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Melbourne Fishing Reports – Plus Greater Victoria, Summer 2020

Fishing Forecast For Melbourne & Victoria


Where are they catching fish in Melbourne?

Fishing reports submitted online by fisho’s enjoying some of the great fishing spots Melbourne and Victoria has to offer.


Gippsland Bream, Boating The Nicholson River

January 1, 2020

Breaming from ear to ear

Solunar Rating On Day:

2 of 4 stars


Purple Patch Fishing got out on the Nicholson River in Gippsland for the New Year chasing bream.

Spinning from the boat with soft plasticsSoft Plastic Lure Soft Plastic Lures she hooked into some really nice sized bream in the 40cm range.

Maybe one of the last reports from the area for some time, given the bushfire activity in the region cutting off access. A shame as the Gippsland lakes are some of the best estuary fishing in Victoria.

A shame for residents, of course, as their very lives and livelihoods have been impacted.


Black Bream

Murray Cod Fishing On The Ovens – Canoe Codding

December 31, 2019

Canoe Camping COD Fishin' Mission

Solunar Rating On Day:

3 of 4 stars


All Things Outdoors headed out down the last stretch of the Ovens River, between Peechelba to Bundalong, before it meets the Murray. Paddling with some mates via canoe. Camping and fishing, targetting Murray Cod.

They managed to hook into some good size Murrays. Managed to get around a few obstacles, spotted some wildlife and had a great time all around.

Low water levels made for some challenges. A great work out for the back muscles!


Murray Cod

Mullet At Barwon River

December 29, 2019

Mullet don't hook themselves...or do they?

Solunar Rating On Day:

4 of 4 stars

Wayne o’keeffe reports on mullet in the Barwon River.

The bait that worked was chicken. Although he started with prawns but had trouble keeping them on the hook. Also using a soft plasticSoft Plastic Lure Soft Plastic Lures hooked up bait style.

While there were lots of bites Wayne said a lot of fishos went home empty-handed as they were hard to actually hookup.

Wayne said:

“I stuck with it and really concentrated on striking into bites and holding my rod so I could react immediately. I ended up with 7 fish in an hour and a half but it wasn’t easy.”

He also takes a moment to note the “power of berleyBerley Berley.” Explaining that people went home empty-handed, yet failed to use berley. As opposed to Wayne’s use of a berley cageBerley Berley on his line. As is his custom.

“It was a great session on a beautiful evening.”

Even though he struggled with the mosquitoes “eating him alive.”


Mullet

PinkiesPinky Snapper Pinky SnapperThe name "Pinky Snapper" refers to the immature Snapper.  Their skin colour is different from adults (its pinker.)

Adulthood is usually considered on fish greater than 40cm - or in the 1.5 to 2kg - range, with a darker red colouration.
& Bream, Sandringham Rockwall

December 22, 2019

Red Snapper Underwater Footage.m4v

Solunar Rating On Day:

3 of 4 stars

This report from Dave, here at Getfished.

Managed to get out off the Rockwall adjacent to Sandringham Yacht Club.

Conditions were pretty rough, waves above 1 meter.

Despite losing a number of rigs on the sharp rocks (not a problem I have in quieter conditions) I managed only a few small pinkiesPinky Snapper Pinky SnapperThe name “Pinky Snapper” refers to the immature Snapper.  Their skin colour is different from adults (its pinker.)

Adulthood is usually considered on fish greater than 40cm – or in the 1.5 to 2kg – range, with a darker red colouration.
. All released safely.

Switching over to the other side of the wall, running very low on rigs and bait, I cast out into the protected and calmer harbour area. Hooking into several undersized, but nice fighting bream. All released safely.

Bait: Chicken fillets soaked with my own marinade. Rig: Jarvis Walker Whiting Rig, paternosterPaternoster Rig Paternoster Rig style.

Sadly no video or photos available. But I’ve added a nice vid of snapper schooling to this report.


Black Bream, Pinky Snapper

One Hour Murray Cod Session

December 22, 2019

Quick Murray cod surface fishing session with my wife to end a hot day

Solunar Rating On Day:

3 of 4 stars

Robbie from robbiefishing headed down to work after a very hot day to cast some surface lures near Wangaratta, 5 minutes from his home.

As is so often the case Robbie produced some good Murray Cod action using Chasebaits Smuggler and Damiki Air Frog surface lures.

Robbie says this of his lifestyle “It is like natures medication for me…” admitting he could probably earn more in the Melbourne, but he wouldn’t swap it.

Gotta agree it looks pretty good!


Murray Cod

Gurnard Fishing – Port Phillip Bay Boat Catches

December 19, 2019

Gurnard Fishing | Port Phillip Bay

Solunar Rating On Day:

1 of 4 stars

Fishing Victoria headed out onto Port Phillip targetting Gurnards.

While not targetted by as many fisho’s as snapper, whiting or flathead they are great eating. Though look a tad peculiar.

The guys used soft plasticsSoft Plastic Lure Soft Plastic Lures to great effect, as you’ll see in the video.

They also provide a good discussion on hook kind and size and the reasons they are using the tackle they’ve selected.


Gurnard

YabbiesYabby YabbyThe "yabby" is an Australian freshwater crustacean, similar to the "crawdad" found in the United States.

They are actually very good eating when prepared properly, while making an excellent bait for native and introduced species such as Murray Cod, Yellowbelly, Redfin etc.

The most productive method of catching yabbies is via a net, available from tackle stores.  In recent years the "opera house net" has been banned in some states (including Victoria) due to their design being a drowning trap for turtles and platypus.  Approved nets protect these creatures from becoming trapped while allowing yabbies to remain in the net.
Near Wangaratta, Victoria

December 18, 2019

Look what I caught...

Solunar Rating On Day:

1 of 4 stars

Robbie of RobbieFishing takes us back to our childhood dangling lumps of meat in a dam, hoping for yabbiesYabby YabbyThe “yabby” is an Australian freshwater crustacean, similar to the “crawdad” found in the United States.

They are actually very good eating when prepared properly, while making an excellent bait for native and introduced species such as Murray Cod, Yellowbelly, Redfin etc.

The most productive method of catching yabbies is via a net, available from tackle stores.  In recent years the “opera house net” has been banned in some states (including Victoria) due to their design being a drowning trap for turtles and platypus.  Approved nets protect these creatures from becoming trapped while allowing yabbies to remain in the net.
.

With the exception that Robbie actually catches them – and uses nets (legal nets of course.)

While he’s better known for his Murray Cod catches Robby loves his Yabbies.

Subscribe to his channel and check out his how to catch yabbies, prepare and cook them.


Yabby

Murray Cod Firing Off

December 17, 2019

Murray cod fishing, Brett's on fire!

Solunar Rating On Day:

2 of 4 stars

Robbie, for those who haven’t discovered him yet, is a Murray Cod guru from Wangaratta, Victoria. Robbie sense of humour, love of fishing and family never fails to entertain.

Robbie from Robbiefishing out with a friend taking advantage of this years Murray Cod season.

Using a Damiki Brute 70 lure along with his mate using spinnerbaits.

Robbie has a discount offer this week to compliment this Murray code session. The Damiki lure he’s using is the item of tackle. So head over to the page and check the offer out. While you’re there don’t forget to subscribe to his channel.


Murray Cod

Beach PinkiesPinky Snapper Pinky SnapperThe name "Pinky Snapper" refers to the immature Snapper.  Their skin colour is different from adults (its pinker.)

Adulthood is usually considered on fish greater than 40cm - or in the 1.5 to 2kg - range, with a darker red colouration.
& Bream – Port Phillip Bay

December 17, 2019

Pinkies Love BerleyBerley Berley

Solunar Rating On Day:

2 of 4 stars

Wayne o’keeffe demonstrates catching pinkiesPinky Snapper Pinky SnapperThe name “Pinky Snapper” refers to the immature Snapper.  Their skin colour is different from adults (its pinker.)

Adulthood is usually considered on fish greater than 40cm – or in the 1.5 to 2kg – range, with a darker red colouration.
and bream off the beach in Port Phillip Bay.

Wayne’s work with small hooks, berleyBerley Berley cages instead of sinkers and patience pays off.

One of the great things about watching Wayne fish is he seems to have a knack for finding quiet, out of the way places that produce consistent fish catches.


Black Bream, Pinky Snapper

Raining Yellow Bellies At Lake Eildon

December 16, 2019

LAKE EILDON YELLOW BELLY - its raining yellas!

Solunar Rating On Day:

2 of 4 stars

Mark Whitford went out on Lake Eildon chasing Golden Perch (Yellow Belly). Despite a bad start when his electric motor died he and his mate ended up having an amazing afternoon’s fishing.

Watch the video – a good number of pretty impressive Golden Perch hauled in. Three Yella’s in a net at once? Yup, seeing is believing. Pays to use a fish finder (sounder) even in the fresh around trees!

Robbie Alexander (a fisho who’s caught his share of Golden Perch) commented:

“This is hands down the best yellowbelly fishing video that I have seen, absolutely outstanding. Well done. I have experienced yellowbelly fishing like this, but not in a lake. I was in a creek that was inundated with fresh water. This is brilliant.”


Golden Perch (Yellow Belly)

Whiting & Squid On Port Phillip Bay

December 12, 2019

Whiting yakkas and squid on port phillip bay

Solunar Rating On Day:

1 of 4 stars

TEAM BORN2FISH was out on Port Phillip Bay this week and hitting into whiting, yakkas and squid. Conditions on the bay were ideal.

Gotta love the merchanding these guys have put together. Shirts, jackets. Looks like they love their hobby!


Calamari, King George Whiting

Murray Cod Fishing – Skinny water

December 9, 2019

MURRAY COD Fishing - Skinny water session

Solunar Rating On Day:

1 of 4 stars

Mark Whitford targets Murray Cod in some skinny water around Shepparton while attending the “MurrayCodference”.

Spinning with some classic surface cod lures.

These reports indicate how well cod management has improved cod catches and the sustainability of cod management. For now and into the future, compared to the relatively recent past decades.

A credit to the work of the Vic Fisheries and anglers who embrace the lower and upper bag limits – or Slot LimitsSlot Limit Fishing in Victoria is usually governed by the size of the fish.  Generally, fish under a certain size must be returned to the water unharmed.  This varies from species to species.

Slot Limits are different and apply to species such as Murray Cod, for example, where the 2019 Slot Limit is defined as: “55 to 75 cm slot limit state-wide. Reduction in bag limit from 2 to 1 fish per day in rivers, whilst maintaining the bag limit in lakes and impoundments at 2 fish per day.”

This limits the number of fish you can keep and limits the size so that you must return fish under a certain size and over a certain size.  This helps immature fish to mature and breeding ready fish to breed.
– designed to protect this majestic, iconic Australian fish.


Murray Cod

Squid From A Kayak At Clifton Springs

December 7, 2019

Kayak fishing for squid at Clifton Springs

Solunar Rating On Day:

2 of 4 stars

Alan Bonnici from Fishingmad is off Clifton Springs this week hauling in some nice squid (calamari).

Clifton Springs is an hour and 10 minutes drive past Geelong. Alan’s out on his new Hobie Pro Angler kayak, picking up some squid dinner while he’s at it.

Weather conditions varied widely, Alan reported, calm one minute and then windy the next. Even experiencing some rain. However, he got his bag limit of squid in around an hour all the same.


Calamari

Mullet, Trevally and PinkiesPinky Snapper Pinky SnapperThe name "Pinky Snapper" refers to the immature Snapper.  Their skin colour is different from adults (its pinker.)

Adulthood is usually considered on fish greater than 40cm - or in the 1.5 to 2kg - range, with a darker red colouration.
– Fishing The ‘Nong’ River

December 6, 2019

Mullet, trevally and pinkies fishing the Marribyrnong River

Solunar Rating On Day:

2 of 4 stars

Wayne o’keeffe is out catching Mullet, Trevally and PinkiesPinky Snapper Pinky SnapperThe name “Pinky Snapper” refers to the immature Snapper.  Their skin colour is different from adults (its pinker.)

Adulthood is usually considered on fish greater than 40cm – or in the 1.5 to 2kg – range, with a darker red colouration.
fishing the Maribyrnong River at Flemington and reports he “had a blast catching a few different species of fish.”

Wayne is a master of light tackle and berleyBerley Berley. His technique really pays off.

Wayne commented “It’s great to see this variety of fish in rivers so close to the city of Melbourne.”

While I’d not recommend eating anything you catch on the Maribyrnong River due to historic and sadly recent pollution, there’s nothing to stop you enjoying catch and release like Wayne.

If you’re a newbie or are just struggling to “catch something” you can’t go wrong subscribing to Wayne’s Youtube channel for tips and techniques that will simply help you catch fish!


Mullet, Pinky Snapper,

Maribyrnong Bream & A Mulloway

December 5, 2019

Bream Fishing The Maribyrnong River - I Saw A Mulloway

Solunar Rating On Day:

3 of 4 stars

Hawkesy Fishing took his kayak out onto the Maribyrnong river. Hooked several smallish bream. A lot of excitement as he managed to spot (and film) a Mulloway.

While he didn’t actually land it just spotting one is more than most anglers manage in the ‘nong. So a very interesting video of the session. Proving these beautiful fish are around, if difficult to catch.


Black Bream, Mulloway

Fishing Westgate Bridge For PinkiesPinky Snapper Pinky SnapperThe name "Pinky Snapper" refers to the immature Snapper.  Their skin colour is different from adults (its pinker.)

Adulthood is usually considered on fish greater than 40cm - or in the 1.5 to 2kg - range, with a darker red colouration.

November 30, 2019

Fishing Westgate Bridge plenty of pinkies and plenty of fun

Solunar Rating On Day:

2 of 4 stars

Wayne o’keeffe has been catching PinkiesPinky Snapper Pinky SnapperThe name “Pinky Snapper” refers to the immature Snapper.  Their skin colour is different from adults (its pinker.)

Adulthood is usually considered on fish greater than 40cm – or in the 1.5 to 2kg – range, with a darker red colouration.
(immature Snapper) under the Westgate Bridge, Port Melbourne, inside the Yarra estuary.

Wayne relies heavily on BerleyBerley Berley – and that’s a major factor in what produces his results.

Wayne said “It was a great 2 hour session and even though the fish were all small it was great action.”


Pinky Snapper

Snapper On In The Bay

November 24, 2019

Fishing Melbourne Snapper , Squid Fishing Port Phillip Red's 187 Hook's Reedy's Airmar TM165HW

Solunar Rating On Day:

2 of 4 stars

Reedy’s Rigs heads out onto Port Phillip Bay for some Snapper action.

The guys landed some good size snapper. Their tips and tricks, while they are doing it, are helpful too.

Reedy’s Rigs are a handmade local rig manufacturer who makes some excellent snapper rigs, you can check them out here.


Snapper

Melbourne Fishing Report Data, Summer 2020 – Including Wider Victoria


21.1% Black Bream 21.1%
15.8% Calamari (Squid) 15.8%
5.3% European Carp 5.3%
5.3% Golden Perch (Yellow Belly) 5.3%
5.3% Gurnard 5.3%
10.5% Mullet 10.5%
5.3% Mulloway 5.3%
21.1% Murray Cod 21.1%
21.1% Pinky Snapper 21.1%
5.3% Silver Trevally 5.3%
26.3% Snapper 26.3%
5.3% Yabby 5.3%
SpeciesReports
Black Bream21.1%
Calamari (Squid)15.8%
European Carp5.3%
Golden Perch (Yellow Belly)5.3%
Gurnard5.3%
King George Whiting5.3%
Mullet10.5%
Mulloway5.3%
Murray Cod21.1%
Pinky Snapper21.1%
Silver Trevally5.3%
Snapper26.3%
Yabby5.3%




Where can I go fishing in Melbourne?

Based on current fishing reports some of the top Melbourne fishing spots include:
WilliamstownWerribee, Wangaratta, The Warmies, Station Pier, St Kilda, Shepparton, Sandringham, Portarlington, Port Phillip Bay, Port Melbourne, Peechelba, Ovens River, Nicholson River, Mordialloc, Maribyrnong River, Lake Eildon, Lagoon Pier, Kerferd Road Pier, Gem Pier, Clifton Springs, Bundalong, Barwon River, Altona


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Dave spends most of his time split between fishing, working on Getfished and on boating and kayak fishing. After 30+ years as a programmer spending more time as a fisho has allowed him to grow his passion for the hobby. Running Getfished has meant Dave's been able to share some of the places he loves to fish at. As well as some of his favourite tackle and gear.