The Geelong waterfront this week again attracted a great population of anglers in search of Pike with plenty of reports coming through, fishing just about any land based structure in Geelong should hold plenty of Pike with the Carousel being the hot spot. Casting hard bodies around has again proved to be the most effective tactic however soft plastics will find plenty of fish too and is much more likely to encounter the other species that hang around that area.
St Leonards provided some fantastic whiting fishing this week with anglers finding quality fish and at good size too. Brad Apps and Jamie Marsh had a ripper session over the weekend landing themselves a cracking haul of fish to 43cm, the boys fished the start of the incoming tide with pipis and squid being the best baits.
Queenscliff has also had a few whiting on the go, there has been a bit more work to them and a lot more patience required but the rewards are there and nearly all the fish are over 40cm. The Queenscliff cut provided some nice fishing for the land based fishos this week with plenty of solid Silver Trevally on offer, fishing the slack tide is the key to success when fishing there with soft plastics being the best lure option to throw.
Offshore Barwon heads has been a bit hit and miss for some anglers this past week but there is still some great fishing on offer, gummy sharks have been biting well all along the coast with 40 metres of water being the preferred depth with fish reaching up to 12kg. Fishing a tide change is the ideal time you want to have your baits in the water and the best bait is anything you can catch fresh. Salmon, pike, squid, wrasse all make great gummy shark bait! Pinkie snapper have been biting reasonably well out on that 50 metre mark with fish reaching the 2kg mark. Bait fishing being the most popular way to target them however dropping slow pitch jigs on their heads is a real fun and effective way to catch them too.
Surf Coast Estuaries
The Surf Coast has been fishing quite well for Black Bream as of late with some quality fish getting caught to over 40cm, Owen Westwell ventured down in search for some fish and was not disappointed landing some cracking Bream nice and close to home.
The River around Shepparton is looking pretty good at the moment and should be producing some nice fish over the next week. The best sections to try are around the Boulevard from the bank using baits such as Chicken bites and Cheese. The Rafterys Road area is also a good place to try and with the water running a bit slower it’s a good time to give surface lures a go in the low light periods. There are some good Crayfish getting around Murchison and at Nagambie around the wineries is also a great area to try down that way. Crayfish baits vary with anything from cooked Sausages, Lamb necks and Liver working well to get a few in the net. Lake Victoria has slowed up a bit on the stocked Rainbows but we’ve heard a few reports of some Redfin getting caught. Working small soft plastics rigged weedless or casting just before the weed and letting it drop down on the edge of the weed and slow rolling back to the bank has been working well for Redfin. The area behind aquamoves has been a good part of the lake to target.
Waranga Basin has been fishing well with some great Reports of good numbers of redfin along with some great sized fish to 45cm getting caught on both bait and lures. Trolling with lures like the codger 55mm divers in the deeper bib or RMG Poltergeist crazy deeps. Trolling near the caravan park has been productive as well as drifting near Harriman point while casting small soft plastics like Keitech Easy Shiners and Squidgy Fish rigid on a 1/4oz Jighead.
Lake Eildon turned it on over the weekend with some great Cod getting caught around areas like the Big River arm and in the Delatite arm. Liam Caught this great fish while slow rolling a Jackall Gigantarel along the bottom in the Big River Arm.
Trolling Size 1 Stumpjumpers has also produced a few nice Cod out of the Delatite arm along with casting big Mumblers, soft plastics and Magdrafts in both 8” and 10”. When casting bigger lures, working them parallel or on an angle towards the bank has been working well and giving them plenty of time to sink to the bottom before starting your retrieve has helped to entice some great fish out of the lake over recent weeks. Flatlining with Tassie devils and small hardbodies around the main arm down to goughs bay and big river arm bridge has been producing a handful of trout. As well as around Bonnie Doon. Pink Tassie Devils have been the best choice along with Divers such as the Balista Trance and Rapala CD5. Eildon Pondage has recently been stocked with a heap of ex brood stock with a lot around the 3kg mark. Powerbait and Scrubbies have been the baits of choice along with casting Gold spoon lures and gold or Pink Tassie Devils.