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Claude Jared Justin Rob

Yes's that time of the year again where many Victorian fisho's turn their attention to all things kingfish...and "why not "we say. From Warrnambool to Portland and also the Rip (which is where the team from Reel Time Fishings Charters bagged this one) are just some of the locations where the kings of the sea have been reported. You beauty !!!


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. All reports are as accurate and reliable as we can get them at the time of writing, however... of course, mother nature and fish themselves can switch it on and off at anytime Good fishing to everyone and we hope you all catch heaps. 



When conditions have allowed... ok numbers of nice King George whiting have continued to be caught in the waters between Brighton and Parkdale by anglers prepared to keep on the move and hunt them down. Keen whiting fisho Laurie and his partner has been finding some of these K.G.W  in approx 16ft to 20ft of water between Brighton and Sandringham, with both pipi and mussels baits getting the job done...Laurie said some models have been up to an impressive 39cm. The Werribee, Portsea, Sorrento, Rosebud and Blairgowrie areas etc have seen much greater numbers of KGW than our more local waters the KGW over recent weeks, where once again... the anglers that are prepared to hunt them down are the ones being rewarded after dark can at times be one of the best times to catch Port Phillips tasty whiting.

On the big snapper scene ( when conditions have allowed) out wide between Carrum and Mt Martha seems to be where the majority of the reports seem to be coming from...with mixed sized fish ranging from 1kg to 6kg coming over the side for keen anglers. Bag limit captures have not been uncommon for some fisho's over recent weeks, where you just need to keep hunting them down on the sounder until you find a patch that are in full on feeding mode...then with a bit of luck it will be "bent rods all round". Pilchards, silver whiting, and squid continue to be (as always) the top 3 baits...with dawn, dusk and a tide change being the best times. As always with the reds...some days can be red hot while on other days they are not playing the game...that's fishing hey.

Chunky size salmon continue to work the waters between Sandringham and Mornington... with varied size fish up to approx 1.2kg falling to most various styles of metal lures in white or pilchard colours. If you are lucky enough to be out there when the birds are working on them... troll around the edge of the school... or better still stop and cast into the school and wind fast. These guys really are great fighters and great fun, always with the salmon some days they are full on, while on other days they are no where to be seen. (Cont'd below)



The whiting in both Westernport and parts of Port Phillip have really been on the job over recent weeks...with anglers lucky enough to be on the right spot on the right day reporting bag limit captures on some of their trips. Good customer Jim managed this awesome catch while recently fishing with his son out from Hastings ...great job Jim !!

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On the squid scene, the good news from the last few weeks (when water conditions have been suitable) is the tasty southern calamari have still been hanging around and playing the game between Mordialloc and Black Rock. Successful squid anglers have been concentrating their efforts in approx 3 to 8mts of water ... fishing over the close to shore shallow reef areas using either size 2.5 or size 3 squid jigs (Yakamito or Yamashita brand jigs all work extremely well on these local calamari). Hopefully (conditions dependent) we can all look forward to these guys hanging around in our more local waters for a while yet ...fingers crossed. The other area that has been fishing very, very well on the squid scene over recent weeks has been out from Mt Eliza to Mornington...once again size 2.5 and size 3 jigs have been the go down here with the Yakamito P.X in red foil, white and metalic colours have been an absolute standout. 

Quality flathead seem to be in pretty good  numbers in the bay this year with customers through the store  reporting captures of fish up to an impressive 50cm... with the occasional even bigger model thrown in.  If you want to target the flatties... the shallow waters close to shore from Beaumaris Bay all the way down to St Kilda can at times be prime flathead country... Strike Pro Reaction, D.O.A and Squidgie soft plastics are a fantastic weapon of choice on these tasty critters. If bait fishing most of your regulation saltwater baits will work, however... just make sure it is quality bait and not some old stuff that's a bit on the nose etc

Smaller pinkie snapper up to approx 40cm continue to be caught along the reefs between Black Rock and Ricketts Point as well as around the Anonyma Shoal area out from Sandringham. Best method to catch the pinkies has been bouncing either D.O.A or Berkley Powerbait Nemesis soft plastics along the bottom.. dawn and dusk should be your best bite times. If bait fishing for the pinkies it's hard to go past cut pilchards or pre-cut squid strips. To increase your chances you may also want to check out the Silstar Jig'em rigs.. you simply attach your bait to them and the local pinkies at times go absolutely nuts on them.   (Cont'd below)


Yes !!... there are definitely some very nice snapper in Port Phillip Bay to make it well worth a try over the next few weeks or more. Keen snapper fisho Justin sent us this pic of his young nephew Jarryd holding his P.B red that he caught out from Willamstown. Great fish Jarryd...we can certainly see why it's your P.B.

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Some very nice flathead have been caught on both bait and lures from of our local piers and shallow beach locations around St Kilda, Brighton and Sandringham etc. Best lures have once again been soft plastic paddle tails bounced along the bottom and allowed to kick up the sand. Staff member Justin and his fishing buddy Elija have been doing well on these local landbased flathead (as well as some excellent size pinkies) so come in and chat to Justin for all his tips and tricks for success.

Quality Australian salmon have been caught from some of our various local landbased options between Mordialloc and Mt Martha, however...just like the boaties... you just need to be lucky enough to be in the area and on the spot when a school of feeding fish decide to come rampaging through. It can be full on action if you are out  there when this happens...if so, using  20 to 30grm small baitfish lures should see you getting stuck into to make sure you have a couple in your kit.

Some reasonable captures of quality king george whiting have been caught by local landbased anglers targeting them... with pipi and mussel and baits getting the job done. Customer Chris managed to catch a tasty 40cm model while fishing from the Black Rock Jetty recently, however the Port Melbourne, St Kilda and Sandringham piers, jetty's and surrounding rock wall areas etc should all still be well worth a crack for these guys if conditions are good.. As always with the K.G.W ... some days you get them and others days you don't... a great feed however if you can bag the odd one two or three etc. 

While much of the local squid action seems to be coming from the boaties over recent weeks.. some customers thru the store have still been catching a few nice southern calamari fishing the land based platforms between Sandringham and Mordialloc Pier when water conditions have been suitable. Better landbased squid areas worth trying of late have been Mt Martha Rocks and some of the Mornington Peninsula piers etc, where increased numbers of these guys have been holed up for some time. Hopefully good water conditions will prevail over the next couple of months and we see the calamari hang around for a while yet ??....because as most of us know ...poor water quality will usually send the squid into hiding.  

The Hastings and Stony Point jetties have both been producing mullet, trevally, squid and whiting for  anglers looking to wet a line. Pipis and pre-shelled mussels have been the best all round bait, with either side of the high tide the best time (Cont'd below)



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The Port has been fishing pretty well on the whiting scene so far this season... with quality fish coming in from pretty well everywhere. All the main areas of Tortoise Bank, Quail bank, Tyabb Bank, Joes Island, Eagle Rock, Tooradin and the Middle Spit etc are producing, however ... as always, be prepared to experience mixed results of "some great trips, some good trips and also some not so good trips" when chasing the whiting in the Port... as the last few weeks or so has seen them a bit unpredictable at times. As always whiting anglers should keep on the move and try both the shallower and deeper waters ( from 3mtrs to 14mtrs ) to find the schools of feeding fish...hopefully once you get onto them it will be a full on" bite and wind" beauty. Many successful whiting anglers slowly lift and drop there bait/sinker approx 30cm off the bottom every 10 seconds or so to entice the fish to bite, it is also important to make sure your whiting rig set up allows for the bait to sit above any weed  so it can be quickly and easily seen by the fish. Pop into the shop if you want to check to see if you are using the correct Westernport whiting rig set up. 

On the squid scene there have still been plenty of excellent calamari spread throughout the Port over recent weeks...with many of them living over most of your regulation whiting grounds and just waiting to eat your squid jig....most brands of jigs have been well and truly doing the job on these tasty creatures with size 3 and 3.5 jigs  working best in these tidal waters.

Quality gummy sharks have also been widespread throughout the Port for anglers targeting them over recent weeks. Alternatively ( if you are whiting fishing) make sure you chuck out a gummy rod as these  more shallower grounds are often where you will catch a nice gummy or two as they hunt for what ever tasty morsel they can find in the shallows etc. Westernport really is a great fishery, where you are in with a good chance of going home with a feed of whiting, calamari, snapper and gummy shark all from the one trip...pretty hard to top that hey !!.  (Cont'd below)



January is monster flathead month in many of the estuary systems thru-out Eastern Victoria and Southern NSW...with Lake Tyres certainly being one of the premier waters to chase these trophy fish. Both soft plastics and hardbody diving lures are the way to go for these guys. Good customer Ben landed this 90cm beast on his recent trip to Eden and fish like that are often a once in a lifetime. Well done mate. 

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The last couple of weeks has seen some nice striped marlin being caught by anglers out from Narooma and as far down as Eden...look for this billfish action to continue on... providing water conditions remain suitable for both the fisherman and the fish. Reports are that assorted size kingfish have also been caught around Montague Island on both bait and jigs etc. 


Reports of kingfish around the rip-heads area have at last started to once again filter thru the store, with good reports of other kingfish action also coming from Portland (north shore area) thru to Warrnambool etc...other more local locations like Cape Schanck and Pyramid Rock etc should all hopefully start to fire real soon (if they haven't done so already ?). On the shark side of things... a mako shark in excess of 200kg already caught offshore (as well as some other smaller models) over the last couple of weeks is a reminder that now is also the time to also chase these majestic beasts when sea conditions allow...plenty of burley and patience is required for these guys, however if you catch the reward can make it well worth the effort. School size bluefin tuna are the other target species still hanging around the Portland area over recent weeks, with once again the North Shore area being one of the better starting points. Pop thru the store if you need any specialist Mako traces or tackle for the kings and tuna etc.Quality gummy sharks and flathead have also been caught in good numbers outside the heads area... as always play it safe if heading to these waters !!!     


When water conditions have been good, many of the major town locations of Albury, Yarrawonga, Echuca and Swan Hill have continued to fish reasonably well for Murray Cod over the last few weeks or so...look for the mighty Murray to continue to fish well for the natives providing conditions remain suitable. Best baits have been bardi grubs, yabbies, scrub worms and cheese or alternatively best lures have been Carnage spinnerbaits or trolled deep diving stumpjumpers etc. Note: some parts of the mighty Murray (like Mildura, Wentworth etc) have been affected by black water events in recent may pay to check ahead to check if your destination area of the Murray etc has been affected or not ??? Cont'd below)



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As always Water level conditions can vary up at the Goulburn and is dependent upon requirements downstream. Customer Eathan recently returned from fishing the area around Thornton and landed 4 trout ranging from approx 350grms up to 900grms. Eathan caught all of his fish on live maggots fished in along the banks of the shady trees etc. If the grasshoppers and crickets are out and about ?? these are also a great bait floated down the stream, however... be on the lookout for snakes if you are bashing through the bush or long grass....word is that there are plenty around !!  


The yellowbelly seem to have gone a bit quiet up at the big lake, however the good news is that the Murray Cod fishing has never been better for this water... with models in excess of 80cm now a fairly common occurance ( some fish in excess of 1 meter have also been taken) While some of these fish have been taken on bait most have been caught by anglers targeting them with either spinnerbaits, lipless crankbaits or deep diving lures... best areas have been any steep rocky cliff faces around Jerusalem Creek, Frazer National Park, Deletite Arm and the dam wall areas etc. No doubt about it...fisheries have done a great job with the natives in Eildon, with this waterway now one of Victorias top Cod waters. Trout fishing has been slow in the lake... with the few fish that have been taken caught by trolling cobra style lures down deep. The small amount of trout action that there has been seems to be an early morning thing after the surface water temp has had chance to cool slightly overnight, however... if the weather is overcast it may still be worth dragging a flat line lure around during the day.The pondage is probably your better trout option this time of the year.


Some awesome size flathead  have been on the go at Lake Tyers over the last few weeks or so...with spin fisho's using either surface or suspending hard bodied lures in the shallow water or doing best ( soft plastics have also accounted for some nice models). Some very nice size bream have also been caught.Changing water conditions at Lake Tyers can really switch the fish both on and it always pays to get an update prior to heading down there...drop thru the store and check with the guys for any updates they may have heard ??


Around this time "last year" the lake was fishing very well for the chinook salmon down deep...and reports over the last month or so show that the lake has once again been fishing well for this past period. Providing water conditions remain good at the lake ? (e.g no algae bloom) look for this very deep water lake to hopefully continue to fish well for those anglers willing to concentrate their efforts down deep. Bait fishing with blue bait, white bait or cut pilchards (approx 1-2 meters off the bottom)should hopefully put you on to a few nice fish. This lake is now well stocked with a mixture of chinook salmon, rainbow and brown trout and also bass...and make no mistake, this is a place that can produce a real monster.  (Cont'd below)



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Lake Eildon Native News   Fisheries Victoria   January  6th

Ryan Shoesmith has joined our hatchery team at Snobs Creek and finished the week by helping to stock Lake Eildon today with 63,000 Murray cod and 100,000 golden perch fingerlings.
Lake Eildon's reputation as a productive Murray cod fishery continues to grow with plenty of 50-65cm size fish getting caught regularly.
This pulse of fish is from the 'Million Murray Cod' stocking effort, funded by fishing licence fees, between 2010 and 2013.

East Gippsland Fish Stocking  News   Fisheries Victoria   January 6th

The Bemm River and Lake Tyers are sharing in 35,000 estuary perch fingerlings today to improve fishing opportunities.These fish deliver on the State Government's Target One Million commitment to implement a marine stocking program and get more people fishing, more often.
The Bemm received 10,000 fingerlings with help from Bob, Nicholas and Mitchell Medson of the Bemm River Angling Club (pictured). Lake Tyers received 25,000.
These perch complement stockings last year, which was the first time the species had been stocked into the state's marine waters.Estuary perch fingerlings released into Gippsland are the offspring of local parent fish collected with assistance from local club volunteers. Using local strain broodfish ensures stockings don't compromise the genetics of wild populations.Estuary perch releases into Devilbend Reservoir on the Mornington Peninsula are showing encouraging signs with fly-fishers in particular catching lots of fish. Reports have also been received from the Werribee River, Melton Reservoir and Karkarook Lake. Last month, more than 100,000 estuary perch were stocked into 9 lakes and rivers

Murray Cod News   Fisheries Victoria   January  4th

Our Murray cod stocking season started with a bang today with the release of 40,000 fingerlings into Cairn Curran Reservoir and 80,000 into Lake Eppalock. (Cont'd below)



Good customer Peter looks like he has got his dinner sorted with these 2 very nice snapper that he caught while fishing out from Sandringham. Both great fish wonder you look happy !!

Keen fisho Elijah put in a landbased spin session around St Kilda and Brighton recently and came up trumps with this nice flattie and some quality pinkie snapper...Well done Elijah.


Landbased angler Chris recons that you don't always need a boat to catch quality table fish...he caught this 40cm whiting from the Black Rock Jetty. That's the way to do it Chris...hopefully many more to come hey !!

Estuary angler Andy landed this beautiful bream on a live nipper bait while fishing the Wonboyn area. Top fish Andy...a real stonker of a bream and one that will be hard to beat in the future.  


Good customer Pascal landed these 2 beauties while fishing out from Hastings in Westernport. And to make thing even better he also caught a feed of whiting on the same trip...that's the way to do it Pascal...keep up the good work..

Young up and coming super angler Liam loves showing his dad how it's done, with this nice eel that he recently caught. Well done Liam...hopefully dad is picking up on all your tips and tricks that you are teaching him.   


Peter, Elijah, Chris, Andy, Pascal, and Liam ... for emailing us your photo's you have all won a Shimano Spectrum Plus 762SN Allrounder Fishing Rod  
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Email us at  a photo of yourself with your favourite catch... "if selected" to feature in a part of our newsletter, you will have a chance of winning one of  many great prizes to be given away. Please Include in your email your name and some brief details of where, when and size of your catch etc. All prizes need to be collected in person from our Bentleigh / Moorabbin Store and prizes may be subject change with out notice. Good fishing everyone !!!



Fish Stocking  News   Fisheries Victoria   December 30th

The Snowy River at McKillops Bridge was stocked recently with 40,000 Australian bass fingerlings.
These fish helped set a new record for the stocking of species in Victoria - 162,000 in one season!
Improving inland fishing and increasing fish stocking to 5 million are key elements of the State Government's Target One Million plan, which aims to get more people fishing, more often.
The 40,000 bass complement 122,000 stocked earlier this month into 17 waters including the Macalister, Mitchell, Tambo, Thomson, Tyers, Timbarra and Avon rivers along with lakes Glenmaggie and Blue Rock.
Nearly 850,000 bass fingerlings have been released into Gippsland since 2002 and anglers are telling us they're growing well and providing good fishing.
The Snowy River had been stocked with bass between 2007 and 2013 when Victorian and NSW agencies joined forces to release over 500,000 fingerlings. Those fish spread throughout the river and provided a valuable pulse of young age-classes in the fishery, which contained some large and old bass, but very few smaller fish.
This most recent release of 40,000 fingerlings will help maintain a viable bass population and provide fishing opportunities for locals and visitors.
Bass stocking and the state-wide fish stocking program are funded by fishing licence fees and Target One Million.

Rock Fishing Safety  News  Fisheries Victoria   December  30th

Rock fishing is popular along our beautiful coastline, especially during summer.
Commonly encountered species include wrasse, sweep, Australian salmon, whiting, snapper and luderick.
Stay safe when rock fishing by following these simple tips:
- Always wear a life jacket
- Never fish alone
- Inform others of your plans
- Wear light clothing and appropriate footwear
- Carry safety gear such as a rope and float
- Never fish in exposed areas during rough or large seas
- Observe first, fish later
- Plan an escape route in case you're washed in
- Stay alert
- Ask for advice from locals who know the area.

Lake Purrumbete News   Fisheries Victoria   December  22nd

Our last stocking for 2016 was today with 4,000 rainbow trout released into Lake Purrumbete




Congratulations to super keen fisho and good customer Kane (pictured above) that recently won our  Bentleigh Bait Club V.I.P (pilchard card) lucky draw. Kane simply dropped his completed "Bonus Free Pilchards Card" into our lucky draw box and won this $1000 worth of awesome snapper tackle !!! 

Kane seems to be looking pretty pleased with himself, and why not ?...not only did he get his "bonus free pilchard rewards" thru-out the October, November and December snapper season....but he also won this fantastic lucky prize... well done mate ! 



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Good fishing from the Compleat Angler Bentleigh Team
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