The Bellarine Peninsula is going from strength to strength with the fishing at the moment. The Squid are everywhere! Clifton Springs right through to the Queenscliff Bight. Indented Heads has been a standout location with bag limit captures being very achievable. Size 3.0 jigs have been the most popular size and most colours are working great. Rob, John and Adam found themselves amongst some nice Calamari out from Queenscliff on Saturday morning. Adam mentioned natural jigs in a Pilchard or Yakka colour were the most effective. Whiting continue to fish well from St Leonards through to Queenscliff. Fresh Pipi or tenderised Squid is the bait of choice and make sure you fish the tide changes for the best results.
Fishing land-based around Geelong has been very productive for anglers bait fishing and casting soft plastics. ‘Fisherman’s Pier’ and the Rippleside Jetty have been the standout locations with reports of Pinkie Snapper to 60cm being taken. Fishing these areas gives you a great chance of getting a whole mix of species including Flathead, Salmon and Whiting.
A window of good weather allowed fishos to finally get offshore. Gummy sharks and Snapper were on the menu for most boats fishing between Torquay and ‘The Rip’. Snapper have been a standout as of late and fishing with bait in 30-50m of water with ‘Snapper Snatcher’ rigs has been getting the job done. Micro jigging has been accounting for a fair share of those fish as well. Jigs in 40 and 60 grams of weight slowly worked vertically off the bottom is a very fun and effective way of catching offshore Snapper and a whole host of offshore species.
The Barrel Tuna are on the chew at the moment along the West Coast with Cape Bridgewater and Portland being the standout locations with a number of fish cracking over 100kg. Working that 50m contour is going to be a good place to start looking but make sure to keep active and change up the depth and try and find some bait. Find the bait find the fish. Aaron Habgood from Salt Guide and his crew Managed 2 nice Barrels and missing 1 late last week. Fish where taken on Redbait coloured skirts one of them being on our own Tornado Midnight Passion.
The Barwon River's 'Sheepwash' has been very productive for a wide variety of species. Although you're not always going to catch a monster, it’s a great spot to get some numbers on the board and ideal for taking the kids fishing. Steve, Mary and Charlie Threlfall got amongst this action Wednesday morning under the local guidance of Trellys Geelong’s Chris Pitman. The Trellys gang managed to get tangled with Australian Salmon, Silver Trevally and Tailor resulting in a great little session.
Lake Bolac still continues to have plenty of Rainbow Trout Getting Caught on baits such as Power bait, Glassies and Pilchard fillets. There has even been a rumour of some Trout getting caught over 8lb. Bolac has been a bit hit and miss lately however it’s sure to fire up any day now and it’s just a matter of getting out there and wetting a line.
Bendigo's Lakes & Reservoirs How great is it to see families getting out fishing together at the lakes around Bendigo. Jase Kleinitz and his daughter Tahlia dropped by the Bendigo store last week to grab some powerbait before heading to Kennington Reservoir to land a couple of nice Rainbow Trout from the recent school holiday stockings by the Victorian Fisheries Authorities. Now is a great time to get out there and chase the trout with over 2000 Rainbow Trout stocked in recent weeks. Powerbait would be the bait of choice at the moment and make sure you have your old faithful Tassie Devil in your tacklebox just in case. School Holiday Rainbow Trout Stockings (July 2019) Crusoe Reservoir, Kangaroo Flat - 450 Forest Lake, Kangaroo Flat - 200 Kennington Reservoir, Kenning - 500 (plus another 500 realised in late June) Lake Neanger, Eaglehawk - 300 Lake Tom Thumb, Eaglehawk - 200 Tahlia Kleinitz with a lovely Rainbow Trout from Kennington Reservoir last weekend.
Campaspe & Loddon System With the fishing being tough at the moment in both the Campaspe and Loddon River Systems slow rolling Jackall Doozers tight to weedbeds or structure is a good option to hedge your bets to catch a nice Murray Cod or Golden Perch. Regular customer Luke Hartley with a solid Golden Perch caught in the Campaspe River on a Jackall Doozer.
Murray River If you are headed to the Murray River anytime soon, bait is definitely your best option with many anglers having success on chicken and worms. If you are going to cast lures, look for areas of slack water just off the main flow and try casting 1oz Spinnerbaits and Jackall Doozers. Whilst chasing crocs, Dylan Mawson landed this nice cod.
Pro-staffer Bryce with a nice Trout Cod caught in the Barmah National Park area.
The Goulburn River around Shepparton is still flowing quite high, making fishing a little difficult for local anglers, although there have been a few reports of Yellowbelly starting to fire up around the Shepparton area with Scrubbies being the bait of choice. Cray fishing has been somewhat difficult with the river running a bit high, however if you can find a patch of slow water you shouldn’t have any problems getting your bag of Crays. Shepparton Region
Waranga basin is still on the rise and has been fishing quite well for some good sized Redfin. Trolling small divers and bobbing 3 inch soft plastics once you have found a school have been working for most. The best spots are from the Wall to the Yacht club in the deeper water. The local lakes are worth a look with Victoria Lake being your best bet at the moment. There’s still plenty of Trout around with anglers finding success using both powerbait and worms about 30cm under a float. You can also find some good sized yellowbelly in the lake thanks to the fisheries relocation program. Jackall TN60’s fitted with assist hooks are your best bet for getting yourself onto some nice yellas in the lakes around Shepparton. Lake Mulwala
Lake Mulwala is still fishing well and remains a good choice for fishing within the region. Plenty of good Cod have been coming out consistently for those who put in the time. The best methods have been using surface paddlers like the Harros 170mm paddler and koolabung cod crackers. large swimbaits like the Jackall Gigantarel and Zerek affinity are also working well when retrieved nice and slow along the bottom Lake Eildon
Anglers making the trip over to Lake Eildon have been rewarded with some brilliant large cod captures within to last week. Best methods have been using paddlers on the shallow points and then switching to lures like Bassman Mumblers and Chin weighted Jackall Gigantarels worked along the bottom on the deeper rock banks and rocky points. With the lake rising and water covering new ground, we have seen Trout around Bonnie doon and areas like the main arm and jerusalem creek. Tassie devils in no.55 and PP have been working well along with hardbodies such as shallow poltergeists. The yellowbelly haven’t fired up yet on the lake however we at Trelly’s believe that we’re going to be in for a ripper Yellowbelly season this year.