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Peninsula Compleat Angler Fishing Report 14/11/2017

November 17, 2017

It’s the Spring edition of our fishing report covering a bit of the action over the last month down here on the Mornington Peninsula.  Over the last four weeks or so it really feels like the fishing has kicked into gear – certainly the activity has heated up since the end of footy and we have slowly moved into warmer weather.  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.

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First up, it is Spring so we have to kick it off with the snapper fishing.  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.

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.

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!

Matt Elliot fishing with Jarrod Day.

Matt Boulton and Matt Elliot on the bite!

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.

Benny Broomfield nailing nice fish in his new boat rig!

John Cahill never too far from the fishy action... Carrum Snapper.

Dale Woolnough into the reds early this season.

Mick Brittain and his dad sneaking out and getting amongst the reds.

Mick Pumpa from the Southern Peninsula Angling Club with his first for the season.

Tim Hepner with a nice early season fish from the peninsula.

Jono Richardson and Ben Broomfield got into some quality fish over 7kg early in the season.  Beautiful way to kick it all off....

New Shmano Ironfist XTC rods in store now... A classic combo of graphite and glass, making a durable, sensitive rod... some great rods in this range including some nice snapper rods.

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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.

Sam Novello and his family have certainly been on the big breeding squid over the last month.... Check out some of these peninsula beauties...

A day for the cuttle. Sometimes you find a patch of these guys and it is hard to catch anything else.

Baz Gorman with a bunch of frogs from offshore...

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.

Paul Cooney in a whiting take-down.

Nice little arvo session for Baz Gorman.  Love a couple of pinks amongst a bag of whiting.

A terrfic mixed bag of king george whiting taken from some of our local grounds.

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In other reports, there has been some good offshore fishing for those venturing outside.  Outside the heads we have seen some good captures of pinkies and tiger flathead.  Out of Westernport Andrew Moffa sent us a cracking set of pics from a day he had with mates Lee and Tim.  Tim had never caught a gummy before and he ended up with 3 with the boat catching a massive 8 for the day!  All fish were taken on fish baits.

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

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Out of Town, John Cahill and Lydia Low hit Eildon fishing for Spring yellowbelly, the guys nailed a bunch of fish casting different hard body lures and doing a little trolling.

Eildon yellas with John Cahill and Lydia Low.

John Cahill also travelled to Peterborough this week, casting all manner of tiny hard-bodies for these lovely bream.

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A way from home, Jarrod Day fished the Thredbo River casting Yakamito Slim minnows for a bunch of brown trout.

Love your cod fishing?  We have a bunch of new, big swimbaits from Daiwa in store.  There is a good range of colours and styles - all our really good prices too (compared to a lot of what is on the market in this area).  Drop in and check them out!

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

Keep it fishy,

Dan Lee

...and the rest of the team Jules, James, Ross, Gavin, Anca & John.

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