With the warmer weather becoming more consistent the fishing is fast starting to really improve and some of our favourite summer species have arrived! Inside Corio Bay has still been fishing quite well with St Helens rocks proving a favourite location for anglers, pinky snapper, flathead and king George whiting have all been chewing quite well. The whole rock wall has been fishing well but up towards the entrance of the harbour has been the best spot as of late especially if you’re chasing some better quality Flathead. Bluebait and Squid have both been popular baits.
ST LEONARDS PIER
On a day with a bit more wind St Leonards pier has been a proper hot spot for Snapper over the past few weeks, with the wild weather the fish come right in close to feed. Fish to 4kg have been reported with plenty of fish around the 2kg getting around. St Leonards Pier has also been fishing very well for the species that made the pier so popular, Squid! Plenty of squid are also cruising about at the moment with size 3.0 jigs in pink or red foils have been a standout.
Calamari inside the point Lonsdale bight have still been holding in fantastic numbers, the size and numbers seem to be getting better and better in there at the moment with reports of some really good fishing at the moment. Size 3.5 jigs are definitely the way to go in there or if you’re the bigger ones then a baited squid spike has been deadly.
OFFSHORE OCEAN GROVE
The biggest excitement this week will have to be the first ‘official’ reports of tuna back out front of the heads. There are reports of lots of fish being caught from the point Lonsdale lighthouse right through to Barwon Heads with fish holding in fantastic numbers and super hungry. Fish have been taken trolling small skirted lures as well as top water stick baits and poppers, they don’t seem too fussy at the moment either. Snapper continue to go crazy offshore as well with boats and charter boats catching insane numbers of fish, the 50m mark off the bluff of Barwon Heads is proving to be the most productive area as of late.
Wurdi Buloc Reservoir has been fishing quite well for Redfin over the past week with reports of some quality fish being caught. Anglers Casting Spoon style lures have been having great success with some fish reaching over 40cm in length.
We continue to hear good things about the Broken River with Yellowbelly on the bite during the day casting small hardbodies and swim-baits With cod smashing surface in low light times with the every reliable Jackal Pompadour doing majority of the damage. Bait fishing is still a great option in the Broken with Trellys Chicken and big juicy scrub worms working well.
The weather is heating up and so is the fishing in the Goulburn with plenty of reports coming in with some consistent cod fishing out towards Toolamba and Murchison. Worms, chicken and cheese has been producing plenty of fish. Those casting lures have been catching both cod and Yellowbelly on single bladed Old Mate Spinnerbaits. Bait fishing has been dominated by Trellys chicken & Cheese.
It’s been a few weeks since we have reported on Waranga Bas but over the past week we have been getting some good reports in especially those trolling. Shepparton shop regular Chops reported multiple Double hook up on the rmg poltugist and soft plastic from a dropper loop. Bait fishing has predominantly been from the bank with some big carp and Redfin up to 25cms being caught around the Harriman’s Boat Ramp.
It’s prime time Yellowbelly fishing at lake Eildon with the rise in temperature the fish have now responded. Reports are coming in from some Slow rolling berkley black gulps, to casting Tn60s around points or grassy banks. It’s not all lures with worms and yabbies working extremely well in the trees. A great way to fish these baits is to either bob yabbies or very lightly weight your worms so they drift near the tree trunk. Check out some of the quality gold the boys from Social Fishing caught on a recent trip on there Facebook or social fishing membership.
We are starting to get more regular reports from Mulwala over the last couple of weeks with plenty of cod being caught. Surface lures has been the stand out with numerous reports coming in of 5/6 fish being caught in a couple of hour session in the evenings. Bait fishing has also produced good numbers of fish around majors or near the Yarrawonga foreshore. Following up from last weeks cod classic here is a few stats from yet another great event.
1424 Adult 191 Junior Total – 1615
379 Murray Cod @ 55cm+ 44 Golden Perch @ 45cm+ 92 European Carp
Longest Cod Adult – Kev Gillies 123cm
Junior – Jack Dominick 113cms
Longest Yella Adult – Trevor Rawson 57cm
Junior – Rory Arabin 52.8cms
Longest Carp - Cameron Edge 82cms
All the best to Trellys Shepparton Staff member Nick Brown who is competing in the ABT Bass Grand Final non boater section this weekend on the Richmond River NSW. As well as the Bass Grand final this week the Bream Grand final will be held from the Clarence River NSW. For more info and leaderboards jump onto ABT.org.au.