February 20, 2018
Starting off at Clifton Springs anglers found a quality mixed bag of flathead, pinkies, pike and whiting. The Curlewis Bank was on fire producing most of the species mentioned above but what was great to see was the quality of the fish with flathead to over 50cm on the chew. Fishing near the mussel beds at Clifton Springs was also a great option with again some thumping big flathead and whiting snapping up baits.
Indented Heads to St Leonard’s over the reef / weed patches was ideal for squid. Casting artificial jigs worked with bag limit captures possible. Of a night when the weather allowed the Indented Heads Boat ramp jetty was a hot spot for squid. Bourke St (the section of water just out from St Leonard’s yacht club) produced some nice sized whiting to 40cm. Pippie or tenderised squid was the bait of choice. Out in the deeper water Gummy Shark to 6kg were about with fresh squid bait or pilchard doing the trick. The Swan Bay channel on the run in tide of an evening was also another Gummy Shark producing location during the week.
The RIP saw some seriously big kingfish taken either live baiting or jigging with knife jigs. Kingfish to over 1 meter long were about. Huge Australian Salmon still erupted on the surface in a feeding frenzy taking lures indented for a kingfish or tuna. Chris from Gone Fishing Charters guide his clients onto some outstanding Kingfish and Tuna in the RIP during the past week.
Offshore the back of Point Lonsdale to Barwon Heads saw anglers tangle with Kingfish averaging about 6kg in weight. Offshore trolling white ocky skirts with a squid strip on the end in a great way to cover ground and find feeding fish.
The Barwon Estuary was a great place to fish land based with lots of smaller model Australian Salmon, whiting and mullet all keen on devouring prawn on a running sinker rig. Mulloway were about for anglers prepared to play the waiting game with fresh baits.