While normally slipping under the radar amongst all the other fishing to be done over the summer months, there have been some ripper gars about. While a lot of anglers overlook them as a target, the beauty of them is they can be caught land based or boat. Most of the shallow inshore areas of both bays and all of our other estuaries will hold gars, it's just a matter of getting numbers of them to hang around. A bit of berley normally gets them going and they are a brilliant eating fish to add to the day's bag.

Pier fishing for gars in the bay has been good around Brighton, Sandringham, Beaumaris, Frankston and Dromana, along with Stony point pier in Westernport. Gawaine Blake has been catching some real gars around Stony Point while out near the whiting grounds.

Don't be fooled, gars CAN be very tricky to catch consistently and the correct tackle and technique will soon separate the full buckets from the empty ones. Delicately balanced and weighted floats with mid length shank hooks are some of the tackle 'must-haves' but matching hook to bait selection and the correct consistency berley mixture is also vital. 

Customer Tim has been getting some good gars from Frankston pier recently. Tim used both maggots and silverfish in conjunction with his berley mix to secure a bag.



The top end of he bay has been overrun with small pinkies at present, from Williamstown through to Frankston. Virtually every section of reef has got loads of these ferocious fish on it. The main trouble has been getting through the small fish to the better size models underneath. The larger fish have been around 1 - 1.5kg and have been taking baits of pilchard, squid and saury. Customer Ryan fished for the pinkies from the piers over near Williamstown recently to land a heap using small soft plastics. Ryan found crab and worm imitations were the best when fished lightly weighted around the structure.

Further down around Seaford and Frankston there have been a few garfish caught from the shore. While numbers haven't been super, anglers specifically targeting them using maggots and silverfish have been getting a few. Fine grain berley has also been the key.


Down along the Peninsula the squid fishing has been good, with the piers and rocks both producing. Mornington, Blairgowrie and Sorrento piers have been fishing well for average sized squid. Mornington and Blairgowrie piers have been much better with small jigs in the 1.8 - 2.5 size range, with Sorrento fishing best on Yamashita 3.5D jigs in red foil and dark greens. Staff member Dylan fished from the rocks down near Mt Martha recently where squid to 1kg were caught using a mixture of 3.5 shallow and standard sink rates. Glow belly and dark green/black jigs were the best on the day.


The estuaries running into the bay have also been coughing up a few school sized mulloway for anglers putting in the time and effort recently. Most of the fish have been from 60 - 80cm, with a few bigger fish mixed in also. Live mullet, squid and even saury have been effective baits, along with soft plastics in the 3 - 5" size. Patterson River, Yarra and Maribyrnong have all seen some action of late. Customer John has been catching a few around the traps using mainly mullet for bait late during the night.

Down around the entrance/rip area the kingfish have been running hot. Anglers fishing live and dead baits, jigs, soft plastics and also trolled hardbodies have all caught fish - with the fish deciding on what they want on the day. Most of the fish caught have been around the legal size, with a few here and there pushing 10kg and some real thumpers at 12kg+ caught by persistent anglers trying all methods. Customer Edly went out and got into a few good fish out the front on a mixture of squid and also on the jigs just recently.  


Amongst the rough weather, the southern end of Port Phillip has been producing the goods if you're out after calamari or King George whiting. The section of the bay from Sorrento through to St Leonards has been good for whiting and squid, while from Frankston south the squid have been about. James from Unreel Fishing Charters has been experiencing some good squid fishing over the past few weeks in the bay, with the Frankston - Mt Martha area firing up for some nice sized squid. James is a fan of size 2.5 jigs in gold, black, red and green variations, and recently the reds and blacks have been doing the best for him.

Customer Damien has been out squid fishing with a few mates and has found the squidding worth heading out for. Damien has been using Shimano Keimura jigs in both bays and he has been getting on to some nice winter squid. Squid up to around a kilo have been caught, which has provided some fresh food and also some baits for the snapper season ahead. 

The whiting fishing around the southern end of the bay has been good for James from Unreel Fishing Charters, along with Westernport's grassy banks. The fish around the St Leonards area seem to be school fish in the 35 - 40cm size, with a few bigger fish being caught down around Portsea. Fresh scallop, mussel and squid have been very effective on the fish at the moment. 



The southern end of Port Phillip has been fishing well for large squid that have come in to spawn. There have been quite a few squid over the 2kg mark caught, with plenty of smaller specimens around 1kg in weight. Sorrento through to Queenscliff has been the best area, and the area where the larger squid normally are. 

James from Unreel Fishing Charters has been putting clients on to some quality squid down in this section of the bay, and he has found red foil jigs to be working a treat. His one particular red shrimp has been giving the big squid a hiding around Portsea.


The squid fishing in Port Phillip has been fairly consistent of recent, however the current rain and rough water will slow things down for a few days. Reports from during the week have been good around most areas, with customer Angelo getting his bag quickly out from Point Cook on the weekend. Haramtisu AK in 2.5 did the trick for him.

Customer Steve also sent in a report from his son in law Indra who is visiting from Bali who recently had a session on the squid out on Port Phillip. Indra managed his first Southern Calamari at 3.4kg, which is not a bad way to open the squid account. Indra was fishing out from Queenscliff, and caught this ripper on a baited jig with a fresh silver whiting.


Michael fished flinders pier over the weekend to land 3 nice squid all between 30-39cm hood length. Two took size 3 egixile jigs in 32T under a float, and the one other took a yamashita shallow size 3 in colour RBGOTO. 

Portsea and Sorrento Pier have been the most consistant spots for squid lately, Ryan has been catching some nice size specimens during the week. The new Yamashita DD spiders have been good in the channel when the tide is pushing, and size 2.5 haramitsus in EWC have claimed most of the squid around the tide channel.

Swan Bay has been fishing well for good sized Squid previous to heavy rain. The grassbeds around the entrance of the bay have been good for Squid to 2kg, along with Trevally, Salmon and Flatties. 

Most of the reports from David and his mates say that darker coloured jigs, like colours 32T, SBKN, NIEA and 44B6 have been the way to go, with a better shadow coming off these jigs around the grassbeds.