Report 29/1/16

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Nicole Penfold
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Report 29/1/16

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Jan 29, 2016 5:11 pm

Kingfish fever well has truly set in this past week with those affected anglers not having too much difficulty in getting a much needed fix.

The entrance to Port Phillip Bay known as the RIP provided anglers with excellent Kingfish action right on our doorstep. Knife jigs worked down deep produced fish to 10kg that in amongst reefy structure gave an excellent account for themselves. Australian Salmon were frequently erupting in a surface feeding frenzy and made for fast paced fishing when the kingfish were of the chew. Casting small stick bait lures or soft plastics worked well on salmon to 65cm in length.

Ocean Grove / Barwon Heads
Offshore from Ocean Grove / Barwon Heads Kingfish were on offer but in fewer numbers than past weeks. While waiting for the kingfish / salmon to pop up those drifting in the 40 meters of water boated respectable bags of tiger flathead using squid as bait.

Apollo Bay
Apollo Bay is not always on the radar of anglers targeting kingfish but Johny Nguyen took some excellent models casting lures from the harbor rock wall. On light tackle Johny had his work cut out for him landing kingfish to 70cm in length. Silver X-rap lures did the trick.
With the Australia Day break many anglers traveled down to Portland to get in on some of the state’s hottest kingfish action in years. Kingfish were taken by anglers fishing from the rockwall or working shallow reefs dotted along the coast line. What really surprised many anglers was some impressive Bluefin tuna to 25kg which snapped up lures indented for kingfish. Dylan Pace and Matt Alsop were among those keen anglers making the trek down from Geelong. The guys caught Kingfish to 90cm by casting poppers and plastics. The guys did note that at times you did have to work to locate feeding fish.
Swan Bay
Closer to home Swan Bay provided those fishing the main channel with a wide variety of species with pinkie snapper, flathead and pike on the go. The run in tide saw the most productive fishing as less floating weed allowed for unspoiled baits. Some anglers found the pike hard to tempt but when caught reached almost 1 meter in length.

Barwon Estuary
Silver Trevally are in fantastic numbers and size inside the Barwon Estuary. Saturday morning Tackleworld Geelong's Chris Pitman put in a few hours on the run in tide and encounteredsilver trevally to 36cm by casting soft plastics and fishing squid strips. Other anglers fishing further down in the system took King George Whiting and Australian salmon with pippies as bait.
Hopkins River
Back down the Western District Trent Schiller has found the Hopkins River fishing well forbream. Casting soft plastics along the edges Trent has banked bream to 36cm.
Barwon River
Justin Burn put in a few hours last weekend in the Barwon River for carp. Justin was successful in banking a European carp of 4kg that gave an excellent account for itself. Other anglers fishing the Barwon report redfin of 800 grams, the only issue is the algae which is thick at present and making it more challenging to find a clear patch.

Lake Wendouree
Up at Ballarat lake Wendouree anglers took trout from the lake margins, mudeye suspended under a float was a popular tactic.

Next Week
Next week, those needing a kingfish fix should turn their attention to the RIP or further west to Portland. Closer to home whiting and squid at St Leonards are a tasty choice. Freshwater anglers should keep persisting with redfin in the Barwon.

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