The local fishing at the moment has still been very good over the past week with plenty of reports coming in with some decent snapper fishing on offer in the outer harbour. The spoil Grounds of Leopold and Curlewis have been producing some good fishing with anglers soaking baits and casting soft plastics having great success in landing good numbers of pinkies to 50cm. As well as the snapper there is plenty of other species on offer like flathead, salmon and whiting. Calamari have still been in close along the whole peninsula with natural squid jigs working pest.
Offshore Barwon Heads is still showing no sign of slowing down, if anything they’re getting better! The tuna bite has been red hot between the rip and torquay in 40 – 60 metres. Trolling Halco laser pro 190 has been a standout lure and so too have skirted lures behind a spreader bar. Topwater lures as usual are still catching a lot of fish too. Kingfish have been in fantastic numbers in closer and quite hungry, although not massive in size there sure is plenty out there. Mako Sharks are still kicking about the coast at the moment with plenty of reports
The rip has had a few whispers of kings going inside it lately but is well worth looking. This time of year we should expect the rip to fish very well with fish up to 15kg to be caught. Fishing the slower tide changes and slack water is the best times to fish allowing easier and more comfortable fishing.
King George Whiting have been on the chew off Queenscliff lately with plenty of reports rolling in of boats landing good numbers of fish and at a quality size. Gone Fishing Charters have been right in the thick of the bite lately getting the customers on some good fish.
Painkalac creek has been fishing quite well over the past few weeks for both Bream and Estuary perch with reports of both species reaching up to about 38cm in length. Casting hardbody lures like Ecogear SX40s and Daiwa Infeet Spikes have been working very well. Early morning and late afternoon has been very productive for surface fishing.
WURDI BULOC & STONEY CREEK
Wurdi Buloc and Stoney Creek Reservoir have both been fishing well for Redfin over the past week with reports of fish to 45cm being caught. Adam from Trellys Geelong has been getting stuck amongst the action down ad Wurdi having great success with soft plastics, Adam has also scored himself a few trout along the way too.
We are still having reports roll into our Shepparton store from the Goulburn River. There is plenty of smaller cod being caught on bait with chicken and scrub worms working well. The odd Yellowbelly has also been reported with fresh shrimp being the bait of choice for those chasing Yellowbelly. Casting smaller Spinnerbaits like the Bassman TW series of shorties has been great if your happy with higher numbers of fish around the 40/70cm mark.
This season has been a stand out season for Yellowbelly with again plenty of reports coming in. Normally we get the early spring bite and the rise in water bite in the broken but it’s just fished consistently well for Yellowbelly and this week was no difference with Shrimp working best and scrub worms a close second. Casting Fish traps either weedless or with the front facing trebles cut leaving you with a double hook working well through the snags. Those chasing cod have reported that there has been some good fish caught on Pirate Spinnerbaits and also casting smaller swimbaits around the timber. Those casting Surface fishing downstream of the Archer St bridge have reported some legal cod being caught and released both in the morning and evening low light periods.
It’s Redfin time at the Basin with yet again so many locals heading out to the basin. The numbers can be high at the basin on a normal day but the stand out difference lately is in the class of Redfin being caught. We are hearing reports of Redfin up to 45cms being caught out the front of Harriman’s ramp and down towards the rocky wall. Yet again trolling with a soft plastic above your diving lure has worked well. Bait fishing from the bank at Harriman’s has produced plenty of Redfin and carp for those without boat.
Last week saw the running of the Hummingbird Da$h 4 Ca$h with over 50 teams hitting the water in one of Mulwala’s premier fishing tournament. There were heaps of cod caught in all 3 session with some good sized legals helping those up the top end win some cash. There is a heap of weed in Mulwala at the moment so targeting the edges or open pockets in the weed was key to catching fish. There were cod caught on the troll on the old rivers edge and on the cast all the way down towards the Yarrawonga bridge. Nick from our Shepparton store managed a couple of fish just undersize casting square bills and small Chatter baits. Nick through his square bills and Spinnerbaits throughout the day on a Smokey Bandit / 13 Fish A2 combo and the smaller chatter-baits on a Miller Rod One Freak / 13 Fish C2 combo with both set ups working perfectly throughout the day.
There hasn’t been much fishing action at the lake this week but there is plenty of positivity for the fishing in weeks to come.The weed harvesting boat is yet again in town cleaning up plenty of the weed. Once they are done it normally takes a week for everything to settle down but we then will again be able to target fish in the lake much easier. If your chasing Redfin or Yellowbelly in the lake some great ways is Casting small Chatterbaits or lipless crank baits with single hooks around the grass hill or boat ramps or you can slow roll a soft plastic with a beetle spin along any weed edges that are left.
OUT OF TOWN
The Marlin bite along the east coast has really fired up over the past week with plenty of reports from Eden right up to Jervis Bay all producing stripe and black marlin. Peri Stavropoulos from Trellys Geelong and Ethan Solly made the drive up to Bermi in search of a marlin and managed to find success in very average conditions.