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Report 22/4/16

Posted: Fri Apr 22, 2016 11:21 am
by Nicole Penfold
Making the most of calm autumn conditions anglers sought out a wide variety of species.

Corio Bay
Last week Corio Bay resembled a sheet of glass most mornings which in turn allowed anglers keen on flicking a soft plastic to encounter fantastic pinkie snapper. The western beach mornings were a great place to look with pinkie snapper densely schooling up. There was reports of the odd larger snapper making an appearance around the Western Beach moorings for those fishing lightly weighted pilchards. Structure such as the old tug boat wharf was another productive location with pinkies holding in tight against the wharf. The Grammar school Lagoon channel was a popular spot for a mixed bag with pinkies, flathead and the odd pike. Brad Mitchell ventured over to Bird rock at the entrance to Corio Bay last Friday, where he took ten nice whiting to 35cm. Brad mentioned he did have to pick through a few small whiting.

Clifton Springs
Over at Clifton Springs and the whiting were in better numbers but of around the same size. Anglers found the section of water in 7-8 meters out from the Old Dell to once again produce the best fish.

Squid were the focus of anglers fishing the entrance to Swan Bay with the last of the run in tide working the best. Size 3 jigs were perfect for the task when cast ahead of your drift. Around the corner Queenscliff proved to be the whiting capital once again with 40cm whiting common in bag limit captures. Gummy Sharks were another species taken out from Queenscliff during the week, big baits did the trick on gummy shark to 10kg along the deep channel edges.

Barwon Heads
Chris from Gone Fishing Charters guide his clients onto some beasty snapper out from Barwon Heads last week, with one of Chris’s clients boating a beasty snapper of almost 8kg.
Barwon Estuary
Inside the Barwon Estuary Elephant fish continued to be taken but not as commonly as past weeks. Juvenile whiting, salmon & trevally keep anglers busy this week with small baits such as pippie and prawn getting the job done.

Western District
Down the Western district and those fishing out from Portland & Port Fairy making the run to the continental shelf experienced world class Albacore fishing. Trolling skirted lures of around 6” worked well in avoiding the small albacore of under 10kg. Bluefin Tuna were also in excellent numbers at the shelf along with some large stripey tuna.

Tackleworld Geelong’s Michael Moore headed down to Nelson last week to fish the Glenelg River. Michael experienced excellent fishing with plenty of Estuary Perch averaging 40cm and Mulloway to 60cm as well as a few Bream. Mick found the most effective lures to be the Atomic Hardz deep in the Ray Long 01 colour and pumpkinseed turtleback worms. The most productive areas were between the top of Taylors Strait through to the Caves.
Wurdee Boluc
Freshwater anglers flocked to Wurdee Blouc and with good reason. Last week numerous Redfin between 40-45cm graced anglers bags. A wide variety of techniques worked with those casting heavy lures like Nories Metal Wasaby & Fish Arrow soft plastics all accounting for fish. Tackleworld Geelong’s Adam Van Der Luht was at it again last Wednesday night where he banked another brown trout of around 2.5kg casting a Daiwa TD 95 Minnow. Adam has found the larger profile lures to work extremely well at both first and last light on hungry brown trout & redfin. Danny Sparks made a day break start Tuesday morning at Wurdee Boluc. Persistence paid off for Danny with a 3.8kg brown trout in superb condition devouring his Daiwa TD 95 minnow. As a bonus Danny also banked a 1kg redfin a few casts later.
Lake Wendouree
Lake Wendouree up at Ballarat although a little slow on the trout front saw anglers tangle with some impressive redfin. Josh Smith made the trek up this past Sunday where using hard body lures he caught a well-conditioned redfin of 47cm.
Crater Lakes
Back down the Western District and the Crater Lakes Purrumbete & Bullen Merri have seen dedicated anglers tangle with the odd Chinook salmon and trout. With the weather now starting to cool these lakes should really start to turn on.

Goulburn River
James from Balista Lures got stuck into some fantastic sized Cod up at the Goulburn River recently
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