Report 16/12/18

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Nicole Penfold
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Report 16/12/18

Post by Nicole Penfold » Thu Dec 20, 2018 1:46 pm

This week’s warmer weather triggered some amazing fishing across the region.

Clifton Springs
Snapper fired on the edge of the channel off Clifton springs and near ‘the turn’ in the channel for Simon D’Antino who had no issues snagging countless fish to 4kg while casting 5-6 inch Gulp soft plastics. Other anglers also reported great fishing with bait used during a slack tide around sunrise and sunset.

Nearby, Clifton Springs was host to whiting and squid fishing, squid were taken over the weed beds in 4-6 meters of water only a few hundred meters from the boat ramp.


Top end of Port Phillip Bay
Dominic from Trelly's Laverton had a ripper session on the whiting, boating some serious fish. Of note Dominic reported most boats were landing good numbers of fish in the top end of Port Phillip Bay.


Kingfish have showed up in great numbers off shore with the warm, calm days absolutely ideal for targeting them. Bruce Wallace reports fishing for snapper over the weekend using lightly weighted squid strips and doing quite well until kingfish turned up and he caught four fish from 71-76cm and an 81cm model the week before fishing the same way. Chris from Gone Fishing Charters has seen some spectacualr off shore fishing with his clients landing a huge Mako shark on light spin tackle. Gummy Shark and Snapper were also taken.

Matt caught this morning a great condition kingfish off Barwon heads.

Inside the rip big salmon to 2.5kg were caught on jigs and by trolling white occy skirts, the schools have been present for over a week now and at times can be seen easily from the shore, while chasing salmon in the rip you can also expect kingfish so keep that in mind when deciding on a rod and reel to take out.
Queenscliff saw good bags of whiting caught to those fishing with mussel, pippie and squid over the weed beds with big squid reportedly caught in the same areas using white jigs in size 3.5.

St Leonards
St Leonards has really seen the whiting fishing fire up with the key to boating a good bag is fishing during some tidal flow. Chris & Sam Pitman had a excellent session Saturday evening landing a nice bag of whiting.


Great Ocean Road / Surf Coast
The local bream fishing has been on fire with fish to 37cm taken at a number of creeks along the Great Ocean Road all the way from Torquay to Apollo Bay. Chris Pitman and Peri Stavropoulos from Trelly’s Geelong fishing after work and managed some very healthy bream while casting unweighted scrub worms at snags.


Barwon River
The freshwater fishing has heated up with the stretch of Barwon River from the Queens Park bridge upstream to behind the Fyansford Hotel fishing well for carp and redfin. The river has cleared up so much that sight fishing at carp on hot days is possible. The best baits to use are sweet corn and bread while redfin will respond well to most small minnow or spinner type lures or a worm fished under a float.

With the rain we have had over the last week, the River has risen a little, Seymour was high before the rain, so I'm guessing a flow of some description is happening also, but it still seems fairly clean and really fishable. Some nice Cod around Seymour, mainly on Bait, Cheese, Yabbies and Scrubworms working the best, and the same further downstream to Nagambie, we have heard of some nice Cod up towards the Horse Studs along Northwood Road, maybe launch at Majors Creek and head south and fish the deeper water around the Willow Trees, bobbing Yabbies, Shrimp, Soft Plastics, or casting Spinnerbaits the best method. Below the Weir has risen a little, but is still reasonably clean and is still fishing exceptional, Murchison East, right through Old Toolamba, Arcadia, the Undera to the mouth, are all fishing great, Shepparton local Graham Sylvester caught a 92cm Cod on Chicken towards Toolamba, and we have heard of good numbers of Yellowbelly also, with the amount of rain further West, the Murray could be a little hit and miss, so the Goulburn River is certainly worth a look.

Austin Laurie has been doing well in the Campaspe River around Rochester, catching plenty of Yellowbelly and a few Cod on Spinnerbaits.


The big news is Clayton Groves from Coddog Lures opening up his Cod opening account Saturday arvo with a 118cm off the top at Lake Mulwala, considering all the water coming out of the Ovens, the Lake still looked ok, so the Lake would be worth having a fish for sure. Not sure how the River is going to look over the next week, it has been running high for a while now, and the addition of a heap of water from the storms, it might dirty up a lot and probably rise quite a bit, let hope there is no Black Water lying anywhere to get flushed into the River? Getting into the River will be quite hard, but if you do, focus on the deep bends where the River slows, bait will probably work best, one things for sure, your not going to catch anything from your couch, certainly worth a look.


Colby has been getting a few nice fish around Eildon.
Over the last few weeks Lake Eildon has been fishing really well although the big Cod have slowed down in the rivers and gone back down stream into the lakes there has been some nice sized Cod caught in around Goughs Bay, the Goulburn arm (Eildon wall) and some of the smaller inlets. There going well on the cast using big sinking Swimbaits in the natural colours and Spinnerbaits on both the Troll and Cast, darker coloured Spinnerbaits seem to be doing the job. Yellowbelly have been caught at random, around trees on bait and soft plastics in the deeper water.
Finally Nillahcootie is starting to turn on, although it is quite low in and around sandy creek there has been a number of Yellowbelly been caught on the cast in there, on Jackalls and Spinnerbaits, their also being caught in the main arm along with a few Cod on the Troll with smaller diving lures such as Old Mates, Stumpjumpers and A/C Lures.

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