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#1 leaveit

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Posted 20 March 2006 - 08:36 PM

Im heading up Point Leo/Flinders way this Saturday. Im just wondering if anyone has been before and can anyone share some tips on areas with good rock reef and plenty of fish. The melways seems to show alot of reef/rock near to the shore (inside the 5m depth marker) all along that western coast of westernport...but id rather take tips from someones first-hand experience.
Anyone on sharing...it would be much appreciated.
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Posted 22 March 2006 - 01:42 AM

i have only ever surfed the area. jazman has probably given it a shot at some point. :th
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Posted 22 March 2006 - 06:40 AM

South of the pier around the point where the golf course is is pretty good.
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Posted 22 March 2006 - 06:56 AM

I have only ever fished Flinders from a boat and kayak, never dived it. The area can be prone to poor viz, however if you get a clear day there are some good looking reefy areas to the far right of the pier (past the lifesaving/yacht club). Last time I fished off Shoreham (just down the coast from Flinders) we caught huge numbers of leatherjackets - so I would be keeping an eye out for them. This whole area is also renowned for some very big (40-50cm) whiting. A few trips ago we saw an inflatable boat return from the point with two SCUBA divers, who had some crayfish and abalone.
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Posted 22 March 2006 - 01:01 PM

I'll probabely be out there on Saturday arvo myself. Havent had a look at the tides yet though. Even round the pier there's a few fish about. Theres a sunken boat just off the right had corner off the end of the pier where a few fish hang around too.
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Posted 22 March 2006 - 03:02 PM

Hi everyone,

My old man and I use to fish low tide behind the golf course, very snaggy area but the quality of whiting was unbelievable - 45-55cm - nothing smaller. Always a lot of spearfisherman.

Isn't it a marine sanctuary now?
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Posted 22 March 2006 - 03:54 PM

hi aoushman,

the marine sanctuary is very close indeed. it is called Mushroom Reef Marine Sanctuary and fishing is prohibited within this zone. I have attached some PDF documents providing more information.

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Posted 23 March 2006 - 10:19 AM

Thanks alot for the info guys! Keep adding if u still have any...

Aoushman - when u say snaggy, how bad??? Am i gonna get sucked in by the big blue sea?!?!

Rohan - ill look out for ya!

Jaz - how do u know about the poor viz? Personal experience or just heard stories, and if so what kinda stories?

Glen - thanks for the maps...always willin to help out hey!

And has anyone fished the reefs at Phillip Island, how do they compare to Flinders (conditions etc)???

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Posted 23 March 2006 - 01:13 PM

Like I said, I have never personally dived the area, but I have fished it by boat a fair bit - about half the time the water is very murky looking, half the time it is clear. We always do better on the squid when it is clear. Not sure what influences the murky water - probably tide/runoff or a combination of the two.
You know that a surfer was attacked by a seven gilled shark off flinders a few months ago - on a day when the water was very murky. (this is probably not what you want to hear!)
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Posted 23 March 2006 - 03:05 PM

By snaggy, I meant that we lost a lot of rigs due to the reefy nature of the bottom in this area.
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Posted 24 March 2006 - 09:02 AM

Jaz - NO NO NO not what i want to hear. But id rather be in the water with a mask on and flippers so i can see whats going on around me, than be the man on the surfboard with his legs aimlessly dangling in the water below! Anyway, I think we are diving the area left and right of the surf beach at Point Leo now. Seems to be good rock reef either side of the main beach. Plus im sure with the weekend and the 31 degree heat, there will also be some lovely ladies what will help us if we are in danger!!! :(

Aoushman - I get ya buddy, the snaggier the better for us divers...means that there is interesting geography and vegetation below. Thats where the fish love to be!
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Posted 24 March 2006 - 02:13 PM

Like I said, I have never personally dived the area, but I have fished it by boat a fair bit - about half the time the water is very murky looking, half the time it is clear. We always do better on the squid when it is clear. Not sure what influences the murky water - probably tide/runoff or a combination of the two.
You know that a surfer was attacked by a seven gilled shark off flinders a few months ago - on a day when the water was very murky. (this is probably not what you want to hear!)



I'll have that 7 giller on the table with spear up his date for breakfast before you blokes roll out of bed!
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Posted 24 March 2006 - 06:36 PM

hey jazman, what happened to the surfer? did he/she survive? :(
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Posted 27 March 2006 - 06:56 AM

Yeah, he just had a bit of a sore leg

http://www.theage.co...2966006707.html
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Posted 27 March 2006 - 11:00 AM

thanks for the link jazman,

i never knew 7 gillers attacked people...lucky they are easy to scare off! :(
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