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western port & eastern ppb with paul worsteling
Paul Worsteling
Dated: 29 March, 2012
How great it is to have consistent, good weather and with it, comes many fishing opportunities. Some anglers are heading west for early season Southern Bluefin Tuna, others are trekking east for the hot Marlin bite on NSW’s south coast, and many fishos are staying local and getting stuck into the plentiful numbers of Squid, Whiting and Gummies right here in our very own Westernport and Port Phillip Bay! It seems wherever you look there are great options to catch a fish and with more good weather forecast, it’s worth dropping in to Tackleworld Cranbourne and asking the guys to hook you up with the gear you need.
With the tuna starting to turn up at Portland, check out in this weeks’ report the tuna lures that turned up at the shop this week. Be quick – limited stocks selling fast.
And finally, Cranbourne Tackle World has finished off the trifecta of social media by entering the world of TWITTER!! So for all of you who have a Twitter account, you can now follow us and our tweets and keep up to date with all the latest and greatest things coming to Tackle World Cranbourne. VIP savings, Talk nights, YouTube clips, new products and all things fishing can be followed on Twitter by CLICKING HERE.


Yep it’s nearly Easter already. Don’t forget we are open every day throughout the Easter holiday period, and if you are in on Easter Sunday, we will be conducting an Easter Egg hunt for all the kids at 11.00am.

Thursday 5th April 8am - 7pm
Good Friday 6th April 7am – 6pm
Easter Saturday 7th April 7am – 6pm
Easter Sunday 8th April 7am – 4pm
Easter Monday 9th April 7am – 6pm

PAUL’S FISHING – Tasmanian Highlands

Paul and the IFISH TV crew fished Tasmania last week. They fished from the highlands all the way through to Nugent catching plenty of both brown and Rainbow Trout on fly and lure. A ten pound plus rainbow caught on a wet fly was the highlight of Paul’s trip.

Shimano and the IFISH team have got together to produce the IFISH EGI rod. With two models available, the 802 Landbased and the 762ML, they give you superior casting ability and the perfect taper to work your jigs to their full potential. For more, check out the YouTube clip or drop into Cranbourne Tackleworld and speak to the guys about them.
For the YouTube video CLICK HERE.


Wayne Sharrock from Sharkmen Fishing Charters has started his run of chasing Southern Bluefin Tuna in Portland. He and his crew have had some successful trips so far and Wayne reports fish are in good numbers but are scattered out wide over the shelf. A couple of good days over the last week had the crew easily getting their bag of fish between 15 & 22 kilos.


Often referred to as the best ever tuna lure of all time, we have just secured a shipment of these popular lures that won’t last long.
These skirted trolling lures have a weighted head enabling the lure to be trolled in a dead straight line which makes it easier for the tuna to attack. They have been the talking point of many Portland bound anglers for years and Tackle World Cranbourne has them in stock now. With the shipment only arriving 2 days ago, we have been swamped already by the Charter guys and our regular customers, so be quick; stocks simply won’t last!
There are 3 colours and 2 sizes, 5 ½ inch and 6inch in Midnight Purple, Pink Bits and Green Meanie. These tuna lures are proven fish catchers so come in to the shop or go online at and get yours now.

Gawaine Blake of Big Time Fishing Charters had an offshore charter out of Western Port during the week and landed this very nice School Shark on a big fish bait intended for a Mako or a Bronzie.


After hours of patience and anticipation, everything came together for Eddie Nasser and partner in crime Brooke Neal. They managed to land and release this magnificent 22kg Mulloway and as Eddie puts it, “fish of a lifetime”. It was caught off Corinella on fresh squid.

James sent in his report via the reports hotline. He managed this 20kg School Shark caught near the Bolton Channel on Saturday on squid. He reports it was a great fight and he feels lucky to have landed it on a mono trace.James was fishing in 10m of water.


Dougie Bauer made a rare trip over to Western Port last week and got stuck into some beautiful whiting. It’s great to see Dougie is finally growin;, he’s past the 3’ high mark now! Well done Dougie, nice catch.

Gaff man and his father headed out to the spit and fished in around 4m of water. They landed 1squid, 3 King George Whiting and couple of Leather jacket. They report pipi and squid cocktail was the best bait for the day.

New Tackle World Cranbourne staff member Ivon Irvine fished Tuesday mornings run-out tide and the fishing was tough. He then went back out later that day on the run-in tide and bagged out in a couple of hours. Ivon used squid and pipi cocktail baits using the Black Magic Whiting Snatchers and was fishing in 7m of water. All fish ranged from 38-45cm.

Cam and Paul sent this pic in with a couple of 1.2m Gummy Sharks they picked up at the bottom end of French Island on Sunday. The boys also landed another Gummy at 1m and an Elephant close to 90cm, the best fish for the day was a Gummy estimated at 2m which took a look at the boat and decided to snap off the 60lb leader. Best baits were Squid and Saury on the run out tide.

Kruno Horvatincic managed to land his first ever gummy last Saturday night off Hastings. This fish went a tad over 20kg on fresh bait caught that day.

Big Time Fishing Charters skipper Jake fished the western side banks of the north arm for 16 squid. All squid were caught using a range of coloured squid jigs.


Charlie Micallef fished just inside Port Phillip Heads on the shipwrecks and managed this quality Snapper just before the storm blew in. He was using squid for bait and fishing in around 10m of water.

Staff member Jarrod Day headed out with friends David Higgs and Joe Farr on Wednesday for a spot of fishing around “The Rip”. The boys collected Some Yakka’s and cracking calamari using IKA’s FR02 jigs and Yamashita Naturals before heading into deeper water. After sounding a nice patch of kingfish, the boys live baited for them landing some cracking fish around the 7-8kg range.

Staff members Adam Ring and his much better half Dani headed down to Portsea for a spot of land based squid fishing. They managed a couple of nice squid using IKA and Clicks squid jigs in the natural colours with red foil underbelly.

Regular customers Wendy and Wayne Odgers had a great day on Portsea pier during the week catching some lovely big fat whiting & a nice big flatty. Wendy also said there was lots of little stuff around & some sharks cruising.

Staff member David Kramer spent last Sunday chasing some of the bigger calamari down the southern end of the bay at the moment. While there is plenty of small calamari in 3 – 4 metres of water, he found some larger models in 6m of water about a kilometer off Blairgowrie marina on the run in tide. David said the key was to get your squid jig as close to the bottom as possible and he found the IKA Jigs in the dark purple size 3.0 the most popular jig.


All round nice guy and Tackle World Cranbourne’s Wilson rep, Damian Shaw got out on the Snapper this week and fishing deep off Mt Martha, picked up these two beaut Snapper as well as a nice gummy. Damo said Eden pilchards did the damage as bait and the fish went on the turn of the tide.

We got this report from Simon Rinaldi from Red Hot Fishing Charters and it’s a good reason why it’s worth getting out into Port Phillip Bay and have a go at some quality Snapper. Simon’s dad, Brian landed these fish on Silver Whiting and Pilchard on Sunday in 15m of water.


Staff member Mitch Chapman fished Lake Bullen Merri with his girlfriend Tornz during the week in search of trout. Trolling tassie devils, both flat lining and on down riggers they caught a good number of Rainbow Trout all ranging from 2 to 2.5lb.


Staff members Luke McCredden and Travis Kane had a bit of a road trip and fished the Hopkins River during the week and managed some nice Bream working the snags using Squidgy Wrigglers and Squidgy Bugs.

Scott Bradley from Bermagui has been in the thick of it this week with fantastic fishing right across the board. The boys have been landing solid Kingfish on livebaits around Montague Island as well as some big Blue Eye over the shelf. He reports that Tuna are showing up all over the place and solid Dolphinfish like this 18kg model taken out from Narooma. The Marlin bite is strong at the moment and some quality fish are being tagged and released.


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

Two Melbourne men may face heavy fines after allegedly being caught with 23 Snapper hidden in a concealed compartment in their boat. Late on Sunday evening Fisheries Officers inspected the fibreglass vessel as the men returned it to the Blackrock boat ramp. The men told the officers the only fish on board were the 14 Snapper on the boat’s floor. However the officers decided to search the boat and allegedly had to ask one of the men four times before he moved away from the rear of the vessel. When he did they lifted the carpet and gained access to a compartment under the floor. Inside this compartment were 23 Snapper, five of which were under the minimum legal length of 28cm.
This meant the anglers were in possession of 37 Snapper. The catch limit for Snapper in Victoria is 10 per licenced angler. The vessel and all fishing equipment on board were seized on the spot.

Come on people, let’s not ruin the right and privilege of having such a great fishery here in Victoria.

With the tuna now turning up in numbers out from Portland, Staff member Jarrod has secured some trip dates with both Simon Rinaldi from Red Hot fishing charters and Gawaine Blake from Big Time Charters. If anyone would like to join Jarrod on these trips, you can do so by calling the store on 5996 6500 to reserve your seat.

Trip dates:
Simon Rinaldi
MAY 2nd – 2 seats
MAY 23rd – 4 seats

Gawaine Blake
MAY 9TH – 5 seats
MAY 16TH – 5 seats

Snails have teeth.
Good luck with your fishing and stay safe on the water,
Paul, Cristy, Jet, Mitch, Scott, Adam, Jarrod, Luke, David, Neil, Gary, Travis, Rhys, Ivon, Kallan, Chelsey, Dani, Hans, John, Mark & Dave

Paul Worsteling Fishnet Pro Angler

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