The windy and cold weather has definitely made it difficult to find motivation get out there for a fish however to the keen angles out there there's been some great fishing on offer. The inner harbour of Corio Bay is still fishing very well for Australian salmon pinky snapper and silver trevally with landbased and boat anglers finding great numbers of fish. The salmon could be quite often spotted on the surface busting up terrorising small baked fish in the bay and quite often you'll find a pink snapper sitting underneath it picking up the scraps. Berkley 3 inch power bait minnows have been a very popular lure yet again for both species of fish.
King George Whiting and calamari still continue to be extremely well right across of Bellarine Peninsula from Clifton Springs right through the Queenscliff all holding great numbers of fish. Yet again like the whiting have been biting best on the tide fresh Pipis or squid have been the go to bait and a bit of burley in the water has definitely been a key factor in a good success. Bag limit captures are on for offer with some quality fish amongst them with Fish exceeding over 42 cm.
Offshore Barwon heads is still on fire with gummy sharks seem to be all over the place with a lot of reports coming through with some great fish on offer. Fishing on anchor or drifting has been very successful with Paternoster rigs and fresh salmon for bait you nearly can't go wrong. Sharks to over 15 kg have been landed over the past week with plenty of by catch including quality tiger flooded and snapper. There have been a few reports of bluefin tuna hang out the front as well along to 70 meter Line so it's well worth having a heavier rod and reel in a couple Lures on the boat if you're heading out any time soon.
The west coast from Portland through to Port MacDonnell is still continuing to produce some fantastic bluefin tuna fishing. School tuna have been in humongous numbers right along the coast Gone fishing Charters has been amongst the action of the past few weeks and the boys are putting on some serious numbers are fish on the deck.
Wurdi Buloc Has fished well this past week with both Trout and Redfin on the bite. Norries Wasabi Spoon has been a hot favourite as of late allowing yourself to cast a long way and cover lots of water
The river got a nice bit of fresh water this past week with the rain coming down Monday.Like always when the Broken gets a fresh flow of water the fish just respond well. Surface fishing was the stand out way to target cod this week with Balista Hunchbacks being very popular. There has been Yellowbelly caught bellowed both weirs on lipless crank baits and also small divers. Bait fishing down towards Shepparton has been great this past week with reports of legal sized cod and Yellowbelly being caught on Worms, Chicken and Chunks of Salami.
The fishing around Toolamba has been good this week with some cod around the 50/60cm mark being caught with baits such as Cheese and chicken working best. Those fishing with lures have been targeting the downstream waters below structures that concentrate the river flow like below the main bridge in Shepparton and Mooroopna also below the rock wall near the Shepparton cemetery. Spinnerbaits and lipless crank baits have worked well in these areas with Yellowbelly still biting. There has been some early season cray reports with plenty of smaller crayfish being caught amongst keepers. This week the Goulburn also received a small stocking boost with some big cod released into the river after being relocated from Greens Lake.
The Redfin bite in shallow has improved especially after the rain earlier in the week. The fish seem to have pushed up in the 3/6ft range with there being plenty of bait feeding off the edge wash. Small plastics either off the bank or in a bit have worked well so have small vibes. Yellowbelly are being trolled up along the rock wall and also opposite to Harriman’s Point ramp. Just like the Goulburn River the Basin has had a stocking of relocated fish from Greens Lake with plenty of good sized Yellowbelly finding a new home at the Basin.
Blue Rock Dam
The fishing has stayed consistent recently at blue rock with plenty of trout being reported by those trolling small hardbodies and tassie devils in the main basin. Bass and Redfin have been reported on bait off the main grass bank near the boat ramp as well has good numbers of Bass being caught on Tn60 jackals and zx40 blades from the launching pontoons.
The drawdown of the channels has made fishing a little more difficult but the fish have now settled into deeper water pockets and biting well. Bridges and syphons are the best areas to target fish when the water is low with beetle spin rigged jackals or soft plastics working well. Square bill crankbaits have been very popular lately and are great options in the shallower water. If bait fishing try to get your baits as close to the structure as possible as this is where the fish are holding.
The Mulwala drawdown has finally taken its toll and has made accessing the lake really difficult. That being said over the past week there were heaps of big cod getting caught by those able to get on the lake while a couple of the ramps were still usable. Casting spinnerbaits, big plastics and swimbaits all accounted for some great Cod with a few lucky people getting double hook-ups of metre plus fish in the boat.It’s not just those casting lures who have been catching great fish, we also saw some really nice cod caught while trolling lures like codgers and old mate divers.
Yarrabat Park Lake
Former Trellys staff member and Shepparton’s own #1 carp fisherman Nelson put in a quick arvo session at Yarrambat Park Lake over the weekend and wasn’t disappointed when he caught this solid Redfin third cast on an Asakura S-Hornet Crankbait. There are always plenty of Redfin to be caught at Yarrambat along with a generous amount of Trout which are stocked there during the winter school holidays. Casting small hardbodies and spinners are usually good options to start with. If you’d rather soak a few baits worms and powerbait are your best bet to get a few fish on the board.