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western port & eastern ppb with paul worsteling
Paul Worsteling
Dated: 3 April, 2012
Well Easter is upon us and that means two things, chocolate and days off to go fishing!!!! Aside from the chocolate, the fishing is the most exciting thing about this break and with so many destinations that are fishing well at the moment, it’s a matter of where to head. Talking of Easter, don’t forget our massive Easter catalogue that is full of bargains that ends Easter Monday, so get in store now to get your gear. Please click the link further into the report to see the full catalogue.


For those of you staying around home over Easter, 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

And with things hotting up on the Tuna scene down at Portland, we are happy to announce our TUNA TALK NIGHT. It’s a night not to be missed if you want to see all the latest gear, hear the latest tips and hear from the experts on how to land the big ones!


DATE: Monday 23rd April
TIME: 7.00pm
VENUE: Tackle World Cranbourne
COST: $10 includes pizza and soft drinks
Come along to Tackle World Cranbourne for a night of talking Tuna and be entertained by some of the best in the business. There will be tips, techniques, a run down on the latest gear and some super specials only available on the night.
BOOK NOW ON 5996 6500 to make sure you get a seat; this night will sell out fast!

Paul and Jet Reef fished with the IFISH TV film crew off Sorrento late last week. They had a cracker day landing eight species including thumping King George Whiting, calamari, garfish, flathead, toad fish, leather jacket, salmon and red mullet. Pipis were the best bait, berley was essential, and looking at the seals was Jet’s favourite part of the day.


NSW South Coast:
From Batemans Bay to Eden there is a huge range of fishing options to take into consideration. For the offshore guys, the Marlin, Tuna and Kingfish bite is insane at the moment. Fishing the shelf for Marlin and Tuna and Montague Island and Green Cape for Kingies will have your line screaming in no time.
The estuary fishos can expect big Flathead and Mulloway as well as solid Bream and Perch right down the coast.

Mallacoota right through to Lakes Entrance as well as the Tambo, Nicholson and Mitchell rivers are all in good shape with great opportunities to target big Bream. Marlo and Bemm River are going strong with solid Bream and Flathead captures there of late and will be fishing well throughout the Easter period.

Port Albert and Port Welshpool:
Both ports are magnets for good fishing and if the weather is right, the offshore fishing will be magnificent. Jumbo sized Gummy Shark as well as a huge range of toothies will be lurking around, not to mention nice big Flathead off the bottom.
In closer there are good opportunities for Whiting and Flathead by using bluebait and mussels.

Surf Coast:
From Barwon Heads right through to Apollo Bay there are good reports of quality fishing. Offshore the Kingfish and Mako Sharks are in good numbers and from the surf there is plenty to do. Australian Salmon are showing up in good numbers along most surf beaches as well as some solid Gummies. Using pilchard with a surf popper on a patternosta rig is one of the best methods. Don’t forget to throw around a few metal lures, try casting the Arma Anchovy in and across the gutters for good salmon.

Southern Bluefin Tuna are here and in good numbers. Head down and jump on with one of the many charter operators and experience the hard fighting Bluefin. If you are heading out in your own boat and are gearing up, the best lures at this stage are the Tuna Clones and Apex Pro Jet Jnr in the skirts and Bolt Mystique Red Barron and Yo-Zuri Hydro Magnums in the hard bodies.

Lake Eildon would have to be the place to be this Easter Holiday for the freshwater anglers. Trout, Redfin, Yellowbelly and Murray Cod are all in good numbers and many anglers are having a ball with them. Huge numbers of solid Reddies are hitting spinners and hardbodies while the Cod are smashing bigger spinnerbaits. Yabbies, worms and Powerbait are the baits to be stocking up on before you leave.

Wayne Sharrock from Sharkmen Fishing Charters has had a few successful charters over the last week. He reports good numbers of fish being taken on Tuna Clone lures. Clive, Robert and Peter Hiskin landed some nice fish on the weekend to 18 kilo with Sharky.

Customer John Sorotos with a 28kg Southern Bluefin Tuna taken in 300m of water off Portland. The guys landed good numbers of fish in the same area and were stoked with the results.

Regular customer Mike Dennis and a few of his mates fished Portland during the week. As it was his first time there in his own boat he headed towards the shelf and started to troll lures in about 700m of water. It wasn’t long until they hooked up and from the first hook up it was some of the best fishing he has ever had. Mike said they had a few double hookups and caught plenty of fish throughout the day. They got their bag early and released good numbers of fish with the biggest weighing about 25kg. Well done mate and I bet you can’t wait to get back up there and do it all again.


Often referred to as the best 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.

Gerry and his wife headed out on Friday about 4.30pm. They motored over toward Rhyll and from the time their first baits hit the ground it was on and it did not stop until the tide change. They report that the best bait was squid and by 7.30pm they were bagged out. The couple released a huge amount of under sized pinkies and elephants. But from all accounts the fishing was magnificent!

Gawaine Blake from Big Time Fishing Charters fished with daughter Asher during the week. They started at Tankerton for a couple of fresh squid to use for bait, then motored over in 4m of water in the Mosquito channel to target Elephants. Within 5 minutes Asher was hooked up and landed her first Elephant. She was stoked!!! In amongst the elephants they also managed a small Gummy.

Good customer Adam Mehmet fished the spit on Sunday using Black Magic Whiting Snatchers. He fished 4m of water and managed some very nice King George Whiting. Pipi and mussel was the bait of choice and reports there are still plenty of Whiting biting in the port.

Pete Ferguson fished out of Yaringa during the week and hooked a thumping Gummy. The guys dropped it at the boat but estimated it at 12 – 15kg. It took a whole fresh squid which was caught off the Quail Bank earlier that day.

Wally and Gerry headed from Stony Point early Sunday morning chasing Gummy Shark. Wally got this nice gummy caught on a fresh couta and the guys report the were bitten off 3 times by something toothy.

Good friend of the shop Darren “Super Sparky” Payne fished with his wife and daughter during the week and landed some quality Snapper to 4kg. They fished in 12m of water using Black Magic Snapper Snatchers with pilchard and squid for baits.


Solid schools of salmon have been seen by many anglers busting up schools of baitfish during the week. Fish well over 1.5kg have been caught with the majority averaging 1kg. The best method has been casting soft plastics and metal lures into the mayhem and cranking them back as quick as possible. If casting lures isn’t your thing then trolling the outskirts of the bust up is well worth a shot. With school holidays in full swing fishing for salmon is one of the best sports out there, they fight hard, and a lot of it is visual so get the kids out there, and you won’t be able to wipe the smiles from their face once they catch a few.

DJ Marky Mark has been targeting Snapper around Mt Martha out of his Hobie Kayak the past few weeks. Using hard bodied lures he has picked up good numbers of pinkie Snapper to 40cms along with a couple of cracker salmon.

Mark Bolger has been smashing solid squid in close around Mornington using bright coloured jigs. Working the weed beds with size 3.0 jigs seems to be the best method with some thumpers well over 1.5kg caught.

Customer Brian Rinaldi continues to smash the Snapper in Port Phillip Bay this week. He sent us this picture via our fishing report hotline over the weekend. Looks like the Snapper are still well and truly firing in Port Phillip Bay for this Easter period.

Gaff man and father went to Ricketts Point on Wednesday night and fished in 12m of water. They caught 18 pinky Snapper and the average size was mid 30cm. The best baits on the day were silver whiting cut in half.


Aaron Bradley caught these fish on Thursday at Port Welshpool on the outgoing tide in only a few meters of water, using a paternoster rig and pippies and prawns for bait. He reports perfect conditions during the morning session and finished in a beautiful feed.

Good customer Nathan Grimes fished of the beach down at Tamboon Inlet during the week and landed this thumping 4.2kg Tailor. It was caught on Salmon fillet. He also caught some nice Bream while he was there.

Burrum Heads, QLD:
Adam Bloem just returned from a family holiday at Burrum Heads in Qld (between Bundaberg and Hervey Bay) where he stayed in a holiday house and tried his luck fishing in a lagoon literally 5 meters out the back gate. After catching a couple of Tarpon, a Bream and the same Eel twice, the Barramundi starting biting and they ended up hooking 8 large Barra, a couple of them were clearly 1m+ when they jumped close to the bank. Adam and crew landed only 4 with the others either busting off and/or tangling us up in the reeds. A magnificent effort indeed!


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

Mickey Mouse has only four fingers.
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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