Port Phillip Bay this week has provided some great fishing, wether you’re off a boat or land based there is plenty of fish to catch. St Helens rocks has been quite productive over the past week for Pinkie Snapper, although most of the fish are touch and go legal size they are providing plenty of entertainment with a few bigger fish getting caught too. Baits such as Bluebait and Squid are your best bet on a simple paternoster rig is proving deadly, you can also expect Flathead, Whiting and Salmon off the rocks here too. If in the boat then the Inner Harbour is still proving plenty of Pinkie Snapper as well, simply casting soft plastics at the structure should find you hooking into a few.
King George Whiting and Squid are still fishing well all over the bay with Wedge Spit and St Leonards being the two current hot spots. Fishing on a tide change has been the key to success with bag limit captures very achievable and the fish are getting up to and over 40cm. Squid are still on the go in all your common spots around the peninsula, if you’re fishing land based then Point Cook and St Leonards are the spots you want to have a look at. Size #3.0 jigs have been working best in natural colours and night time seems to be producing the best results.
The Offshore Tuna and Kingfish craze is still going strong, although the weather hasn’t been super but if you can get out the rewards are there. The Tuna are still on the bite from Cape Schanck right through to Lorne between 25 and 60m and they are hungry! No matter if your Trolling or Casting both techniques are producing just as many fish as each other but Trolling Halco 190 Laser Pros still seem to be the standout lure.
The Glenelg River has come back onto the radar with some good fishing on offer for Bream, Perch and Mulloway. Casting Lures such as Zman Grubz, Cranka Crabs and Ecogear VX vibes are a standout lure for down that way and the best thing about them is that everything in that system eats them. Peri Stavropoulos and Chris Pitman from Trellys along with Owen Westwell and Josh Whitford made the drive down over the weekend landing plenty of Bream, Perch and Mulloway. If you’re keen to chase a Bream and save the massive drive then the Maribyrnong River has also been producing plenty of Bream.
The River still looks great with plenty of nice fish being caught at Nagambie around Kirwans bridge and the Wineries. Jaclyn from Trellys shepp fished around Kirwans bridge with her partner James and their kids and managed to find some nice fish, including this 86cm Cod caught by Kayley on a 15ft old mate diver in colour #13. They also found some nice yellowbelly while trolling the same areas.
Karen and Justin from the Bendigo store also gave Nagambie a crack over the weekend with their daughter Olivia landing her pb cod while also trolling an old mate diver, this time the pink old mate came out trumps. They were also trolling around the Kirwans bridge area of Nagambie.
We’ve had many other reports around nagambie on bait as well with bardi grubs and chicken bites being the bait of choice. Most fish have been between 40-70cm but as we know there’s some monsters lurking around the nagambie region. Closer to shepparton around rafterys road we’ve had some good reports coming in from people using surface on dusk and dawn, most guys are finding the strike zone to be within the first couple metres of their retrieve. Jackall pompadours and bassman aussie crawlers have been working well along with codger surface paddlers.
Waranga basin has been a bit hit and miss however if you can get them when they’re feeding you’ll be in for a good session. Most people fishing in the basin have said that the bite window is really small, around half an hour to get amongst a few. Trolling 15ft hardbodies until you find an active school has been the key. There’ve been some good fish mixed in with Redfin to 35cm mixed amongst the smaller ones. The odd small yellowbelly is also getting caught while trolling the same areas that the Redfin are in. around the boat club and Harrimans point have been the best sections to start in. The broken river around Shepparton has been fishing well with lots of smaller cod getting caught off the top. Josh landed a couple nice fish on Thursday morning. Reporting that the Jackall pompadour in red bone was his lure of choice.
The Murray River
The Murray river has been fishing alright with a few good fish getting caught around Yarrawonga on bait a spinnerbaits. Big Bassman single willow spinnerbaits have been working great on the cast as well as baits like chicken bites and cheese. The main thing is to work as tight to the snags as you can and give your spinnerbait time to drop to the bottom once you get to the end of a snag, on this drop is usually when you’ll get hit hard. Further along the river towards bearii has been going well with some nice yellowbelly coming from under the willows on yabbies and black grub soft plastics bounced along the bottom. Trolling codgers and size 1 stumpjumpers has also been working great with some good reports of larger fish being taken in the Bearii and Barmah areas on the troll.