Tim from North Wonthaggi had a great day out on Western Port last month.

With Jim’s Bait and Tackle

AS WE wind down or build up to Christmas, depending on your situation, it’s just around the corner and coming fast.

It has been another strange year with all the COVID restrictions, some of which still exist, and I don’t think will change for a little while yet, but it is a lot better than being closed.

To add to the strange season, someone had made the unusual decision to rebuild the Newhaven boat ramp jetty just before Christmas.

Rain, wind, Christmas, and work have all gotten in the way of fishing lately, with this couple of weeks always a little quiet on the water.

The boating has been difficult with the uncertain weather, and when you do get out there is plenty of weed and fresh water.

We did get a few reports from the limited opportunities the boaters had, and they all said it was hard work finding the right area, and even when they found a clean patch the fishing was slow. Sounds doom and gloom, but it’s not as bad as it would seem, with the quality of the fish very good.

The fact that the reports we received came from lots of different spots suggests the fish numbers are good, it’s just the conditions that aren’t that favourable.

I am sure a week or so of good weather and the rain to disappear and we will see very different reports coming back to the shop.

Whiting and calamari contributed to almost all the reports with only the odd snapper, plenty of tiny pinkies but with the winds we have had, there wasn’t too many chances to get to the snapper grounds.

Because most of the whiting and calamari areas are in the shallows or around the edges, you can usually find somewhere to hide from the conditions.

The calamari numbers weren’t too bad just the size had dropped off a bit, and not quite as many bigger ones from the boats anyway.

The jetties and beaches were a little better for size and that’s where we saw the bigger ones caught. Nowhere stood out as such with a report or two from the normal spots both land and boat, but baited jigs won again for the most caught.

Whiting reports changed a little and there seems to be more consistency in size again, not sure if it’s the weather or what it is but the reports, we did get told us the smallest to the largest was much closer than it has been over the last month.

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