Report 25/11/16

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Report 25/11/16

Post by subeditor » Fri Nov 25, 2016 3:11 pm

Clifton Springs
Clifton Springs drew the attention with anglers after a mixed bag. Whiting, squid, flathead, gummy shark and of course snapper were all boated over the past week. Whiting schooled in large numbers over the Curlewis Bank just out from Hermlesy Rd and those fishing pippie or tenderised squid took bag limit captures with whiting still nudging the 40cm mark. Anglers were able to gather some fresh squid for bait over the weed beds in 3-4 meters of water using smaller 2.5 sized jigs. Gummy Shark were often a by catch for those chasing snapper as Danny Sparks & Kevin Hunter found out. Danny had a fresh squid strip baited up out wide of Point Richards last Sunday where his offering was quickly devoured by a gummy shark of 7.45kg. Snapper anglers found success on the Wilson Spit area and further down towards Aloca Pier.

Swan Bay

Swan Bay lured in anglers chasing salmon. For the last few weeks impressive sized Salmon have been roaming the main channel and snapping up both bait and lure. Try the incoming tide as the clean water allows your lures a chance of reaming free from weed.


Queenscliff was by far the go to location on the Bellarine peninsular for big squid with the grass beds to the East of the Harbour entrance holding good numbers of squid. Over at the Point Lonsdale Bight whiting were a popular target with some respectable size pinkie snapper mixed in. Inside the Queenscliff Harbour James Gillians was casting 3.5” Z-Man grubs and tangled with a school of Salmon, banking a bag limit capture with some salmon reaching 35cm in length. James noted that the school of Salmon were in large numbers. Tackleworld Geelong Michael Moore got stuck into some land based squid action from Queenscliff during the week. Michael found you had to be prepared to cast right out in order to land squid regularly.
Barwon Estuary

The Barwon Estuary is fishing well at present with King George whiting being taken from the entrance though to the Barwon Head’s boat ramp. Anglers going to the extra effort to source live bass yabbies were able to bank the odd bream.

Surf Beaches

Surf Beaches still had plenty of Salmon action for those fishing the run in tide and making lengthy cast with metal slugs. Salmon of 2kg were not uncommon but did prove finicky at times.


Heading out of town Adam Van Der Lugt and I ventured up to Mallacoota in search of a dusky flathead or two. We did managed to snag a dusky flathead to 67cm on a Z-Man trick swim fishing in the top lake. As a by catch we boated numerous bream to just over 40cm.

Lake Eildon

On the freshwater side of thing Lake Eildon is the standout location. Tony Hynds along with Robert Nguyen travelled up to Lake Eildon at the start of last week. Robert landed a fantastic sized Yellow Belly of 12 ½ pounds on grey and black vibe worked in about 5 meters of water. The guys managed to boat 8 excellent sized yellow belly for their trip with gold Jackalls the standout lure.
Lots of Yellowbelly being caught around the Bonnie Doon area on Balista Dyno 90’s, Dark coloured Jackal T/N60’s and yabbies and worms. Quite a few Cod from the Goughs Bay and Jerusalem Areas trawling Balista’s, big hardbodies , AC’s and Coddogs as well as some good surface/subsurface action with the Mudeye Snakes and Jackal Mickey doing the damage, just find some good horizontal branches, depth doesn’t seem to matter as some Cod where caught on the surface in 8 metres of water. Trout being caught on the usual Rapala lures, early morning and late afternoon close to shore being the trick. Don’t be afraid to use 9cm plus size lures for the bigger fish.

Barwon River

Closer to home the Barwon River is a hot spot for carp at present although not the most glamorous fish getting around they certainly put up an outstanding fight.

Waranga Basin

Good numbers of Yellowbelly being caught around the mouths of the 2 inlet channels on RMG 50 poltergeist, dark coloured Jackal T/N 60, small AC’s, Zx40’s and bobbing 4 inch black grubs, worms and shrimp. Redfin are also available in reasonable numbers. Most fish are being caught trawling the edges of the basin with Trellys colored size 3 stumpjumper, Zerek fish traps and bobbing yabbies and worms.

Lake Nillachootie

Plenty of Yellowbelly trawling small to medium hardbodies, casting spinnerbaits at structure as well as bait fishing from either the boat or bank, worms and shrimp being the best bait. Please check your regulations for the bag and size limits.

Broken River

Great numbers of Yellowbelly anywhere from Shepparton to Benalla where you can find some deeper water, small chatterbaits/spinnerbaits and big shrimp and worms working well.

Goulbourn River

Still great numbers of Yellowbelly around Mitchellstown/Nagambie, Murchison to Shepparton and Undera to where the river meets the Murray. Bait fishing with Big shrimp and worms being the best, but spinnerbaits and small to medium hardbodies and T/N 60’s also working well. Whilst baitfishing, try to keep the hook size small for better hook up rates.

Next Week

Next week Anglers looking to wet line will find Clifton Spring’s a hard option to pass up with a mix bag on offer. The Barwon Estuary is a great land based location and freshwater anglers keep your eye on Bullen Merri as the Chinook salmon and Rainbow trout should remain on the chew.

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