Shepparton Local Lakes
Fishing around Shepparton’s local lakes has been very slow lately with not much being caught in most areas. We have heard of a few Redfin getting caught in Lake Victoria and soon enough we should start seeing some good Yellowbelly getting caught in Lake Victoria and especially Kialla Lakes.
There have been some nice Cod caught out of Eildon over the past week with us hearing of a few over the metre mark getting caught while casting lures amongst the trees and along some of the rock walls. We saw some great Cod get caught on Spinnerbaits, Large soft plastics and swimbaits. The better areas seemed to be around the Main arm, Big River arm and Jerusalem Creek arm. Kate Caught this proper Eildon Slob on a Megabass Vatalion earlier in the week.
A couple Yellowbelly have been getting caught around Bonnie Doon and in the Delatite arm. Over the weekend when we had a couple nice sunny days the water warmed up just that little bit more which helped get a couple Yellowbelly out and about and willing to eat. Steve caught this Yellowbelly at Bonnie Doon on a Scrubbie from the bank.
There have been a few reports of Trout getting caught around the Big river arm while trolling Tassie Devils and Rapalas. We’ve heard that the best time has been between sunrise and lunch. Once it warms up a little the fish seem to go a little deeper and are a bit tougher to tempt.
Hume Weir was good again this weekend with a few good reports of more big Trout and some good Redfin reports for those who were able to find them and knew how to get the school fired up. Trolling deep RMG Poltergeists in the Trelly’s White colour was a good way to cover a bit of water and find a good school of fish. Once the fish were located it seemed that bobbing Ice Jigs was the best way to get a good feed into the boat. Nick caught this thumping Yellowbelly while fishing with an Ice Jug for Redfin, after letting it go he caught another Nice Yellowbelly that was a little smaller, which he added to the Redfin to bring home for a feed.
Purrumbete has been fishing a little tough lately but there is still some great fishing to be had at the moment. There are still some quality trout getting caught in the shallows by anglers casting hard body lures in and around the weed with fish to 8lb being caught, Mudeyes under a bubble float is another great option to use when chasing trout in there. Redfin have been a bit tougher to find but once you find a school willing to feed it’s game on. The trick has been moving around a bit until you get a consistent patch of fish. Nathan fished with Mick from Victorian Inland Charters and had a cracking session where they boated 72 keepers with the biggest measuring 40cm and a few in the high 30’s as well.
Geelong Inner Harbour
The inner harbour of Geelong is still offering some reasonable quality snapper with Anglers continuing to land good fish. The north shore area has definitely seemed to be the main spot worth looking at with fish reaching upwards of 6kg cruising about with more than enough fish to 40cm amongst them to keep busy and put a feed on the table. When fishing this time of year for snapper it is important to have as much going for you as possible so fishing with freshly caught baits is definitely an odds booster. Whether it be Squid, Garfish, Snook or salmon they all make great bait and fishing a tide change after dark is definitely the key to most anglers success.
Garfish have unfortunately slowed down a bit during the last week or so, wouldn’t be surprised if they were all caught. There are still a few anglers getting around in search of them with some success and some big Garfish amongst the buckets of fish. Owen Westwell fished off St Helens during the week and managed plenty of yellow eye mullet as bi-catch whilst chasing the gars. The fish were reaching around 35cm in length, plenty of burley was the trick to get them around and silverfish made the best bait. Very underrated target species as they’re fun to catch, make great bait and when bled and put on ice they make a good feed.
St Leonards and Queenscliff
As most weeks the squid and whiting fishing remains pretty good and steady with anglers managing to secure their bags of fish most outings. Between St Leonards and Queenscliff have been the best locations for both species. The squid have been responding well to solid black and natural coloured jigs and the whiting have been biting best whilst fishing the stronger tide changes.
Surf Coast Beaches
The surf beaches have been a great option to get your fishing fix during the crazy windy conditions with Australian Salmon running riot along the coast. Bombing out long casts into the schools of fish and ripping metal lures through the school should produce plenty of bites with weights ranging between 30-60 grams being the ideal weight. Peri from Trelly’s Geelong had a fun session on the Salmon throughout this week.