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.

 

 

The 90 Mile beach has been fishing quite good for a variety of species recently. The section of beach from McLoughlins right down to Lakes Entrance is normally good over the warmer months of the year for species like tailor, trevally, flatties, gummies and also bigger sharks. During the cooler months of the year the salmon and mullet are quite good along the beach.

James Rogers from Unreel Fishing Charters has been fishing from the beach where he has seen the odd salmon to 4kg, along with some good shark fishing. James managed to land 2 Bronze whalers from the beach recently, with both weighing around 30kg each. James' mate Tom has also had a good run with some cracker flatties up to 80cm from the beach too. Further back in the inlet around Port Welshpool, there have been gummies to 10kg in good numbers, along with the odd large snapper. Best baits have been freshly caught squid and salmon.

 

The beaches West from Phillip Island have still been producing plenty of salmon, with most fish weighing around a kilo or so for many anglers. The beaches like Kilcunda, Venus Bay and Waratah Bay have all been good.

Customer Radu has been catching some good salmon from the shore around the area over the last week, the shoreline around Sandy Point and Wilson's Promontory has been best for him, with some of the larger models weighing over 2kg.

The more successful lures have been river2sea sea rocks and also squidgy flickbaits when the bite slows down.