Whiting reports from Westernport this week have been a bit patchy, with quite a few anglers talking of hard fishing and sparse action. Many anglers who have been going out and 'staying put' in known areas have been struggling a bit, but the guys constantly moving about and trying different things are getting some nice fish. Fishing deep has been productive for anglers recently, with less fish coming aboard but much better quality in the fish that are. Just make sure you have suitable 'deep water' whiting rods, as many standard 'bank' whiting rods will be overloaded with the extra weight needed in the deeper water.

Customer Steve fished out from Warneet earlier this week and while the reports were grim, Steve and his mate managed 10 whiting between them - with only 2 fish measuring under 40cm. The boys worked hard and found the better fish a bit deeper in the 10m area, with the run out tide providing the action, and baits of pipi and mussel fishing the best for them.


Staff member Don fished around the top end as well over the weekend where him and mate Sam caught 17 fish. Fishing in around 5m of water, the bite started going as the run out tide started gaining momentum and the fish wouldn't look past a small pipi fished on a size 6 'worm. hook.

 

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.

 

 


The King George whiting have been receiving more attention over the past month or so as many anglers put away their heavier gear and go in search of these tasty and hard fighting estuary dwelling fish. While Port Phillip has been producing fish also, Westernport bay certainly holds the trophy for being the better whiting fishery. Most of the normal haunts have been producing fish, from the top end banks and channels right through to the back beaches and exposed ocean swell points.

Many anglers are pleased with the size of the whiting coming in, with many fish over 40cm a reasonably common occurrence at the moment. There have been some bigger fish above 45cm taken from the deep channel marks also, so there are plenty of areas worth targeting at the moment.

Customer Torpy got out on the whiting during the week north of Corinella where he landed fish to 47cm in length. Run out tide over a sou'westerly wind made for hard conditions but the fish bit well. Pipi and banana prawns were the best baits. 

Staff member Don fished with mate Sam earlier in the week out from Blind Bight to land fish into the low 40cm mark amongst leatherjacket, yakkas and flathead. The run out tide fished best for them along the middle spit with pipi/squid cocktail baits along with cuttlefish doing the job.

 


A lot of anglers have turned their attention from the snapper across to King George whiting over the last few weeks. Generally the snapper will slow off around Xmas as they spawn, so these tasty (and slimy) spotted speedsters will give plenty of action over the break. The bulk of the anglers chasing them have been fishing Westernport Bay's vast channels and banks.

Frogleys representative Gerry fished with Gawaine Blake around the middle spit during a finicky nighttime bite recently to land a bag of fish on pipi. Subtle moves and bait maintainence were the key to staying with the fish.

Customer Damien had a quick session around the southern end of the middle spit and Tortoise head to land a nice bag of fish to 41cm on 'whiting wizard' style flasher rigs baited with pipi and fresh squid, with the runout tide providing most of the fish.

 

Rain, hail or shine you can always try for a gummy! Unlike some other fish, gummies will hunt in murky tidal water with muddy rainwater mixed in. The gummy sharks' sense of smell is super sensitive also, so don't worry about how dirty the water is - a gummy will be able to find your bait, especially if it nice and oily. While most anglers have been wrapped up in snapper or whiting fishing of late, there have been plenty of nice table sized gummies to catch, especially in westernport.

Customer Barry was out earlier this week where had some mixed bag fishing, including this nice table sized fish from around the southern side of French Island. Fresh yakka and squid were the better baits in the milky water. Customer Daniel fished a bit further out around the Western Entrance in 30m where he landed a lovely eating size gummy on fresh salmon.

 



There has been a decent winter run of snapper in Westernport Bay since Melbourne had some proper rough winter weather a few weeks back. Not long had this weather started and snapper were being caught from a few land based spots as well as by anglers in boats. The fish have also been fairly well spread out, with reports coming from the top end of the port, right down to the fast eastern sections. Customers Chez and Adrian got out on the port recently and did well catching some nice winter fish to 7kg. The boys were fishing over in the eastern arm and using fresh squid to tempt these reds.

 

Customers Andrew and Ben have also had some success on the good sized winter fish in the port as well. Andrew was fishing towards Corinella when he landed fish between 5kg and 8kg. Squid heads and strips were the most effective baits. Customer Ben fished the shallows of the top end of the port during the night recently to land snapper to 7kg. Ben found that fresh squid was the gun bait.

 

On the squid scene, reports have been good during slightly calmer weather. The shallow areas along Tyabb, Quail and Stony banks fished well during low wind and low light times. Rough, churned up banks have forced the squid a bit deeper off the edges, and they can still be caught in depths of 5 - 7m. Customer Jarrad fished the Tyabb area between 2 - 5m of water to catch some good squid on the drift. Early morning produced some on baited jigs, and once the sun got up red foil size 3.5 Yamashita jigs did well. The biggest hood length measured 40cm which took the Yamashita jig. Customer Ben also fished in the Tyabb area for a good bag of squid taken on size 3.5 jigs during the week.

Whiting reports have slowed right down, with the odd angler catching some respectable fish but definitely not in the summer numbers. James from Unreel Fishing Charters has been putting together some nice bags of fish for customers, with whiting averaging the 38cm size taking fresh squid and pipi. Along some of the deeper, more reefy sections that James has been fishing he has also pulled up the odd nice size cray.

 

 

Westernport has been fishing well for squid anglers during the week, up until the rain. With clear water the squid have been active, and many anglers have been making the most before the average Melbourne weather kicked in. Customer Ben has been out during the week getting some nice squid and cuttlefish from the top end of the port, around both Tyabb and Quail banks. Ben has been doing well on Gesolas and also UV white Keimuras. Some of the squid Ben has caught have been around the 2kg mark.

Customer Jamie has also been out on the squid around the Stony Point area. Jamie did well on squid up to 38cm hood length around the Tankerton/Stony area in 2 - 6m of water. Most of Jamie's jigs worked well, with early in the morning being the most productive.

 

Westernport bay has been producing lots of elephants and pinkies recently, along with a few table sized gummies. The elephant fish have been fairly thick throughout the 'triangle' over the last few weeks, with fish to 5kg being caught. Customer Shane fished out from Tortoise Head recently and caught a couple of good sized fish in 8m of water. The most effective bait on them was fresh squid.

James from Unreel Fishing Charters has been catching a few elephants with customers out between Tortoise Head and Rhyll, with baits of pilchard, squid and pipi being the most effective when fished on a sliding sinker rig. Depths of 7 - 14m over mud and broken ground have been good for the elephants, with the odd gummy finding a bait as well. Some customers have even been catching the odd elephant from the pier at Rhyll.

On the pinky front, most of the 'normal' areas where anglers would target snapper and pinkies have been loaded with fish in the 25 - 35cm size. There have however been some much better fish getting close to 2kg mixed in with the smaller fish. The trick has been to fish a larger, tougher bait that the smaller fish can't rip off the hook in 5 seconds flat, which will give the bigger fish a chance to get to it, and also fit it in their mouth. Baits of squid, salmon and couta have been good when targeting these larger school sized fish. James from Unreel Fishing Charters has caught some nice ones mixed in with smaller fish and elephants recently, which none of his customers have been complaining about!

 

 

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. 

 

 

Whiting reports have slowed down a lot over recent weeks with cooler weather, and numbers of fish have thinned out somewhat. In saying this however, good whiting fishing can be had right the way through winter - you just have to work a bit harder for them. Many anglers aren't catching heaps and heaps of fish, but the fish that have been caught have been quality. James from Unreel Fishing Charters has still been getting reasonable numbers of fish for his customers, with many quality fish over 45cm. Customer Carlo has also been catching fish to 41cm on baits of pipi and squid, with a light coating of S-factor scent to top it off.

Customer Jamie has also been catching some nice whiting out in the port recently. Jamie has been fishing the Tankerton - Tortoise Head area and also across at Sandy Point. Jamie has caught fish to 45cm in length, on a mixture of pipi and squid, with the addition of premixed scallop berley to keep the fish biting.