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western port & eastern ppb with paul worsteling
Paul Worsteling
Dated: 15 March, 2012
For what seems to have been an eternity, the windy wet conditions have given us a break and we have finally had a stretch of good weather! The sun was shining and the timing was perfect as the long weekend approached. The excitement was prevalent as many keen anglers from all around were gearing up to hit the water. With all of the reports we have received throughout the week, we can be assured the majority of people had a great long weekend!
The NSW South Coast Marlin bite was hot, the offshore Victorian Kingfishing was on, Portland showed why it is set to be once again THE place to be if you like your Tuna fishing, both our bays provided great Whiting, Gummy and Snapper fishing, and all around the state anglers have been getting stuck into their favourite fish.

The Tackle World Easter Bargain Busters catalogue starts today and is full of some unbelievable specials that will help you enjoy your Easter fishing. Get in-store now as some items won’t last long – Sale ends 9th April unless stock sells out earlier.


Everyone at Tackleworld Cranbourne is excited to announce the launch of our very own YouTube Channel. We will be bringing you tips, product reviews and LOADS of fishing action from our very own staff. We will be putting regular videos up on YouTube and we are giving our Facebook fans the opportunity to tell us what they want to see. If you aren’t fans of our Facebook page, jump onto and LIKE us. It’s VERY exciting times ahead!!!
To kick off the YouTube Channel, we have Trav and Luke giving you a rundown of all our wonderful IFISH clothing available in store or via our website
We have a huge range of IFISH clothing available including t-shirts, hoodies, hats and so much more.
So here are the boys to tell you more………….

Brendan Henderson came into Tackleworld Cranbourne during the week to stock up on supplies for chasing Kingfish including a new rod and reel combo and some Kingfish live bait sinkers. He headed out on Sunday and was rewarded with a magnificent 11kg Yellowtail Kingfish that was about 103cm long and smashed a live Yakka. Brendan fished in 14m of water off Phillip Island.

Darren Kozina and mates headed offshore on Tuesday. Fishing in 70m of water off Seal Rocks, the guys landed this big Mako Shark after setting up a berley drift and sending out a tuna for bait.

Rossy fished down toward the western entrance in about 12m of water during the week and reports a lot of Snapper in the area. They were taking most baits and were also treated to this Elephantfish which took a strip of squid.

Staff member Neil Drummond fished with his family on board with Greg Duncan on Friday. They had an amazing session landing over 70 Whiting up to 44cm. Neil reports that there weren’t too many fish under 35cm. They also managed a dozen Leatherjacket. Best method for catching the Whiting was using pipi and mussel baits on Black Magic Whiting Snatchers.

The one and only Pete Collins had an epic session on the spit on Saturday, bagging out on Snapper up to 3kg. Using pilchard and squid was an effective bait, but Pete said he used Whiting frames to land some of the better fish. He was fishing in only a few metres of water.

Regular customer Pete Ferguson was a proud dad during the week watching his son Luke land his first ever Gummy Shark while they were fishing off Hastings. After a good fight and some quick photo’s, Luke decided he wanted to release the fish to let it grow up to become one of the monsters that cruise the port today.

Staff member Jarrod Day fished with his mate Jimmy on Sunday morning. The boys fished around Tankerton with excellent success on whiting and snotty trevalla. While fishing in 5 meters of water, they managed some cracking whiting on the last two hours of the run out tide with fish ranging 44 to 48cm. On the first two hours of the run in tide, the boys had attracted a school of Blue Warehou, which on their whiting gear provided some sensational light tackle battles. They ended up with 15 Warehou ranging 1 to 2kilos. All fish were taken on Black Magic Whiting Snatchers laced with pipi.

Customer Gaff sent in this report via the Reports Hotline. He and his family fished in 8m of water off Tankerton using a pipi cocktail bait. They managed 12 King George Whiting, 6 Flathead and a number of Australian Salmon, Yakka’s and Leatherjacket.

On Sunday, customer Gerry and his mate Peter headed to Corinella. Peter caught his first ever Gummy Shark and the guys finished with 3 Gummies for the session. They also had a good time catching a number ofAustralian Salmon and Pinkies on pilchard and squid baits.

Chris Ostojic fished the mouth of the Bass River land based on Wednesday afternoon and again on Sunday night. He caught a nice Bream and pinky on Wednesday (both 40cm) using crab for the bream and fresh salmon caught there earlier in the day for the pinky. He then got this Gummy Shark which measured about 60cm on Sunday night with an eel fillet. Chris also reports good numbers of Whiting and Salmon in the area.



8 year old Carl Frieberg from Rye fished with his Dad Brian last Sunday on the drop off at the northern end of Mud Island and landed some great Snapper to 4 kilos and a nice gummy of 7 kilos. Carl used pilchards for bait and fished the run in tide. Brian reports that Carl landed all fish on his own and had the biceps pumping on the gummy – Go Carl!


Staff member David Kramer headed to his favorite whiting spot on Sunday and found the going tough. Blaming the full moon, David persisted through the run in tide managing a few nice whiting to 40cm and some gars and flathead as a by-catch. Pipi and whiting worm worked best.


On Monday, David Kramer hit the calamari and scallops to complete a nice weekend’s seafood smorgasbord. David reports good numbers of Calamari are in the Blairgowrie area at the moment and their size is improving each week. David found the orange and deep purple color IKA jigs the best on Monday in size 3.0, and yes if you look closely, that is squid ink on David’s nose, he got inked! Off Rye, the scallops continue to be in plague proportions. David and his girlfriend Fee got their bag of 200 easily in 3m of water, not venturing any further than 20m from the boat. The bay is truly in good condition!

Good numbers of calamari have been reported from around Mt Martha in close in about 4 metres of water. Some of the squid have been good size and the best jigs have been in the bright green and pink colours.

Matt Boulton from Reel Time Fishing Charters has had another good week with solid catches of Snapper up to 2.5kg. Baits like Tommy Ruff, Silver Whiting and Pilchards have been the most effective.

Customers Chooka and Gobbo hit up Black Rock on Sunday and managed squid, 1 Snapper, 4 flathead, 1 red mullet and 2 pike caught on soft plastics. The guys saw some birds diving nearby so they switched to metal lures and landed 26 salmon. As Chooka and Gobbo said, ”Not a bad day on the water.”


Staff member Luke McCredden headed inland again this week and spent a day chasing Brown Trout. He reports that the Yo-Zuri Pins Minnow was again a reliable lure. Particularly the 50mm Brown Trout colour. With a bit of rain of late, Luke reports the water is flowing pretty hard and fishing is tougher than normal. But there are still fish there to be caught.


Customer Bubba sent us a report via the Fishing Report Hotline showing a magnificent Mako Shark he caught out from Portland on Saturday. He and his crew were trolling for tuna using Bonito coloured Rapala X-Raps and the shark came up and nailed one of those. The Mako went approx. 30kg.

Tuna reports are starting to really heat up. Good numbers of Southern Bluefin Tuna are around and there are some nice sized fish in amongst them. These photos are from Monday and Tuesday and are courtesy of Bob McPherson.

Reports from Scott Bradley form Bermagui have been very good on the Marlin front with many solid fish coming in. This one is a 136kg Striped Marlin caught by Ray aboard the boat Polar Express.

A lot of you fishing Westernport over the last couple of weeks may have encountered a very inquisitive little creature. He’s a local in the port and just wants to know that you’re not keeping undersized fish and is regularly checking fishing licences. Darren sent us a photo of the officer in question.


We’ve just received a shipment of these deluxe 6” Penn filleting knives. With a soft rubber handle grip, they come in a magnificent high impact heavy duty case and include a duel grit sharpening stone. It has a high grade stainless steel blade and is perfect for filleting fish like Whiting, Snapper, Flathead and cutting up your calamari rings.
At an amazing price of $9.99, you can’t go wrong.


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


This Friday on the 3AW fishing show, David Kramer is joined by 3AW news reader Tony Tardio filling in for Paul. Tony is a bundle of laughs away from the news desk and it should be a very entertaining programme. The guys will have all the best reports, fishing news and tips for the weekend. Join them 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 guys, ring them on 9690 0693 or 131332.

Until the Twentieth Century, dogs’ teeth were used as money by Solomon Island natives.

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.

Paul Worsteling Fishnet Pro Angler

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