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Report 20/1/17

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Jan 20, 2017 11:43 am

Ocean Grove / Barwon Heads
Kingfish were of coarse high on the agenda for most anglers with the Rip holding kingfish to 12kg for those trolling, jigging and using freshly caught squid. Just offshore from Point Lonsdale plenty of small model Kingfish to 65cm were taken by anglers trolling ocky skirts with a squid strip attached or casting lures around schools of surface feeding fish. Trellys Geelong’s Michael Moore made an early start Tuesday morning out from Ocean Grove / Barwon Heads. After catching a live slimy mackerel of about 1kg Michael hooked it up and sent it back out. Not having to wait long Michael’s rod started to peel line, after clearing the deck of rods Michael was ready to hook into the fish that had devoured his slimy mackerel. Forty minutes later and numerous heart pounding moments Michael boated a trophy Kingfish of 21.8kg one of the best in the region in a long time.
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Queenscliff
Back inside the Bay whiting were still schooling in good numbers from the Queenscliff grass beds right though to St Leonards. Most productive depth of water was five to six meters with tenderised squid or pippie as bait. Drifting in the Point Lonsdale Bight still proved worthwhile with some impressive sized squid taken. Land based anglers can target these large squid too by casting jigs out from Bell Reef, just take care when navigating the rocks. The Queenscliff Harbour was exceptional for large Silver Trevally to 45cm for those casting soft plastics on the slack tide. Ryan had a ripper session landing some huge silver trevally on damiki soft plastics. Ryan made note slack tide was critical.
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Clifton Springs
Clifton Springs was the go to location for a mixed bag. Snapper out at the channel kept anglers busy with the average size around 5kg. Spoil grounds held good numbers of pinkie snapper, flathead and pike to almost 1 meter in length. Casting soft plastics was the most effective tactic on the spoil with smaller 3 inch plastics working well.

Corio Bay
Inside Corio Bay flathead were a common capture last week with some large models to 50cm on offer, both lure and bait go the job done. Land based anglers banked nice sized pinkie snapper right from Limeburners boat ramp to St Helens.

Surf Coast
Heading down the coast and anglers casting lures from the beaches landed Australian Salmon to 2.5kg that had a keen liking to metal lures. Fishing the beaches of a night with bait this time of year see’s you in with a good shot of landing a gummy shark.

Altona / Williamstown / Werribee
Squid are being caught around the weed beds off Point Cook and Kirks. Size 3.0 & 2.5 Yamashita jigs in natural colours are working well in 2-4m of water.

Whiting numbers are in large number around Werribee to Kirks Point with some good reports coming through of fish up to 40cm. The average fish being around the 33cm.

Salmon schools are around off Altona/Point Cook at the moment keeping anglers busy with fish up to 1.5kg being caught in great numbers on plastics and metal slugs.

Snapper up to 5kg are still being caught around the Dumper and the deeper reefs. Pilchards and silver whiting are working the best.

Western District
The Western District showed no signs of slowing down with Kingfish and Southern Bluefin Tuna holding in close. Daniel Baden and I took a run out of Portland Sunday morning and ventured back towards Port Fairy where in 10 – 15 meters of water casting Sea Iron Pelacus lures Daniel boated an 18kg tuna. Of note the tuna were tricky to spot and were located by looking for rippling sections of water. Alex Suridich also crossed paths with a nice sized tuna from Julia Reef area on a skirted lure.
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Stony Creek Res
Freshwater fisho’s are still enjoying the regions newest hot spot Stony Creek Res. Again both species of trout were taken along with reasonable sized redfin. Casting lures with enough weight to make a lengthy cast is ideal along with baits such as powerbait and mudeye.

Barwon River
The Barwon River around Queenspark is giving up good numbers of redfin for anglers walking the bank casting lures. Although the average size is not great they sure make up for it in their numbers.

Lake Eildon
Heading out of town and Lake Eildon is worth the drive with Murray Cod taking lures on the cast and troll along with the odd Yellow Belly.

Waranga Basin
Steve (Trelly) and Mario Rizzeri are still catching plenty of Redfin with over 100 in a single session more common, most small, but plenty of keeper sized fish for dinner available. Brett Scoble and his young bloke showed that local knowledge is the key, having a cracker day with plenty of big Redfin being caught. Best method is Trawling small deep hardbodies, Red or White, then jigging ice jigs or yabbies, fish have ben more spread out in the last week , so they have been caught pretty much anywhere.
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Lake Nillachootie
Pro Staffers Justin and Ross had a fish after work with bood results landing 4 Cod from 45cm to 55cm on a mixture of Codger surface lures, Mudeye snakes and Westin swimbaits. Ex pro staffer and shop regular Redda and Mate managed 2 Cod 60 and 78cm and a big soft plastic and the 78cm off the surface. Most fish where caught on the road side of the lake.
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Goulburn River
Arcadia/Murchison is still fishing extremely well with Mathew Biram catching 60cm Cod and 40cm plus Yellowbelly on his favorite Paul Nicel Big Humpty as well as plenty of small Cod on scrubworms.
Plenty of reports filtering through from Nagambie area, best location has been from Chinamans Bridge to Tahbilk Winery, tying off a tree in deep water and bobbing worms and yabbies for big Yellowbelly and the occasional Cod.

Kids fishing the boardwalk around the Lake have been catching plenty of Yellowbelly and Redfin on worms and small hardbodies such as size 3 stumpjumpers. Kirwans Bridge is still producing plenty of Yellowbelly, Redfin and Cod on worms, yabbies and small to medium hardbodies and spinnerbaits such as bassman yellowman series.

Rushworth/Kyabram Region
Good numbers of extra big Yellowbelly in the main channel that heads to Colbanabin on Jackal TN60’s, size 2 stumpjumpers and worms and yabbies, amongst them is some big Redfin as well, most fish being caught after 8pm until dark. Rochester Gun fisho Austin Laurie still smashing the Yellowbelly in the Campaspe River Rochester using Bassman Spinnerbaits.
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Main Eastern Channel Shepparton
Plenty of medium sized cod on Cheese and bardi grubs anywhere from Wahring to Invergorden as well as casting Bassman Spinnerbaits and medium hardbodies such as Old Mate’s working great.

Next Week
Next week if the weather is nice head out and try your luck on the Kingfish holding off Ocean Grove / Barwon Heads or if you’re up for a drive Portland is worth the effort. Snapper still remain a viable option off Clifton Springs, land based anglers try walking to beach casting soft plastics for Flathead along Clifton Springs. Stony Creek for trout is a hard option to go past if you want to try a bit of freshwater fishing.

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