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BENTLEIGH / MOORABBIN STORE

915 Nepean Hwy, Bentleigh Victoria  3204.  Ph. (03) 9557 8011 
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FISHING REPORT

28/09/2016

Please note: All fishing reports are based on information received from locations over approx the previous 2-3 weeks. Some fishing locations listed below may or may not be affected by recent rains and poor weather conditions (if applicable). It may pay you first to check out the conditions at any of the locations you might be thinking about  heading too prior to your trip. Good fishing to everyone and we hope you all catch heaps. 

       

PORT PHILLIP BAY 

Generally speaking and at this stage... we are still waiting for the big run of snapper to really get going, with most anglers that are giving the early reds a crack finding a nice fish here and there if they are lucky enough to land on top of one, however... as always with early season snapper fishing, be prepared to miss out on some of your trips. Of the fish that have been caught so far this season most have been full on quality... ranging from approx 3kg to 8kg...this larger size range should continue to be the norm over the next 4  weeks or so, however...expect the smaller models to start making an appearance in increased numbers after that.

Of the snapper reports thru the store so far, most reports have been coming from the shallower waters out from.... Mouth of the Yarra River, Port Melbourne, Brighton, St Kilda, Altona and Ricketts Point etc, however...the deeper waters off Carrum and Frankston have also been providing a few very respectable fish. It should now only be a matter of a very short time before all the traditional marks once again start to fire. Our tip is in fairly close "after a big blow" is where you will stand a good chance of finding some quality reds...particularly out from Mornington to Frankston, Seaford to Chelsea, Mordialloc to Black Rock and Brighton to Port Melbourne areas

It's really quite simple ..if you want to give yourself the best chance of catching numbers of "big" southern calamari...then your best bet is to hook the boat on to the back of the car and head down south. When conditions have been suitable, the shallow  weed beds between Blairgowrie to Portsea and also the Queenscliff area have been standouts for the big models up to approx 2kg. The Mornington to Mt Martha area has also been good on the calamari when conditions have been suitable, however... closer to home (when rain affected) has at times seen the water clarity poor between Mordialloc and Sandringham... this area should be well worth a go when calm clear conditions prevail. (Cont'd below)

 

SNAPPER SHOWING SIGNS OF A 
GOOD SEASON AHEAD...FINGERS CROSSED

 

DUST OFF THE TACKLE...
IT'S SNAPPER TIME

When the weather has allowed over the last few  weeks ...the snapper fishing in both Port Phillip and Westernport is slowly but surely showing  signs of hopefully... a good season ahead. 

Some nice fish up to approx 7kg have already been taken from various sections of Port Phillip ...with numbers continually on the up as each week passes. Out from Brighton, St Kilda, Ricketts Point and mouth of the Yarra have been some of the better early season spots so far. 

Over in Westernport... at this point, the last few weeks has seen greater numbers of big fish caught than over in nearby Port Phillip (which is normal for this time of year) however,  look for PPB to catch up really quickly .Corinella has been one of the best areas in the Port.

 If you are a keen snapper fisho... it's time to dust off your tackle and start getting out there for a go to hopefully achieve some early season bragging rights over your fishing mates. Good luck to all the big red fisho's...and see you when you next come thru the store.

Good customer John (pictured top) is already on the scoreboard with this quality model he recently caught while fishing in 9 mtrs of water out from Ricketts Point....while Westernport fisho  Mark is also off to a good start with this fish he caught while fishing out from Hastings. Well done guys...both are quality reds that's for sure.

* Guys  for catching such great fish...you  have both won a Shimano Aerplus 762 snapper rod
  
Come in and pick it up before 12/10/2016

 

PORT PHILLIP BAY - LAND BASED

At this point most die hard land based Port Phillip snapper fisho's will already be eagerly awaiting every big onshore blow that comes to town...as hopefully it all should be about to happen. Isolated reports of quality reds from have already been doing the rounds over the last month or so... with some of the piers, jetty's and breakwaters etc between Sandringham and Port Melbourne giving up the occasional early season thumper up to approx 6.5kg ( smaller pinkie size models have been making an appearance off these same locations when conditions have been suitable). As per normal the best times for the big guys are normally when sea conditions are windy and rough (as this brings the big fish in close to shore to feed on whatever is being stirred up in the shallows) however...having said that... look for some good fish to also be taken in calmer conditions (particularly through out the night). If fishing for the big reds in the rough conditions...as always stay safe at all times.

On the landbased southern calamari... down south is where the much better quality squid fishing has been happening. Most of the piers on the Peninsula from Blairgowrie to Portsea have all been giving up some really nice models up to approx 1.5kg, with either baited jigs under a float or size 3 & 3.5 prawn style jigs doing the job. Queenscliff and Flinders jetty's have been the other good options when suitable conditions are the go. The last few weeks has also seen some nice whiting and salmon taken from the Mornington pier. 

WESTERNPORT

As per usual.... last year saw the Port fire much earlier on the big snapper scene (by way of numbers) than nearby neighbour Port Phillip...which is exactly what we are experiencing again so far this year. Like Port Phillip...look for Westernport to really turn it on over the next month or so...where hopefully we will all see plenty of cracking reds come over the side of the boat. The North Arm-Hasting area, Joes Island, Crawfish Rock, and Corinella in particular have been locations that have all seen some nice early season reds up to approx 8kg hit the deck over recent weeks, however as always... anglers need to be prepared to put in the hours and the groundwork for success. Fresh squid has been one of the preferred baits. Things are hopefully all about to turn red out in the Port...so get ready some serious snapper fishing.

Quality calamari have remained one of the "on the go" species that have  continued to fish reasonably well (and in some places very well) in Westernport over the last few weeks. When conditions have allowed...good numbers of quality specimens up to approx 2kg been caught from around the Flinders and Western Entrance area, however... as per usual... your Tyabb and Quail Banks etc have also continued to provide" persistent anglers" with some chunky models on the right days. Basically the squid are still pretty well everywhere throughout the Port... so if you are in fairly shallow clean water and near weed, rock or reef etc... you are crazy not to be chucking a squid jig around to try and catch a feed,...or alternatively some excellent snapper bait (either way it's a win, win we recon)  (Cont'd below)

STAFF MEMBER CLAUDE 
HAS THE TROUT TRIP OF A LIFETIME 

 

  MULTIPLE FISH OVER 10LB... WITH THE BIGGEST GOING 16LB    

Staff member Claude has just returned from his incredible trout fishing trip to New Zealand...where both he and his buddy Caillen caught and released many, many trophy size trout up to approx 16lb over 4 days fishing.

The guys fished the South Island of N.Z ...where finesse style presentation with soft plastics was the go. Claude said that while they caught multiple fish over 10lb (with the biggest going 16lb) they also saw other fish cruising that were at least twice the size of what they caught...WOW!!

New Zealand is world famous for it's trophy trout waters... with some regions producing brown trout, rainbow trout and salmon in excess of 30lb each season (and plenty of smaller models thrown in). 

If you are a keen freshwater fisho and are thinking about maybe one day having a crack at catching some of New Zealand's monster trout....drop in the store and have a chat with Claude...we don't think he going to stop talking about this trip for quit some time yet. Well done guys !!!

Going to be hard to fish the Goulburn again after this hey Claude !!!

 

SURF

Heavy rains over the last month made conditions on some beaches "at times" not so desirable for both the fish and the fisherman. If you are thinking about giving the more local beaches a go...Gunnamatta, Kilcunda and Venus Bay beaches should all be worth a try for a salmon or two when conditions are favourable. The Nintey Mile beach has been producing some nice gummy sharks after dark.

LAKE EILDON

If water clarity is suitable over the next month or so, we should see nice trout on the go for anglers trolling  tassie devil style lures and rapala minnows etc ( try attaching to your treble hook a small wet fly approx 30cm behind your trolled lure ...the trout lov'em ). If conditions are good... the next couple of months should also see the yella's once again come on the go...usually biting better in the shallower warmer waters near the edges over this period. With Eildons "now" good population of golden's up to approx 6kg and murray cod in excess of 1mtr, hopefully....things are just going to keep getting better and better up in this neck of the woods. Some of your best lures for the yella's up here will be bibless minnow crank baits and spinner baits, however....if the water happens to be discoloured on your trip, then probably best to stick to the bait fishing option.

PORTLAND 

"Roll out the barrel" has certainly been the catch cry as far as 100kg+ S.B.T down Portland way ...with the big fish continuing to play the game over the last few weeks or so...the biggest fish we have heard of so far has been in excess of a whopping 140kg. Many of the fish have been caught in fairly close, with multiple hook-ups and captures in one day not uncommon...the last month or so has also seen some very big models caught closer to home. Best lures as always have been both the skirted variety (with Lumo Pakula's and Richter brands a favourite) and also rapala x-raps. Wow !!.. yet another great season on the big fish.  (Cont'd below)

 

IT'S SNAPPER SEASON...BIG RED WILL 
LOVE THESE TASTY NUGGETS

 

If you have ever cleaned your big red and found it "chock a block" full of all your burley...then these new "oversize" XXL snapper burley pellets may just be for you.

Infused with special snapper attracting and feeding stimulant scents...you simply attach the pellet to your hook with a rubber band (if you are using them as your bait) or alternatively...loose feed them over the side of the boat if you are using them as your burley. Using them as both your bait and burley at the same time is the go.

The larger-heavier pellet will see these guys sink much quicker in to the strike zone than some other regulation pellets and also last a lot longer when they are down there...you beauty !

Come in and grab a bag...we recon they are going to be a real snapper weapon this season.

 

LAKE PURRUMBETE

Some very, very, very big brown trout up to 5.9kg have continued to be from this deep crater lake by anglers mainly spinning (dawn and dusk have been the prime times) with daiwa double clutch lures, rapalas and minnow style soft plastics etc. Successful anglers down here will tell you...it has been a lake of a 1000 casts over recent months, however...if you catch one of the monsters... it will make it all seem worthwhile. Some very big chinook salmon have also been caught by anglers either trolling or bait fishing down deep with pilchard fillets etc.

EILDON PONDAGE

The pondage was once again stocked with plenty of nice size trout prior to the school holidays and are waiting to be caught by both the keen and holiday anglers. If the water is discoloured ...you are better off sticking with your smelly baits like powerbait, local dough mix or the ever successful "trout pellet and silicon band" ( now our number 1 seller for newly released trout) If the water is clear you also have the further options of fly fishing and spinning. A great spot to take the family for a nice day out... where if you catch a fish in here it just might be a whopper. If possible... check water conditions out prior to heading up there, as this will certainly give you a heads up on what to expect.

KARKAROOK PARK LAKE

Our local lake on the corner of South and Warrigal Road was also restocked again just prior to the school holidays...with ok numbers of feisty trout left in it to catch, however... as always...now that they have been in there for a while they are also certainly a bit trickier to catch. Very small pieces of putty style baits (like powerbait) or Karkarook Park specialist trout food pellets are still the number one baits to try here. As we have said on many occasions...Karkarook Park is a great place to take the kids for a play... where catching a fish is a bonus, however a real possibility.

 

  ANOTHER BIG SEASON ON BIG TUNA 
DOWN PORTLAND WAY...WOW! 

 

THE BARRELS 

KEEP ON KEEPING ON

"Roll out the barrel" has certainly been the catch cry as far as 100kg+ S.B.T down Portland way ...with the big fish continuing to play the game over the last few weeks or so...the biggest fish we have heard of so far has been in excess of a whopping 140kg.
 

Many of the fish have been caught in fairly close, with multiple hook-ups and captures in one day not uncommon...the last month or so has also seen some very big models caught closer to home. 

Best lures as always have been both the skirted variety (with Lumo Pakula's and Richter brands a favourite) and also rapala x-raps. Wow !!.. yet another great season on the big fish.

The team from "On Line Fishing Charters" certainly know how to keep their customers happy...check out this beast that the guys landed on one of their recent trips. Well done guys, that's one hell of a fish.

 

 

 FISHING NEWS FROM AROUND THE STATE
Extracts from various Victorian fishing media outlets etc. Further details and information on the topics, articles etc may be available by you viewing the relevant websites and social media outlets etc.   

 
King George Whiting news ...Fisheries Victoria  September 14

Your fishing licence fees are funding a new project investigating the movements of King George whiting to their spawning grounds.
Computer modelling studies suggest that larvae of King George whiting drift to Victorian bays and inlets from waters between Portland and Beachport in South Australia.
The 3-year project will be led by the University of Melbourne and involve volunteer anglers tagging up to 1,000 whiting in Port Phillip Bay and Western Port in an effort to confirm suspected movement patterns to likely spawning areas.
Tagging will use T-bar tags and applicator guns and be coordinated through fishing clubs where training in the tagging method will be provided.
Anglers interested in finding out more about the project can contact the Victorian Marine Science Consortium on (03) 5258 3686.
This project is one of 17 new ones, worth more than $1.1 million, that will contribute to the State Government's Target One Million plan, which aims to get more people fishing, more often.
Learn more about the other projects at http://agriculture.vic.gov.au/…/your-licence-fees-at-work-2…

Hazelwood Barra news...Fisheries Victoria  September 12

We are currently consulting recreational fishing representative groups on arrangements to open the barramundi fishery at Hazelwood Pondage.
The plans include:
- Open the Hazelwood fishery on 2 December, 2016. This will allow time for the boat ramp to be extended, the car park to be upgraded, a new overflow car park to be constructed and new signage to be installed to clarify where land and boat-based fishers can fish. It will also enable the 5,000 stocked barra to grow bigger.
- Introduce a daily bag limit of zero barramundi, making the fishery catch-and-release only. A risk assessment will be conducted in the meantime to determine whether barramundi in Hazelwood Pondage meet food safety standards.
- Cap the number of boats (powered and unpowered) that can fish to a maximum of 25 per day. This will match new carpark capacity and ensure a quality fishing experience on the water. There are no plans to limit the number of land-based anglers.
- Hold a free 'barra ballot' for anglers with boats to register their interest in 1-2 day periods when they'd like to fish.
For more information visit http://agriculture.vic.gov.au/…/towards-victorias-first-eve…    

 

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 FISHING NEWS FROM AROUND THE STATE
Extracts from various Victorian fishing media outlets etc. Further details and information on the topics, articles etc may be available by you viewing the relevant websites and social media outlets etc.   

 
Golden Perch news...Fisheries Victoria   September 8 

Freshwater anglers are reminded that earlier this year the daily bag limit for golden perch in lakes and impoundments was reduced and is now 5 fish per day per person.
The daily bag limit of 5 golden perch now applies to all Victorian waters, including lakes and rivers.
The minimum size limit for golden perch remains unchanged at 30cm.
With springtime upon us and waters now warming, fishing for golden perch is expected to improve and some anglers may be tempted to take more than the limit.

Fish stocking news...Fisheries Victoria  September 7 

For the first time ever, more than 3 million fish have been stocked to improve fishing opportunities for anglers.
These fish were funded by recreational fishing licence fees and Target One Million, which aims to boost fish stocking to 5 million fish in 2018 and get 1 million Victorians fishing by 2020.
The record consisted of more than 542,000 trout and salmon, stocked as yearlings or larger, weighing 41.5 tonnes.
Most went into lakes such as Hume (60,000), Tullaroop (25,000), Purrumbete (25,000), Wendouree (22,530), Blue Rock (17,000), Wartook (16,600), Fyans (14,100), Rocklands (14,000), Devilbend (11,500), Hepburn (10,000) and rivers including the Goulburn (15,000), Hopkins (4,000), Merri (11,000), Howqua (5,000) and Macalister (11,000) -
The trout were grown at our Snobs Creek hatchery, which also grew the bulk of the Murray cod fingerlings released over summer.
More than 2.49 million native fish were released, mostly as fingerlings and weighing 3.2 tonnes.
Most were golden perch (1.4 million) and Murray cod (678,000) with lesser numbers of bass, estuary perch, trout cod, Macquarie perch and catfish.
Golden perch were stocked into the Goulburn River (250,000), Lake Eildon (177,840), Lake Hume (150,000), the Loddon (86,000), Wimmera (80,000) and Campaspe (70,000) rivers, Lake Eppalock (68,000), Cairn Curran Reservoir (55,000) and Lake Nillahcootie (50,000).
Murray cod went into Lake Hume (100,000), the Goulburn River (100,000), Lake Eildon (81,000), Lake Eppalock (55,000), the Loddon (50,000) and Campaspe (40,000) rivers, Kangaroo Lake (46,500) and 16 other waters.
Two new species, mulloway and barramundi, were stocked for the first time, complementing estuary perch stockings that were the foundation of a new trial marine stocking program.   
 (Cont'd below)

   

CUSTOMER PRIZE WINNING BRAG SHOTS
PUT YOURSELF IN THE PICTURE

 

PRIZE WINNER
Keen angler Jeffrey is looking pretty happy with himself here...showing his nice chunky salmon that he caught while fishing out from Mt Martha. Well done Jefffrey... and a nice fish that's for sure.

PRIZE WINNER
Good customer Ben landed this nice early season snapper on his recent trip to Sandringham Breakwater. Well done Ben...a great  landbased capture no matter what time of year.

 

PRIZE WINNER
Allround fisho Kane landed this monster Hapuka while on his last holiday fishing the Cook Straight in N.Z. That's a thumper Kane...and a bloody big feed for everyone we are tipping.
PRIZE WINNER
Young gun angler Luke caught this awesome redfin while fishing up at Lake Eildon with his Relative George. That's a serious size reddie Luke... and certainly one to be proud of.
 

PRIZE WINNER
Good customer Dennis landed this catfish on his recent holiday fishing around the marina area at Port Douglas. Well done Dennis...you never know what you are going to catch next up in that neck of the woods.

PRIZE WINNER
Now that's a pretty picture. Customer Darren took this happy snap of his very nice spangled emperor he caught on his last trip to QLD. Great fish Darren...shame about the really rough sea conditions mate...ha, ha

 

Jeffrey, Gavin, Kane, Luke, Dennis & Darren ... for emailing us your photo's you have all won a Shimano Aerplus 762SN  Allround Fishing Rod  
Come in an pick it up before 12/10/2016

 

 " SEND US YOUR PHOTOS FOR A"  CHANCE TO WIN A PRIZE...

Email us at bentleigh@compleatangler.com.au or bring in a photo of yourself with your favourite catch and if selected to feature in part of our newsletter you will win one of many prizes. Include with your email your name, address, telephone number and some brief details of where, when and size of your catch. All prizes need to be collected in person from our Bentleigh / Moorabbin Store Prizes may change with out notice

 

 

Australia's first ever Gone Fishing Day is on Sunday 16 October 2016. It's a day when all Australians can get out on the water and celebrate our love of fishing...and yes!... it doesn't matter if you haven't fished before. Gone Fishing Day is for everyone. "On the day"... you, your family or mates can participate in one of the many free fishing events listed below... or alternatively ...simply just go fishing somewhere on your own or with the company of others that you want to enjoy the day with (the day is just all about getting out there and wetting a line). You can register your participation on line (if you wish to ? ) for a chance at winning some great prize packs etc...click on the following website or facebook links for more information on this event. www.gonefishingday.org or http://www.facebook.com/gonefishingday/?fref=ts

A fishing licence free day !!!
A recreational fishing licence will not be required in Victoria on Gone Fishing Day.

 

Gone fishing day... Fisheries Victoria events ( from Fisheries Victoria website) 

 

Date

Event details

Time

Booking

16 October

Mordialloc Pier, Port Phillip Bay

10am - 2pm

Free. No booking required.

16 October

Come and Try Fishing Day, Port Fairy, Martins Point

11am - midday

Free. Natashar Wills
0428 350 725

16 October

Come and Try Fishing Day Warrnambool, Hopkins River, Jetty near the ski club.

1.30pm - 2.30pm

Free. Natashar Wills
0428 350 725

16 October

Come and Try Fishing Day Metung, end of Beach Rd

11am - 12.30pm

Free. Mick Douthat
0447 504 609

16 October

Come and Try Fishing Day, Nicholson River boat ramp

2pm - 3.30pm

Free. Mick Douthat
0447 504 609

Gone fishing day...Other events ( from Fisheries Victoria website)

Date

Event details

Time

Booking

16 October

Family Fishing Day, Lake Marma, Murtoa

7am - midday

Free. No booking required.
More info from Jason Wouters 0429 825 445

16 October

Eildon 'Big Fish' Competition - Eildon Pondage

7am Sat - 12pm Sun

Cost and registration required for the competition.

All other activities free. No booking required. 0418 266 038

16 October

Come Try Fly Fishing Open Day- Buffalo Stadium, Woodend

10am - 4pm

Free
Calder fly fishing

16 October

Kids Come & Try Fishing Day, Yarrambat Park

10am

Free
Contact nsffc.secretary@gmail.com

16 October

Oakdale Angling Club, Karkarook Park Lake, Moorabbin

10am - 2pm

Free. No booking required.
Mike Stapleton 0429 400 367

16 October

Frankston Pier, Nepean Highway Frankston

10am - 2pm fishing
2pm BBQ

Free. No booking required.
Glenn Cooper 0457 363 701

6 October

Corinella Pier, Peters St Corinella

10am - 2pm fishing
2pm BBQ

Free. No booking required.
Brian 0417 566 164

16 October

Hastings Boat Ramp Pier, Marine Parade Hastings

10am - 2pm fishing
2pm BBQ

Free. No booking required.
Bob 0418 36 7961

 

   

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