Offshore Barwon Heads
Once again last Sundays weather allowed anglers to set out off shore from Ocean Grove / Barwon Heads. Peri Stavropoulos along with his father Michael and Andrew Whitford spent a few hours midday Sunday anchored up in 30 meters of water out from Barwon Heads. Baiting up with freshly caught Australian Salmon the guys were hopeful of a gummy shark or two. Not having to wait long the fishing lived up to their expectation with five gummy shark being taken up to 7kg for the trip, releasing three. What really made the day was when Andrew boated a snapper of 5kg. Alex Surdich ventured out off shore during the week and was more than successful on the snapper boating a well-conditioned fish of 75cm.
Back inside the bay Kevin Hunter and myself boated a few squid out the front of Swan Bay Sunday with Shimano 14T jigs in size 2.5 and 3.5 doing the job nicely. Other anglers fishing down towards St Leonards boated whiting and squid too with Bourke St the hot spot.
Clifton Springs saw anglers cross paths with a few early season snapper. The Point Richards Channel was a great starting place with patience needed in order to wait out a big fish. Fresh squid or pilchard was an effective bait with snapper to 7kg boated. As the weather warms up expect the fish to really come on the chew as it is shaping up to be a great season.
Corio Bay played host to Australian Salmon of up to 1.5kg with soft plastics anglers fairing the best. At times the Salmon were spread from St Helens to Limeburners. Another exciting report of snapper off the rocks at St Helens along with the odd flathead.
Tuna are still tempting anglers from Apollo Bay to Portland with Southern Bluefin Tuna to over 100kg possible. Large skirted lures trolled out from Cape Otway are the go.
Freshwater anglers fared well with deep lake showing no signs of slowing down. Trolling Tassie devils in white colours along the lake margins did the trick with brown and rainbow trout to 2kg taken.
Lake Elignamite near Cobden saw some large redfin boated along with the odd rainbow trout. Casting hard body lures worked well just make sure to keep your lure weed free.
Purrumbete / Bullen Merri
Bullen Merri and Purrumbete still gave up good numbers of brown and rainbow trout. Anglers again casting lures amongst the weed beds at Lake Purrumbete finding better numbers of trout.
Wurdee Boluc the lake of 1000 cast has been living up to its reputation with anglers putting in plenty of time for only a few redfin.
Scotty had a ripper session down the otways landing numerous wild brown trout. Cranka minnows in shallow a standout lure.
Some really interesting reports from Nagambie region this week, The Goulburn River has been quiet, but there was a Atlantic Salmon caught on a soft plastic near the boat ramp at the Old Rowing Club in the Lake, Awsome catch. A few Yellowbelly around the boardwalk on Worms. Further north to Murchison/Toolamba, fishing has been really hit and miss, a few Yellowbelly on Worms and Yabbies, but just when you think they are firing, they shut down. The River has risen a lot over night, 19/9, so I suspect the fishing will be quiet for the next few days. If you can find some deep eddies or creeks off the River with less water movement and bobbing some Worms or Yabbies close to the bank, you might pick up a fish or two. The main Eastern Channel around Wahring is fishing well for Redfin and Yellowbelly, Jackal T/N 60’s and 3-4 inch Soft Plastics working well, you may need to muck around with some Stingers on your Jackals to enhance hook ups, the Yellowbelly are just bumping the lures a little and not tacking them consistently, but slightly better results on the Soft Plastics. Atlantic Salmon to 64cm in the Catternach Channel near the Weir on Gold Soft Plastics.
Steve Donaher catching Redfin to 40cm in Waranga Basin on Crazy Deep RMG Poltergeists Bloodnut colour and the smaller Balista Smokes, not in the huge Spring/Summer numbers yet, but definitely worth a go. Most of the Channels in the region are fishing well, a few Big Yellowbelly in the Channels around Waranga Basin and Redfin in most Channels around Kyabram, Merrigum and Lancaster areas. Worms and Yabbies working well and Hogbacks and Ondex imertations working well also.
The Goulburn River around Shepparton is a little patchy and has risen a lot making it difficult to fish. The local lakes are a chance with Trout on Powerbait and Yellowbelly and Redfin on Worms a chance. Victoria Lake around Aquamoves, Craigmuir Lake in Mooroopna and the small Lake near the Mooroopna Footy ground worth a shot. Some Yellowbelly in the Main Eastern Channel on the Euroa/Shepparton road on Jackal T/N 60’s and small Yellowman Bassman Spinnerbaits.
Out Of Town
Pro Staffer Pip Clement went on a road trip to Copeton last week, fishing with Glen Bassman Casey, managed a really nice 80cm Cod on Fly. Feel free to pick Pip’s brain anything fly, especially the potential of some Big Cod on fly at Lake Eildon over the next few months.
Next week with the weather on the improve anglers will be spoilt for choice with the offshore fishing boasting plenty of gummy shark and snapper. Inside the bay keep your eye on Clifton Springs as the snapper are on the move. Land based anglers keep St Leonards pier in mind as it is a renowned early season mark.