Fishing report for the week of November 2020. Melbourne is still under restriction at the time of putting together this podcast.
The 25km radius from your home limit is currently in place. Though this may change Monday, November 9th. With zero cases trending this week fingers crossed.
I got out briefly myself this week. But didn't get the chance to stay long enough to produce anything more than some tugs from passing mullet at Port Melbourne.However, there's been plenty of snapper action coming in from those who live close enough to get out into the action. Let's see what's been happening in Victoria...
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Port Phillip Bay Fishing Reports
Port Phillip Bay's Snapper season is in full swing - and there's plenty of action being had. Particularly by Boaties. However the wilder weather last week has seen some excellent landbased action being reported too.
To the western area of Port Phillip, Queenscliff Harbour has been producing some great action. With some good catches of landbased Pinkie Snapper, Silver Trevally and Aussie Salmon.
While some anglers used bait successfully it seems Soft Plastic proved to be the weapon of choice.
Again to the West around Portarlington and Clifton Springs activity has been good. Soft Plastics still taking the bulk of catches, with some bait reports there too.
Pinky Snapper up to 53cm and a report of a 4kg Snapper caught off the rocks at Portarlington.
I suspect the reason for the soft plastic success being greater than report bait fishing success is down to the nature of the big blow late last week and into the weekend.
The weather system was moving from the northeast to easterly. This would have really pounded the western Port Phillip Bay area.
During these conditions hunting by sight, rather than relying on other senses, would be effective for predators like Snapper and Aussie Salmon.
Though - it has to be said. Modern soft plastics are increasingly accounting for more and more successful fishing trips for many anglers as opposed to traditional bait.
I put this down to the quality and incredible action developed by lure manufactures. The attention to drop and raise - not just retrieve - being very advanced now.
Indented Head has seen some great squid fishing prior to the big blow. With success reported on Size 3.0 jigs in red and white colour patterns. Some squid hood measurements up to 35cm. Clearer waters should see them back on the bite.
Great to see Compleat Angler out in Dandenong's back open and trading again. Thus their fishing reports are coming in now, too. Which is awesome. I've missed them!
They are reporting Snapper catches from Mount Martha through to St Kilda. Hot Spots include Sandringham through to Carrum, Black Rock and Ricketts Point.
Fish sizes are reportedly good with 3.5 to 5.5kg models being reported. As well as plenty of good-sized Pinkies schooling. With Soft Plastic Lures being the go around Black Rock.
While a lot of these reports are from boaties there's been reports of snapper action of piers like Black Rock and the rocks in the same area.
For the most part, this was in the evening during the recent big blow. At the time surf gear being reported to do the necessary damage in the conditions.
Also, landbased Mornington Pier has seen some impressive snapper catches, too. With Pillies being the bait of choice.
Port Worsteling and his team went on an expedition outside of Port Phillip Bay this week - heading out of Port Phillip Heads. Launching from Marth Cove.
Baiting up with squid they got some yank Flathead on paternoster rigs. Fishing in 35 to 60 metres of water.
They then shot across to Queenscliff and St Leonards where they bagged out on Whiting and took some great squid home.
The fishing reports for Snapper on Port Phillip are so many this week it'd take more time than I have available in the Podcast to list them all in detail. So I'm going to run through them quickly:
Most of the action has been happening from boats in locations off of Altona, Williamstown, Black Rock, Seaford, Frankston, Mt Eliza, Mornington, Portsea and Portarlington and Mordialloc.
Also some reports of flathead and squid off of Mornington.
Landbased there's been snapper caught off Mordialloc Pier, Wrasse off Blairgowrie Pier and squid from Portsea Pier.
Western Port Bay Fishing Reports
Western Port Bay Snapper is still firing beautifully. With many reports coming from customers of iFish.com.au and Compleat Angler Dandenong.
Top spots reported to Compleat Angler Dandenong include North Arm, Joe's Island. Species include Snapper and Whiting around these zones. With traditional baits like Squid, Pippis and Pilchards all taking fish.
Notably, some good Whiting catches at Tankerton bank using a variety of baits including Mussels.
Whiting reports also coming from off of Stoney Point. Being taken on Squid strips.
Whiting also reported around Middle Spit in around 6 metres of water.
Same can be said with Tooradin Channel producing both Whiting and some flathead.
iFish also reports more Whiting being taken off Flinders using pipi and squid for bait.
While in the Flinders area some good Squid has been taken off Flinders Pier.
Gummy Shark lovers will be pleased to note the Gummies are biting. With reports coming in from Point Leo.
Western Port Bay refused to be outdone by Port Phillip with the Snapper reports still piling on.
Top spots include Joe's Island and North Arm, The Corals and Rhyll.
Some more Calamari - or Squid - off of Coronet Bay this week. With some kayakers reporting some fantastic sizes. Along with Gummy Sharks and Snapper.
The Corals has also seen some great Gummy Shark action. As one might expect fresh squid has been the go. A vital ingredient, many anglers have found, when targeting Western Port Gumbos.
Estuary Fishing Reports
Bream have been firing off after the recent rains. With the Yarra, Maribyrnong and Patterson Rivers being the most notable. Soft Plastics being the chosen tackle.
The staff at Compleat Angler in Dandenong suggesting that the flush of water stirs things up and masks tackle errors.
I always find this kind of intelligence on Bream interesting.
Mostly because I'd rate myself as one of the worlds worst Bream fisho's. They really avoid me.
I've always suspected that it was because I smoked and now vape.
I first read way back in the 1970s that Bream are very sensitive to chemical substances on our fingertips. With nicotine being an absolute no-no.
So I almost pray for passing mullet when Bream fishing. Especially if they are being even more reluctant than usual!
In the Gippsland Estuaries, the Bemm River has been producing some great sized Bream up to 42cm.
Along with Flathead and Tailor. All taken from a kayak.
While Lake Tyers has popped out some incredible 97cm Dusky Flathead on 7-inch Bait Junkie Jerk Shads.
The Daiwa Lures really seem to be cleaning up on both fresh and saltwater species this year.
Freshwater Fishing Reports
Trellys are reporting customers are catching Rainbow Trout in Wurdi Buloc reservoir. Rainbows were taken on hardbody lures and flys. Though plenty of action sizes were down on average.
Meanwhile, over the Great Dividing Range, the Goulbourne River in the Murchison area has been producing Yellowbelly on scrubworms as well as small yabbies.
The Nagambie area has seen some Redfin and Yella activity around the Wineries and Chinamans bridge.
More Yellowbelly being taken around the Shepparton Lakes with soft plastics doing the hard work.
In addition, Lake Nillahcootie has some good reports of Redfin and Yellowbelly.
The same goes for Barmah on the Murray River for Yellowbelly on Spinnerbaits. While bait fisho's report Scrubworms and Yabbies are the go.
One of the few places where Murray Cod season being closed isn't affected is Lake Eildon.
While the action is reported to be sporadic there are reports of both Murray Cod and Yellowbelly being taken on Spinnerbaits and Soft Plastics.
Ditto for the Loddon River near Laanecoorie Weir and Bridgewater. Some great action being had in that area for Yellowbelly.
Lake Eppalock has some great reports of Yellowbelly and Redfin currently. Best baits being small yabbies and Vibe style lures.
Closer to Melbourne Compleat Angler Dandenong is reporting some great catches of Rainbow Trout. With Karkarook performing well.
iFish reports yet another stonker Rainbow Trout at Yarrambat Lake.
This is one of Melbourne's stocked lakes.
While reports are usually for smaller numbers it does produce some surprisingly sized trout on occasion.
Hey - want big. How's this for really flippin' big.
A 20kg European Carp out of Dandenong Creek.
Little wonder they call these suckers Mud Marlin. They can grow huge.
Get out there and catch as many European Carp as you can. Getting them out of the water is the goal. These destructive, imported fish are not allowed to be returned to the water.
There are recipes out there for eating them - without the muddy taste. You can use them for fertiliser on your vegetable garden - as I do. Hell - use them as bloody frisbees. Just humanely dispatch them first.