Anglers enjoyed a run of calm weather last week with whiting by far the most common capture.
St Leonards has seen exceptional numbers of whiting. Anglers fishing towards the Swan Bay entrance in five to six meters of water had little trouble boating bag limit captures on the run in tide. The whiting were mostly of an excellent size averaging 38-40cm. Pippie and small amounts of tenderised squid proved effective when used in conjunction with a running sinker rig. Squid were again in large numbers over the grass beds between St Leonards Yacht Club and the entrance to Swan Bay. Tackleworld Geelong’s Michael Moore was at it again inside the Swan Bay Channel casting soft plastics where he had no trouble in boating pinkie snapper.
Clifton Springs is only going from strength to strength with whiting, squid, flathead and snapper all being captured by anglers. Whiting were commonly taken by those fishing out from Hermsley Rd in five meters of water with squid holding in a little closer. The spoil grounds through to Alcoa Pier has pinnie snapper to 2.5kg for those fishing bait & plastics. Those walking the beach along Clifton Springs and casting soft plastics have banked some well-conditioned flathead to 50cm. Rigging your plastic on a jig head heavy enough to ensure a long cast is key to success along with wading out.
The Bellarine Light Game and Sportfishing Club hosted the Rainbow College and Hoptoun College year 7 and 8 students Fishing Clinic on the banks of the Barwon River Estuary at Barwon Heads on Sheepwash Rd. The students received some very informative information from Fishcare representatives Mike Burgess and Phil Belfray. After receiving some helpful tips the students were then let loose to fish the area that had been burleyed up, and were able to catch numerous fish. Some trevally went 500grams in weight, there was also a King George whiting caught too.
Ocean Grove / Barwon Heads
Offshore from Ocean Grove Barwon Heads anglers tangled with good numbers of flathead drifting in 40 meters of water. This time of year its worth keeping an eye out for schools of Australian Salmon & Kingfish feeding on the surface.
Altona / Williamstown
Just out from Altona most anglers have been able to achieve bag limit captures of snapper to 5kg over the inshore reefs with P2 & T19 real hot spots
Point Cook has seen some excellent whiting taking with some fish measuring in at 44cm and taking a liking to pippie fished in 4-5 meters of water. Squid are also being taken with white or black jigs producing the best.
Down the coast at the Curdies River Tony Hynds & Geoff Vandenbosch encountered some nice bream to 34cm by casting hard body lures and green atomic grubs.
On the surf beaches Australian Salmon to 2.5kg were on the chew for those spinning on the rising tide. Bancoora was again a reliable option but the further West you travel the bigger the Salmon seem to get.
Freshwater anglers have a new option in town with Stony Creek Reservoir being recently opened to the public for angling. After a generous stocking of Brown & Rainbow trout, anglers over the past week or two have bumped into both species of trout up to 1.5kg with the most common size just under a kilogram. Casting spoon style lures has worked a treat as lengthy cast allow you cover more water. Tackleworld Geelong’s Adam Van Der Lugt and Peri Stavropoulos have both spent some time casting lures from the rock wall where they banked both brown and rainbow trout. Just remember to take all your rubbish home and look after this new fishery.
Lake Bullen Merri
Lake Bullen Merri gave up Chinook Salmon to 2kg with lightly weighted baits suspended just above the bottom working the best.
Across the road at Lake Purrumbete the odd brown trout came to those fishing mudeye amongst the weed beds.
Cobram to Yarrawonga secontion of the Murray River saw Anthony Bergmanin and mates bank large numbers of Cod and Yellowbelly with the largest Cod 58cm & yellowbelly 54cm. The lures getting the job done were spinner baits and medium hardbodys. Reports last week of very large yabbies coming from Barmah
Turrumbery just above the weir saw Mario tangle with Cod again using green Coddog lures. At the Hume weir Glen Wilson caught his bag of yellow belly all between 54cm and 62cm along with two nice sized redfin and a 60cm trout. Yabbies slowly drifted across the bottom were very effective for Glen.
Aidan Lloyed had a ripper session on the Broken banking Cod to 62cm using a mixture of pink/black bassman spinner baits & cheese. The Trellys team have been at it again taking heaps of Cod on surface lures.
Regular Busy banked a cod of 77cm and 3 yellow belly at 50cm using shrimp and yabbies
Fly anglers got in on the surface action catching medium sized Cod using wiggle tailed and hunch back flies.
Trev from Murchison is still banking Cod to 97cm with cheese and spinner baits getting the job done. Slow rolling spinner baits across sand banks has resulted in nice yellow belly with 5 fish in 15 minutes. Busy caught numerous cod over a 3 day period with most on the small side and released straight away. Bait was working well with yabbies, cheese, worms and shrimp all taking fish.
Trellys Tackleworld Pro staffer Justin and his farther caught 5 Cod on Pink/Black spinnerbaits and redfin coloured Old Mate lures along with Codger lures too.
Plenty of Redfin & yellowbelly on colour 13 Old Mate lures
Still giving up big numbers of redfin, best section of water seems to be straight out from the yacht club in 20ft of water on 50mm deep diving lures. Bobbing yabbies and worms has also seen results
Holding redfin with red colored spinners, worms and small 3cm yabbies accounting for fish.
Next week those looking to wet a line try the Barwon River around Queenspark for redfin and if you’re up for a drive Stony Creek Reservoir is well worth a exploration just keep to the fishing permitted area’s. Saltwater fisho’s focus on Queenscliff for big whiting and squid on the grass beds.
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Geelong West 3218
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