Starting off inside Corio Bay and large schools of Australian Salmon kept anglers entertained with the action nonstop once a school of fish was located. Casting 3” minnow style soft plastics worked best from wither the boat or landbased near the old Yarra St Pier. Pinkie snapper also made an appearance as a by catch. Off the rocks at Limeburners boat ramp Garfish were snapping up small baits suspended under a float. Anglers making use of strong berley trail had no trouble in banking large bags of fish.
Moving into to Bellarine Peninsular and St Leonards was a squid hot spot. Right from Indented Heads boat ramp to the entrance of Swan Bay in three to four meters of water, squid were plentiful. The slower running high tides were an ideal time to cast a jig over the weed beds. Whiting took a liking to pippies and were in reasonable numbers on the well know section of Bourke St the average size of fish is up around 40cm.
Queenscliff also had nice numbers of whiting in anglers bags and inside the harbour Silver Trevally were intent on hitting 2.5” grub style soft plastics. The Point Lonsdale Pier was a fantastic option on the run in tide for Australian Salmon to 2kg.
The Barwon Estuary has some very well-conditioned black bream on the go from Barwon Head’s boat ramp to the Sheepwash along with the odd mulloway to 1 meter in length. The Barwon Heads bridge section of the estuary was a great place to snag good numbers of mullet and smaller model King George whiting.
Hitting the Surf Beaches saw great numbers of Australian Salmon. Casting lures or bait fishing was both productive with beaches from Bancoora though to Lorne productive. Sam beached a huge fish of 3.6kg during the week.
Also on the local beaches through to Apollo bay, we’ve seen some great gummy sharks caught by those willing enough to brave the cold. Nat Barry and his brother Finn put in a few hours and were rewarded with a shark each.
Down west Portland is on fire for school sized southern Bluefin Tuna. Chris from Gone fishing charters has been guide his clients onto some insane action. While at Portland it is well worth casting a line from the break wall with a few nice size snapper being taken.
Keeping down West but on the freshwater scene Lake Purrumbete is giving up numerous trophy brown trout each week for those trolling Tassie Devils and hardbody lures. Tim Beusmans took another brown trout this time tipping the scales at 9lb 11oz.
Lake Bullen Merri
Next door Lake Bullen Merri has been productive for Chinook salmon and rainbow trout to 2kg, again trolling tassie devils and Rapala XR-6/ XR-8 Spotted Ghosts on a down rigger.
GOULBURN RIVER Plenty of Crays being caught between Seymour and Kirwans Bridge, target the deeper water with Ox Liver and Carp Chunks working the best and between the two Wineries a good place to start. Fishing is a little quiet here, but some Redfin are about, so definitely worth a try, trolling size 3 Stumpjumpers and small Yabbies and Worms the best thing to try. Below the Weir was fishing really well from Murchison to Shepparton, some good Cray's, mainly at night and some nice Cod also, Graeme Sylvester catching a few Cod around Shepparton up to 90cm, trolling Size 1 Stumpjumpers, Codgers and Oldmate Lures working well, and Scrubworms, Yabbies and Cheese the best bait. Over the last few days, the water has dirtied up a little with the rain, so bait fishing might be a better option. RUSHWORTH/KYABRAM Waranga Basin is fishing quite well still, plenty of smaller Redfin with the occasional bigger fish amongst them, Trolling small Hardbodies such as RMG Poltergeist and Balista Smoke's the best method. The Outlet channels have slowed alot, still a bit of water in most, but very hard to find a fish, you might get some nice Crays off the Bridges? SHEPPARTON The Victoria Lake is probably the standout at the moment, a few Trout on Powerbait and some Redfin up to 40cm on Soft Plastics and small Vibes. The Main Eastern Channel still has a bit of Water in it, so definitely worth throwing some Cheese in for a Cod, try finding the deeper water towards Pine Lodge/Invergorden way. Kialla Lakes has a few Redfin on Worms and Small Yabbies as well as Graigmuir Lake in Mooroopna. THE OVENS RIVER All the Boys from Trellys Geelong, John from Jinkai, and a few from Trellys Shepparton made the trip up to Bunderlong for the weekend, with the lack of water, we ventured to Peechelba. With some help from some good friends, we managed to Launch the boats in the Ovens on Sunday and the water looked amazing, no other boats, lots of snags to fish and great weather, we all worked really hard for only a couple of fish, but with lots of banter and the serenity, it was one of those days when a fish was a bonus! With Mulwala and the Murray being very inconsistent, maybe the Ovens would be worth a look over the next couple of months. Scott Turnbull was able to sneak onto Lake Mulwala and found good numbers of Cod using dark coloured Old Mate lures. Scott ended up with 15 fish for the weekend with one cod measuring in at 71cm.
OUT OF TOWN Good friend of the shop Reece Nicholas has been at Copeton all week, he has reproted that fishing has been really hard and have hardly caught a fish until thursday Reece managed this 119cm model and the other boys managed a 118, 107 and 93cm, so things are starting to pick up, Swimbaits doing the damage.