January 15, 2021
Ocean Grove Offshore
Bluefin Tuna have been a little fickle over the past week and with the average weather we have received has definitely made it a lot harder to get a bite. Trolling skirted or diving lures has been super effective with anglers using teasers or spreader bars like the Flippy Floppy’s finding the best success, Josh Whitford ventured out last weekend in search of tuna finding himself some quality fish to 15kg.
Other anglers have had great success casting lures into schools of surfacing fish, the best way to have success when the fish are like that is to approach them as stealthily as you can and throw small lures. Driving over the fish will simply put them down and very rarely get yourself a hook up.
Oscar Ford Caught this 19.3kg Bluefin Tuna on a Green 6inch pakula Skirt trolling off Barwon Heads in 20m of water from his Jetski.
Kingfish have still remained well on the chew and have shown no sign in slowing down. Jigging, casting, trolling and bait fishing all resulting in quality fish. Peri Stavropoulos from Trellys Geelong & Brad Apps got stuck into the action over the weekend landing plenty of kingfish to a bit over 90cm on poppers and live baits.
Clifton Springs is offering some great fishing at the moment for both King George Whiting and Calamari, right along the Curlewis bank in about 3 metres of water has been a great spot to have a look for a squid and fortunately you don’t need to look too far. Most weed beds are holding good numbers of calamari with red and white jigs seeming to be the standout colours. Whiting are biting well in similar areas to the squid but just out a bit deeper, 4-6 metres of water is the best depth to target them with fish getting to 37cm and bag limit captures becoming very achievable.
West Coast Estuaries
The West Coast estuaries are still fishing very well for bream and perch, the Hopkins River has been a popular location and for good reason as Luke Hogan found out during the week. Luke got stuck into plenty of Bream throughout the system with plenty of bream being caught on Zman GrubZ being the standout lure.
Dennis took his Grandson Oscar fishing near Mud Island this week where he landed his first decent Flathead caught on squid. Great work mate.
The Goulburn River around Shepparton has been a bit hit and miss lately but We’re still having some great reports of big Cod getting caught locally with a few more fish coming in over the metre mark. Surface lures in the early morning have been accounting for the most fish with Kingfisher Mantis 110mm in white and Codger paddlers doing the best. Throughout the day Spinnerbaits have been working better after the sun comes up, Bassman Codmans and Pirate Single Colorados have been working well. Around Murchison and Toolamba have been fishing well for numbers of smaller Cod on bait such as Chicken and Scrubbies. Finding the deeper holes has been key to getting onto some good fish.
There have been some better reports coming out of Waranga over the past week with good numbers of Redfin getting caught while bobbing worms as well as Trolling. The bigger schools have been found in the shallower sections in as shallow as 2-3m of water. Most of these schools have been smaller fish. Trolling has been the best method for finding the bigger Redfin in the deeper sections of the lake from 5-8m of water. Rmg Poltergeists in crazy deep as well as 55mm codgers have been the go to for most and working well with Getting Redfin up to 45cm.
Hume has been the best place around the region for Redfin fishing over the past week. Last weekend saw droves of reports for big numbers of Redfin getting caught throughout most of the Lake. The better parts however were amongst the timber away from the skiers as the fish were far less shut down from the comotion. Trolling Rmg Poltergeists and Size 3 Stumpjumpers until you find the school has been helpful with locating feeding fish. Once a school was located they were taking just about everything from plastics to vibes, Worms and small yabbies were the best baits but once in a feeding frenzy we heard of fish getting caught on just a bare hook dropped down amongst them.
Mulwala has been busy over the holiday period somewhat shutting down the lake, however there are still some good fish getting caught up the river away from the crowds. Trolling size 1 stumpjumpers and 15ft old mates have been working well along with casting surface lures like the Balista Tremor. The Ovens River has been doing the best above Mulwala with plenty of fish coming in on lures.
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