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Report 13/1/16

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Jan 15, 2016 10:33 am

Queenscliff
Queenscliff is a favorite location amongst anglers this time of year as it provides access to some of the Bellarine Peninsula’s most exciting fishing. Last Friday evening Kevin Hunter and I headed out from Queenscliff on the hunt for a whiting or two. Anchoring up on the area know as the grass beds to the East of the Harbor entrance at the start of the run in tide, it did not take long for the first whiting to be boated. By the end of a fast past session Kevin and I totaled 35 whiting between us ranging in size from 36cm to 43cm. Fresh tenderized squid and pippie as bait did the trick. Tackleworld Geelong’s Michael Moore was only a few hundred meters away from last Friday evening and he too managed to boat an impressive bag of healthy sized whiting.
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Swan Bay
Just around the corner at Swan Bay squid are once again holding in large numbers as Daniel Baden found out. Daniel was on the water first thing Sunday morning where he caught a bag limit capture of squid in quick time. Moving inside the channel Daniel decided to spend a half hour or so casting soft plastics along the channel edges, a smart move as it turned out with some impressive flathead ranging in size from 50cm to 56cm engulfing his soft plastics.
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Clifton Springs
Over at Clifton Springs and snapper anglers have found slightly better results withsnapper to 6kg being taken over at the Wilson Spit. Fresh squid stirps or pilchards got the job done with those fishing a tide change inconjution with sunrise or sunset doing the best. Small squid were on offer for those slowly drifting over the shallow grass beds casting 2.5 size jigs. Anglers fishing the shallow sand flats casting soft plastics did note some better flathead of up to 45cm on the chew.

Corio Bay
Inside Corio Bay Justin Burns was refining the art of catching rock flathead. Using the ever reliable gulp crabby 2.5” Justin boated a well-conditioned rock flathead of 58cm along with another three others. As a by catch Justin boated numerous pinkie snapper to 35cm. Anglers fishing the spoil grounds had no trouble in bumping into pike with some of these toothy critters reaching 90cm in length.
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Ocean Grove / Barwon Heads
Some of the most exciting and anticipated fishing for the start of the year came offshore from Ocean Grove / Barwon Heads. Tackleworld Geelong’s Kevin Hunter was making the most of calm conditions Sunday morning out wide from Ocean Grove, setting a liberal berley trail Kevin boated a hefty Blue Shark. With some time still up his sleeve Kevin decided to have a go targeting kingfish on knife jigs in the deeper water which resulted in a Kingfish of just over 60cm. Monday just passed proved to be the hottest Kingfish bite in a long time with hordes of anglers finding large schools of surface feeding kingfish devouring most lures cast into the commotion. What made the day really standout was anglers finding such large numbers of fish all day long. Matt Alsop and Dylan Pace were in on the action Monday morning catching and releasing numerous kingfish & Salmon by jigging and casting lures. The guys had some of the hottest kingfish action to date.
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Barwon Estuary
Back inside the Barwon Estuary and school sized Mulloway to 85cm are still snapping up bait and lures for those dedicated anglers, along with some beastly silver trevally to 45cm.

Western District
Down the Western District Portland and Port Fairy have already started to see school sized southern Bluefin tuna appear, if they ever left! The tuna have been taken in as close as 30m of water off Port Fairy and 12 meters of water off Portland. Small skirted lures have been the go trolled around surface feeding fish.

Wurdee Boluc
Freshwater anglers found the Wurdee Boluc Lake of 1000 cast worth the effort. Bradley Cox & Trevor Holmes spent a few hours casting Bob N Spoons and Fish Arrow soft plastics from the rock where they banked redfin to 46cm in trying conditions.
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Next Week
Next week those looking for an options are spoilt for choice with most locations fishing the best they have in months. Kingfish would be a hard one to go past, just remember when heading offshore to make sure your boat and safety gear up to scratch. Whiting off Queenscliff make for a great feed and fun session. Freshwater anglers only need to head to Wurdee Boluc for Rainbow trout and Redfin off the main rock wall.

Trelly's Tackle World Geelong
105 Shannon Ave, Manifold Heights, Vic, 3218
Ph: (03) 5222 3257
http://www.raylongtackle.com.au

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