|port phillip north & beyond with brenton hodges
Dated: 12 August, 2012
|Some decent squid are starting to congregate in the shallows with some showing up at Altona and Point Cook. |
PORT PHILLIP NORTH & BEYOND...10th August 2012...Report #122
The weather has turned bitter and cold over the past week, but as is often the case, those who persist continue to reap rewards with a variety of fish still on offer across Port Phillip and beyond.
LOCAL TIDE TIMES (WILLIAMSTOWN)
DATE / HIGH / LOW
Saturday 11th August – 9:14am (0.83m) / 2:45pm (0.46m)
Sunday 12th August – 10:03am (0.81m) / 3:22pm (0.50m)
DATE / PHASE
Friday 10th August – Last Quarter
Saturday 18th – New Moon
Always be sure to double check the local weather forecast and tide predictions before heading out on the water.
|Reel Time Fishing Charters continue to do well on the whiting across the southern end of Port Phillip. |
PORT PHILLIP BAY
Andre Lindsey from Melbourne Fishing Charters reports pinkie Snapper to 48cm have been taken in numbers off Hampton Beach. Charter skipper, Captain Vlad, has been doing well on soft plastics over the past few weeks while fishing from his tinnie.
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In recent weeks, Ryan Scarborough from Noel Clarks Tackle Bar and Adrian Fernando have been securing regular bag limit catches of squid from Point Cook. The boys have found green, brown and white colour pattern jigs to be the most productive, particularly in the smaller 2.5 to 3.0 size range.
Similarly, George Gabriel and his father, Con, have also been amongst the squid on the western reefs of late.
George says a good place to try is anywhere you can see broken ground in about 5m of water between Altona and Point Cook.
According to Matt Cini from Reel Time Fishing Charters, the southern end of the bay is absolutely on fire with excellent bags of King George Whiting to 44cm still on the go at St Leonards, Queenscliff, Point Nepean, Portsea and Sorrento.
Rather than heading directly for a cluster of boats, Matt suggests searching for sand holes amongst the weed or perhaps even out a little wider, which is where many of the larger whiting have been congregating.
Fresh squid, cut into thin strips, is without a doubt the best bait, followed by Californian squid and fresh mussel - even though it can be difficult to keep in on the hook. Mashed up pilchards is hard to beat as berley.
|Damian Frazzetto snared this bream on a blade while fishing from the beach at Werribee South.|
Ryan Scarborough says plenty of Yellow-eye Mullet have been taken on raw chicken in the Maribyrnong River over the past week. If it’s a little slow, however, a little berley is generally all that’s required to get them going.
Some decent bream have been showing up around Footscray Edgewater with live baits, including Bass yabbies and tube worms, producing the goods. Ryan also indicated that a substantial Mulloway was landed by a lucky angler fishing under the Afton St Bridge recently.
Damian Frazzetto finally snared his first bream on a lure while fishing from the beach at Werribee South. Casting a small blade into the main boating channel, Damian managed to coerce two bream of about 30cm in length after they refused his live bait offerings. He also confirmed anglers fishing from the nearby pier and floating jetties have been picking up quite a few bream on bait in recent weeks.
|Justin Felix and the crew from AFN found plenty of salmon at Wild Dog Beach. |
Justin Felix and the crew at AFN spent the weekend surf fishing at Wild Dog Beach where plenty of salmon were caught during the morning rising tide. Juz says most were taken on red and yellow surf poppers laced with either salted blue bait, a strip of squid or salted pencil mackerel.
Numerous double hook ups were encountered on dual paternoster rigs, though once the tide turned, GT-BIO (40-50g) metal slugs received the most attention on salmon averaging 500g to 1.2 kilograms.
Brad and Mike Hodges spent last weekend down at Lake Tyres in search of bream on lures. Arriving just prior to lunch on Friday, Brad says it was slow going initially, until they found a few fish amongst the snags on the edges.
The following day produced the hottest bite with most fish succumbing to Berkley 3B Puppy-Dog hard bodied minnows. Considering it is the middle of winter and the water temperature just 10-11 degrees, the fishing was exceptional.
Though the bite slowed somewhat into the final morning, more than seventy bream were caught and released throughout the weekend.
Karkarook Park Lake
John Regali and his son Joey fished Karkarook Park Lake where Rainbow Trout have been take in good numbers on maggots or corn under a float. The regular use of berley has helped the boys trigger these fish into feeding mode.
John also mentioned some serious carp to 8kg have proved a real handful on light gear over the past few weeks especially, which is somewhat surprising for mid-winter.
|Lake Tyres really turned it on for Brad and Mike Hodges. |
Nick Whelan and a few mates from the Ballarat Sport and Game Fishing Club fished Lake Burrumbeet over the weekend, but unfortunately the big trout failed to show up. Nick mentioned that there were a few rainbows to 4 lb taken by others fishing nearby with blue bait.
Nick also reports that young five year old, Nikita Cook, managed to haul in a small carp while fishing alongside her father, Jamie. Estimated at roughly 1-1.5kg, this fish was taken on just 4 lb line. Nikita was very proud to have landed it all by herself!
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|John Regali and his son Joey fished Karkarook Park Lake where these rainbow trout were taken on maggots or corn.|
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