Port Phillip has still been busy with holiday boaties over the past week, and most of the reports have been bread and butter fishing for pinkies, whiting
and squid. The rip has seen some kingfish caught but this week has been a bit patchy. For the persistent anglers some of the pinkies have been reasonable,
but you'll have to fish through the smaller ones until a few larger fish come through. Customer Darcy slogged away from the rocks recently in search
of a better fish, and managed a nice fish of around 3kg from near Mt Martha. Pilchard was the go for him, and most of the better fish have been taken
late into the night.
While the whiting fishing has been patchy around the full moon, there have still been plenty of anglers getting into a few of them. Customers Bashir and
Danny have been doing alright on the whiting fishing out from Altona. Fishing the broken ground between 4 - 6m has been the go, with pipi and mussel
being the most effective baits.
Most of the whiting have come on the bite before dark, which has been when a bit of the water traffic has slowed down. It pays to have multiple rods rigged
and plenty of baits prepped around this time, as the small pinkies have also been ravenous around last light.
The other hots area for the whiting at present has been around Sorrento. Customer Josh fished out from here during the week and found some nice fish over
40cm. The best bait was pipi, but fresh cuttlefish is also very good in this southern section of the bay. Fishing the broken ground wide of the moorings
and around the broken patches of the 'south sand' has been effective, especially when fishing in depths of 5 - 7m.
The squid fishing around the bay has been good, without being red hot. Most of the piers and everyday areas have been producing some solid squid, but no
real monsters this week. Staff member Dylan has found that red and orange jigs have been super effective this week, moreso than most other colours.
Dylan has been fishing the piers between Mornington and Sorrento, with size 3.0 being the most 'universal' size.
Customer Noel fished from the pier at Sorrento during the week where he managed a nice cuttlefish. Noel caught the cuttlefish on a red foil jig,
while conditions were cloudy and overcast. Fishing your jigs very close to the bottom and almost dragging them above the sand is a very good way to
land cuttlefish, as they seem to prefer the jig 'hovering' just above the bottom. Fishing this method 'tip run' style is the best way to keep contact
with the jig, and be ready to strike or move it from the weed as soon as you feel the drift change.