March 18, 2021
The Goulburn river has seen some nice fish getting caught over the past week including a few around the metre mark caught on surface lures. Bait fishing has been going well with plenty of mid sized cod getting caught on chicken and shrimp around North Shepparton. Up around Undera is also seeing some alright numbers of Cod to 80cm getting caught on cheese and trolling Stumpjumpers. Between Murchison and Kialla has been a great section to target some better sized fish on surface lures. Low light periods or overcast days are the best times to fish the surface. As the sun comes up you’ve got to go deeper with spinnerbaits or hardbodies like the old mate 15ft divers. Shawn from Mooroopna caught this 91cm Cod on a surface paddler near Raftery’s Bend earlier in the week.
The Balista Tremor has also been accounting for great numbers of large Cod out of the Goulburn recently. They’ve been finding that late morning around 9.30 has been the best time for using the Tremor with the new crawling bib. Colby has been putting great numbers on the board recently including this beast.
The Broken River has been fishing alright with a few smaller Cod getting caught over the past week. Spinnerbaits and hardbodies have been accounting for plenty of smaller fish throughout the day however most are on the smaller side. As we’ve seen recently there are some bigger fish hiding throughout the Broken river you just need to put in the hours and find one willing to take your lure. Jacob Caught this little fella on the Codger last week.
With Gofish Nagambie only a few weeks away things have been hotting up around Nagambie with good numbers of Cod getting caught on many methods from bait fishing to trolling lures such as 15ft Old Mates and size 1 and 2 Stumpjumpers. Trellys Bendigo Pro Staffer Karen has been putting in the hours to work out a solid plan for Gofish Nagambie. She found the cod to be on fire in the lake recently, landing 11 in a quick bite session recently including this solid chunk of a Cod.
Trelly went away to the Snowy Creek above Mitta Mitta this week with some good mates and had a great time landing plenty of nice Brown Trout, Keeping a good feed and releasing plenty more. Trelly was fishing with small hard-bodied lures and found the Dorado Classic minnows worked extremely well on these great looking stream Trout.
Waranga Basin is still seeing good numbers of Redfin with plenty of smaller fish getting caught along with some larger ones mixed amongst them. Trolling has been a good method of covering some ground and once a good patch is located, casting plastics like the Bait Junkie 2.5” minnow and Keitech Swing Impact on a 1/8oz - 1/4oz jighead has been a great way of catching big numbers of fish. Adding a bassman beetle spin to your plastic is also a great way of getting a few more bites if the fish are a bit shut down.
Cod nationals took place last weekend at Mulwala with some great anglers taking to the water to fish it out for over $25,000 of cash and prizes. Almost 600 fish were landed across the four day event with the flats fishing providing huge numbers of fish for the competition. With large numbers of Cod getting caught over each day of the event it was safe to say that Mulwala fished well. Thomas and Steve Pinter took out the event for the second year in a row, taking home $10,000 cash. Shane Banks from team Fat Betty landed Big fish for the weekend with this 93.9cm cracker he caught in the first 20 minutes of the Dash for Cash that he caught on a Bone Focus Swimbait.
Geelong Inner Harbour
The inner harbour of Geelong and around the waterfront has offered some fantastic land based fishing over the past week with the new pier giving more access and more fish! Pinkie snapper have been a popular target species as anglers have got easy access to the deep water and structure where the fish are hiding. Soft plastics have been a great option to throw around with some fish reaching 60cm in length along with a few flathead, salmon and pike being thrown into the mix. Coming into the cooler months we should only see the fishing in this area get better and better.
The Bellarine Peninsula continues to fish very well for king George whiting from Clifton springs right around to Queenscliff. Off Clifton has been holding plenty of fish on the slightly smaller side, so it will take a bit of sifting through the undersized fish but there is still some quality whiting among them. Coming around to St Leonards and Queenscliff has been fishing very well for them with a much better average size and in fantastic numbers. Swan Bay has been holding some great numbers of calamari over the past week and has been a great option to escape some of the nasty winds we have copped over the weekend. Casting artificial jigs in 3.5 metres of water has been a great area to start looking with natural and red coloured jigs working a treat.
Barwon Heads Offshore
Off Barwon heads the tuna bite continues with the fish showing no sign of slowing down anytime soon. The Tuna have been feeding on tiny pilchards however they are still more than happy to scoff down lures over 200mm! Casting stick baits and poppers into the fish feeding on the surface has been by far the most popular way to get a bite with fish taking a variety of different size, colour and profile lures.
This weekend the Portland Sportfishing club held the ANSA VIC Glenelg River Convention in Nelson with some fantastic reports coming from it with Perch and Bream to 40cm and Mulloway to 80cm. The Bellarine Light Game and Sportfishing Club won as the overall club and the team of Glenn Miller, Andy Mathews, Noel Porter and Kevin Hunter were the winning team.
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