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western port & eastern ppb with paul worsteling
Paul Worsteling
Dated: 2 February, 2012
Well we’ve had some up and down weather this week, but with the Australia Day long weekend, it seems nothing has stopped the keen fishos. We’ve been flooded with reports from all over the place and it’s great to see so many people getting amongst it. The whiting are still going strong and the gummy reports keep getting bigger.
Wow, how popular is the Mako night! All seats are sold unfortunately and we are unable to hold a second night. Instead, we will be holding small group in store tutorials over the next few weeks; details will be in next week’s report. Bookings will be essential.
Due to the popularity of our talk nights, we have decided that our next talk night (on whiting) will be at Mornington Mazda’s showroom which holds 300 people. For those of you that attended our Snapper night there in October, you would agree it is a great venue. Check out next weeks report for the date, guest speakers and some unbelievable whiting specials you will not want to miss.
DATE: Wednesday 8th February
TIME: 7.00pm
VENUE: Tackleworld Cranbourne
COST: $10 – Pizzas and soft drinks supplied
Come along and learn all there is to know about Mako Shark fishing from Simon and our staff:
• Tips, techniques and what NOT to do
• Small workshops on correct rigging procedures, bait presentation, shark handling, cleaning and bagging your catch and much more.
ONE NIGHT ONLY – RECEIVE $50 WORTH OF MAKO TRACES FOR FREE when you purchase one of the Shimano TLD30 or TLD50 IFISH Bluewater combos, Dogtooth 6500 spin combos or a vac sealer to keep your meat fresh. For each combo purchased, you’ll receive two 250lb nylon coated wire Mako rigs valued at $50 for free.


At long last, our VIP membership cards are arriving late next Wednesday and will be launched at the Mako Talk night. For those of you lucky enough to have booked a seat at the night, you will be the first people offered VIP membership and we have some ripper VIP member only specials available on the shark night if you sign up on the night.
For those of you who have put your name on our list, you will receive a separate email next week and your VIP membership will be available in store from next Thursday morning along with all the specials in store. In fact, VIP membership is available to anyone from next Thursday.
TIP OF THE WEEK: Salt-Away Mixing Unit
Use Salt-Away in conjunction with the Salt-Away Mixing Unit to flush your inboard, outboard or jet-ski motors to protect against harsh salt damage and corrosion. Salt-Away breaks down and removes old salt and rust build up with repeated use. For more info go to

Daniel, Daniel, Rodney and Rowan caught this Thresher Shark off Ocean Grove on Sunday. It measured 3.5m from nose to tail.

Matt Cini from Reel Time Charters has been very busy during the week with plenty of Whiting up around the 42-48cm mark. Also Matt has kicked of the first few Gummy Charters with great success, getting fish each trip from 8-17kg and saying fresh bait is the key to it all.

James Markulis went out from Hastings with Gawaine Blake on a guide charter during the week and ended up with 3 nice Gummy Shark. They took fresh yakkas that the boys caught that morning.

Good customer Luke Mellor headed out Monday morning with his mate and brother. They launched from Warneet and were targeting Whiting. They ended up with 60 fish ranging from 32 to 46cm. The best bait was pipi. The guys fished the top of Middle Spit in 7 meters of water, Gentle Annie channel in 5 meters of water and Joes Island in 10 meters of water. On this particular day they reported Joes Island as the pick of the bunch.

Five year old Corey Vincent caught his first Gummy Shark on Tuesday afternoon while fishing with Rod Bradshaw, Rachael Knipe and his sister Chelsea off Corinella. Corey just wanted to catch a shark and he got his wish. The fish was 51 cm partial length with more than enough fight in his tail for this young player!! They finished with four gummys for the afternoon.

Young Luke picked up these nice King George Whiting fishing out of Yaringa. The fish were 38 & 44cm. Not bad for a 12 yr old! Luke won the junior section of the Yaringa whiting comp . He also got 7 Whiting over 41cm. Great effort mate!

Kylie, Ben and Rick had a great day off Tooradin, bagging out on gummys and also catching a heap of whiting. They even had a pod of dolphins swimming nearby. The crew want to thank Mitch at Tackleworld for Kylie's new Nexave rod!

Brayden Marriott caught this 41cm Whiting French Is side of Middle Spit using pipi and squid on Monday fishing the ebb tide.

Darren Mays fished the Middle Spit during the week on a guided tuition charter with Gawaine Blake from Big Time Charters. They bagged out on quality Whiting with some absolute stonkers in the mix!

Customer Mitch headed down to the Western Entrance on Tuesday and landed two Gummy Shark on fresh Silver Trevally. The Gummies went 7kg and 10kg respectively.


Staff member David Kramer fished the Sorrento /Portsea moorings last Saturday for a nice bag of King George Whiting. David reports whiting worm was the best bait by far and berley in a cage on the bottom absolutely essential. David also managed some nice calamari off Blairgowrie and a great feed of scallops in 2.7m of water off Rye, just to complete a nice seafood smorgasboard.

Regular customer and kayak extraordinaire Mark Bolger has been at it again, this time fishing Mornington in the shallows out of his trusty Hobie Kayak. He got a nice mixed bag of Whiting, Pinkies and Flatties with the best bait being fresh squid.

Cameron Edwards, Matt Taylor and Jeff Mcmurtrie fished PPB for a change of scene from Westernport and launched from Mornington at 4am. The guys fished in 3 metres of water and managed their bag of squid using white Shimano Keimura squid jigs. They then went further down to Mt Martha and bagged on garfish. The guys had a great day and had some fun inking each other on the boat...

Jordan Whitford fished with his dad Jason on Monday and managed 14 King George Whiting up to 40cms taken from Frankston to Mt Eliza. Best baits being squid and pipis.

Customer Vince fished straight out from Patterson River in 18m of water. He landed 8 Snapper, a nice Gummy and 5 Flathead for the day. Pilchard and squid baits doing the trick.


Tackleworld Cranbourne staff members Mitch Chapman, Reece Kane, Andrew (Sailor) Hodgins and David Kramer helped out at the Futurefish Foundation Docklands fishing day on Australia Day and had a ball helping 200 kids catch nice bream and mullet. The boys were all surprised at the health of the system and report big schools of mullet are prolific in the area opposite Etihad Stadium, and there’s some thumping bream around the pylons. There’s 200 happy kids out there now who received a free Tackle Rat combo and expert tuition to help them enjoy a future of fishing.

Steve Trembath called in with some great reports of metre plus Murray Cod coming out of the Corowa area throughout the week. Steve has been at it with an assortment of Spinnerbaits and hardbodies and landing a number of fish well over a metre long.

Mia Jones and her brother Harry fished in the Murray River below Lake Mulwala and caught these 3 Yellowbelly on shrimp. Harry also caught a 70cm Murray Cod using a Yabby for bait.


Regular customer Kenny Keyes christened his brand new Nitro rod fishing offshore at Port Welshpool. The Mako he landed was estimated at about 15kg. On closer inspection the Mako had a tag in it, the boys got the info from it and found out that this fish was caught in last weekends comp by Frogley rep Andy Smith!

Cameron Slaninka headed down to Port Welshpool for the weekend targeting Squid. He fished on the channel side of the long jetty in four meters of water using Gancraft jigs. The biggest for the day had a hood size of approx 40 cm and he landed three others just on dusk.

Joel & Steve Xuereb aboard their 659 Stabicraft 'offshore assault', fished at Portland and landed 18 School Sharks in 3.5 hours! Using fresh salmon fillets as bait, the guys kept their bag limit and released the rest! The biggest fish went 25kg. A great effort guys!

Natt sent us through a photo of her personal best Flathead from this week at Lake Tyres. The Flatty went 57cm and she caught it on a 7" Gulp Jerk Shad in pilchard colour.

Jackie, Craig, Thomas, Louise & Mick Nolan from Nowra Hill, NSW, sent us some fantastic photos of their first fishing outing at Greenwell Point wharf. They caught Bream and this beautiful big Flathead. Great stuff guys, and thanks for sharing your first fishing experience with us all.

Staff member Jarrod Day travelled to Arno Bay with a group of Cranbourne Tackleworld customers for a 3 day weekend. The boys fished with Ash Smith from Arno Bay Fishing Adventures, targeting Snapper, Whiting, Calamari and Blue Swimmer Crabs. Their end tally was Snapper ranging 8 to11.5kg taking Lucanus Jigs, soft plastics, Bolt Alive lures and bait. They also managed their bag of Whiting each day and plenty of Calamari and Blue Swimmers. They also caught a nice Hammerhead Shark near the fish pens.


*Weather report courtesy of
Remember; always check the current local weather forecast before heading out on the water.

This new range of Braid that has just arrived at the store is an amazingly thin yet super strong line.
What sets this braid apart from its competitors is the new technology incorporated into the actual fibers of the braid. For the first time in true PE braid they offer a reasonable abrasion resistance which is sure to excite all anglers fishing around any form of structure.
It is also the thinnest braid on the market with the 30lb model being similar in diameter to most standard 20lb braids meaning castability is greatly increased. This is the best braid you can get; make sure you ask our staff about it next time you are in the shop.


Join Paul Worsteling and David Kramer this Friday night for the 3AW Fishing Show at 7.00pm. The boys will be talking about all the best places to go on the summer holidays; join the boys on 3AW 693 AM or listen via the internet at or download the new 3AW iPhone app to listen or record the show. The show is also podcast now and is available from the 3AW website or itunes. And if you have a question, a report or just want to have a chat to the boys, ring them on 9690 0693 or 131332.
The sentence "the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" uses every letter in the English language.
Good luck with your fishing and stay safe on the water,
Paul, Cristy, Jet, Mitch, Scott, Adam, Jarrod, Luke, David, Neil, Gary, Travis, Chelsey, Dani, Hans, John, Mark, Dave, & Jaymie.

Paul Worsteling Fishnet Pro Angler

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