A very quiet morning Alan went fishing with good mates Sean and Michael. The boys managed to catch 5 carp between 40 and 50cm things were quiet and they were looking at leaving when Al's reel started screaming to his delight it was a magnificent 10 kilo beast of a mud marlin that took a few corn kernels. Great fun on the MPP2 2-4 kilo rod.
Alan Bonnici headed up to Geelong with good mate Mark Moseley for a night fish. An amazing ecosystem with fish swimming everywhere. Was a very strange session the guys ended up catching whiting, flathead, pinkies and trevally but were amazed catching many eels, scoprion fish and puffer fish. Was a weird but wonderful session.
During the school holiday break James has headed up to Monrington hitting many of the local piers in search of squid. James has managed to catch plenty nice size calamari, all on the Shimano 3.8 Clinch Jigs. The top colour was the YK colour either hopped off the bottom or slowly retrieved.
A very cold morning that was too choppy for the yak out in the bay so Alan headed down to his local Cherry Lake in a short session for Carp. Alan landed 3 carp all just under 60cm. The best catch though was sight catsing a carp that surfaced then flicking a Savage Gear pro grub and working it very slowly past it and bang. Always a thrill catching them with light spinning gear. All in all a fun morning.
Mark Moseley, Sean Johnstone, Michael King and Alan Bonnici headed to the local parts of Port Phillip Bay near Wyndham Harbour. A beautiful calm day but the fishing was tough going. The guys only managing to land a few Squid each. Very strange that the flathead and pinkies were shut down in that area, but the guys will be back out again very soon to try their luck again
James Matazzaro was back at the docklands doing exceptionally well catching many urban pinkies. Armed with his Aquayak Kayak his Savage Gear Finezze and Stealth combo with Savage Gear Golden Pro Grubs. The catch of the day was a beautiful 47cm pinkies just a few cm short of a big urban snapper. Well done James.
Anton Davies was keen to get into the opening of trout season. He took of for Thornton in the early hours of the morning to be ready. He managed to catch several PB rainbow trout flicking an old trusty Rapala CD F9 hardbody lure, and a range of soft plastics. For Anton its a big thrill to catch a trout of this size. He has put countless hours fishing local rivers and streams which rarely provide trout to this size. To beat your PB size trout several times in one day is as good as it gets. Well done Anton!!.
I love with when a plan works out. For fathers day morning Alan decided to buy the Savage Gear soft plastic colouring in kit. His 6 year old son enjoyed colouring in the curl tail plastics in various rainbow colours. Alan took his boy to a local lake and first cast landed a 47cm mullet with one of the softr plastics coloured in by his boy who was very happy.
Despite the cold conditions young gun angler James AKA "Fishing_Victoria" headed up towards Portsea and did some squid fishing along the pier. James did remarkably well using his Savage Gear Finezze rod and casting 3.5 squid jigs in gold and green colours. James landed several large squid with hood sizes to be very proud of. I know someone will be eating very well in the coming week.
jack Patterson went for a surf fishing session for salmon. He ventured up along the great ocean road driving past Anglesea and stopping before Aireys inlet to fish the picturesque Urquhart Bluff surf. Jack landed several salmon using a range of metal lures and soft plastics
Local young gun angler James AKA "Fishing_Victoria" once again was kept busy with Melbourne CBD fishing the docklands. This time his choice of plastic was the Savage Gear Pro Grub in gold which account for 5 decent size pinkes which is great fun on light spinning gear.
Mates Nick and Puneeth ventured on a 6 hour long drive to battle the mighty Bemm river. The effort was rewarded as the guys caught countless estuary perch on soft plastics and surface lures in the upper reaches of the river. The guys also managed to catch a few bream in what ended up being a great fishing weekend away.
Mark Moseley and Alan Bonnici took advantage of the beautiful Melbourne weather and battled their local fishing spot of Altona on the Port Phillip Bay. The weather was great but the fishing was tough going as the guys could only manage a few decent flatties. Was good to see others out catching squid, but no Pinkies to be seen.
Alan Bonnici was walking the banks of the Maribrynong river flicking a range of soft plastics. He stumbled upon a school of Mullet that eagerly took curl tail soft plastics with nearly every cast which was lots of fun. Alan kept moving on and then landed 2 bream 15 minutes apart both around 39cm with the Savage Pro Grub in pink. Its great fun catching big bream when using the very lightest of fishing gear using his LRF 1-3 kilo fishing rod and 4 pound braid.
Through out the early parts of July local angler James AKA "Fishing_Victoria" has been out with good mates catching many pinkies flicking a range Zman grubs amongst the pylons and structure at the Docklands. It's also been a great place to test out the new Kayak whilst the conditions on the bay have been quite choppy and unpredictable. James has caught many pinkies up to 50cm.
It was a beautiful morning but the fishing was awfully quiet. Only managing to catch a couple of small Mullet and a couple of small pinkies on both bait and soft plastics. The temperatures are very low at the moment and fishing around Port Melbourne has temporarily shut down, but that wont stop us from persisting.
The majority of our reports are usually Melbourne and Victoria based but one of our regular contributors James ventures up to Port Douglas in Queensland, packing his MPP2 rod James caught some maazing species including a hammerhead shark, Diamond trevally, and countless local species.
Local young gun Andy has ventured up to Patterson lakes in search of big winter bream. After a few quiet sessions Andy finally landed into a few brutes just short of the 40cm mark hopping grub style soft plastics and slow rolling shallow diving cranks. Andy has been using a combination of Zman Grubs with a 1/28 jig head, Savage Gear Fathead cranks with his Shimano Stradic and Raider combo
Port Phillip Bay - The Stick
Mark Nelson a true experienced angler and expert of Port Phillip Bay has been doing remarkably well this winter on the pinkies. Using his sounder as a key tool he spends the extra time to mark up schools and then gets into the action dropping baits right on top of them. The action has been frantic and fun despite the cold conditions. Mark has been using his ever reliable Shimano OC4000 baitrunners and pilchards as bait. Thanks for sharing Mark.
Jan Juc Beach Torquay
Alan Bonnici and Mark Moseley ventured up to Torquay and fished the Jan Juc surf beach opposite the surf life saving club. The going was quite tough but the guys landed 10 small salmon flicking the 42 gram metal slugs by Savage Gear missiles in Pilchard colour and casting out half blue baits. The guys also tried with blue bait which also accounted for a few small salmon.
Mornington - Port Phillip Bay
Mark Bonnici is a gun fisherman around the Mornington peninsula. Lately he has been doing remarkably well around Morning on the squid with multiple bag out sessions whilst hosting a few mates on his boat. Once the guys finish with the squid they set there sites on the Whiting, taking careful time to sound up shallow weedy areas notorious for good numbers of whiting. Mark hasn't disappointed and has been eating very well lately. Thanks Mark
Nick took his boat out for a spin up the Maribrynong river. To his surprise a large pinkie smashed his ecogear SX40 hard body lure breaking the trebles and rings. What was surprising is just how far up the river this possibly lost Pinkie was caught and then returned to the water. Nick also managed a few bream on his travels that day.
The conditions were amazing and Alan and Mark hit Campbells cove in search of Flathead and Squid. The bay was like a lake which had conditions quite tricky however the guys managed to find their far share of both squid and flathead.
Cunningham Pier, Geelong
Jeremy Ang has been in a drought lately gone fishless on several fishing trips, however this trip to Geelong was what he needed as he caught many Mullet, a small gummy shark, countless snot nose trevally and a couple of very prckly scorpion fish. Well done Jeremy good to see you finally land a few.
Early morning start fishing the banks of Moorabool reservoir 2nd cast of the day produced a magnificent big buck brown trout taken on a Savage Gear 3D prey minnow hard body lure. A new PB for Alan Bonnici. As per the video link below the trout was released to fight another day.
VIDEO REPORT: https://youtu.be/QLsehS5ckC4
Dell Reyal has been following all the pinkie and snapper hype around the docklands in recent weeks flicking soft plastics with great success. Targeting the structure, shadows, moored boats and pylons has produced plenty off good size pinkies. The bite is often quiet then frantic some some patience has been key to getting into the urban Docklands fishing action. Thanks Dell
Amazing day fishing the banks of Moorabool reservoir. The conditions were beautiful and clam and the fishing was great. Alan and Mark managed 8 trout but the catch of the day was a massive brown trout that gave a great account of himself after taking a scrub worm.
VIDEO REPORT: https://youtu.be/srla9xPHjw8
The Maribrynong River
Puneeth and Nick dusted of the old tinny and spent the day on the Maribrynong river targeting bridges and pylons jigging cranks crabs for big bream. The guys had a great day on the water and Puneeth managed to catch his first bream on a lure which made it much more memorable. Thanks for sharing guys.
Alan Bonnici ventured out on Anzac day to Altona beach with his Kayak. Giving himself a 1 hour challenge Alan managed 7 flathead. 2 really good size ones falling victim to curl tail soft plastics and squid strips as bait. The conditions and fishing was amazing.
VIDEO REPORT: https://youtu.be/oFR_Y6XZW9U
Wissam Karim has been out in his boat this week targeting squid around Altona and Williamstown. Wissam has been busy as the squid fishing has been on fire, with squid jigs in all colours catching white, pink and orange the stand outs. Its good to see the squid has fired up on this side after areas around Mornington were full of squid. Wissam and his family will be eating well this week, thanks for the report.
Dell has been hitting Albert Park most evenings with the love of catching perch on surface lures. Dell has had a lot of success right on sundown with mid size surface poppers around 55cm in length. A strong retrieve pause method to make some noticeable splashes on the surface has accounted for many estuary perch upto 40cm. Well done Dell hope to join you out there soon.
Young gun angler James AKA Fishing_Victoria ( check him out on Instagram ), headed out for a land based fishing session on the Maribrynong river near the rock wall opposite the anglers tavern in Essendon. Using live crabs James caught many bream including an amazing 39cm bream which gave a great fight on his new 2-4 kilo MPP rod combo. Thanks for the report James
Sean Johnstone had a great day out on the boat around Werribee South. Targeting squid Sean managed to catch plenty of them and noted that squid jigs in pink, white and red were by far the most productive. What better way is there to spend your Easter saturday break then out on the water catching a great feed other then getting some ink on the face it was a big success. Thanks for sharing Sean.
Alan Bonnici and Mark Moseley had their kayak fishing cut short due to excessive winds therefore the guys went for a squid fishing session along the very beautiful finders pier.
VIDEO REPORT: https://youtu.be/ezlPe8HXQ50
Jack Patterson and Chritian Mikic have been fishing between Altona and Port Melbourne in roughly 12 meters deep water. Sounding up schools of snapper the guys have been jigging 4 inch curl tails in the opening night colour with great success. Thats a great local feed and fishing that Port Phillip bay has to offer.
James went for a fishing session around Port Arlington. With Whiting as the intended target species James was pleasantly surprised when the pinkies turned up and went on a frenzy taking just about every plastic and bait that came in sight. After catching heaps of pinkies in a short time James then moved onto the squid were he managed a couple of nice size squid.
Edge Water, Nong
Rowan went fishing around the edge water estate along the Maribrynoing river. As soon as he dropped his baits he got a couple of massive hits but unfortunately didn't land what would have been a couple of nice bream. However after persisting Rowan landed an awesome Pinkie in the high 40's after it almost took his fishing rod into the river. Thats his first pinkie on the Nong and he managed to catch a couple of nice size bream to go with it. Well done Rowan.
Hopkins River & Warrnambool
Michael Smith headed up to Warnabool with the family for some time away from Melbourne. Michael fished the bay and the Hopkins river entrance. After an avalanche of small bream Michael finally started to land some decent size ones using vibes. and then got onto a few EPs. Mick also did well on the shallows of the bay catching some Flathead between 50 and 60cm in length.
To Alan's delight after only a couple of casts he would catch an amazing 47cm Redfin which was a great way to test out new LRF series rod which handled remarkably well. The reddies took a liking to the new Pro Grubs in UV motor oil with a 1/6 and 1/6 jig head. Alan ended up catching 9 Redfin the biggest 47cm, then 34cm and a number of smaller ones.
Alan, Mark & James were on a mission of getting a good feed of squid whilst testing the new range of Savage Gear 3D egi shrimp jigs which didn't let them down. In choppy conditions they managed 10 squid. They then moved on flicking the newly released Fat t-Tail which saw us catch several nice flathead in the mid 40's. Was a great morning on the water
Ferguson street pier, Williamstown
Alan fished on the Ferguson street pier for 70 minutes after the session was cut short due to a Hyundai commercial being filmed in the car park. However Alan still managed to catch 8 bream in that short time biggest measuring 37cm.
VIDEO REPORT: https://youtu.be/CRhirud6Cqg
Alan Bonnici ventured to Cherry lake catching many carp using scrub worms, corn, & bread. The biggest carp caught measured 64cm. Carp were handed out to locals who were keen to take them home for a feed.
VIDEO REPORT: https://youtu.be/MfMcCOy6S9E
Alan, Michael & Peter competed in the Lake Eppalock fishing challenge. Alan was stocked to be a major winner of the day by catching the biggest redfin on a Savage Gear Rotex spinner in gold and green.
VIDEO REPORT: https://youtu.be/3jkTDSVUuMg
Dell Reyal had an amazing fishing session from Queenscliff. Catching several species of fish including pinkie snapper, bream, whiting and squid. However the standout catch of the day was an amazing 43cm bream which fought extremely hard and was taken on a large grub style soft plastic. Well done Dell thats a trophy size bream to be very proud off.
Alan road tested the new Savage Gear MPP2 rods along the Warmies. The videos are to educate anglers about the basics of catching bream with bait along in Yarra entrance. A short session saw Alan catch a 39.5cm bream a 36cm bream and many undersized bream.
VIDEO REPORT: https://youtu.be/6HfAJI6kPaA
Alan, Nick & Jeff fished on the small tinnie in depths of 7 meters catching countless redfin eager to take any bright coloured soft plastic. Most catches were between 30-40 cm in size which is great fun on light spinning gear..
VIDEO REPORT: https://youtu.be/Iu9RlGmSdOc
Rhys Gillard wrote to FishingMad thanking us for publishing the essential guide to fishing fro bream on the Nong which helped him land a few ripping bream up to 37cm on the mighty Maribrynong river near Avondale heights. Rhys carefully followed some key tips and before he knew was catching some very worth bream. Well done Rhys we really appreciate your feedback and taking the time to write to us.
Kadir Sahin has taken advantage of the one true remarkable thing that happens in Melbounre very in frequently by catching King fish around the Docklands. Dedication, patience and persistence the key to catching some trophy king fish. And studying the changing elements. Fresh squid and a range of lures and swim baits have been the most successful choices to target these amazing fish. This has been a very popular catch with much exposure across many forms of social media and publications around Melbourne.
Alan Bonnici, Mark Moseley & Cooper Trigg went for a kayak fishing session from Werribee South. The guys did well between them catching 1 large snook, 1 small gummy, several pinkies, 5 flathead up to 60cm and a heap of those dam toad fish. Most fish caught using a range of soft plastics whilst the old bait hardly got a touch. The catch of the day was a 58cm Flathead caught by Alan on his new Savage Gear combo. Including a black savage 2-4 kilo spin rod coupled with a stealth 2000 reel.
Alan Bonnici headed up to the Geelong area for a brief fishing session around Wurdee Boluc Reservoir. The purpose of the session was to test a couple of new lures including the Savage gear 5.1cm Fat Vibe and the 3D prey hard body lures. The fishing was tough with only a couple of trout surfacing however Alan managed to catch a few Reddies the biggest in the mid 30's which took the fat vibe on a subtle slow roll. The rain settled in ending the session early but I belive this same technique on sundown would fish very well.
Hakan Unen and Gurkan Ali went for a fishing session down at the local warmies near Port Melbourne. The conditions were tough with frequent rain and wind but the guys were heavily rewarded with a massive Mulloway which took a salted pilchard on a doubled snelled rig. What a catch, thats one of the best fish I have seen pulled from the warmies. The guys also managed a few nice size pinkies. Well done guys!!
Despite the tricky conditions James Muscat had a ripping session on the snapper after launching from Altona and heading towards Fawkner beacon. The trusty staple baits of pilchards both unweighted and weighted and silver whiting produced many nice Snapper up to 3 kilos.
Alan Bonnici went fishing along Campbells cove in his Native watercraft Kayak. Alan was only out for a short time when a nasty thunderstom came rolling thorough however Alan still managed to catch 6 pinkies, 1 flathead and 1 toad fish using the 2.5 inch Savage Gear manic shrimp soft plastic in Gold and a range of staple baits. When the lightning started that was a sure sign to get out quickly.
Albert Park Lake
Dell Reyal was back at Albert park this week targeting more monster carp. And as you can see by the images he landed some amazing ones including a very beautiful large mirror carp. Dell really enjoys catching big carp on light fishing gear. Thanks for sharing Dell.
Lucian Dupta has been at his local docklands and doing very well on the large bream hiding amongst the structure and pylons. Lucian has caught many bream around the magical 40cm mark. Lucian has been fishing with a range of the usual staple baits including the humble scub worm suspended on a float near structure.
Jack Patterson headed down towards his local lake not far from Brimbank Park in search of some big Carp. Using heavy gear and loading up the 1/0 circle hooks full of corn kernels Jack caught many carp. The biggest carp going an awesome 70cm in size which gave a really big fight and took some effort to keep away from the structure. Brimbank park is a great place to fish for Carp just watch out for those moving sticks. Thanks for the report Jack.
Michael and Peter Smith set off in there boat and headed towards Port Melbourne. The guys stopped along the way catching several squid, snook and Flathead. Then the guys moved on and caught their bag limit of Snapper in a chaotic session that was over almost as quick as it started. The conditions were a little choppy but the guys did exceptionally well.
Despite the challenge of very windy conditions and a very small boat Nahid braved the conditions and headed to the shallow reefs of Williamstown. After having great difficulty anchoring up Nahid got things together and caught 3 Snapper, 5 Pinkies, 1 Makrel and 1 flathead on fresh squid from the Footscray market. What a productive fishing session and some PB sessions for Nahid which is amazing news. A big well done from the FishingMad team.
Cooper Trigg and Kevin Warwick kicked of the Melbourne cup weekend with a very early morning session around Altona in search of snapper. After getting through the line up at the boat ramp the guys roughed the lumpy conditions and quickly landed 2 amazing Snapper on unweighted pilchards. The fishing then slowed down but the guys were still very happy with 2 quality size port Phillip bay snapper. Well done and thanks for the pics.
Dean Yeoman and Alan Bonnici headed up to lake Eildon to join the fishing club didyoubringyarodalong for the weekend. Dean and Alan fished several spots catching sa number of magnificent fish. Including a 57cm brown trout by Dean who rescued it from being tangled up against the snags, a couple of medium size golden perch, many small redfin and a couple of big carp including a beautiful mirror carp. A massive 5 kilo golden perch was caught during the weekend which was very impressive.
The grand final public holiday and Alan Bonnici went fishing with his close mates Mark Moseley and Jeremy Ang around various spots around country Victoria including the upper and lower Coliban river, Malmsbury river and Lauriston river. Initially the guys were catching many small redfin and roach under 30cm. Finally the trout fishing picked up and the guys managed to land several nice brown trout between 40 and 55cm. The most productive lure by far was the pontoon 21 paco spoons in both 10.5 grams and 14 gram sizes.
Albert Park Lake
Alan Bonnici went fishing around urban Albert Park Lake which is only a measly 3klm from the CBD. Fishing with a range of hard body lures and soft plastics Alan managed a stunning 48cm Golden Perch and several small stocked rainbow trout. Was great fishing considering the hurricane winds which made casting close to impossible. Its amazing the quality fishing that can be had so close to the city of Melbourne. A big thanks to Nick Keeling.
Alan Bonnici went carp fishing around some local rivers around Melbourne. Alan caught 10 carp in 2 hours before running into a large tiger snake which ended his day. However 2 carp were memorable in size. The biggest caught was just under a meter weighing roughly 10 kilos the other was 74cm nd also very heavy. As usual with carp corn and scub worms accounted for may of the catches. Alan also managed to catch a carp on a atomic crank hard body lure
Graeme Findlay made the very best of the start of trout season opening in Victoria by heading up to the very renowned Eildon Pondage in search of trout. Despite the freezing cold conditions eildon pondage didn't disappoint with Graeme catching 2 magnificent trout up to 5 pound. Graeme is having quite the month catching many quality fish. Well done and keep up the terrific work Graeme.
Dell Reyal kicked off the new month with a fishing session at Albert Park with his good mate Puneeth. To Dell's surprise he caught a monster 10 kilo 80cm Carp on a red metal lure. This gave an amazing fight using his 4kg max fishing rod. Carp arent known for taking lures of soft plastics so this is quite a remarkable catch. Well done Dell and thanks for the sharing the brilliant pics with FishingMad.
Graeme Findlay was back his favourite hunting ground Wurdi Buloc flicking a range of lures and soft plastics of the various spots. He managed to catch this magnificent 61cm Brown trout on a noreis wasabi 8cm spoon in gold. Well done Graeme they are some brilliant photos thanks for sharing
Puneeth Appachu went for decent trip down towards Gunnamatta a beautiful location between Flinders and Rye. Puneeth had a fishing session consisting of casting weighted metal slugs and heavily weighted soft plastics Puneeth caught many Salmon along the surf line. Most oif the Salmon caught were around the 40cm mark which are great fun to catch. Well done Puneeth and thanks for the report.
Graeme Findlay has spent some time this week fishing the greater Geelong area. In his adventures he spent some time at Wurdi Buloc flicking a range of lures and soft plastics of the main rock wall. Graeme managed to land this beautiful 41cm Redfin using a Daiwa TD minnow 95SP lure. Thanks for the report and pics Graeme.
A beautiful Saturday Spring morning, Alan Bonnici headed out to some local waterways around Melbourne. Armed only with a light Daiwa spin rod combo and a packet of Zman Slim SwimZ Alan managed to catch some exceptional fish. His first catch of the day was a healthy 39cm Bream which gave a tremendous fight. That was followed up with another 32cm Bream and 3 Mullet up to 40 cm. We should see some warmer weather soon which Alan is looking forward to.
Alan Bonnici and Mark Moseley headed out for a late night fishing session launching from Werribee south and headed towards Point Cook. After catching doughnuts instead of the targeted Squid the guys anchored up, berleyed the immediate area threw out some full unweighted pilchards in search of Sharks. It didn't take long before the guys caught a number of Port Jackson sharks. Yeah there a pest of the ocean but it was still good fun to catch and release a few of these guys
Lucian Dupta battled the freezing cold conditions and headed up to Bullen Merri. Fishing along the banks he managed to catch a few nice Salmon up to 1.5 kilos using power bait. Then the conditions got very windy and Lucian resorted to flicking plastics in search for Trout. He did very well catching several quality rainbow trout up to 1.5 kilos. Well done Lucian thanks for sharing another great report.
Alan Bonnici, Michael Smith and Peter Smith hard a hot fishing session on the Salmon from Port Melbourne. The guys managed to catch 40 Salmon over 40cm in a couple of hours. All Salmon were caught on soft plastic with the most productive being the Zman StreakZ and GrubZ in ghost pilchard and speckled red colours. Great fun on the light gear and the guys were all using light Daiwa gen black rods. The guys also managed some interesting species including Snook, Goat fish, Pinkies and Flathead.
Michael Smith and his brother went for a fishing session between Point Cook and Altona. They initially started by drifting in shallow waters on the last hour of the rising tide with red and orange squid jigs which produced 4 nice size Squid quickly. The guys moved on more towards Point Cook drifting in 4 meter deep water and caught a plenty of flathead using Berkley Gulp Turtle back worms in camo colours on a 1/6 size 2 TT jig heads. The bite was quite frantic. The guys finished up casting 2.5 inch motor oil grubs in the channels catching several nice size Pinkies. For Pinkies the guys were using 1/16 size 4 nitro jig heads. Well done Mick that a great report.
Local young gun Angler James Papas got a huge thrill when he snagged this beautiful large Winter Snapper whilst flicking soft plastics on light gear around port Phillip bay. It wasn't the target species but a wonderful by-catch that was managed very well with Bream equivalent gear not made for Big Reds like this. James was using a range of Z-man streaks and various colours. Well done James thats an amazing catch.
Alan Bonnici and a few good mates headed up to Wurdi Buloc in search of Trout. The conditions were a very cold 3 degrees which didn't stop the guys getting into their waders and casting a range of lures and spoons. The session at first was without any luck with Mark Moseley dropping a very nice size Trout right as he was about to net it and Alan to dropped a nice size Trout in similar conditions. The guys however would manage a couple including this lovely 47cm Brown Trout which was caught on a golden Nories Wasaby.
Joe Shogun braved the cold conditions and ventured Anakie way to Stoney Creek Reservoir. Joe has spent the majority of his time castin the new Pontoon 21 Paco spoons in a range of colours and weights with great success. His last couple of trips have accounted for several nice Trout up to 50cm and a couple of smaller models. Well done Joe
Lucian Dupta headed up to to Moorabool Reservoir flicking a range of spoons in search of Trout. Lucian did very well catching 2 nice size Trout on a white coloured spoon. 1 Rainbow and 1 Brown. He then headed to Newlyns Reservoir for the remainder of the afternoon catching a further 3 Brown Trout using darker coloured spoons. Well done Lucian thats a great effort and thanks for the report.
Adrian Scattolin and Christian D'Intinosante gave the Bream a weekend off and had a great session on Bostock reservoir catching many Brown and Rainbow trout. The most successful strategy was lightly weighted scrub worms which continually produced the Trout in good numbers. Great job guys and thanks for the report.
Ryan Pathe hit the local water systems around Craigiburn with his son. Fishing a range of Zman soft plastics with the versatile HWS jig heads the guys did very well catching 4 nice size Redfin slowly retrieving the soft plastics. Well done guys and thanks for sharing with FishingMad
Tom Nguyen and Alan Bonnici went for a fishing session past Geelong towards Wurdiboluc chasing Redfin. The guys were flicking a range of plastics but primarily Bullet five-o minnows in Bumble Bee, Pink Tiger and Spawning Trout. Also flicking Nories Wasaby 12 inch spoons in black colour.. The fishing was great with many size Redfin caught. The biggest caught by Tom reaching a whopping 44cm. Alan also caught plenty of Redfin just shy of the 40cm mark. The guys packed it in when the conditions got quite wet and cold.
Justin Harding was up to his usual tricks walking the banks of the Maribrynong river and sight casting unweighted baits towards Bream sitting in the shallows. He also was casting unweighted baits against jetty's and pylons with great success. The catch of the day was a beautiful 35cm Bream which gave a really nice fight on light unweighted gear. Well done Justin you have really started to master that area and that fishing method. We also really enjoyed the video you posted the other day.
Great to see John Regali back fishing again. With his new smile the Bream fishing Guru was back doing what he does best and thats catching plenty of Bream and Garfish on bait. The location of choice was the usually very windy Brighton pier which has just started to produce Gars in big numbers lately. Well done John good feed there and good to have you back.
Alan Bonnici took the family up for a trip to Daylesford and stopped in at the very pictures Wombat Dam. Alan landed a couple of very healthy but small Rainbow trout on Maggots and Scrub worms lightly weighted on a basic running sinker rig.
Daniel Kenshole fished the Moorabool Reservoir up towards Ballarat. Daniel managed to land many nice size Brown Trout and Redfin by casting out Wasaby metal jigs and slowly retrieving them. This has been very effective for Daniel who has landed some amazing fresh water fish lately. Thanks for sharing the report Daniel and keep up the good work.
Joe Shogun took advantage of getting prime access on a private property along the Werribee river. Joe started of with a bang but lost what would have been a very decent size Bream near the banks as his reel accidentally flicked into reverse allowing the bream to shake the hook. However Joe persisted and caught a number of Bream up to 32cm. Thanks for sharing Joe I'm sure that bruiser Bream isnt to far away mate.
Russel House went for a land base fishing session in Port Melbourne not to far from the west gate bridge. Russel managed to land a number of nice size Pinkies. Its great to see the FishingMad videos inspiring others to get out and catch some decent fish as Russel did after watching our video of how to catch Pinkies under the west gate. Thanks for sharing Russel.
Joe Regali and Alex Carrillo took the boat out in Lake Wendouree up in Ballarat. They guys did exceptionally well flicking and trolling a range of lures. Joe caught his first ever fish on a lure which was a very healthy size Redfin on a Rapala original hard body lure. The boys also caught a number of large Brown Trout and a number of large Redfin. Wendouree is fishing very well at the moment so get up there community and catch some exceptional fresh water fish
Alan Bonnici went fishing out from Altona in his Kayak on Easter Saturday with some good mates. The conditions were excellent low winds and outgoing high tide essential for the Yak. Alan fished in 5 meter deep water not to far out and not to far from the reef. Alan did very well catching 3 Flathead between 45-48 cm, 1 Pinkie measuring 34cm and 1 Leather Jacker measuring 36cm. Caught on half pilchards and Squid. Enjoy your Easter break and get fishing.
Justin Harding fished a local dam in search of Redfin and he found plenty. Using Zman CrusTeaz in pearl white and Zman grubs in Neon Pink Justin caught many Redfin between 25 and 30 cm using mainly a pause and twitch retrieval method. Justin has only just started fishing for Redfin but his a natural thats now hooked on chasing this very under rated species. Alan also caught many Redfin using the Zman grubs in purple sparkle colour
Regular contributor Stephen Taylor had a great session fishing for schools of Salmon near the Williamstown reefs. A hot bite started with Stephen landing Salmon after Salmon using a range of metal slugs and soft plastics with a nice fast retrieve. Well done Stephen thats a great effort.
Alan Bonnici, Nick Keeling and Puneeth Appachu went on a fishing session scoping new areas around Roxburgh Park. They guys collectively did very well catching many small Redfin on a range of soft plastics and hard body lures. Alan did very well using the Strike Tiger 3 inch curl tail in the Orange Vodka colour and the other guys had success using Zman grubs in a range of colours. No large Redfin on the day with Nick catching the largest Redfin measuring around 28cm.
Regular contributor Michael Smith ventured up to beautiful New Zealand. Michael tried a vast array of rivers and streams but couldn't get anything to bite on his usual go to range of soft plastics. Michael watched frustratingly as large Rainbow and Brown trout would continually get spooked by a well presented plastic. Finally Michale fished in Rotura and switched to the Strike Tiger black 2 Hawgs and immediately started catching many Trout. He caught 9 in an hour session and proved that perseverance and trailing different colours and lure really does work. Well Mick thats a brilliant effort.
Alan Bonnici went for a quick solo fishing session in Port Melbourne. Taking advantage of the high tide at 6.00am Alan fished from 6.00 to 7.30. Alan did very well catching 8 Bream. 3 of them legal size with the biggest measuring 37cm. Alan also caught several whiting and mullet but no Pinkies. Was a great session with nice conditions and great to always see a healthy amount of Bream in the entrance
Robert Gubeljak had a great session at his local lake catching many nice size Carp. The biggest going 73cm and giving a nice fight on light gear. Corn was the choice of bait that did the damage on the Carp.
Alex Carrillo was up to his usual tricks as he recently went for a road trip up to one of his favorite fishing locations in Yarrawonga. Alex had a great time and caught a lot of very noteworthy fish including a few monster size Carp, a couple of decent Murray Cod, A few large Golden Perch and a heap of estuary Perch. Well done Alex some wonderful photos and catches there.
Regular contributor for FishingMad Jack Patterson ventured up to Bostock reservoir for a spinning session. Jack did very well catching a total of 9 fish in just 2 hours. Jack caught a mix of Rainbow Trout and Redfin using a range of different spinners. Well done Jack and thanks for the report.
Alan Bonnici and Jeremy Ang fished the Werribee river near Exford. The guys got into an avalanche of small redfin using flicking Bullet Lures 3 inch minnow in redfin pattern and Strike Tiger T Tail in orange spawn. It was a frustrating morning with the biggest Redfin only going 25cm. The guys did see lots of small Carp being caught by some others using bread on very small hooks and a small quill float.
Michael Smith and his brother fished the reef of Millers road Altona in the early morning during terrific conditions in search of Snapper. The guys ended up landing a dozen pinkies between 30cm and 50cm. The guys were using Zman 4'' Streakz Curly Tailz in baby bass colour on 1/8 jig heads and procure mullet scent. They then changed up plans and drifted flicking TT switchblades vibes about a 100m west of Altona Pier for a few flathead around 35cms.
Alan Bonnici, Adam Johnston & Ian Brady started the long weekend by taking their Native Slayers and Hobies out from Altona at the break of Dawn. The conditions were like glass and the action on sun-break was hot with many good size Pinkies taking a range of baits. The most successful being unweighted pilchard heads. Was only a small session with roughly 9 size Pinkies kept for the morning session.
Western suburbs newcomer Billy Brady was all inspired by some recent FishingMad reports and Facebook posts caught his first Bream on the Nong using Prawns as bait. Saltwater fishing is a change of pace for Billy who generally chases the big Carp in freshwater. Well done Billy, the team are FishingMad a very proud to know that our posts inspired you to get out and chase different species using different techniques.
Russell House watched a recently posted FishingMad YouTube video catching Bream, Pinkies and Trevally under the West Gate bridge and he decided to give it a go for himself. Russel had great success catching a 28cm Bream a 32cm bream, a 29cm pinkie, a 26cm trevally which he released and a 37cm flathead. Everything caught on a paternoster bottom hook. Well done Russell that’s a terrific day out fishing. Were thrilled that our video inspired you and look forward to receiving more reports from you.
Headed out towards St Leonards but was unable to launch due to the horrendous conditions and large waves at the boat ramp, so a change of plan including a small drive to Clifton Springs surprisingly brought along nice calm conditions. Tim Branagan, Paul Turner and Patrick Tyers set off fishing sunny conditions in the shallows, weed beds, mussel farms and shipping channels using Pilchard and Squid catching an avalanche of small Flathead, some whiting and even a few pesky Banjo sharks and Toad-fish. Was a very enjoyable fishing session enjoyed by all.
Jack Patterson had a productive 6 hour session at Bostock reservoir catching 12 Redfin, 1 Rainbow Trout and 1 Brown Trout in total. All were caught on rainbow pattern tsunami spinners and green on gold size 2 celtas. Jack was continually moving in search of the schools of redfin using a nice slow roll retrieve amongst trees and visible snags which worked a treat. Well done Jack thanks for the report.
Mark Moseley, Robert Clephane and Alan Bonnici fished at the local Melton reservoir. The guys caught many small redin on a range of soft plastics like z-man grubs, hard body lures such as bullet 5 inch pink tiger, 3 inch Christmas beetle, ecogear SX40f and vibes such as the Berkley Big eye blade. They also caught many small redfin using scrub worms as bait. Mark caught a medium size Carp on Corn, and Alan watched on helplessly as a big fish took his rod out of the rod holder, down the rocks and deep into the reservoir. A new fishing combo gone in the blink of an eye. Hopefully we will find the big redfin next time.
Justin Harding had a ripping day on the Nong near Edgewater site casting for large Bream. A new technique which paid dividends as Justin walked the banks catching many Bream. The catch of the day however was a beautiful 37 cm Bream in only a foot of water and only a couple of meters away from the bank which took off like a rocket when it realized it was hooked. After some heart racing moments Justin manged to catch the large Bream to take a couple of quick photos and release this beautiful fish to fight another day. Well done Justin thats a terrific effort.
Mark Moseley and Robert Clephane had a brief fishing session in the afternoon near the local Werribee River mouth entrance. Immediately the guys started catching small Bream on frozen chicken and lightly weighter maggots. Mark almost lost his rod to a large sized Bream that took his rod of the holder and into the shallows but was unable to land it but did managed to redeem himself with a very healthy Bream as shown in the picture to the left.
Nahid Rahman caught his personal best size Bream fishing opposite Victoria University between Flemington and Footscray. In fact he caught 2 very healthy 32cm versions on lightly weighed scrub worms and maggots. The conditions were great with outgoing tide and light winds which made for terrific fishing other then the hordes of Gobies that would immediately destroy your bait. Well done Nahid.
Alex Carrillo and Deanna Regali ventured up to Yarrawonga for a couple of days and managed plenty of fishing on land and boat. The guys managed to catch many Silver Perch, a few Trout Cod, Golden Perch and roughly 10 Cod. The prized catches however were a beautiful 57cm Golden Perch and a Magnificent Murray Cod just shy of a meter long. Catches done using a variety of Code lures and bait. Well done guys that outstanding fishing. Thanks for sharing your report with FishingMad.
Adam Johnston, Ian Brady and a few others got together on the weekend for a Kayak fishing sessions launching from Millers road Altona. Finally with some pleasant conditions and the water like glass the guys were able to get out and fish using a range of baits and soft plastics. Joshua Phillips managed to land this awesome 68cm Snapper which was a PB fish from the kayak. Which is a great achievement to successfully land on a Kayak. Well done guys and thanks for the report.
Paul Harrison has been moving up and down the Coomera river in Queensland on his beloved Dragon Kayak Pro Fisher series with great results. Over the weekend Paul caught several nice size Mangrove Jacks and Trevally using grub like soft plastics such as Munroe's soft plastic C Tail minnows. The catch of the days was a ripping 53cm Mangrove Jack which made his Shimano Saros 1000 reel screaming. Great report Paul keep em coming.
Thomas Greer sent us in the following report to highlight the ripping 60cm Murray Cod which he caught on the Goulburn River over the Australia day long weekend break. Well done Thomas that a great fish and great report keep them coming.
Alan Bonnici went fishing in multiple spots around Daylesford including Lake Daylesford and Wombat Dam. The conditions were beautiful but quite hot once the sun was fully up. Alan had a lot of success catching many Redfin on soft plastic and hard body lures. The most successful being redfin imitation paddle tails and lures like the redfin bullet. Alan also caught many Redfin and large Yabbies using Scrub worms on a running rig or paternoster rig. Overall was a great morning fishing and nice to do some freshwater fishing again.
Michael Smith took advantage of the light westerly breeze and runout tide and had a soft plastic flicking session on the outer part of the Yarra river. Using purely Bloodworm Zman grubs accompanied with a 1/16 size 4 jig head Michael managed to catch 2 very healthy 34cm Bream and 1 slightly undersized Pinkie. Michael thinks the usage of Procure mullet scent makes a difference so thats a hot tip for those plastics fishing around the Yarra and West gate area.
Saturday morning and myself, Jeremy & Nahid went for a brief fishing session under the west Gate bridge. The bite was frantic with so many fish caught between 25cm and 30 cm. Many under size Bream were caught and of course released. We also managed a few Trevally, Mullet, Flathead, Pinkies and pesky pests like starfish and Goby's. The biggest fish of the day were Bream and Trevally to 30cm. Were still looking for the big ones which haven't been around lately but was still a nice mornings fishing.
Alan Bonnici and Jeremy Ang took advantage of the terrific weather and fished the evening sundown at local Cherry Lake. Fishing near the park of Millers road the guys managed 9 Carp including a nice 58cm Carp caught by Alan that gave a great fight heading for the reeds and forcing Jeremy to go into the water to net. The guys also landed some other fish they had difficulty identifying. Perhaps a Roach or tench which will be confirmed in the coming days.
Jeremy Ang took his local dancing friends Bob, Maria and Salina for a fish at the Yarra river entrance not far from the West gate bridge. The conditions were very hot and still but they still caught many quality fish including several legal size Bream, Pinkie Snapper and Flathead. It wWas a great morning fishing for Jeremy and his friends thanks for sending the report and pictures into FishingMad.
Adam Johnston, Ian Brady & Alan Bonnici went Kayak fishing at local Campbell's Cove near Werribee. After sitting out the choppy conditions the guys stuck it out and enjoyed a calmer 2 hour session drifting whilst flicking soft plastics. Between us we managed Flathead up to 48cm, Pinkies up to 29cm, and a handful of annoying Banjo’s and puffer fish. Most caught on soft plastics such as Damiki Ripper, Z-Man grubs and Adam's custom made plastics. Was a great morning and the guys are already looking forward to taking the Kayaks out again soon.
Fishing session today with Nahid Rahman and Jeremy Ang along the Yarra river. The conditions were terrible with constant drizzle and occasional gusts of winds, however the fishing was very interesting. Surprisingly the first three catches of the day was a nasty Fortescue ( Scorpion Fish ), then a nice size Ling then a Bream with its upper jaw missing. Nahid then applied some tips from FishingMad and started catching many Bream between 32 and 25cm. Was great to see the 2 guys catch some quality fish. Jeremy finished with a nice Trevally. The best catch was a 33cm Bream.
Alan Bonnici, Michael Smith and Jeremy Ang fished the Maribrynong river. Fishing was really tough due to recent rain which had the water discolored and the fish uninterested to take the bait. After a few hours I only managed to land a few decent Bream. We did have a large run of tiny Bream ranging from 10 to 15 cm. To our surprise we saw a large snake calmly swimming in the water next to us. That will be the last fishing session of the year.
Nick Keeling, Puneeth Appachu & myself went Kayak fishing in Queenscliff. For me it was a chance to test out the new Native watercraft slayer propel 10 which handled the conditions beautifully. There were no monsters landed on the day but we got plenty of Whiting, Salmon, Trevally & Pinkies all on soft plastics such as Damiki Ripper, Z-man grubs & slim swimz. The day was a success other than getting insanely sunburnt, so remember to protect yourself from the sun when out on the water.
Alana Bonnici and Jeremy Ang fished the Yarra River not to far away from the west Gate bridge in search of Bream, Pinkies Flathead and Trevally. Only Bream however were caught in the 2 hour session with a total of 8 Bream being caught which were all between 30 to 35cm. The most effective baits were unweighted maggots and chicken fillet strips mainly cast towards structure.
Stephen Taylor has eagerly been awaiting for the opening of Cod season, and stocking up on quality fishing gear in preparation. Now that its here Stephen has been Fishing the the King and ovens river around the Wangratta area walking the banks casting at prime snags. Gear of choice has been using 3/8 and 1/2 ounce bassman spinnerbaits in colour no 19 (purple) and a lovely storm mojo 8-17lb rod with an Abu Revo MGX rell spooled with 19kg braid and 30lb leader. Steven got 2 Cod in his first session and 7 in his next session, with many more good ones to come.
Mark Moseley went fishing on the Maribrynong river not far from Flemington. Testing out his new light spin rod outfit Mark landed many Bream including 3 legal size Bream. The biggest was a new PB for Mark which was a very plump and healthy 37cm Bream which gave a really good fight. Mark handled the Bream really well not rushing and allwoing the Bream to take runs with the reel set quite loose. He also had a pair of healthy 33cm Bream. Well done Mark who is now chasing a 40 plus cm Bream.
James Muscat bagged out on a hot Snapper run on Port Philip Bay around the Black Rock area. James was fishing at roughly 15 meters deep using unweighted Silver whiting as bait. After a couple of hours James was done and returned home with a good feed of Snapper. Well done James and thanks for the PPB report.
Tommy Holden fished for a few hours on the Maribrynong river near the Essendon area. After a recent dry spell on the soft plastics Tommy persisted and finally managed to catch a 35, 37 & 38 cm model Bream, all within 15 minutes of each catch. As highly recommended the Bream were all catch and release. Well done Tommy great to see you so pumped catching some nice size Bream on plastics..
Alan Bonnici had a brief land based fishing session early on the 27th. He started fishing under the west Gate bridge catching many different species including Pinkies, Bream, Flathead, Trevally, Whiting. Biggest being a 36cm Bream and a 32cm Pinkie. He was then spooled by something very big that busted him off, perhaps a nice big Mulloway. He then moved onto Cherry Lake fishing near the playground catching 4 small Carp. Many fish caught for the day, No monsters but lots of fun. Only wonder what the big one lost may have been oh well thats fishing folks.
Young gun James Papas has been out in the boat tearing up Port Phillip Bay this week with his cousin Chris. Taking advantage of the great conditions James has been very busy catching many big Reds, including a personal best 8.1 kilo 94cm Snapper as shown. Thanks for the brilliant pictures James doing the FishingMad brand proud.
With beautiful sunny conditions Alan Bonnici went for a short fishing session under the West gate bridge. The morning had zero breeze and the the peak high tide was around 8.15. Surprisingly no sign of any Pinkies of Flathead however Alan ended up catching 7 Bream, 4 over 30cm. The biggest measuring 34cm. Lots of Mullet and Grass Whiting around which kept pinching the bait. Packed it up as soon as the Punt came in ruining the relaxing fishing conditions.
Micheal Smith and Justin Harding hit the Maribrynong River in search of schools of Bream. The guys fished the rising tide near the Flemington area and upper Maidstone sections catching small Bream in plague proportions. Using bait the guys also managed a few Bream in the high 20's and low 30s. They had a great session catching plenty of nice Bream and dropping a good size Pinkie. Well done Michael and Justin.
Despite the recent blustering conditions Tony Damevski headed out with a few mates into Port Philip bay and had great success with the Snapper. Tony bagged out after only 2 hours catching many Snapper up to 6 kilo. The most productive bait during the session was a full or half pilchard on a snelled rig. Tony had his rod broken by one of these big reds but that didn't damper Tony's spirit as he was absolutely thrilled to catch his first Snapper of the season. Well done Tony.
Jayden Moseley went camping up towards Lake Eildon. Jayden spent time casting spinner baits towards the banks and then trolling the lake with great rewards. Jayden catching several magnificent Murray Cod up to a meter long. Jayden also caught some nice Trout whilst trolling. At evening he was camped by the beautiful surroundings as shown in the picture. Well done Jayden.
Melbourne Cup day started slowly when mates Alan Bonnici, John Regali and Jeremy Ang got together for a fishing session on the Nong. The bite was slow but things picked up on the tide change with many size Bream between 30cm and 38 cm being caught. The most productive baits were live Scrub worms, maggots and yabbies. The catch of the day was a nice plump 38cm Bream which always gives a great fight on the light gear.
Alan Bonnici only survived 40 minutes on the Goulburn River near Shepparton after being eaten alive by Mosquitoes and Mud which became unbearable. However in that small session Alan managed 4 Carp around 55cm. Alan also caught a monster well over a meter but couldn't land it without the net. Never quite seen Mosquitoes this bad however it gave Alan a great chance to check out other local systems such as Broken Creek, Lake Nagambie and Lake Victoria.
Mark Moseley headed up towards Daylesford having a fishing session at Wombat Dam in the perfect conditions. Mark prepared for the trip by taking several different baits and lures including powerbait, scrub worms, maggots and a range of spinners. Mark ended up catching 6 smallish Rainbow trout and 1 nice size Redfin all on spinners after there was no interest on the baits.
Alex Carrillo & John Regali took advantage of the picture perfect conditions having a ripping session on the Bream. The boys fished the Maribrynong river within the Essendon region catching many large Bream. The water was still brown and murky but it didn't stop the Bream for regularly bighting. The guys had a great day out and even got the opportunity to help teach young anglers a trick or two.
Michael Smith braved the horrendous weather conditions to do a brief soft plastic fishing session not far from the West Gate Bridge. Using mainly Zman grubs in colours motor oil, black and white pearl, Michael caught many eager small Salmon and Bream. Michael also lost a couple of decent size Bream on the rocks. Its a terrific effort in the conditions that were cold, wet and very windy.
Nick Keeling had a very productive session at Queenscliff catching over 15 Pinkies and several Trevally and Salmon on a range of Soft Plastics. The soft plastic of choice that did all the damage was the Zman Greasy prawn slim swim and Berkley gulp 5 jerk shad. At several stages Nick just couldn't get through all the smaller fish however the biggest Pinkie of the day taken was a very respectable 45cm. Well done Nick keep the ripping reports coming.
To celebrate the first ever national Gone Fishing day an initiative by the government to grown recreational fishing in Australia Alex Carrillo and Joseph Regali went fishing on the Maribrynong River near Essendon. The guys fished for several hours and did exceptionally well catching many legal size Bream including this 38cm model being held and released by Alex. Well done guys a great way to enjoy the day.
Jack Patterson caught 5 Bream on the Maribrynong river using live scrub worms and maggots with berley balls made out of bread crumbs. Unfortunately James dropped a monster as he was brining it out of the water that would have been well over 40cm, a real shame as the Bream stripped heaps of line of the reel and was only dropped at the banks. Thanks for the ripping report James we look forward to more reports from you.
Team FishingMad - Alan Bonnici, Mark Moseley, John Regali and Michael Smith hit the Nong for a session on the Bream. The fishing was quite challenging and it took some time to get going but the team landed many Bream between 28cm and 38cm. Mark also caught a nice silver Trevally. Make sure you check out our video of the day found within our Videos section.
Nick Keeling had a great day out on the Maribrynong River today catching several Bream including a ripping 42cm Bream. This particular Bream went on a massive initial run taking plenty of line but then came in quite easily. The water conditions are slowly improving but there are certainly some big local Bream being caught currently. Well done Nick
Despite the discolored water conditions John Regali went fishing on the Maribrynong River over the weekend with great results. The bite was hot all morning and he eventually bagged out. The highlight for John was catching 2 Bream reaching 40cm. The most productive baits were the humble scrub worm and live maggots. Many of th Bream were spawning so John reports that the Bream fishing should only get better and better over the coming months. Well done John.
Michael Smith took his tinny out Altona way fishing 1klm west of Pier street. He landed a nice feed of flathead and a gummy shark. The conditions were a little choppy preventing the guys to getting to prime to spots to chase snapper and squid despite best their efforts. All fish taken on pilchards while drifting. An interesting note while cleaning fish tonight was that they were all full of freshly consumed prawns. Michael is keen to hit the water again soon on a lure only session using ecogear breamer ZX40, Zman grubs & cranka crabs to test his flicking skills
Headed straight back to the Carp hot spot in Altona with Jeremy Ang. Once again the hot spot did not disappoint catching Carp after Carp. In a 3 hour session Alan and Jeremy managed 12 landed carp and 4 dropped Carp. The biggest measuring 68cm. The most productive bait was corn on a simple running sinker rig. Was great to see Jeremy finally land a big fish with him catching a very decent 60cm Carp. Make sure you watch the video which can be found on our videos link or you-tube channel.
Moved from the bay and estuary system on to a local river in search of a river monster. A short 90 minutes session but I found 3 Carp and a few Eeels. Carp sizes 48cm and the biggest 78 cm. The biggest one was memorable it weighed 8 kilos and was caught on my 2 - 4 kilo class rod with 6 pound line. It was one hell of a challenge to not be busted of and to net the beast on my own. I also caught a large eel measuring 1.5 meters and certainly freaked me out. Was a great session. Most productive rig was a simple running sinker rig and a small hook baited with corn or bread.
The 17th of September was a horrific day for fishing. With very strong currents, brown murky water due to excessive rain had during the week, howling winds and cold conditions. Alan Bonnici visited a couple of locations which were just unfishable due to the water colour, water flow and debris. He eventually fished Williamstown opting for heavy sinkers to keep the bait in the strike zone. A small but productive session produced several nice size pinkies ( biggest measuring 37cm ) and many small Salmon. The most productive bait was pilchard on a paternoster rig.
Alan Bonnici, Mark Moseley, John Regali, Michael Smith & Nick Keeling fished the Nong. The rising tide was red hot as many Bream over 30cm caught within the first 30 minutes including a 36cm Bream by Alan on a unweighted Scrub Worm. Nick managed a plump 35cm Bream that gave a tremendous fight on the light gear. Michael showed the guys a trick or two catching many size Salmon flicking scented Zman grubs. Collectively the team caught many Bream in what turned out to be a very enjoyable morning fishing. John Regali received a shock when out of nowhere his rod took of out of the rod holders and in the river thanks to a large Bream.
The conditions were quite cold and windy as Alan Bonnici, Mark Moseley, John Regali & Nick Keeling fished the Maribrynong river around the Flemington area. The brownish water was flowing fast washing much debris around, making the conditions quite slow and challenging. However the guys still managed to collectively catch many size Bream. The standout bait of the day was the humble scrub worm which accounted for many Bream between 26 to 36 cm. It was a great morning between mates.
Michael Smith caught a bag of pinkies and salmon from the Williamstown break wall on Sunday the 21st. All the fish caught were taken on a range of vibes and soft plastics. Razor Edge 1/16 red painted jig heads fished on glowbone Zman Grubz 2.5' accounted for many salmon in a very short period of time. Michael also had a lot of success using Pro cure mullet flavour smothered the on vibes and plastics with outstanding results. Well done Michael and as always thank for the report.
The conditions were challenging with heavy rain over night the water was very brown in colour and the gusty winds added much complexity. However Alan Bonnici & John Regali still some quality Bream between them. The most productive baits were maggots and pilchard strips rigged with as little weight as possible and berleying regularly to keep the fish hanging around. The most productive time was right on the low tide change. As usual John cooked up a storm. Despite the cold winds it was an excellent morning.
Avid Angler Sudano fished away the late afternoon at a local urban lake. After checking the water depths which were very shallow and talking to some locals he returned armed with his fishing rods. He decided to fish in the same stretch where locals were feeding the ducks which had already created a decent berley trail. He fished with the old trusty Scrub worms as the go to bait which produced many solid bites but only managed to land 2 feisty Carp. Check out Trout’n About which has lots of local reports and tips
Calm winds, low swell and sun made for an exceptional day on the water. Mark Moseley and Alan Bonnici launched from Werribee and headed behind to Point Cook in search of squid. It didn't take long before we started catching. We caught 14 nice size squid. We moved on road testing the new Insanity tackle Micro Vibe designed by Wayne Dubois. We immediately started to catch Flathead in large quantities. By simply letting the vibe sink to the bottom and with some slight lifts and twitches we were getting continual bites on the Vibes. The biggest measuring 47cm.
On Saturday morning John Regali was up to his usual tricks catching Bream in large numbers on the Maribrynong River between Essendon and Footscray. The water colour was very dark and murky from recent heavy rains but that certainly didn't stop John from catching. The most productive method was fishing very light, regular berley and using Maggots and Pilchard as the go to baits. A huge well done to John who was also selected for catch of the week on Channel 31's Talking Fishing. Well done John !!!
Avid Angler Sudano had a session on the Reddies. After a quiet start he moved around to other sections of the lake where the water was funneling through to some calm patches which paid of straight away hooking up to a ripping size redfin. Using recently dug up scrub worms as the go to bait of choice and christening his new rod which is always a great feeling. His biggest catch of the day measuring 45 cm which is a great size. Check out Trout’n About which has lots of local reports and tips
Lachie McFarlane has been fishing in Geelong recently. He has reported that Geelong has been very quiet lately however there has been no shortage of southern calamari to be had around the Belarine peninsula, both boat and land based (especially St leonards and queenscliff harbour) size 2.5 to 3.5 jigs doing the damage and the odd Trevally
is getting around Queenscliff harbor. Thanks Lachie looking forward to more local reports up that way.
John Regali was up to his usual tricks on the Nong. He fished multiple spots along the Maribrynong River including Canning Reserve, the Anglers tavern and around Flemington. It was a very productive weekend with John catching many Bream and Mullet. His best catch of the weekend was a beautiful 40cm Bream as shown in image below with a lovely golden colour. John also cooked up a storm setting up a base camp and serving the other fishos soup, beans and eggs. As usual well done John its a ripping effort.
Michael Smith fished Yarra River under the West Gate Bridge towards the Spotswood side taking full advantage of westerly breeze. He managed to catch several nice pinkies and at least 15 small salmon using 2.5 motor oil & blood worm Zman Grubz - 1/16 nitro jig heads. Fished early morning on rising tide all fish taken in a couple of hours. Michael spotted plenty of small bream around too.
Check out this monster Cod measuring over a meter long caught by Jayden Moseley at Blowering Dam in NSW. After a long and frustrating weekend with hardly no bites Jayden was looking like registering a doughnut when the reel started screaming and he finally ripped into this monster. This is a terrific effort for a land based fish which gave a mightly fight. Was caught on bait. Well done Jayden thats certainly worth of our fish of the month.
Tom Nguyen this month has been catching heaps of Squid of the Queenscliff pier. His had the most success using a Rui's Pink Lady 3.5 jig. He has also had some success using the Yama 490 pink and Yama 490 white in the 3.5. Nice work Tom.
After getting some advice from the FishingMad website Adam Lentini hit the Nong and finally hooked up to some quality bream. Catching his 2 PB size bream measuring 32cm. He also caught numerous other smaller bream and Mullet. Adam's now loaded with a few rigging tips that will see him have many more successful trips out chasing Bream. Well done Adam its great to see our audience getting advice, applying it and sending us some pics of their catches.
Great morning on the Maribyrnong River by Team FishingMad ( Alan Bonnici, John Regali, Mark Moseley & Jeremy ang ). The weather was perfect, calm winds the sun shinning and hot air balloons flying above. Despite the really dirty water the Bream & Mullet were on the bite with many size Bream caught and Mullet caught in massive numbers. The most productive bait was Maggots on a small hook, traditional baits such as Pilchards, Chicken, Mussels and Prawns only getting the occasional bite. The biggest Bream and Mullet both measuring 36 cm. Was a great morning shared by the team.
Michael Smith was at it again this time fishing around the West gate bridge. No bream again however Michael managed to catch these two awesome pinkies on black Zman Grubz 2.5'' on 1/16 TT headlockz jigs. Taken under the West gate on low tide change over. Still a few small salmon around. Water was very murky from recent rain so I changed tactics and fished the lower reaches with black Grubz
Tim Vincent, was fishing at Bullen Merri in his kayak in 50 meter deep water when he caught this monster fish. Lure of choice was the Nories Wasabi Spoon in gold retrieved nice and fast. Tim ended up spending 3 hours on the water. Well done Tim its a cracking fish and were looking forward to some new reports soon.
Michael Smith fished the Maribrynong River not to far from Afton Street landing 5 bream. Including 1 40+ cm monster. As usual Michael used his favourite Z-man motor oil Grubz this with a 1/24 weighted jig head with S-Factor for scent and worked plastic very slowly. Michael landed at least 30 Salmon closer to the banks. The session was quite mad for 1.5m diving Eco gear SX40 hard body lures and almost any colour Grubz I used. The big bream went around 44cm which is a ripping size.
many lakes in Melton had been stocked with Rainbow trout for the school holidays I took the kids down to Navan Park in Melton. The conditions were freezing. The water was very brown and after flicking a range of lures for some time without a bite we decided to change tactic and Throw out some simple bait in chase of some Carp. It didn't take long before the Carp started biting with most takes on Bread a small hook and a float. It wasn't the target species but considering the weather was so cold it was just nice to walk around talk the the locals and get some advice.
Andrew Pfeiler braved the cold conditions to catch his personal best Snapper. This 76cm and 5.5 kg Snapper was caught at Station Pier an hour before the rising tide. Fishing from the very end of station pier Andrew was using a Paternoster rig and Pilchards for choice of bait on a single hook. Thankfully for Andrew there was another angler with a large gaff that was able to help him land this monster fish especially when the big red went for a large run under the pier. It was Andrews 3rd ever legal Snapper so this is a very worthy upgrade. Well done Andrew and thanks heaps for the report.
Alfie, Luke and Adam Fished headed up to Barwon Heads to fish around sheepwash road on the Barwon river system which has a large run of Salmon, Mullet & trevally during the winter months. The boys started in the morning fishing the outgoing tide. The go to setup was using chicken on a paternoster rigs which helped the guys to bag 8 mullet and 1 Australian salmon. Well done guys and thanks for the report.
Michael Smith braved the rainy conditions fishing Victoria Harbour, Yarra River AND West Gate Bridge. This insanity paid off landing least 20 salmon on last 2 hours of incoming tide and a nice pinkie that went 38cm. All fish caught on Zman Grubz 2'' in motor oil. Then Michael fished the Docklands where he caught three small bream all around 28cm caught using 'tea bagging' jigging style technique around marina pylons. Michael’s setup included a 1/16 jig heads on size 2 hooks and S-factor scent. Well done Michael for braving the conditions and catching some quality fish.
The conditions were freezing as Mark Moseley and myself headed up towards Torquay. We kicked off fishing Spring creek using a range of baits and Lures on light gear. The tide conditions were wrong and as a result the fishing was slow. Only getting 4 smallish Bream. We moved to Jan Jac grabbed the long rods and put on the waders fishing the hour before high tide. The waves were rough knocking us about but the fishing was great. We landed 4 Salmon, with 2 of those Salmon pushing 50cm. The setup for surf fishing was 12 foot rods, a paternoster rig finished with a large star sinker. For bait we used blue bait and Pilchards complemented with a surf popper.
Regular FishingMad contributor John Regali headed up to Ballarat with a few mates to fish lake Wendouree. After a cold early start John managed to catch a healthy 40 plus cm Brown trout which provided a nice fight not to far from the rowing lanes. The bait of choice was a simple light rig using power bait complemented with a small burley cage. It ended up being a quite challenging day and the guys finished with only the trout for the day. Well done John thanks for the report.
Regular FishingMad contributor John Regali was up to his usual tricks catching quality Bream and Mullet on the Maribrynong River. When the fish went quiet he got the portable BBQ out and whipped up some eggs and Bacon for the near by anglers. Well done John.
Braved the rainy conditions towards Canning Reserve in Avondale heights. Other then the persistent rain the conditions were great, overcast, low winds and right on the peak of high tide. I fished with fellow community members John Regali and Mark Moseley. It was very productive session with many bream caught. Biggest of the morning was a nice 35cm. With many caught over 28cm. All were released to fight another day. The most productive baits were live maggots and chicken strips. Either drop right in front of us or cast to the structure on the other side.
Michael Smith fished the run-out tide using soft plastics in search of Bream. The Bream were scarce that day however Michael found large schools of Mullet and Salmon hanging around the Buddhist temple. The schools were thick and Michael changed to a Keitech Custom Worm (water melon colour) and landed a salmon on second cast. He also landed several small salmon on Zman Grubz 2' (copper penny, motor oil & amber). No Bream but was great to change tatics and chase some Salmon and Mullet. Well done Michael and thanks for the report.
Adam Lentini recently fished the Altona Pier. The weather conditions were drizzling and zero wind which had the bay looking more like a swimming Pool. Adam fished the run of high tide catching a totoal of 5 Salmon between 26 to 28 cm. All were caught flicking metal jigs and spoons to passing schools of Salmon. Adam's preferred lure was the Gillies 15 gram pilchard replica. The gear of choice was a Daiwa deep striker 7 foot model 3 - 5 kilo capacity fitted with a Daiwa Lexa 2500sh spin reel and spooler with 10lb braid and leader. Thanks for the detailed report Adam.
Alex Carillo headed towards Eildon pondage. Along the way a fishing sign caught his eye and he turned into King Parrot creek. It paid off he caught nice brown trout on a mepps aglia streamer spinner. Alex stopped at a few additional spots which looked promising on the map and saving them for future trips. He eventually got to Eildon pondage and in not to long landed a very nice little rainbow trout on a nories wasabi lure in gold. The rain picked up and it was time to head home. Was a great day out the rain pushed the creeks and river levels up and they were running super fast in some places.
The 4th was a typical Winters morning with relentless drizzling conditions. Myself, John Regali & Jeremy Ang fished the local Williamstown pier. We fished for 3 hours and caught many different species including Pinkies, Flathead, Mullet, Salmon, Trevally, Yellowtail Scad and the ever annoying Goby. The most effective bait was chicken breast strips on a small hook and running sinker. John Regali had a great morning catching a Pinkie around 40cm, and some good size Flathead. Was a great morning with the FishingMad crew despite the rainy conditions.
I kicked started Winter in Spring Creek Torquay the small river system from Torquay beach that runs parallel to the Sands golf course. I fished a combination of raw Chicken, Maggots and a number of lures. The first bite took about 10 seconds landeding a 29cm Bream. For the next 3 hours the bites were constant but only a few legal size Bream landed with most of the Bream ranging from 15cm to 25 cm. There was a lot of green weed and your baits needed to be constantly checked as they seemed to draw the weed like a magnet. I finished with over 40 Bream caught the most productive bait of the day being raw chicken strips.
Jeremy Ang and I decided to try Lynch's bridge a popular fishing destination along the Flemington racecourse. This can be an interesting place to fish with lots of structure near the bridge pylons, strong tidal flow and challenge of avoiding snags with rocks and debris. I caught many small Bream. Many of the Bream taking the bait on the drop, so having the rod in the rod holder meant many missed opportunities. Jeremy caught a ripping 41 cm Mullet which gave him a nice fight after nearly taking his rod into the water. We had many say hi that recongised the FishingMad brand.
Michael Smith had a fished the rising tide along Pipemakers. Michael worked hard for a few bream not the biggest size but great fighters. All catches on Zman grubs 2' in motor oil. Michael Used 4lbd braid with 4lb fluorocarbon leader. All bream upstream basically took lures beneath feet along bank in fading light within 25 minutes. Pipemakers Park fish were all taken further out allowing incoming tide to drift lures in on retrieve with a few sharp twitches and pauses in between. Thanks Michael we appreciate the report.
Alex Carrillo and Deanna Regali went fishing on the Murray river around in various locations not to far from the Yarrawonga Wier. They caught Yellowbelly ( Golden Perch ) and Murray Cod using scrub worms as bait of choice. Well done Alex and Deanna there cracking catches
John Regali fished the Brighton Pier with some close mates in search for Garfish after hearing several recent reports of many Gars been taken in the area recently. It was a tough day with John managing 7 garfish on maggots and many Salmon on pilchard cubes. John meet-up with Darren on the Pier who displayed his personal best 40cm Garfish caught on Silverfish which is an impressive size for Garfish. Well done John and Darren.
Calm winds clear skies and low tide at 7.00 am. It took 1 minute to catch the first fish a 26cm Bream. The next half hour produced 5 Bream 22cm and 28 cm. Finally the rod bent taking line I landed a 34cm Bream. I caught many Bream around the 26cm mark. I fished under the West Gate. I caught a nice 34cm Bream on a scrub worm. My next catch however was a venomous Blue Ring Octopus. With its Blue rings highlighted I knew it meant business. I often see Anglers and children standing and swimming in the same area. Its a good reminder to always be careful.
Community member Tom Nguyen recently headed up to Lake Wendouree and caught some cracking Redfin. The biggest Redfin he caught was a monstrous 47cm which was caught flicking a Paceys Perch 5cm Bullet Lure amongst the rowing lanes. Thats a cracking Reddie Tom thanks for sharing and keep the reports coming. Make sure you guys check out Tom's Facebook group "Fishing Victoria Freshwater and Saltwater" which has 1500 members.
Andrew Bull went fishing on an isolated sand bar at Monkey Mia. Andrew caught several Shovel Nose Rays with their large spines and whip tail. Andrew caught the Rays on various rigs including a triple gang 5/0 hooks with whole salted Mullet and the smaller ones were caught on 5" Z-Man Grub on 1/4 Oz Jig head with some s-factor smeared on it. Using 30lb mono main line and a 15lb fluorocarbon leader. A 12ft Shimano Aerowave fiberglass Surf rod and a Penn Slammer 950ssm. Resorting to Mono and not Braid. The largest shovel nosed ray was in excess of 7ft long and roughly 50Kg. Bigger then the front bonnet of his Car. Well done Andrew
Alan, John & Jeremy fished Canning Reserve and Anglers Tavern in search of Bream. At Canning Street reserve they managed 12 Bream in 2 hours. Catches coming on scrub worms and Maggots. A move of location was in order and the guys headed behind the Anglers Tavern. John fishing the Jetty whilst Alan tried his luck under the bridge, the guys were bringing in Bream after Bream. Alan moved away from the bridge area after loosing a few nice size Bream to the pylons. They fished the jetty catching many small Bream and several Bream over 30cm plus some size Mullet and a 33cm Pinkie.
John Regali braved the cold conditions for a fishing session at the local Canning Reserve. The fishing was terrific with many size Bream being caught. John suggested the key to success was getting your bait close to the structure and berleying regularly which was producing successful results. However the surprise of the day by far was a monster 47cm Mullet caught by John which gave a good fight. John was using mainly Maggots as the bait of choice. Well done John.
During the Anzac day long weekend Jemery Ang fished the Warmies in Newport. Jeremy caught many fish including Whiting, Trevally, Pinkies, Bream and Flathead. His best catches were are 32 cm Silver Trevally and a 34 cm Whiting. Most of the other fish were undersized and released to fight another day. Jeremy was mainly using sand worms and scrub worms as bait.
Mark Moseley and myself fished Werribee River K Road cliffs. The conditions were perfect. 5 minutes into our session we were interrupted by a bent rod and screaming reel. I knew straight away this was a good size fish as it was continually taking line of the spool. I landed a very healthy 35cm Bream. An hour passed until once again my rod took off. This time the fish was very keen to hide for cover in the safety of the nearby reeds. I landed a very thick 36cm Bream. Again right on the hour Marks rod went off giving him a decent battle was a 36cm Bream which was landed safelty.
John Regali fishing the Nong at Flemington area with the urban Angler and his son Joseph. The conditions were terrific calm and overcast. The fishing was consistent all day producing many under size Bream and 5 Bream over 30cm. The guys trailed a number of baits from Pilchards, Prawns & Scrub worms however the Maggots consistently out fished all baits on the day. The best catch of the day was a ripping 37cm Bream which took a maggot near the structure of a nearby bridge pylon. Well done John.
Tom Nguyen went for a fishing session at Wurdibuloc Reservior. The water levels were a little low but it didn't stop Tai from catching this ripper 48cm Redfin. It was caught using a Redfin pattern Bullet sinking Lure. After catching this Redfin the bite stopped but Tom was still very happy with this cracking size reddie. Well done Tai.
Mark Moseley and myself went squidding at Point Cook. The fishing was hot bagging out of after 3 hours. A rapid start with the first squid being caught in 20 seconds which inked me all over the face. I didn't have time to clean my face before my rod was on. The squid jigs that produced very well were Fish Candy 3 gram Black with white stripes and the Dark Red. 2 really good size squid caught on the day. My new PB which was a squid well over 70cm with the hood measuring 30 cm and Mark caught a squid over 65cm and the hood measuring 27cm. After we bagged out of squid we had a small flathead drifting session catching 3 flathead over 40 cm and many small which were released.
On Easter Monday John Regali and Jeremy Ang went on a species finding expedition, catching a total of 12 different species of fish in several locations including Beaumaris, Geelong and Karkarook Lake. The twelve different species included Trout, Red Mullet, Trevally, Bream, Whiting, Garfish, Flathead, Pinkie, Mullet, Gurnad, Goby and even a puffer fish. Making it 12 species caught for the day. Not many size fish caught on the day but the conditions were great and it was certainly interesting fishing.
Terrific conditions, but the fishing was sparse. The first hour managed 1 x 34 cm Bream which put up a really good fight, Jeremy managed a nice 26cm Pinkie. The fishing then went cold, the next hour producing a couple of small pinkies and mullet. We were discussing moving to another location when my rod finally got a decent bite (I knew it was a big size Bream as it was taking a lot of line from the spool), after a decent battle I landed my personal best Bream measuring a 42cm monster.
Myself, Mark, Jeremy, & John fished cold & wet conditions. We started catching Pinkies within minutes. Then a Pinkie catching barrage with 5 keeper Pinkies and several dropped in a 30 minute period. Once the barrage of Pinkies settled a very steady run of small Bream and Mullet kept us busy for a couple of hours. The best bait and setup was Pilchard strips on a circle hook. The fishing was trying with only occasional catches of borderline size Pinkies and Bream.
Mark Moseley & I launched from Werribee in choppy conditions for those with a weak stomach it was quite trying. To make up for sea sickness the first cast produced a nice Squid which set the pace for a productive day. Mark starting ripping in Squid after squid. 3 gram Red and Black squid jigs continually producing results. After a couple of hours we finished with 12. We moved on to drifting for flathead using squid as bait. The pace was frantic catching many flathead. We had many double hookups which was fun on the light gear. We caught 12 Squid, 50+ Flathead and 6 Pinkies.
Saturday 12th of March and the conditions were great for a fish at the Docklands. John Regali and the unidentified urban angler fished the Docklands for several hours. With the Pies and Doggies battling it out right behind them the guys had a productive session catching many small Bream, several Trevally and surprisingly a couple of Garfish. They were caught using several techniques but the most common technique was live maggots or pilchard strips on a float. All catches were released to fight another day. Well done John keep the reports coming.
Sunday 6th of March - Mark Moseley went for a trip up to Bundalong area with some family friends and was fishing along the Murray and Ovens river. Moving up and down the river systems in a boat. However Mark caught his first ever Murray Cod land based using scrub worms. Hopefully first of many. Well done Mark.
Saturday 5th of March Jeremy Ang headed under the West Gate Bridge for a brief fishing session in the morning. He did very well catching many small Pinkies, several small bream and a 45cm Flathead. Jeremy was fishing using chicken strips and pilchard strips. Well done Jeremy.
Community member John Moncrieff headed up to Lake Hume in search of Golden perch and he landed a monster 11 pound 60cm version casting and trolling a white Tassie Devil lure. This is a fantastic catch, Well done.
Myself & John Regali fished under the West Gate bridge and quickly started ripping into many Pinkies who were eagerly taking small pilchard strips on a basic paternoster rig. In our 3 hour session we managed 15 Pinkies, 3 Bream and 1 Trevally. We left west Gate and moved onto Canning street it didn't take too long for the Bream to start biting. Using Scrub worms and Maggots on very light gear we continually caught Bream between the 15cm to 25cm in size. We fished here for 3 hours ended up with a heap of under size Bream and 4 Bream over legal size. All released to fight another day.
Jeremy Ang and I headed to the Nong catching 6 Bream and 2 Pinkies. Jeremy caught himself a nice 32cm Pinkie which will be good eating on the BBQ for Chinese New Year. It was certainly a day of quality and not quantity, the spot generally produces many small bream. The most productive bait by far was scrub worms. Which consistently had bites from Bream over the 30cm mark. Regular burley is also key to keep them biting.
The fishing throughout this period was outstanding with many fish caught on every session. Generally catching 10 or more fish per person. The majority of catches were good size Bream ranging from 20cm to 37cm which all seemed very clean and healthy. We also had a number of large run of pinkies. The most successful baits over this period were certainly live Scrub worms and maggots. Dead baits got the occasional bite but didn't fish anywhere near as well. A successful method was to continually surround the area with a constant burley trail.
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