigs including pike, slimey and horse mackerel, salmon, mullet and even small scorpionfish. Small 7g Searocks worked well when fished with assist hook set ups, on a super light graphite rod and stella 1000 outfit. The light drag capacity of the stella also helps stop smaller fish from shaking metal lures out of their mouths.

If you're in the market for a new high quality spin reel, the shimano Stella FE is certainly one worth considering. Right now we have a limited offer of ONE Shimano Stella 1000FE at $575. Hurry in to see us about your new Stella.

 

Reports have come from various customers fishing Phillip Island over the last week with lost of different fish species being caught. Customer Daniel fished around San Remo on Sunday where he landed a few different fish, including a nice little gummy and some big flathead while bait fishing. Trolling a whitebait imitation hardbody behind his boat he also caught salmon and pike.

Customer Phil also fished from the shore near San Remo over the weekend where he caught some lovely whiting and flathead. Phil said that the run out tide fished the best, with 5 whiting measuring around 40cm and flatties to 52cm taking a liking to strips of squid caught earlier from Newhaven Pier.