The outer harbour is still providing anglers with some great snapper fishing this past week with reports continuing to flow in of fish holding in great numbers. Alcoa Pier is one of the current hotspots if you’re chasing a few pinkies for the table with large numbers of fish to 40cm right along the pier. Casting soft plastics like Berkley Gulp 3” Minnows has been dynamite with plenty of bi-catch such as Salmon and pike. Clifton Springs through to Portarlington has a lot of boat traffic and for good reason, the snapper are going nuts! Anywhere along the channel has definitely been the current hot spot with reports of fish to 6kg in solid numbers. Jimmy Robinson and Kevin Hunter from Trelly’s got out over the weekend to fish the annual BLGSF Clubs annual snapper comp, taking out first place with the winning fish going 6.9kg on just 4kg line.
The Squid fishing down towards Queenscliff is on fire with crazy numbers of squid both accessible to land based and boat fisherman. The land based hot spot has been off the surf just to the right off bell reef, wading out and sending out a big cast to reach the weed beds has been very productive with anglers having no issue in finding a bag of squid. Fishing from a boat has also been accounting for plenty of squid too right along the bight area with big jigs working a treat.
The run of snapper off Barwon Heads has shown no sign of slowing down as the reports just seem to keep getting better and better with the numbers and size constantly improving. Fishing in depths between 20 – 60 metres has been holding plenty of fish with the 30m line being most productive. Offshore at the moment is starting to show some of its variety of species with Gummy sharks still in great numbers, tuna being sighted and even a kingfish caught whilst snapper fishing.
The Barwon River is starting to clear up and some of our favourite summer species are starting to come back on the chew, in particular the redfin and estuary perch. Casting small paddle tail plastics rigged with a spinner blade anywhere from the Shannon Avenue bridge right through to Queenspark has been holding the majority of the fish and as the weather warms up we can expect to see some natives come onto the chew like yellowbelly and bass.
Waranga Basin has seen some nice yellowbelly getting caught while trolling and casting lures in around 4m to 8m of water. Trolling lures like 55mm Codgers and Size 2 Stumpjumpers have been working well for Yellowbelly and small Redfin when trolled out from some of the points near Harrimans Point and the boat club. Casting Jackall TN60’s and TN50’s has been working well for Redfin down near the Caravan Park in around 2m to 3m of water, Max from Trelly’s Shepp fished at Waranga on Saturday and found heaps of Redfin to 30cm while Casting TN60’s and soft plastics towards schools that he’d marked on his sounder out from some of the points near the Caravan park and the Island and around the little bays near Harrimans Point.
With the influx of people from Melbourne there were some great fish getting caught from Eildon over the weekend with plenty of Cod over the metre mark getting caught around Big River, Jerusalem creek and in the main arm. Surface lures around dusk and dawn have been accounting for plenty of great fish around the shallow flats and bays. As the sun rises the need to go deeper has led to fish getting caught on big spinnerbaits cast along rock walls or deeper points. Yellowbelly are still going great around Bonnie Doon and in the Delatite arm however they have slowed down a little from a couple weeks ago. Trolling lures such as 70mm Codgers, Old mates and Size 2 Stumpjumpers and focusing around the rocky points has worked well with locating fish. Casting towards points with Jackall TN60’s and TN70’s has been successful as well as working black grubs around some of the standing timber.
There have been a handful of reports of Yellowbelly getting caught on scrubbies from Nagambie over the past week. Dropping your baits along likely looking laydowns as well as casting in some of the shallower backwaters with spinnerbaits and TN60’s has been working well with getting onto Yellowbelly up to 45cm.
Shepparton Region Channels
The Channels over towards Rushworth / Stanhope have been fishing ok for Redfin while casting small soft plastics below drop bars and around bridges. Most have been pretty small but there are a handful of good ones amongst all the little ones. There are still some good Yellowbelly getting caught throughout the channels but they’ve slowed down a little over the past week.
The Main Eastern is flowing pretty hard but there have been some nice Yellowbelly to 50cm getting caught around the drop bars and bridges.