With the start of restrictions being lifted on movement imposed by Melbourne's COVID lockdown.
It's great to see fishing starting to come back!
There are some reports this week from both regional Victorian and Metropolitan Melbourne.
The first time for many, many months.
Looking forward towards many more this Summer!
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Port Phillip Bay Fishing Reports
Much like Western Port, the Snapper season is underway in Port Phillip Bay.
With COVID restrictions starting to ease in Melbourne we're starting to see an increase in fishing reports.
Man is that welcome news!
Even with the 25km limit on travel this week people are starting to get out and in amongst the action. For myself, being in the North Eastern suburbs, Port Phillip Bay access is limited to a very narrow area. So I'm certainly looking forward to a continued easing of Coronavirus restrictions.
There's simply isn't too many places to fish locally to me. I'm sure many fisho's are facing the same frustration.
Again reports are presently coming from iFish.com.au almost exclusively. This will change as my other resources start returning to normal collection of fishing reports.
iFish says Chris Cassar of Cassar Fishing Charters has gotten into the reds on Port Philip with some awesome snapper catches this last week. For him, fresh squid has been the bait getting him the action.
At Mornington Pier the Calamari - aka the humble squid - fishing has been good. With some good models being landed.
Mt Martha has also produced some pretty decent snapper off the rocks, for land-based fisho's. While in the Balcombe Creek estuary iFish staff member got into some great bream using Fuze Triple Tail soft plastic lures. I've not tried those lures and have put them on my list to checkout.
Meanwhile off of Werribee South Snapper is also being reported. Some a cracking size, too.
Final report this week for Port Phillip Bay is for some more Squid reports. With some good models being taken just offshore from Altona.
Western Port Bay Fishing Reports
With full kudos to iFish.com.au, we're hearing there's some great action to be had on and around Western Port Bay.
Some reports of Squid this week out in Western Port. Notably at Flinders Pier. With some good-sized models being landed.
Meanwhile, Whiting has been caught - with some fisho's bagging out off Tortoise Head.
Also at Middle Spit a report of 28 Whiting up to 43cm being landed.
Snapper reports show there's action to be had at Crawfish Rock. With some good-sized snapper including a 5kg model.
While at Eagle Rock some good-sized snapper were taken using fresh Trevally as bait.
iFish is reporting that fisho, James Ashcroft, scored a big beautiful Snapper with fresh salmon fillets as bait.
Snapper reports also coming from Joes Island with Squid Heads being the bait weapon of choice. Fished on the run-out tide. Along with North Arm producing some good-sized adults.
Proof positive that the Snapper is on in the Western Port comes with reports from Corinella and The Corals. The latter with Slimy Mackerel being the bait of choice. With other fisho's reporting Yakkas as their bait weapon.
Estuary Fishing Reports
Wayne O'keefe reports on his YouTube channel - How To Fish - what he's gotten up to once COVID lockdown was lifted.
Off the Maribyrnong River, near Flemington, where he got into some Black Bream.While most smaller models one of the reasons I love watching Wayne is his ability to consistently produce fish. While we all have days with doughnuts Wayne's techniques seem to limit the number of his doughnut days more than most.
Wayne will change tackle size up and down to suit the conditions. That means smaller or larger hooks. Lighter leaders, lighter sinkers etc. Something few fisho's do. So while he may catch a lot smaller fish - he's actually catching them.
I also love the fact that Wayne, like myself, is a huge advocate of using berley.
This is one of the reasons he does so well. In common with most fisho's who use berley.
Wayne uses a small berley cage on his tackle. Instead of a sinker, more often than not.
This gets the fish to come in near his bait. Much more effectively than tossing it out willy nilly - and watching the current send it off downstream.
Like myself, Wayne also uses a finer textured mix than most other people. Wayne's technique, which works very well for him, is an open-ended berley cage. Whereas I prefer a slower release with a closed-end cage. Relying on just the mesh to distribute the berley. This is purely a personal preference. Though I suspect Wayne gets his berley working a bit faster than I do, as a result.
Check out his channel on YouTube - How To Fish. He teaches his techniques and they are well worth watching.
Freshwater Fishing Reports
In the fresh this week in Victoria there's been some great trout action to be had.
This includes reports in the Melbourne outer Metro region, as well as some reports coming from Robbie Alexander, reported on his YouTube channel - Robbie Fishing.
First off the bat, around Melbourne Rainbow Trout catches have reported from the Sunbury area in Spavin lake. Some absolutely beautiful stonker trout, too.
Ditto at Berwick Springs with half a dozen good-sized rainbows reported by iFish staffer Rob Harris. Rob reported they were mostly taken on Jackson Eddy spinners.
Meanwhile, yours truly witnessed a massive rainbow trout taken from Yarrambat Lake by a lady fisho. While she wouldn't divulge her tackle I do know she was bait fishing. Shaming a lot of lure fisho's who had been working hard all afternoon. I didn't have my rods with me at the time. So sadly, I couldn't get in and try for some of the action.
Robbie Alexander of Robbie Fishing has had a blistering week of action. While Robbie's reports are sometimes held over a week - due to sheer volume I suspect - there's no denying he's one of the Victoria's most active fisho's.
In the last week, he's reported Redfin at Lake Waranga, in Victoria's North.
While at Lake Nillahcootie he had success Yellow Belly and Murray Cod. Both land-based on by kayak.
The cod was accidental as Murray Cod season currently closed.
Robbie's also been out targetting Rainbow Trout in the local streams nearby his home in Warrangaratta.
Of course, when you live in rural areas in Australia "nearby" is relative!
That wraps up the reports this week. Hopefully, as COVID-19 restrictions continue to be wound down more reports, from more sources, will start to begin to become available again.