Most of the Gippsland estuaries have started slowing down over the past month or so as the water starts to cool down. Bream, flathead and most other species are still being caught but not in the numbers compared to the warmer months of the year. This time of year however can be good for quality size bream, with some of the larger fish feeding up before the winter pre-spawn.


Staff member Dylan has been paddling around some of the eastern estuaries recently, where some nice flathead and bream have been caught. Most of the larger flathead have been sitting on the flats late in the afternoons with some sun to warm the water, while a lot of bream have been caught fishing shallow drop offs and ledges with small hardbodies.


Customer Brett fished out in the Gippsland lakes recently in search of some bream, with a few nice school fish around and eating the lures. Most of the fish were hovering either side of 30cm, and were hitting small hardbodies like Daiwa Double Clutch 60's with gusto. Slightly warmer water temperatures have had these fish feeding right up along bankside structure still.

 

 

While the local kingfish have pretty much just about finished, there have been scattered reports of a few here and there moving about. Customer Darren was out from Westernport before Easter where he had a crack for the kingies amongst some bottom bouncing. Darren fished cocktail baits of squid and pipi to land some nice whiting and trevally, and then worked some bommies and ledges for a kingie. Darren ended up trolling a pink Williamson squid skirt around and found a nice looking patch in 25m of water when bang off it went. Darren ended up with a good sized kingfish in the boat, a good way to top off the day.

 

Tuna reports from the West coast have started to filter through, and should only get better over the next month. Good numbers of fish have been spread out from around the 40m area right out to the shelf. Most anglers have been working the areas close to the Horseshoe and bagging out fairly easily. Average size at the moment is good, with plenty of 15 - 25kg fish, and a few larger thrown in. Hardbodied lures and skirts have been about equal in effectiveness at the moment. Customer Shane fished out near the shelf just recently to land a couple of nice 20kg fish on Pakula skirts, while customer Miraz also got into a few nice tuna. Miraz fished over the Easter break and caught fish to 18kg out wide from Portland. A mixture of Billmark UV enhanced skirts and also the Zerek Pelagic hardbody in Bonito did the trick.

 

 

Just prior to Easter, the South coast of NSW experienced a hot marlin bite from Eden all the way through to just South of Sydney. Customers Anton and Justin fished the Alliance tag and release tournament at Bermagui recently - where the boys tagged some solid striped marlin. Justin caught his first marlin on a lumo Topgun skirt and 15kg. Customer Ben also fished out from Bermagui recently to land a nice striped marlin of around 80kg on a live slimey mackerel.

A bit further away customer Peter was fishing offshore from Yamba in far Northern NSW when he landed this nice cobia of around 8kg. Peter caught the fish on an unweighted pilchard on wire trace intended for mackerel, and fought it for 30min before it gave up. Customer Kevin from the Noble Park Angling Club sent in a picture of a nice Golden trevally he caught when was in Broome last. Kevin caught the 16kg fish on squid on a local charter.

A little closer to home, the Eastern estuaries are fishing well at the moment. Customers Terry and Peter recently fished around Merimbula with baits and lures. Tailor to 4lb were chopping at lures of all sorts in Merimbula lake, along with some nice silver trevally. Peter caught this thumping yellowfin bream in the lake also on a small piece of striped tuna fished around the weedbeds. Customer Andrew was down at Lakes Entrance over the Easter break and he took some time to fish the local lakes and also chase prawns as well. Andrew and a mate had a blast catching prawns, and between them they managed about 8kg of quality prawns, along with some sand crabs.

 

 

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.

 

 

Port Phillip Bay can provide a bit of variety in terms of fish species but generally you have to target a specific species to have the best results on it. Lately there has been a bit to offer boat based anglers with whiting, squid, cuttlefish, snapper, flathead, salmon and trevally to name a few.  Customer Ryan fished with his mum and dad out in the boat targeting a few different fish with soft plastics. Pinkies, trevally, red mullet, salmon and pike all attacked the plastics in around the shallow reefy areas. Ryan's mum Marianne got stuck into some nice sized pinkie snapper on small soft plastics which soon found the esky. Customer Carlo also had some mixed bag fishing across near Queenscliff with whiting, flathead and squid all coming to the party. Carlo had a bit of moving about to get decent numbers of the whiting, but after a few drops they started coming aboard. Size 6 Shogun Wide Gap or Mutsu Light + SA pippies = a deadly whiting combo!

Customers Dan and Cam had a leisurely session out around Sorrento over the weekend with some nice sized squid caught. Cam and Dan landed squid to around 1.5kg on a mixture of fast sinking jigs around 'The Sisters' with a couple more further back towards Rye. Customer Steve also fished in the area over the weekend, with some nice squid around 1kg taking the Albino coloured Harimitsu near Rye. Steve also landed some nice flathead to 50cm in the same area using Zman 4" Paddlerz and Squidgy Fish rigged on 1/2oz jigheads. Customer Ryan went out in search of silver trevally recently over towards queenscliff. Ryan had some good success on 1/8oz rigged stickbaits on the run in tide, hopping the plastics around small sand holes and weedbeds.

 

There have been plenty of fish on offer for the light tackle fisherman in Port Phillip bay recently. Fishing with light outfits and 6 - 10lb line there have been plenty of pinkies, salmon, pike, flathead and reef species around in the bay to have some fun with a take a couple home for a feed. Most of the piers are producing fish like salmon and pinkies in the right conditions as well, so it's not just for the boat anglers. 

James from Unreel Fishing Charters has been putting clients onto big schools of pinkies around Black Rock, Frankston and Mornington. While there are a lot of small fish in the 25cm size range, if you have enough bait and patience you will come across fish in the 35 - 40cm size. A good bait at the moment is squid or cuttlefish, along with salted pilchards. These are best fished on 1/0 - 2/0 circle hooks. 

For anglers in the Black Rock - Frankston region, there have been good numbers of salmon working the shoreline on a rough day. Calmer conditions have kept the fish out a bit deeper and out of reach for most shore based anglers, but days with onshore winds above 10 knots have brought the bait (and the salmon) in to casting proximity for anglers with two feet firmly on the ground. Small, single hook rigged metal lures and soft plastics are the weapons of choice, along with salted whitebait and pilchards. 

Customer Be fished from the shore in Beaumaris Bay over the weekend to land a heap of smaller salmon to around 500g on metal slugs. Be said that single hooks kept 95% of the fish hooked and landed, where as anglers fishing with trebles were losing 50% of their hooked fish.

Further south in the bay has been a good spot for some light tackle bait and lure fishing also. Customer Ryan and a few of his family members went out for some fun around Queenscliff and Sorrento using light tackle and soft plastics. Small baitfish and worm imitation plastics caught them their fair share of silver trevally, leatherjacket, salmon, pike and pinky snapper. The bonus for this style of fishing is that no bait is needed!

 

The Gippsland lakes are still fishing well for anglers targeting bream, flathead and luderick. Many bait anglers are doing well on all 3 species, with the odd tailor or trevally thrown in. The Tambo and Nicholson Rivers are producing bream to 40cm on baits of shrimp and sandworm around the boat ramp areas of both rivers. Further down towards Lakes Entrance there have been a few more silver trevally mixed in with the bream and luderick, and they are responding to baits of prawn and sandworm. 

Customer Lucas had a good session on the luderick from the jetties around Lakes Entrance recently. Lucas lives in the area and has no troubles finding the fish, and with a good bag of blackfish like this no one can dispute that! Baits of sandworm, prawn and green weed have been doing the job on the luderick when fished on a float rig. 

 

For the anglers who are keen to stock up on fresh baits for sharks or just get out and strike a few fish, there has been plenty on offer in Westernport Bay. Many of the piers and structures around the port have had plenty of horse mackerel, slimey mackerel, pike, salmon, trevally and mullet around. Baits of fresh squid, pilchard and pipi have been the most effective. Berleying is also a very effective part of the equation for catching these fish.

Staff member Dylan mixed things up a bit, using micro metal jigs to catch bait species from the shore in Westernport bay during the week. Hopping between a few different piers, a number of different species hit the jigs including pike, slimey and horse mackerel, salmon, mullet and even small scorpionfish. Small 7g Searocks worked well when fished with assist hook set ups, on a super light graphite rod and stella 1000 outfit. The light drag capacity of the stella also helps stop smaller fish from shaking metal lures out of their mouths.

If you're in the market for a new high quality spin reel, the shimano Stella FE is certainly one worth considering. Right now we have a limited offer of ONE Shimano Stella 1000FE at $575. Hurry in to see us about your new Stella.

 

Most of the piers and harbours around the area have been holding good numbers of fish and squid for those who want to either collect baits for snapper and gummies or just take the family down to have a bit of fun. Piers worth a look at the moment are; Mornington, Blairgowrie, Warneet, Stony Point and Flinders. Salmon, trevally, whiting, pike and squid are common targets, along with some nice pinkies at times.

Customer Daniel fished from Hastings pier over the weekend using small pieces of pilchard on a running sinker rig to catch silver trevally up to 40cm which he said fought super hard on the light gear he was using.

Customer Yuk fished from the pier at Warneet on Monday where he caught 7 legal size King George whiting on pippies. Yuk fished around the top of the tide and said that small circle hooks were the key.

 

 

There are some good rock ledges around the coastline that have land based access to deep water nearby, however rock ledges can be dangerous to fish for anglers that don't take care. Customer Daniel fished from one of his favourite rock platforms on the weekend to see what fish were about. Using a mixture of different baits, Daniel caught some nice size trevally, salmon and flathead. The most effective bait was pilchard fished on 5/0 Gamakatsu octopus hooks on paternoster rigs.