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. 

 

 

As usual, Westernport has turned on it's normal mixed bag fishing leading into Autumn. Customer John took youngsters Frankie and Lara out on the port recently and had a hot session on the King George whiting fishing around Tortoise Head and Tankerton. Fishing in 4m of water with Whiting Snatcher type rigs and pieces of pipi/squid combo the guys had a ball on school sized whiting.

 

Staff member Don got into the whiting during the week out from the Middle Spit using pipi and fresh squid. Fishing slightly deeper off the banks, Don managed some nice size fish. Pre-mixed frozen scallop mix berley also did the job of keeping the feeding fish around the boat. Customer Robin fished from the shore of the port during the week. Robin did well on some nice chunky whiting and also trevally around first light, with pipi and californian squid cocktail baits doing the damage. Robin fished KL 1/0 circle hooks on his droppers to ensure the hooked fish stayed hooked.

Out in the shallows of the port, customer Zach has been doing well on nice size garfish. Some of the larger models have been trickier to catch, but a fine grit 'Pier and Jetty' berley mix has ensured that they hang around for a bit longer.

Customer Andrew has been doing well on the pinkies and school sized snapper over near Corinella recently. Andrew has been fishing small potholes and drop offs using fresh baits of trevally and squid heads, where he has landed fish to 2.5kg.

 

The typical Westernport size gummies have been on the bite recently, as James from Unreel Fishing Charters has been finding out. James has been getting good numbers of table sized fish for customers, with lots in the 6 - 8kg size. Small baits of squid, trevally and salmon have been the best when presented along the bottom of the banks out from Stony Point and Hastings.

 

 

The whiting fishing in Westernport Bay has been good for most anglers out chasing these tasty fish. The average size of the fish this season has been better than the last, with plenty of large school fish in the 40cm+ size. There have still been lots of smaller school fish from legal size to 35cm, but the majority of the fish caught by anglers has been 35cm+. The fish have been caught all through the north arm, right around to almost Joe's Island - with the hotspots still being around the Middle Spit.

The inside channel from Fairhaven right down to Tortoise Head has been good in the 5 - 8m area just along the ledges. Berleying and moving about in short hops has been the key to building up a bag of fish, with 'whiting nuts' mixed with pipi shells being one of the best berleys to attract whiting and not so much rubbish fish. Customer Jason caught a bag of nice fish up the top end out from Warneet just recently, fishing the edges of the Quali Bank. Customer Ben also fished for the whiting recently, taking his kids along for a bit of fun. Ben fished out from Stony Point along the edges and over near Tankerton to collect some nice fish.

James from Unreel Fishing Charters has had some good success fishing for whiting this week in the Yaringa - Hasting area, along Tyabb Bank. James has found plenty of good sized whiting in the area, with many of them over 40cm in length. James has found fish in various areas along here, but his last session saw many fish caught in around 1m of water, using fresh squid and also pipi.

 

 

Westernport always produces a good amount of variety for anglers, and recently it hasn't disappointed. Good fishing for gummies has been had by most anglers up the top of the port, with plenty of solid table fish around. Young Rachael fished with her Dad recently where she landed a nice 3kg gummy in amongst a hot bite of them up the top end of the port during the run out tide. This gummy along with most of the other took rings of freshly caught squid. Customer Lee also got amongst a few similar size table fish out from Hastings just recently in beautiful conditions. 

 

James from Unreel Fishing Charters has had a few happy customers out on Westernport recently with plenty of good gummies coming aboard. This fish were taken out from Hastings on squid, yakka and salmon.

 

Staff member Don fished with customer Sam just recently in search of some whiting, and after a bit of moving around and positioning, the boys got a bag of nice fish. Plenty of fish were in the 40cm size range and fresh squid and pipi did the trick on the start of the run out tide. Don said it was good to get out for a fish in amongst auditioning for one of MC Hammer's new music videos. Customer Lee took his son Ben out for a fish in lovely conditions in search of some KGW out from Hastings, and young Ben loved it.

 

James from Unreel Fishing Charters has been having some fun with customers on the squid recently. Red base jigs have been killing it for James, and young Charlie even celebrated his 8th birthday by smashing the squid while on charter with James.

 

Customer Daniel fished out from Hastings recently in search of table sized pinkies and he wasn't disappointed. Daniel fished in 16m of water along the edge of the North Arm and did well on fish to 1.5kg. The best method was to fish a small piece of squid or pilchard on an Icon Snatcher and just wait for the fish to hook themselves. Out the front of Westernport there have been a few kingies hanging around, with a few anglers out chasing them. Customer Ben went out the front and found a few nice fish in the 80cm size range using both livies and also Maria lures. 

 

 

The mixed bag fishing continues out in Westernport bay, with whiting, pinkies, salmon, squid, leatherjacket and sweep commonly caught by anglers recently. Customer Ryan has been fishing from the shore and piers targeting squid, and he has caught good numbers recently. No super huge squid have been caught, but good numbers of squid to 1kg have hit the jigs. Flinders pier has been good for Ryan, when the seals haven't been in the area. Night time has given the squid more cover and as a result the bite has been better. Daylight hours have produced squid but not the same numbers as during the night.

On the whiting scene, there have been good numbers of fish caught along the middle spit from just inside Crawfish rock, right down to opposite Tankerton. Tankerton bank itself has also been producing good numbers of fish, with the average size being in the 33 - 39cm mark. A few larger fish have been caught further south but numbers are more hit and miss. Staff member and whiting murderer Don fished out alongside the spit over the weekend with a mate to bag whiting up to 41cm. Gun bait was a mixture of pipi, squid and red devil worms. The run out tide was the best time for the guys also.

 

While it's not whiting season as such, there are still some thumpers to be caught out in Westernport bay. Most of the fish getting caught have been in the 40cm size range, but they are not thick in numbers like over the summer months. The anglers who are catching these whiting are moving around lots and even some days not finding them at all. Once a decent school has been found it has been worthwhile fishing the surrounding area instead of moving too far away. James from Unreel Fishing Charters has been doing really well on these big whiting over the last few months, and his last few trips haven't been any different. James has found the areas close to oceanic water have been holding some decent size fish, with squid and pipi doing the job as baits. 

Customer Peter has also been catching some solid whiting recently, and during his last session he caught a couple that measured over 45cm. Peter has found pipi has been the most effective lately, and he is also doing lots of moving around to catch his fish. Peter said that the 3m mark he has been fishing has been performing best on the outgoing tide.