It seems that some of the kingfish 'crowd' has died off somewhat with the weather over recent weeks, but make no mistake there are still heaps of kingies about. There are no real 'hot spots' but in saying that a little bit of local insight on gear and rigging can pay off. The Rip has been producing fish, along with most of the usual headlands and offshore reefs, and the average size of the fish around is really at present - with plenty of 7 - 11kg fish and a good spread of bigger 'hoodlums' up to 15 or so kg.


Friend of the shop and Victorian EJ Todds representative Mitch fished out from Welshpool just recent in a 'product testing' day trialing some new jig designs and it is fair to say that the jigs did the job. Multiple smokings and fish upward of 10kg along with flat seas made for an awesome session. One of the standouts of the day were 'slow fall' style jigs - and these normally get overlooked by kingfish anglers. The slow fall advantage really comes in to it's own when the fish are a bit unsure or not super aggressive. Slow fall style jigs 'flutter' their way to the bottom like an injured baitfish and spend more time in the strike zone to tempt otherwise uninterested fish. If you are unsure about this style of jig or interested in trying them on the local fish then talk to the guys in store, as there are some good options that are worth a look.

Customer Marty also had another good session on the local kingies, with fish to 8kg out from Phillip Island. Marty fished out around the eastern entrance and got these fish on a mixture of baits and lures, with slow fall jigs working well. The ever faithful squid and yakka baits also got a few fish too.


There have also been some serious salmon moving about amongst the kingfish school as well. Some of the fish have been as large as 4kg, which will have you calling them for a kingfish. The average sized fish have been around a kilo, and have been smashing smaller live baits along with stickbaits and plastics. Customer Frank got into these nice fish that were moving around the rip recently on small metal lures and stickbaits.

 

 

If you're after some light tackle fun in the local estuaries then now is a good time to target a few Silver trevally and salmon. The coolers months of the year are good for these fish and normally by mid winter there are a few of both these species in many local estuaries in the bays around Melbourne, including the Yarra and Patterson Rivers. One of the better places to target the trevally is Queenscliff or the Barwon River near Ocean Grove. By using a light baitfishing or lure setup that you would use when bream fishing you can have a lot of fun on these tough little fish. Baits of pipi, whitebait and prawn are effective, and small soft plastics and vibes also catch their share of trevs.

Customer George sent us a report from the area recently where he chased a few trevally on lures from the boat. Using a mixture of small worms pattern soft plastics and metal vibes, George landed trevally to around 40cm along with a heap of similar sized salmon.