General Fishing Reports for Port Phillip Bay
I fish out of St. Leonards and Clifton Springs. Snapper have been scarce but whiting, squid and gummys are there if you work at it. The squid are the easiest. Launching from St. Leonards, go out to what the locals call the green stick. The green stick is a channel marker about 200m straight out from the St. Leonards launching ramp. Depth is 2.5 - 3m. Drift over the sand and weed patches with dark coloured 2.5 jigs. Just cast out and twitch off the bottom every few minutes. The whiting are best at the mouth of Swan Bay or the Western Channel marker. Look for sand patches, squid seems the most consistent bait. The deeper you go, the better the size. The gummys are best at dark and anchor in the old unused shipping channels. Use wire or 60lb+ leaders otherwise you will lose them when you get near to the boat and the leader rubs against the fish. Cheers, Dan
Timid fish. Yes a lot of local dedicated fishermen down my way put there boats away for the week before and two weeks after New Years for this reason.Do u fish for gummies around the west channel pile? The Coles channel at night is very popular. Good numbers of squid around at the moment but they are timid because of all the noise from the boat traffic
I prefer the old channels such as the Coles Channel, but at night, the gummies are about almost anywhere on the St. Leonards/Pt. Lonsdale area. Look for sharp drop offs on your sounder where the depth goes from 3-7m. These are the close in channels between St. Leonards and Swan Bay entrance. These are the most well known locations. I am thinking about going out tomorrow after squid and whiting, but if there are too many boats around, I will stay home. I will post if I go out.
Went out from St. Leonards on 1st and 2nd of January. Launching and retreiving from the ramp is a pain if wind is over 10 knots and from North through to South. Easterlies are a nightmare as the waves wash the boat over the trailer! Use Clifton Springs ramp. On 1st went out for 2 hours and caught nothing. On 2nd went out from 8:30am until 6:30pm. Had a good day drifting for squid from about 7m depth at Green Channel marker 300m south west of ramp. If you drift in, cut the drift at about 3.5m otherwise you lose too many expensive squid jigs as they snag the bottom. No luck on the whiting or anything else. Went out to Western Channel Marker and caught Banjos. Moved to Swan Bay entrance and caught smaller Banjos and puffer fish. At the ramp, another fisho was cleaning a good sized snapper 5kg+ which he caught near the main channel in 22m of water. Worked all day for it and berleyed hard. Mainly whiting, squid and flatfhead caught, but not in numbers. The ramp is a very busy and with once a year boaties who think that the ramp is where you arrange the boat and tackle up just before tying up so that no one can launch or retrieve. The PWC's are just suicidal at the moment as they try and outdo each other, so beware. I won't go out again until the crowd goes home!
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