Report 30/3/16

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Report 30/3/16

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Apr 01, 2016 11:35 pm

With mostly calm conditions over the Easter break anglers bagged an impressive array of fish.

Corio Bay
Not having to go far Corio Bay gave up excellent numbers of Flathead for those drifting the channel edges and spoil grounds. Pinkie snapper also found their way into angler’s bags with some fish reaching 50cm in length.

Clifton Springs
Over at Clifton Springs whiting were on the chew with those fishing out from the old Dell bagging whiting to 37cm with pippie the most desired bait. Squid still held over the shallow grass beds although down in size anglers when able to locate achieved respectable bags. Again smaller 2.5 sized jigs did the trick.

St Leonards
St Leonards was well worth the time over the Easter break with anglers boating whiting at the ever popular section know as Bourke St. Further down towards the entrance of Swan Bay squid of a larger size were also taken.

Barwon Estuary
At around Easter time every year the Barwon Estuary sees an influx of Elephant Fish.
Heading up the Estuary Saturday afternoon Daniel Baden and Tackleworld Geelong's Chris Pitman set out in search of an elephant fish or two. After baiting up it did not take long before the first Elephant fish took up the offering of fresh squid. Fishing on for the next hour or so the pair caught and released numerous Elephant fish to 4kg. Of note the Elephant fish really came on the bite when the tidal flow was minimal. Other anglers fishing the Barwon Estuary over the long weekend encountered Silver Trevally and Whiting further down in the system using pippie as bait.
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Portland / Port Fairy
Heading out of town the Western District lived up to expectations with everything from trout to tuna on the bite.

Port Fairy & Portland produced Bluefin Tuna for those fishing in close around Portland’s North Shore and out wide around the Horse Shoe. In close casting smaller lures into surface commotion did the trick on fussy Bluefin while those able to head out wide took tuna trolling Rapala X-Rap Lures. At time last week Kingfish ventured into the Harbour at Portland allowing anglers to target them from the rocks. Hugh Hanson spent the Easter break at Portland where he took some feisty Kingfish and pinkies fishing the North Shore.
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Western District
The many estuary systems dotted around the western district fished well for bream this past long weekend with anglers casting soft plastics hard against the edges catching bream to 40cm. Z-man grubs were a standout lure.
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Lake Bulen Merri
Freshwater anglers favored Lake Bullen Merri with Chinook salmon to just over 3kg being boated by those trolling down deep with the aid of a down rigger. The odd rainbow trout to 2kg still featured amousgst angler’s bags.

Bright
Heading out of town last week Tackleworld Geelong’s Adam Van Der Luht spent a few days fly fishing the freshwater streams around Bright where he caught & released plenty of small hard fighting Brown trout.
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Lake Wendouree
Lake Wendouree up at Ballart produced a nicely mixed bag with trout and redfin being taken in a session for those casting and trolling lures. Shallow running hard body are key at Lake Wendouree as to avoid the weed.

Next Week
Next week those looking to wet a line should focus on the whiting at Queenscliff just outside the Harbour. The last of the incoming tide is perfect with fresh tenderised squid as bait. The Barwon Estuary should still have some elephant fish hanging around, the best time to target these is when the tidal flow eases. Freshwater fishos keep Wurdee Boluc in mind for large redfin and trout casting lures from the lake margins.

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105 Shannon Ave, Manifold Heights, Vic, 3218
Ph: (03) 5222 3257
http://www.raylongtackle.com.au

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