|western port & eastern ppb with paul worsteling
Dated: 12 July, 2012
A big report this week, which is amazing for mid July in Victoria; a reflection of the number of anglers that hit the water with the beautiful weather we had last weekend. Gummies dominate the Western Port report this week, while in Port Phillip Bay, the whiting bite continues and the calamari are in good numbers. The surf and the lakes are all fishing well too, enjoy the report and we hope you are inspired to get out there and enjoy the great fishing Victoria has to offer this time of year.
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It seems that the tuna season is all but slowing at a rapid pace and while that may be so, those that continue to head out are seeing more fish than they are catching. While the fish are still about busting the surface, catching them has been challenging as the fish have only eye’s for the baitfish they are feeding on.
If you’re still keen on catching a blue fin, it is imperative that you pick a break in the weather and head out trolling smaller lures. Christmas tree skirts, Richter Jelly Babes and Micro Uzi’s are hot choice at the moment.
Leigh Jarrett from FACEBOOK said that he smashed the tuna over the last 3 days while fishing out of Port Fairy. On Thursday he had 25 hook ups for 15 fish, on Friday had 10 hook ups for 5 fish and on Saturday managed 6 from 6. It seems if you’re looking for Tuna, Port Fairy is the place to go.
Melissa Magilton posted on our FACEBOOK page that she nailed some nice blue fin on Friday. The fish she caught measured 90cm to 1 meter in length weighing 17kg’s. She kept 2, tagged 3 and dropped 1 along with having 3 miss hits. All fish were caught in 80 meters of water due South of Warrnambool. The bite time was on the high tide change in the afternoon.
RYE OCEAN BEACH:
Justin Felix from AFN has been at it again this week walking and spinning the sandy ocean beach at Rye. Justin fished with his mate Rob Maya and together the boys had a blast casting metal slugs into the breaking waves. By the end of their session, they had successfully caught and released a quarry of salmon.
Gunnamatta surf beach is still delivering some nice salmon for those thinking of heading down. If there was a beach to pick, this is certainly the one. Anglers have been doing very well when fishing the rising tide with some fish going a respectable 1.2 kilos. Most of the larger fish have been caught by those spinning with metal lures. For those bait fishing, blue bait and pipi have been the most productive baits used.
With the onset of strong winds over the past week making fishing Western Port a challenge, few anglers hit the beach last week and headed to Kilcunda. John Peterson did just that and fished early in the morning on Saturday to manage some nice salmon all around the kilo mark. All fish were caught using blue bait.
For those heading down the West Coast the surf fishing has been quite productive. The stand out beach has been Jan Juc with lure fishing the most productive. Anglers fishing the last of the run in tide until two hours after the high have had best results. Metal slugs in the 25-35g range have been highly successful.
Shaun Futiere from Think Big Fishing Charters had some very good sessions this week. In search of Gummy Sharks, Shaun has put his clients onto plenty of good size fish. Shaun has been fishing a few different locations around the Port and found the gummies to be quite plentiful.
Client Des from Thorpdale managed this nice gummy while fishing with Shaun last Friday night along with another fish around the 7kg range.
On Tuesday night Shaun put client Kathy onto another nice fish in almost freezing conditions.
This past week has been nothing but a prime time to target gummies and although the weather has been hard to dodge, just heading out has often proven productive. The tides earlier in the week were very good gummy tides and as we head closer towards the weekend they are beginning to slow but still the gummy fishing should be good until early next week.
Most of the fish caught have come from the shallow flats on the rising tide where they have been actively feeding. Some of the fish caught this week have been full of small and large sand crabs, a testament to feeding on the shallow mud flats. For those heading out, try fishing the top end of the Port adjacent to Bouchier and Boultins channels, Corinella and Balnarring areas.
Land based anglers have also been doing well as plenty of Gummy Sharks have pushed in close to scavenge for crabs. Those fishing from the shore should concentrate their efforts around Corinella, Tenby Point, Grantville and Stockyard Point being the prime locations.
We received a report on our Fishing hotline from an angler that had some good success while fishing from Stockyard Point on Monday. Fishing the run in tide he managed this nice gummy.
Regular customer Stuart Dwyer fished from the beach near Grantville with his mate Shaun. The boys fished in the pouring rain during the week and although were bitterly cold, stuck it out managing a handful of Gummy Sharks. They kept two for the table releasing the rest. Freshly caught yakka was the most productive bait.
This would be the last fish you’d see being the dead of winter and all, but still the reds come on the bite now and again and we guess you just have to be on the water to be lucky enough to catch one. This week one angler kindly sent in a photo of his catch while fishing out from Joes Island. Using pilchards for bait he managed this nice 11lb Snapper.
Customer John Moss fished the Top End of Western Port last Saturday night with good success. Fishing the last of the run out tide John managed a nice Gummy Shark. The fish took a squid bait. John also managed another gummy on squid as well.
PORT PHILLIP BAY:
SORRENTO / ST LEONARDS:
Matt Cini from Reel Time fishing charters has also been doing very well in the Sorrento area this week.
Matt has had consecutive trips with plenty of whiting and calamari being caught. On Thursday Matt had a social fish and produced a nice bag of both squid and whiting then commenced three different charters and had excellent success on big numbers of whiting over at St Leonards. Matt also found some larger fish in the Queenscliff, Sorrento and Pt. Nepean areas with a squid and mussel cocktail bait being deadly.
Matt said that the fish went well on both tides with a paternoster and running sinker rig working well.
Despite some slow fishing at times, the numbers of garfish that have been hanging around the Blairgowrie pier of late has been staggering. Anglers fishing for them have been doing very well in calmer conditions when the fish have been schooling up. The most effective technique has been to use a light pollard berley trail mixed with fish oil. Silverfish baits have been working well when threaded onto a size 12 long shank hook and suspended under a float.
The Mornington pier is consistent with good catches of calamari this week. Though it has been rough at times, some of the best fishing has come from the smaller boat ramp jetty. Anglers have been casting jigs amongst the boats and doing quite well. The most consistent colour has been a gold foil belly. There have also been some good whiting and garfish also caught.
The Frankston pier has stepped up a notch this week with good numbers of garfish being caught. The top of the high tide has been the most productive time to fish with silverfish and small pieces of peeled prawn working well. A berley trail is required to bring the fish to your immediate fishing area.
Small size 12 long shank hooks have been securing a good catch as some of the fish have been of smaller size.
The salmon have been in good numbers around the mussel farm and Black Rock area over the past week. Anglers have caught them while casting metal slugs and soft plastics into the bubbling masses but trolling small hard body lures has also been productive along the edges of the reef in 10 meters of water. There have also been some good flathead caught by those tossing plastics around the Beaumauris area in 4 meters of water. Some fish caught have been up to 50cm.
There has been some fantastic fishing for Snapper in the Geelong/St Helens area over the past few weeks with a few anglers catching and cracking fish.
Some of the fish caught have been of exceptional size with plenty ranging 5 to 7kg’s. Last week one angler managed a nice 7.1 kg Snapper and a 6.4kg model in the same session. Other anglers report catching solid fish in the same area.
CASEY FIELDS, CRANBOURNE:
Just prior to the school holidays commencing, DPI stocked a range of lakes around Melbourne with Rainbow Trout, one of which was the local Casey Fields in Cranbourne. We have had dozens of reports from anglers that have been fishing there over the past two weeks of how good the fishing has been. There are still plenty of fish available and if anyone is heading own that way this weekend, be sure to drop in and grab some Berkley Powerbait. as this is the most effective bait to use.
Marc Ainsworth from DPI fished Lake Burrumbeet, west of Ballarat, on Sunday and landed a 1.4 kg Rainbow Trout on pink Berkley Powerbait. Fisheries Victoria recently stocked Lake Burrumbeet with 10,000 Rainbow Trout yearlings, which should be a good size in 12 months time.
Staff member Jarrod Day headed off to the snow for a week’s holiday and managed to get out on Lake Eildon for a day’s fishing with his family. While the conditions were almost freezing, they trolled the edge of the lake from Goughs Bay to the Howqua Inlet. Although it was challenging to keep the kids entertained, they did mange a few trout to pass their boredom. Most successful lure was the Yo-Zuri BWTR 70mm Pins Minnow.
Cod be praised! – Reintroduction saves the Trout Cod
New research has found that a re-stocking program has successfully re-established the Trout Cod (Maccullochella macquariensis) in the Ovens River, turning around its localised extinction and giving hope for the future of the species.
A research paper on 10 years of re-stocking, written by the Department of Sustainability and Environment’s (DSE) Arthur Rylah Institute (ARI), has just been published in the CSIRO journal "Marine and Freshwater Research" and is available at http://www.publish.csiro.au/paper/MF12034.htm
ARI Fish Ecologist Jarod Lyon said: “This research shows that, thanks to the re-stocking program, the Trout Cod has come back from the verge of extinction in the late 1980's to now having a naturally reproducing, self sustaining population in the Ovens River as well as at other sites within its former range.”
“The success of this re-introduction into the Ovens River is extraordinary, considering that the main factors that had contributed to the Trout Cod’s decline were still present in the river while the re-stocking was carried out,” Mr Lyon said.
“Trout Cod fingerlings have also had to contend with a drought, sedimentation, man-made barriers to migration and introduced fish like carp and redfin.”
“A significant factor in the recovery of the species has been that while the re-stocking was undertaken, there has also been a concerted effort to reduce the impact of those problems on the fish, and this has been supported by the local community that have become increasingly aware of the importance of a healthy river, and the benefits that it can provide.”
“In the Ovens catchment, a large proportion of such work has been delivered by the North East Catchment Management Authority (NECMA) under the Victorian River Health Strategy.”
“The net result of these management actions has been that the condition of the Ovens River has improved, and hence provided the environmental conditions suited to Trout Cod recovery.
“The research has found that the re-introduction of the Trout Cod in the Ovens River has been a great result for the species within the targeted area, although the species is still in trouble across other parts of its range.”
The Trout Cod is listed as a Threatened species in Victoria under the Flora and Fauna Guarantee (FFG) Act, and cannot be taken from the water by anglers.
The Victorian Government has a responsibility under the Wildlife Act 1975 and the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988 to protect threatened species. These animals and plants contribute significantly to the biodiversity of their ecosystems. The knowledge we acquire about these species helps us to then take the on-ground steps needed to ensure their survival.
NEW PRODUCT: STRADA “BADGER” 40
What’s a fishing report without letting all you keen anglers about something new and innovative in fishing. We all know that there are more lures available that you can imagine but STRADA has just released their newest addition to an already impressive lure line up.
Just released, the new STRADA “Badger” 40mm diving hard bait is the new weaponry in bream and perch warfare. The lures are a small diving hard body lure ideal for bream, flathead and perch both in the snags and on the flats. The colour range is extraordinary offering more natural looking baits estuary fish just can’t refuse. These lures are fitted with extra strong split rings and 2 x strong trebles, ideal for pulling hard fishing fish from the snags.
With some hot fishing in Gippsland at the moment, these lure will prove they are a worthy addition to any estuary anglers tackle box.
OUT OF TOWN:
Regular customer David Wright ventured down to Inverloch in search of salmon last Friday. Dealt with some cracking weather, Dave fished the entrance with his dad and brother. They boys had some unbelievable fishing with multiple hook ups occurring consistently. Dave said it was a fish a cast for most of the afternoon. They all used different soft plastics including atomics, gulp and z-man with the same results. Atomic pearl white was David’s first choice and it did get the first hits. Most fish were around the 1kilo mark with a number of fish into the 2kg range. The biggest was this one nudging 6lb (2.7kg).
Frank Milito from East Gippsland Charters emailed in a report after doing a little research around Lake Tyers this week. Frank said that the bream fishing has been nothing but spectacular in the middle section of the Nowa Nowa arm. The most effective technique has been to cast and retrieve metal vibe lures once you have sounded a good patch of fish. His best results have come from both purple and black coloured vibes.
Land based anglers have also been doing well when fishing with peeled prawn baits on a running sinker rig with a number 2 bait holder hook getting great results. The bream being caught are of good size with the odd Luderick also taking baits. The entrance is still open and the lake is tidally affected.
Stuart Hindson from Aussie Fish Estuary Adventures has had a great week while fishing out of Mallacoota this week. On one trip with clients Dave, Dazza and Mark the boys had some exceptional fishing managing to catch and release 45 bream to 44cm along with the usual by-catch of flatties, trevs, Tailor and salmon. All the boys got there PB's which is great to hear. Stuart said that the majority of fish caught were spread throughout the system from Gypsy to Fairhaven.
NSW SOUTH COAST:
Staff members Adam and Luke made the long trip to Narooma for a few days earlier in the week. The boys managed to cruise offshore for a couple of days and had a play around the many reef systems around the coast. Lucanus and slow jigging was the main plan and turned out to be a pretty good call. Morwong, Snapper, big leatherjacket and a bucket load of other various species all couldn’t get enough of the jigs. Lucanus jigs in 100g were the go to in Chartreuse/White and Green/Chartreuse, while Luke also tried a few of Shimano New Zealand’s bottom ship jigs in 135g in the GLOW colour for great results as well.
Jane Groves, the better half of Tony from Mornington Mazda is over in NZ and had a ball fly fishing the Hatepe River which flows into Lake Taupo. Jane and Tony are with renowned guide David Wood who got Jane onto a very nice 3.5 pound rainbow, which was released after a quick pic. It was Jane’s first wild trout on fly, and from all reports, she is now hooked on fly fishing.
Good luck with your fishing and stay safe on the water,
Paul, Cristy, Jet, Mitch, Scott, Adam, Jarrod, Luke, David, Neil, Gary, Rhys, Travis, Chelsey, Dani, Hans, Ivon, Mark, Dave and Kallan.
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