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Report 14/3/17

Post by Nicole Penfold » Thu Mar 16, 2017 2:31 pm

We have had a busy couple of months so this is our first report back in a while. Consequently, we have included photos from the last couple of months. It’s been a great fishing period and we have been stoked to see some awesome local fishing with everything from the humble whiting to more exotic blue fin tuna, right on our door step!

So I’ll start by going back a step to give you a bit of a run-down on how things have progressed on the Mornington Peninsula these last couple of months.

As a crowd favourite, the kingfish started early this year, with plenty on offer right from the start of Jan. This was great as it gave an opportunity to plenty of the holiday makers to get out and get amongst them, as over the last 3 or so years, the best kingy fishing has been in later Feb and March. Fish continue to be caught in and around the heads, although these last two weeks, Bluefin tuna have taken the focus of the game orientated fishos.

From as early as December we started get sightings and the occasional capture of blue fin tuna. They started off between Point Lonsdale and Barwon heads, sometimes appearing in the RIP, and for the most part were modest sized fish in schools. These fish were notoriously hard to temp with most of them feeding on what looked like small krill but was often very small, baby arrow squid.

The size and sightings became a bit more regular over the last month up until the last 10 days where we have hit a bit of a crescendo, with some hectic sessions for angler catching fish after fish, most of which have been between 20kg – 35kg. The action moved east with some of the best sessions had off Flinders in the last week where the fish were feeding on pilchard and consequently taking more standard size tuna skirts and lures.

It has been very interesting to see a bit of a return of Bluefin to our waters over the last few years. For most Melbourne fishos it would almost be a dream come true if this became an annual cycle which continued to grow in size and numbers of fish!

Our favourite table species have also been strong through the warmer months. We had good congregations of king George whiting off Rosebud, but there have been good patches right along our bay coastal waters. The Pinnace channel grounds have also been a hot spot, where periodic schools of good whiting have been found.

Squid – everyone loves squid on the peninsula – and this summer has not disappointed with good numbers found with consistency for the whole period. We have had a pretty good run with whether with most weeks over the period offering a couple of days of low wind allowing for some quality squid fishing – slow drifts and a bit of calm to make it easy.

Gummy shark have also put on a bit of a showing, including some nice captures coming from Gunnamatta back beach at night. Without doubt the periods around the full moon have fired well and been a focal point for when anglers choose to target them. This week with a full moon coming will no doubt see anglers out chasing the tasty slabs of flake!

Finally, a land based fisho favourite has seemingly re-appeared in our locals waters and that is the humble garfish! We have had a few years where these funny little fish have been a bit hard to come by but I am happy to report that presently we are seeing good numbers at piers including Dromana, Blairgowrie and Rye. We have plenty of maggots in stock but they have also been taking silver fish.

We'd love it if you take the time to email ( or SMS (0421 359 022) your fishing stories to include in this report!

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Baz Gorman and Jay furniss nailed this ripped while the fish were still off the Bellarine peninsula.

Young Xavier Broomfield getting into a fun little fighter - the silver trevally.

Dean and Stacey fished at Gunnmatta back beach taking a couple of gummy sharks in the evening.

Rip Fishing Charters managed to loose a mako one day, only to hook it the very next - still with the hook from the previous day its mouth!
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The kings started early and have continued right through - still plenty of good fishing to be had on these powerful fish. Fingers crossed they are still going hard at Easter! Paul Anca Barton with a couple from the RIP.

Ben Broomfield with a Lake Tyers special! What a ripping flathead.

Tiger Lee eyeing off a nice meal of peninsula cray!

Luke Marchetti and his mate Adrian Ghitoacia went fishing landing 3 eels and a big redfin. The boys even had a tussle with a monster eel which ultimately snapper their line. Great to see the young blokes out and about having a crack!

Luke's eel.
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