The Snapper have well and truly come onto the bite this week with fish getting caught from all over the bay on various tactics. Starting inside Corio Bay has seen Plenty of Pinkies getting caught off the rocks with bait and even soft plastics. Baits such as Pilchards or Squid are ideal and soft plastics between 3 and 5 inch have been a standout, in particular the Gulp 5” Jerkshad. Nathan Wright has been getting stuck into plenty of Snapper lately in the inner harbour on soft plastics both on the rocks and from a boat, catching plenty to 1.5kg and some much bigger fish getting thrown into the mix to about 5kg.
St Helens rocks has had a few reports of King George Whiting getting caught by land based fisherman, Pipi is your best bait for them plus your still a chance of other species like Pinkie Snapper and Flathead. When fishing off the rocks this time of year it’s not a silly idea to have a bigger bait out for obvious reasons, Big Snapper!
Moving to the Outer Harbour the Snapper fishing is really starting to heat up with good reports coming from all parts. Along the channel from Clifton Springs to Portarlington has been a current hot spot lately for Snapper up to 8kg in weight. Fez Sepic went out from Clifton Springs Monday night in search of a Snapper, not long after dropping the anchor Fez had boated his new PB Snapper of 6.3kg.
During the week Jamie Marsh, Brad Apps and Myself snuck out after work and had a hot session on a wide variety of Species including Pinkie Snapper, Flathead, Pike, Snotty Trevalla and a school of busting Salmon all on soft plastics.
Squid are still going well from Clifton Springs right through to Queenscliff, drifting in 3m of water casting artificial jigs is by far the most effective way to target them. Angus Mcginn went for a bit of land based casting during the week and scored himself a nice feed of Calamari off St Leonards Pier.
From the boat Adam Taz and Grace Parker got out on Tuesday night and managed a cracking haul of Squid caught along the Curlewis Bank on small Pilchard Coloured jigs.
Some good numbers of Redfin and the occasional Yellowbelly and Trout around Seymour to Trawool, small Celta style Spinners, Tassie Devils and Worms and Yabbies doing the job. Towards the Wineries and the Caravan Park at Nagambie is fishing well, Redfin and Yellowbelly on the chew, bobbing 3 to 4 inch Soft Plastics or Worms and Yabbies around the Trees along the deeper banks working well, remember to move if you haven't landed a fish within 15 minutes or so.
The boardwalk in Nagambie on the Lake is producing a few Yellowbelly and Redfin on Soft Plastics, Berkley 3 inch Minnow Grubs in Black to pick.
The water around Kirwans Bridge to the Weir is starting to warm up and so is the fishing, you will still have to put the time in, but frequently moving from tree to tree until you find the schooling fish the way to go, Bobbing Soft Plastics, Worms and Yabbies.
Below the Weir is fishing awesome, locals around Murchison are absolutely smashing the Yellowbelly at the moment, Worms, Shrimp, and small Yabbies working great and anywhere from Murchison East, to Toolamba the spots to try.
We haven't had too many reports from Shepparton to Undera this week, but the River looks really good and I think if you get out to these areas for a fish, you won’t be disappointed.
The irrigation channels in the region are fishing well, plenty of Redfin on Worms, small Yabbies, Hogback style spinners and Size 3 Stumpjumpers. Yellowbelly in the Main Western Channel are a little hit and miss, early morning or late afternoon into dark is a better time to chase them, T/N 60 Jackall’s working the best and you may be in with a chance of a 60 plus cm fish.
Waranga basin is starting to fire up with the warmer and we’re seeing some more consistent numbers of Redfin being caught in sections near the Caravan park and Harrimans point. There have also been some good Yellowbelly getting caught out of the Basin as well with some nice fish being found in the same areas as the Redfin.
Rob Heenan had a great session at Waranga out from the Caravan park with his Dad Steve, they landed some good Redfin on RMG Poltergeists and a nice Yellowbelly to go with them
We had the Trellys fishing classic on at Jerusalem Creek Marina over the weekend, although the weather was as bad as you could imagine, Fisho’s made the most of the breaks in the Weather to catch some nice fish, a couple of Cod in the 90’s measured in, with the biggest going 96cm on a Swimbait around the wall at night, the biggest Yellowbelly going 55cm, Trelly, Pro Staffer Shane and (ring in Jacko) had a nice little session up Jews Creek, Trelly used his sounder to his advantage, finding a school of fish, then spot locking with a Minn Kota, and we Bobbed Black 3 Inch Berkley Minnow Grubs on the school resulting in some nice Yellowbelly, with Trelly showing us how to do it with a 54cm fish
The Delatite arm has also been producing some great Cod and Yellowbelly recently on both bait and lures. When trolling look at using lures like 3mt RMG Poltergeists and 55mm Codgers for Yellowbelly, Cod have been caught trolling larger hard bodies like size 1 Stumpjumpers. If you prefer casting towards the rocky points the best lures to tie on have been Jackall tn60’s or similar and medium to large spinnerbaits. The water temperature is on the rise on the lake and it shouldn’t be long before we see large numbers of Redfin schooling up and feeding in big numbers.