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.

 

Amongst the holiday crowds, the piers dotted along the Mornington Peninsula have been producing squid for anglers fishing the correct methods. Depending on which pier you are fishing, this could be a size 3.0 fast sinking jig or a tiny slow sinking 1.8 in a natural baitfish pattern. Customer Dario has been catching some good numbers of squid from Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron, with sunset being the prime time. The most effective jigs for Dario lately have been size 2.5 Yamashita Live in natural pilchard and mackerel patterns (colours NAJK and NUMG).


Customer Rolly fished from Mornington pier during the week to land a few 'Mornington' sized squid. While the squid here and generally on the smaller side, there are good numbers that hang around the piers all night, to get your bag it's just a matter of changing jig colour and fall speed to see what pricks their interest. Adding specialized squid scents like 'Egimax' and 'Glowmax' can also change a timid look into much more interest.

 


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.

 

Well the story the past week on the whiting front from MOST people is that they have been fairly slow. The consistent reports of inconsistent fishing have been the word, but this should improve over the next week as we pass the moon. There have been anglers putting together bags of fish from their normal marks but the standout seems to have been the larger fish coming from the deeper water around the smaller tides. The quality of the fish coming from the deeper is generally always much better, and the bonus can come in the form of snapper and gummies, as most of the reports show.

Gawaine Blake has been getting some ripper whiting from the deep water around Cowes during the week, with genuine 50cm fish hitting the deck. The first hour of run in tide has been the most productive time, with squid strips the deadly bait.


Customers Zoran and Tony have been putting together numbers of whiting, in amongst pinkies, trevally, flathead and gummies by fishing deeper water. Generally you can get away with slightly larger hook and bait sizes in the deeper water as the whiting have less time to worry about picking at the baits as there are bigger mouths lurking around.

Customer Bart has been fishing up around Hastings for the whiting and has done ok considering the slower fishing. Bart has been working his way along the middle spit and tyabb banks to catch some nice whiting on pipi, with good numbers of squid coming from the same areas, following hooked whiting up to the boat. A fresh squid tentacle or strip has also helped bag the odd whiting too.

 

 


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.  

 


The landbased fishing for squid has been ok during the week, despite last week's rain. While the top end of Port Phillip has been a bit discoloured in close, from around Mt Eliza south the water has been better. The pier at Mornington has been producing reasonable numbers of squid after dark on small jigs.

Customer Harry was at the pier during the week and found that the jig were responding to a good variety of jigs up to size 2.5, which is good as sometimes here you're out of the game unless you use a size 1.8. Colours working varied from bright yellow through to UV white and also natural browns and greens. There have been a few larger squid caught by anglers fishing the cobblestone wall casting into the bay side with size 3.0 jigs also, especially around last light.

 

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.

 

While normally a more consistent feature for land based fishing during the cooler months of the year, the past week hasn't been too shabby for squid fishing. The squid size aren't huge, but they make for some awesome bait or a good feed.

Staff member Dylan has been fishing from the shore around Brighton, Beaumaris and Sandringham where size 2.5 jigs have been the standout. Yamashita's 'Aussie' edition whiting pattern has been good, along with Shimano's glow tiger prawn. Size 3.0 Clicks jigs have also been good with their slightly slower sink rate too.