The inner harbour of Corio Bay this week yet again provided some great fishing for land based anglers or those in boats trying to escape the hairy weather. Pinky Snapper have been in fantastic numbers with anglers finding great numbers of fish spread right across the region with plenty of quality in the size too. Casting soft plastics around structure has been super effective with Berkley Gulp 7 inch Turtleback worms proving a standout as it gets past the small picker fish that are hanging around. Australian Salmon, Silver Trevally and Flathead have both also made up for amusing and welcomed by-catch at the moment. Yet again the turtleback worms being a standout, more so in the 4 inch size.
King George Whiting are still going ballistic in the outer harbour with lots of reports coming through with boats finding huge numbers of fish and at a quality size too. Once again fishing the tides have been the best times to fish however they seem to be biting just about all day! Freshly caught Calamari has been a pretty tough bait to beat of late and of course the humble pipi always accounting for a good majority of captures.
Offshore Barwon Heads remains very productive for Gummy sharks and large numbers of pinkie snapper. The pinkies have been holding in large numbers inside the foul grounds off Torquay in around 40 metres of water and the Gummies have mainly been cruising the 30 metre line. Fresh baits such as squid and salmon are always a standout and also silver whiting has been working very well. Fishing either side of a tide is the prime times to fish, especially for the gummies.
Down the west coast the Bluefin tuna are still in fantastic numbers and Portland is on fire. There is lots of reports coming through of boats getting amongst large numbers of tuna off Cape Bridgewater anywhere from 30-50 metres of water. Trolling small skirted lures and diving hardbodies has been the preferred method and choice of lures. Barrel Reports have seemed too slowed down a little bit but there is still captures being reported nearly daily right along the coast. It’s just a matter of time until they bite hard again.
The draw down process is well and truly under way with many boy ramps now closed and only a couple left accessible. For those who have been able to launch have managed to experience some amazing fishing sessions. Plenty of meter plus fish have been reported mostly casting big swimbaits such as Jackal Gantias or Ganterals. Casting Spinnerbaits around the Bridge has worked well and for those Trolling have caught fish using Cod Dogs and Old Mates in the main river where you can access deeper water. Surface fishing has also gone crazy with some locals doing some all-night sessions braving the cold conditions but landing 20/40 fish in that time. The bigger cod are being caught on Balista Tremors, Bassman Aussie Crawlers or Pompadours.There has been the odd report of cod being caught on chicken but the majority of fish are being caught on lures.
There has been good reports from those chasing trout at Eildon this week. Trolling diving minnows and tassie devils in the big river arm has been successful with the fish biting 50/50 minnow to tassie so it’s best to run a spread of lures where possible. The odd Redfin has been caught in the Goulburn arm on soft plastics and small Chatterbaits. Those chasing cod have been reporting good a surface bite at night with the key finding where the bait is holding in bays and fishing those areas.
The cooler periods can be tough in the Goulburn River around Shepparton but we are yet to see the fishing completely slow down. We are still receiving reports of cod mostly around the 40/65cm range being caught on Chicken & Cheese behind Aquamoves and Jordan’s bend. We have had some reports of Yellowbelly caught near the Broken River Junction on worms. One thing that is becoming more common is reports or crayfish holding onto hooks as you retrieve your baits. Those fishing with lures have been predominantly catching fish on Spinnerbaits or trolling Codgers or size 2 stumpjumpers. Cod have been caught surface fishing off the bank out towards moira park with the Balista Hunchback accounting for a number of those fish.
Blue Rock Dam
There is still some good bass fishing to be had at Blue Rock with blades and soft plastics working well on deeper water. Those fishing in the trees have had some luck casting Small hardbodies, football jigs and Jerkbaits.Bait fishing from the bank with worms has resulted in some nice fish with both Bass & Redfin being caught.
The fishing is now starting to heat up at the Dart with some reports coming in with 15/20 trout being caught in a days fishing. Trolling in the main basin during the middle of the day near the wall or even just out front of the ramp has been best. A lot of fish have been caught on Tassie Devils rigged with assist hooks with some finding the trout are not hooking up solid on small trebles. Over the next month we should continue to see better fishing at Dart so make sure you send in your photos and reports of you strike luck on the water.
Something a bit different for Kialla Lakes this week with a 53cm Catfish reported caught on worms. There is always the odd catfish reported but there normally not as big as this one and it just goes to show you never know what you can catch at Kialla with the lake holding Cat Fish, Cod, Yellowbelly, Carp and Redfin. It wasn’t just catfish reported this week with some small Redfin caught on blades off the sandbar near the playground. A slow draw of the rod and a long pause was the best way to catch these Redfin with many of the bites coming on the pause.