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western port & eastern ppb (int'l report) with paul worsteling
Paul Worsteling
Dated: 15 August, 2011
Fishing Report

Well, what a cracker of a weekend we had and the fishing reports have continued to filter in this week. Plenty of calamari are starting to appear; the salmon are as thick in the Port Phillip Bay as they have been for many years and the garfish have turned up in plague proportions at most piers. There's some nice Gummies coming out of Western Port too. Hope you enjoy the reports this week.

And what a massive night our squid talk night turned out to be. A head count showed 142 of you came along and enjoyed what was one of the best squid talks you could ever attend. A big thank you goes to Corey Green from Fisheries Victoria for his talk on squid. It was a different angle hearing from a squid scientist and an opportunity that rarely comes around. Also thanks to Gawaine Blake for giving away some of his squid catching secrets and a few GPS marks as well.

And even bigger news….the IKA squid jigs finally arrived at 1.00pm last Tuesday in time for the exclusive Australian launch at the squid talk night. We are already getting great reports of captures on the IKA jigs; check out the reports later in this fishing report.

For the 90 people who are on our waiting list for a 2nd Squid talk night, we will be contacting you if we haven't done so already. There are another 60 seats up for grabs; here are the details and please book ASAP as there is definitely no 3rd night.

From the outside, you could be forgiven for thinking that things have been a little quiet in the adventures of Tdogg & Stinga. However, this couldn't be further from the truth. 4 months back a goal was set to catch our first Mulloway by the beginning of the Snapper season. As that deadline nears, the studying, sleepless nights & bait collection has been set to overdrive.

Most nights of the week are set aside to the grey ghost & no estuary is off limits. What we've lacked in fish we've gained in knowledge & a few healthy bream along the way have kept spirits high. After lengthy discussion over a few cosmopolitans a tough decision to split up & cover two rivers at once has been reached. The Mulloway are playing dirty, it's time to fight Mano e Mano.


Facebook friend Arben Jashari let us know during the week that the salmon are running red hot along the beaches of Gunnamatta. The group fished it on Sunday and had a blinder landing 26 salmon between 5 people which were all over 1kg. Best baits were chicken and bluebait.


Beautiful gummies have been caught this week to 8kg fishing in the deep water around Corinella. Best baits have been cured eel and fresh salmon fillets. Good customer Johny Miltos fished in 8m of water with fresh squid and cured eel baits. He landed 3 nice fish with the best weighing 6kg. Along with the gummies he picked up 5 nice sized pinkies and a handful of salmon.

Staff member Mark Keaveny fished Sunday night and based his trip around the low tide change off Stockyard Point. Using squid and salmon baits he managed 2 nice little gummies. Not a bad way to spend a couple of hours.

Anglers Theo and Peter fished in front of Hanns Inlet Thursday (11/8) for a nice bag of whiting all between 35 and 40cm. Reporting via our mobile hotline, the fish took pipi baits and the boys were stoked with their catch of some lovely winter whiting.

Staff member Mark Keaveny and his mate Wayne Wills took advantage of a couple of the warmer nights we had last week and hit the water. With gummies off the beach in mind their goal was to get Wayne a decent sized fish landbased, and that they did. The boys fished for a total of 3 hours and landed 2 ripper gummies, a 3.5kg fish and Waynes new PB of 6.1kg. Both fish took a liking to fresh salmon that was caught earlier during the week.

Matthew reports via our mobile hotline that he fished the Cowes Pier on Saturday night and landed this nice seven gill shark using salmon fillets. There's been a few around the pier of late and it's exciting land based fishing if you have the opportunity.

Port Phillip Bay

Ed Tyminski attended our squid night on Tuesday and couldn't wait to put the theory he learnt that night into practice. Well it paid off. Fishing Wednesday morning off Portsea Pier, Ed bagged out with 10 squid in about 40 minutes. He got all his squid on the new IKA jigs in size 3.5 in UV Blast and when the sun came up he changed to a IKA Monster jig and landed his last squid. Ed is smiling from ear to ear and said the new rod and jigs he purchased have just paid for themselves. Good stuff Ed.

Gawaine Blake from Big Time Fishing Charters has been fishing out of Sorrento during the last week predominantly for squid. Gawaine reports he has bagged out on every charter this week with calamari to 1 kg. He says the 3.5 Yo-Zuri in coral, the 3.5 Megabass UDSL in brown/red and the IKA in dark purple have been the best jigs this week.

Staff member Luke McCredden also took advantage of the awesome squid fishing off Sorrento last weekend and headed out with mate Ron Smith to film an episode of Catch N Cook. Luke and Ron had a ball and bagged out quite easily in near perfect conditions. Best jigs was the sample IKA jigs Luke managed to pry off the other staff desperate to hang on to them.

Staff member David Kramer headed down to Blairgowrie jetty last weekend and reports the salmon are in big numbers down there. Using squidgee flick baits, David managed a nice bag of salmon ranging 500g to a kilo. The fish are either side of the jetty and also out in front of the wall and David reports there were several boats trolling and doing very well. A reminder that fishing is not allowed on the Marina side of the jetty so please only fish where it is legal to do so.

Robin Seal reports via our web site that both piers have been producing garfish in numbers he has not seen in many years and some good size fish amongst them too. Robin also reports the Gars are at Mornington and that squid are still in great numbers off bird rock at Mt Martha.

Just for something different Jarrod ventured to Frankston Pier early on Monday morning again in search of gars. Once again Jarrod caught them in good numbers but found them to be a little more challenging. Maybe this had something to do with the tide considering he was fishing an hour earlier. All in all, Jarrod did well using the same techniques as the day before.

Staff member Jarrod headed down to the Seaford Pier Early on Sunday morning in search of garfish. In flat glass conditions, Jarrod fishing the last of the flood tide on first light catching a good bag of gars in just an hour's fishing time. Jarrod found most success came when using the Instinct Garfish pre-tied rig in conjunction with the Bait Mate pre-mix berley. While Jarrod also had a variety of baits including prawns and maggots, he found that the Silverfish was the most preferred bait taken.

A few nice Snapper have been caught this week with regular customer Cam Bice having a crack and landing a nice early season red of about 2kg. Fishing in 16m off Carrum he landed 1 Snapper then went in close around Frankston and landed 5 squid. Great day on the water and it won't be long until the silly season begins.

Abundant numbers of pinkie Snapper are about off the shallow reefs around Rickets Point through to Black Rock. Best methods have been drifting over reef sounding up schools of fish and cast soft plastics and vibe over them working them back to the boat. Some cracker fish to about 2kg have been caught with majority being under 1kg. There have been some good schools of salmon pop up but they are very spasmodic with some days there on, busting up schools of bait with plenty of birds working, then other days nowhere to be found.

Keysborough angling club lined the banks of the Werribee River last Sunday on a very cold morning. 14 members fished with a total of 24 bream caught. Heaviest bream weighed 750grams caught by Dave Jacobsen, 2nd was 680grams caught by Graham Simester and 3rd was 660grams by Theo Galanos. Most fish were caught on pod worm, and a couple on fresh water yabbies.


Jess Bennett reports via email that she landed a nice 45cm Brown Trout in Lake Eildon last weekend. The fish took a trolled Tassie Devils and by the look on Jess' face, she had a ball catching this very nice fish.

Steve Thomas reports via our mobile hotline that he fished around Potters Point during the week and landed a nice 2kg Brown while flatline trolling tassie devils in the red and gold color. He also caught salmon downrigging at 10 meters on the same colors.

Staff member Pete Garbs also walked the banks of Bullen Merri during the week with nothing but a fly rod in hand. Although the fishing was tough he did manage to land a handful of small trout on wet flies the best being a Tom Jones. He also lost a couple of cracker fish estimated at 5lb on glow bugs.

Angler Trevor Beach fished Lake Mulwala during the week and landed this monster 126cm Murray Cod estimated at 100lb. Trevor was fishing from the bank and caught the fish on a spinner bait. Nice Cod!


Basketball star David Gruber took some time off after the NBL season and headed home back to America. While he was home visiting the family he did manage to sneak out onto Lake Michigan with his old man. They landed a 10lb King salmon, a couple of Coho salmon and a nice sized Steelhead trout ( Rainbow Trout). He is now back in Australia, getting ready for the up-coming NBL season playing for the Wollongong Hawks. Good luck for the season.

Greg Duncan has just returned from a trip to Alaska fishing the Kenai River. Greg landed a beautiful 50lb King Salmon, his first ever on a flatfish lure drift trolling. He broke the rod on hookup but 30 minutes later and following the fish 2km downstream, he landed the beauty, well done Greg, nice fish.

We received a text via our fishing report hotline this week from Steve Margetts who decided to shoot over to Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown NZ for a little trout fishing. Steve's son Jack caught a nice 48cm brown and although not thick n fast, the fishing was good fun. Steve reports he kept a couple of these size fish for a feed and they were delicious.

Weather for Melbourne
Remember; always check the current local weather forecast before heading out on the water.

New Product:
We have just received our first shipment of 1000 EXCLUSIVE IKA jigs just in time for calamari season. These jigs were launched at our Squid Talk night on Tuesday night and almost half our stock was SOLD on the night. In fact the crowd around the jigs was something like a Boxing Day sale at Myers. You will have to be quick to get your IKA jigs as once we sell out, the next shipment won't be here until September.

Product Description
Ika Jigs have been designed by Australian's for Australian calamari. The staff at Tackleworld have extensively tested these jigs over a two year period to produce one of the leading jigs in the country.
There are two styles of IKA available: Monster and UV Blast.

Monster contains a specially formulated skin that emits a red hue at a depth of 1 meter which is highly appealing to calamari. A unique skin that is not found in any other jig world wide.

UV Blast's skin on the other hand reacts with UV light to create an infrared thermal image within the skin. Calamari hunt using this thermal image making this jig extremely popular amongst anglers.
Available in size 2.5, 3.0 and 3.5

Fishing Charters:

Squid Fishing With Gawaine Blake.
Staff member Jarrod Day is fishing with Gawaine Blake from Big Time Fishing Charters teaching you all things to know about squid.

Date: Sunday 21st August

Seats available so for more information contact the shop on 5996 6500

We just got a call from Alex Julius regarding how good the Barra fishing is up north at the moment. His Arnhemland Barramundi Nature Lodge has some HOT AUGUST specials at the moment. If you are interested, click on the link below to see just how good the Barra fishing is and get up there.

Click here for more info on the Barra trips available during August

IFISH with Tackleworld - on ONE this Sunday

Epsiode: Date: Destination:
18 Sunday 14th August @ 5.30pm Exmouth, WA

I am back in Exmouth with Casey Stoner and the weather has to be seen to be believed. We try our hand at reef fishing and get some serious results. Can we work our way through all these fish to finally land a Red Emperor?

Epsiode: Date: Destination:
6 Sunday 14th August @ 12.00pm Arno Bay, South Australia

Please check your TV guide for your local times.

On TEN this Sunday

This week's episode on Ten starts with a bit of backyard cricket with Australian Cricketers John Hastings and Cameron White. After taking a classic catch, it's off to Arno Bay's Snapper grounds to take a few more. The boys get to use lures, while I try to catch a monster red on a SPANNER!!

Cristy and I even take a dip with a beautiful school of Bluefin Tuna.

Useless Information:
A cat has 32 muscles in each ear

Good luck with your fishing and stay safe on the water,

Paul, Cristy, Jet, Mitch, Scott, Adam, Jarrod, David, Ray, Neil, Gary, Pete, Chelsey, Luke, Kallan, Hans, John, Mark, Dave, Chris, Jamie and Rentlo.

Paul Worsteling Fishnet Pro Angler

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