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Peninsula Compleat Angler Fishing Report 11/10/2017

October 11, 2017

Finally, it feels like we are inching into Spring.  Football is over, we are getting a bit of warm weather and even the occasional day with no wind.  The seasons are a’changin’!  We love this part of the year as it really heralds the beginning of the fishing season.  With big squid and the first signs of the snapper run in action, it’s a good time to get out and have a crack!

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Let’s hope this weather pattern holds up for this weekend.  It’s the first time we have had under 10 knots forecast for the entire weekend in months!

So to get straight into the fishing, the last few weeks have been peppered with big calamari reports on the southern peninsula.  Every Spring we see big breeding squid enter the bay from offshore waters to lay their eggs and begin the cycle of life.  These squid are often considerable in size up to 3kg commonly.  True to annual form we have seen plenty of the specimens in the last little period.

Anglers have been catching them both land based and from the boat, with some good captures coming from the Sisters at Sorrento, the Sorrento moorings, Sorrento Pier, Portsea Pier and Flinders Pier.

Check out some of the squid action from the last few weeks below:

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Barry Patterson has been into them, catching them at a number of land based locations including Flinders Pier and Sorrento Pier.  Check out this bunch of pics from Barry, below.

A quality bag Barry Patterson took at Sorrento Pier last week.


This Yamashita is one of Barry's favoruite jigs for slaying local squid!  In store.

Over the last month Ben Broomfield has been nailing big squid almost every week.  There have been some big patches of cala along with their eggs in the shallows off Sorrento and Portsea.  Check out a few of these massive spring squid!

Matt Garrett also into the big breeders!

Sam Novello loves his squid fishing, here are a few that he has caught on our local grounds this month.  Sam favours the Harimitsu EWC jig.


Sam Novello.

Jay Furniss with a big girl from Sorrento.

Phil from RIP Charters has had his customer into the big squids too.  Check out the size of this 3.0 jig compared to the cala!

In other reports, we have started to see the first signs of life in the snapper season.  As is true to the annual pilgrimage of the snapper, some good reports have come early from the top end of the bay and also over in Westernport.  This traditionally happens early season.  With that said in the last two or three weeks we have seen some sporadic captures off Mornington and in the channel, with some lucky anglers accidentally intercepting them while fishing for gummy shark.

Mick Brittain caugh this beauty while fishing for gummies on the channel.

As the water temp edges closer to 16 degrees, it is worth doing some preliminary sounding and time on the water.  16 degrees has always been the magic number to see the fish bite times increase in aggression and length.

Moffa getting into the early season fish in Westernport. 

Moffa and the boys have had success in the shallow, warmer water at the top of the 'port.

Frank Tostovrsnik caught this snapper off Ansetts at Mornington this month.

Jarrod Day fished with Matt Cini from Reel Time Fishing Charters.  The guys focussed on Mt Martha last week and found a few fish but Matt has had better success this week while fishing off Frankston.

Reel Time Snapper - 'tis the season!

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We have had some strong northerlies over the last couple of months which has meant there have been some off shore fishing opportunities for those inclined to head our through Port Phillp Heads.  Most of the best fishing has been for school size gummy shark as well as snapper.  The edge of the reefy areas of Portsea and Sorrento back beach a prime target area.

Phil from RIP Fishing Charters has been getting his clients into off shore snapper and gummies all month.  Very tasty tabe fish.

RIP Charters, off shore snapps!

Baz Gorman out wide, with a nice little table gummy.

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Out of Town, staff member Paul Anca Barton travelled with mates Brett Chain and Brad Snacky McDonald to Rompin in the south east of Malaysia.  This area is known as one of the hot spots of the world to target sailfish.  The boys were not disappointed catching 23 or 24 fish over 3 days (which by their standards is actually quite slow!).  By-catch was sensational however, with cobia, mackerel and a raft of other species also hitting the deck!

Rompin Sails!

Tasty by-catch.

Nice fat Cobia.  The black kingfish.

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Good friend of the shop and fishoholic, John Cahill, has also had a couple of trips away.  His two daughters  were lucky enough to escape a but of the winter gloom this month and head to Darwin where they spent a bit of time targeting Barra, mud crabs and doing the salt water estuary thing!

Mud crabbin in the territory.

Fishing is a serious business.

Never one to keep the rod down for long, over last weekend John had a quick jaunt to lake Eildon.  To his surprise, he was vibing for yellas and this fella comes along smashed his lure on 'light tackle' vibing gear - Megabass Vibration X Jnr, Murasame Tournament Spin, Megabass Gaus 20x reel and PE .6 braid!  Well done mate, cracking fish!

John Cahill... phhhhaaat Eildon Cod.

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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, Morne, Gavin, Anca & John.

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