Bellarine Peninsula, Queenscliff, Surf Coast, Lake Eildon, Shepparton Lakes, Goulburn River, Shepparton Region Channels, Waranga Basin, Loddon River/Cairn Curran, Campaspe River / Lake Eppalock, Bendigo Family Fishing Lakes
Barwon Heads Offshore
The tuna off Barwon heads have rocked up in massive numbers right along the coast from Port Phillip Heads right through to Apollo Bay and in a variety of depths from 20m right through to 60m. Trolling small skirted lures around with spreader bars or teasers has been a very popular method to get stuck into the action with diving lures also producing the goods. More often than not on an average day out there you will find the tuna sitting on the surface just cruising around which gives us a great opportunity to cast surface lures into them, although they are very tricky to tempt the surface strike and bite off the top makes all the work well worth it.
Yellowtail kingfish seem to be in ridiculous numbers at the moment off Barwon Heads in 30 to 40 metres with heaps of fish ranging in size from just legal to about 90cm. Marking up fish on the sounder and dropping jigs on their heads should result in plenty of hook-ups, trolling occy skirts has also been very productive in landing plenty of fish.
Queenscliff has still got some fantastic fishing on offer at the moment with the harbour continuing to produce some quality fish. Pinkie Snapper, Salmon, Trevally and even Kingfish all showing up in good numbers and more than willing to snatch up just about any soft plastic that swims past their nose. The Whiting are still biting well off the grass beds around Queenscliff all the way up to St Leonards with bag limit captures being quite frequent across boats with fish reaching over 40cm.
Geelong Region Estuaries
The Local Estuaries have been fishing quite well for black bream over the past few weeks with good reports coming from most systems. Casting small soft plastic or hard body lures have been working a treat as well as baits such as worms and prawns. Adam Van Der Lugt from Trellys Fishing World got stuck into some of the local Bream fishing over the Christmas break landing some absolute chunks to just over 48cm with most trips finding plenty of fish.
The Goulburn river between Shepparton and Nagambie has been fishing really well over the last couple of weeks. There have been plenty of smaller cod between 40cm-70cm with the odd metre plus fish caught amongst them. casting surface lures and spinnerbaits have been working well around murchison for the boat fishos, when fishing from the bank the best method is bait with Yabbies and Trellys Chicken bites doing most of the damage. For the larger fish it is sort of pot luck what they’ll take as there have been big cod getting caught on all methods from surface lures in the early morning to bait in the heat of the day.
Nagambie has been tough going with the holiday crowd somewhat shutting the fish down. Bait fishing has been the best method with some nice fish getting caught around Kirwans bridge on Cheese and Chicken. Early morning and afternoon have been the most productive times as the waterways quieten down a bit and the fish become more active.
The Broken River has been really productive lately for land-based fishing with plenty of mid sized Cod getting caught on both surface lures and spinnerbaits. fishing either in the early morning or late afternoon are the most productive times with the fish shutting down throughout the middle of the day. Pirate spinnerbaits in the single willow blade and vibration blade have been going really well along with Jackall Pompadours and Codger Paddlers.
The Murray River around Yarrawonga and Cobram has been fishing really well with plenty of Cod up to and over the metre mark getting caught over the last week along with some nice Yellowbelly. Murray Cod have been getting caught on all methods including trolling Stumpjumpers and Old Mate Divers, casting bassman 4x4 spinnerbaits and bait fishing from the bank with Chicken, Bardi grubs and Big Yabbies. Yellowbelly have been getting caught around the willows while casting spinnerbaits like the Pirate Colorado blades and Bassman Codmans.
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