Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Triple Goby and a Pinky at the Warmies

The last fishing trip on my holiday to Melbourne was to the Warmies in Newport. I hadn’t mentioned in the previous blogs but I did go fishing here a few days earlier on an evening trip but completely blanked. On my last full day in Melbourne, I didn’t want to be defeated by this venue so I needed to give it another go.

The idea was to try and catch as many species as possibly so what I did was to fish a tiny hook with pippies about a rod length out. This would surely get my a few Chameleon (Japanese) Gobies or baby Bream, and sure thing, I caught a few Chameleon Gobies. They to change colours like Chameleons and I've hardly every caught them striped, but this time I caught a couple of them in the striped colouration.


Chameleon Goby - Tridentiger trigonocephalus
Chameleon Goby - Tridentiger trigonocephalus


Chameleon Goby - Tridentiger trigonocephalus
Chameleon Goby - Tridentiger trigonocephalus


Chameleon Goby - Tridentiger trigonocephalus
Chameleon Goby - Tridentiger trigonocephalus

Next came a Yellow-fin Goby. I had actually never caught these guys in the Warmies but just around the corner in Greenwich bay in about a foot of water, not about 6’ down.


Yellowfin Goby - Acanthogobius flavimanus
Yellowfin Goby - Acanthogobius flavimanus


Yellowfin Goby - Acanthogobius flavimanus
Yellowfin Goby - Acanthogobius flavimanus


Yellowfin Goby - Acanthogobius flavimanus
Yellowfin Goby - Acanthogobius flavimanus

Then finally a new species, the first (and only) new saltwater species on the holiday. It was a Half-bridled Goby [#138]. These are quite similar to the Bridled Gobies I caught decades ago in the Maribyrnong, but have yet to recapture to photograph. Their fins aren’t as long, and have some spots instead of full stripes ('bridles') around their head. They still have beautiful iridescent blue spots all along its body and head.


Half-bridled Goby - Arenigobius frenatus
Half-bridled Goby - Arenigobius frenatus #138


Half-bridled Goby - Arenigobius frenatus
Half-bridled Goby - Arenigobius frenatus


Half-bridled Goby - Arenigobius frenatus
Half-bridled Goby - Arenigobius frenatus


Half-bridled Goby - Arenigobius frenatus
Half-bridled Goby - Arenigobius frenatus

After about half a dozen Half-bridled Gobies, I decided to move out of the Warmies and fish directly into the Yarra River. It was weird that I hadn't caught any baby Bream so I thought I would have better luck in the River. My plan was to fish the little jetty but it was already full, so I fished between that and the power station wall. I used the same rig but I upsized the hooks. After several dropped takes, I managed to land a lovely pinky snapper. I put up a really decent fight, but I kind of wished it was a Bream. The colours on the fish were awesome especially when I released it.


Snapper - Pagrus auratus
Snapper - Pagrus auratus



Snapper - Pagrus auratus
Snapper - Pagrus auratus

After a little while, I gave up on catching a bream, and targeted the yellow-eye mullet that were hanging around the shallows but I couldn’t land any, although I did hook a few of them. For me this wasn’t such a bad day’s fish, but others may disagree. I caught three species of goby with one of them being a new species and a nice snapper.


2 comments:

  1. Hey, are you updating your blog anytime soon?

    Great fishing blog!

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    1. Hi, sorry I haven't replied sooner. I'm still fishing but haven't blogged for a long time. There's a lot to catch up on. I'll probably do 20 species at a time until I catch up or something like that. If you want to see what i'm more recently catching check out the pictures on my flickr, although there are not much detail except for species and location. https://www.flickr.com/photos/puffinbytes/

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