Report 14/11/17

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Mordialloc Vic 3195
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Report 14/11/17

Post by Nicole Penfold » Thu Dec 21, 2017 11:07 am

It really feels like the fishing has kicked into gear. There has been plenty of action on the squid front, sporadic captures of whiting and the snapper have started to heat up on our favoured grounds at Mt Martha and Mornington.

As most keen anglers would know there has been some fantastic fishing in the far north of the bay where St Kilda to Brighton has fired in a major way over the last few weeks. Interestingly, general consensus would be the Westernport has been slower in the early stages of the season this year. Closer to home, we have seen a bit of action on our local grounds without it being red hot. The next four or five weeks however has generally proven in the past to be the best snapper fishing of the year if you want to fish in the south end of the bay. December is often a cracker of a month off Mt Martha. Try 16m or moving further out to 22m.

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One of our customers Jim, had a ripping session about two weeks ago off Mt Martha where he managed two stunning fish, one over 9kg! Classic sth bay fish.

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Jarrod Day has been fishing with mates as well as deckying on board Matt Cini's Reel Time Fishing Charters. The boys have focussed their efforts around Williamstown where there has been a significant number of larger fish and a consistent bite. On the other side at Carrum and Mordialloc the bite has been more challenging, most fish coming from 16m and 20m of water. Jarrod mentioned that you can guarantee a bite when the big ships go past!
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Chris Cassar having a cracking season fishing a lot around St Kilda and Brighton for these fish. In recent days however, Chris has found good success from Carrum down to Mornington.
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Squid fishing is never far from the heart of those residing on the peninsula and this Spring has been a good one with plenty of squid, in all sizes, around for everyone to catch including those in both boats and land based. For you bigger models focusing off Sorrento has been key this year where there have been good size cala holding on their eggs – often visible from the surface of the water if you look carefully. However, there have been plenty of mixed models all over the place – Portsea, Tootgarook and Safety beach also seeing plenty of squid on the weedy areas.

Land based on the piers we have had gars and plenty of slimey mackerel these last few weeks (which hopefully is a good sign for the upcoming Kingfish season)!

On the kingfish front - it is certainly looking good this year! There have been schools of fish at docklands, rat kings in westernport and a plethora up the coast to Merrimubula etc. We thinks good things are coming to the Mornington Peninsula... Get ready for a big, gear busting season.

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Sam Novello and his family have certainly been on the big breeding squid over the last month

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Whiting fishing has been a bit up and down but that can be a bit typical of this time of year. Fish can often go super early, like before dawn and then shut down. Mind you, we have also seen some good captures in the middle of the day – Sam Novello being one of those who has had some good success on the local grounds. As always with whiting the trick is to keep moving – usually a day dedicated will still see you come home with a decent bag of fish.

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Andrew Moffa Moffat and Co had a gummy session to remember while fishing off shore.


For more info drop in and see us at Peninsula Compleat Angler, 11 Boneo Rd in Rosebud, Victoria. Ph: 03 5981 1994.

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