Peninsula Total Tackle 24/03/2012
March 24, 2012
We had a break last week from the reports while our main report writer Dan Lee was away. But we’re back to it this week with plenty of action from the Peninsula and beyond. While as we write this report, the weather outside is little short of horrendous, the week ahead looks sensational, so we’re looking forward to a big week of action.
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Starting off, it seems the last couple of weeks, since about Labour Day, has seen a big improve in the numbers of good size squid being caught. The size has dramatically improved from the mid-summer run of juvenile cala, that we had been catching. The next week will provide some sensational conditions - a great opportunity to get out there and hit some serious cala. Bets of all you can do it land based or in the boat, with some good fish being taken from Sorrento Pier and out in front of the Sorrento Yacht Squadron, in between the moorings.
Brett Elwers landed this squid amongst 9 from the Sorrento Pier this week.
Steve Knight and wife Lizzie caught these nice cala off Safety Beach this week.
Steve reported the squid were finicky, only taking the white Shimano Sephia jig.
Customer Reece caught these in amongst the moorings. Again the white sephia jig was the winner...
Staff Gavin and brother Jason got stuck into some of the serious late season snapper that have been firing over the last couple of weeks. The boys fished wide of the Mt Martha point. There have been plenty of fish out there at the moment…. Anywhere from Ansetts down to the Mt Martha point is worth a look. While if you’re from the Queenscliff side we’ve heard some whispers of snapper coming from the Symmonds Channel. Our recommendation would be to get out there… they’re on and they will soon slow up.
Staff Gav Fallon with a swag of reds.
Another Customer, Brett Edwards, aka Big Bad also scored some red hot reds in the last week.
Mad Mardi and Brother Wombat joined Bigbad in catching a mix of good reds and gummy shark.
Brent Rietman and Mason also got stuck into some good reds and a lovely gummy shark last week. The boys were fishing deep off Rye.
Mason with a 15 odd kilo gummy shark.
Matt Cini from Reel Time Fishing Charters (0438 302 093) sent us some pics of some of the action he has been experiencing over the last couple of weeks. First up, he has been smashing some good gummy shark around the western entrance... check out these fish!
Reel Time customer Joe.
Reel Time into the fish!
As you can see the action over in westernport has been nothing short of sensational... with plenty of big gumbos to be had!
Matt and the Reel Time crew has also been into the snapper. Matty recommends using hard baits, yakka, king george etc... as there are that many baby pinks around at the moment that soft baits will be destroyed before the serious size fish have a chance to get to it. The boys have been doing well along the shipping channel off Mornington.
With the full moon last week the Reel Time crew had to work harder for the whiting but they still managed some healthy bags. Best baits were pippi and mussel and they were using plenty of pellet and pilchard burley.
Land based, Gars have been in good numbers off Rosebud and Dromana pier.
Lee Rayner and Dan Lee went out in search of some quality gars last week. The guys fished the shallow weed beds off the Tyabb Bank in Westernport Bay. A great session producing plenty of fish to about 48cm. Watch out for the episode on Adventure Bound.
Our mate, James the Chef, had a great session amongst some dirty conditions last week fishing at his favourite destination ‘the nose’ (Anthony’s Nose). He managed 15 odd King George Whiting in about 3 hours, with fish between 32cm – 50cm! James lost a few of the bigger fish at the bottom of the wall with them literally jumping out of the water and shaking the hooks! Good fishing!
Good customers Peter Marchitto and Tim Dornbruch had a great session catching two gummies and losing a 3rd by the boat. One fish took a squid head on a snapper snatcher the other an eel fillet. The boys also released a big Seven gill shark not to mention getting on to some great bags of calamari... a good few days fishing!
Tim with his south channel gummy shark.
Quality squid and whiting from Sorrento by Tim and Peter.
Jamie Luscombe and daughter Shaye caught these good gummies out by the Hovell Pile.
Ash Buckley and his father in law caught these nice gummies from Stoney Point in WPB this week.
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Out of Town, Gawaine Blake from Big Time Fishing Charters (0411 103 367) sent us some pics after a weekend away at Portland and Port Mac. The guys fished the first day out of Portland before hearing of a better bite out of Port Macdonnel. Day two saw them amongst good Bluefin Tuna to 30kg and Albacore.
Gawaine Blake from Big Time Charters.
Albies are plentiful at this time of year off Port Macdonnel.
Check this flyer... Mako going aerial. Blakey also ran a shark trip last week. Unfortunately they lost this fish estimated at 120kg. However, they did come away with a Blue Shark around 100 - 110kg.
James Markulis and Bubba headed to Portland for their first trip of the season. Whilst they missed on the Tuna, they were rewarded with a nice little Mako which took an Xrap in Bonito colour!
Local sparkey, Paul Cooney, has been up at Bermagui and while the weather has restricted the marlin trips, he has been donging plenty of these nice size kings at Montague Island.
Not all fishing stories are winning stories as staff Gav and mate, The Bruce, found out. The guys visited Eildon this week, managing two small Redfin off the back of several thousand casts…. And that’s fishing!
For more information feel free to drop in and see the boys at Peninsula Total Tackle, 11 Boneo Rd in Rosebud.
Dan, Gavin, Paul, Jason, Jules & John.
Big Bad with more from the sensational gummy run.
Not what you want to find on your boat mooring! The recovery of a sunken vessle taking place at Sorrento ramp...
Thinking Tuna? We have new tuna skirts in the store with more arriving including some cracking Meridian lures.
Bring your rod and reel down - we can set your drags, rig your lures and get you prep'd for a trip to Portland!