Report 9/3/17

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Report 9/3/17

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Mar 10, 2017 4:32 pm

St Leonards the whiting capital of the Bellarine Peninsular saw anglers tangle with bag limit captures of whiting with fish to 40cm on the chew. Anglers found peak times to be first or last light but the whiting did still bite for most of the day. Pippie and tenderised squid worked well on a running sinker rig with enough weight to hold bottom during the stronger running tides. Bourke St the section just out from the St Leonards yacht club was a solid producer but those who ventured further afield also managed excellent bags of whiting and escaped the crowds.

Around the corner Queenscliff kept anglers busy with squid and whiting on the grass beds and Kingfish in the Rip. Although the weather restricted some anglers in the Rip this past week those who found time boated Kingfish to 6kg jigging with 150gram knife jigs. Chris Vasilevski from Gone Fishing Charters again guided his clients onto large numbers of chunky Queenscliff whiting last week. Chris also headed out though the Rip and Offshore where they boated a well-conditioned Mako Shark of about 25kg. Anglers fishing land based at the Queenscliff Pier found reasonable numbers of squid using artificial jigs in size 3 and baited jigs suspended under a float.

Barwon Heads to Torquay saw sensational Southern Bluefin Tuna fishing this past week. Numerous fish to 30kg were boated trolling lures and casting to surface commotion. Anglers keeping an eye out for birds working was key to finding good numbers of fish.

Back inside the Bay and the spoil grounds out from Sands Caravan Park was a hot spot for soft plastic anglers chasing a mixed bag. Pike to almost 1 meter in length along with pinkie snapper and flathead were all boated with Gulp turtle back worm in pumpkinseed a standout. Australian Salmon were at times busting up on the surface between Alcoa Pier and Point Henry, those anglers lucky enough to come across the action found casting small metal slugs like sea iron super sprat and soft plastics, boated salmon to almost 2kg at times. Trolling small white ockie skirts also enticed Australian Salmon at times.

The Barwon Estuary again saw those go to the effort of sourcing live bait landing healthy Black Bream. Anglers fishing the entrance of the system banked whiting to 35cm on pippie fishing from the bank.

Trent Schiller landing some outstanding bream casting grub style plastics during the week with fish to 40cm on the chew. Trent found scented plastics were more effective with mega strike prawn scent the standout.

On the freshwater front Trelly’s Geelong’s Adam Van Der Lugt and Peri Stavropoulos made the trip down to Lake Purrumbete. Motoring over to the east side of the lake the guys quickly got stuck into the local redfin population racking up large numbers of fish. Adam and Peri found fish arrow soft plastics a real standout. Of note the guys said twice they had massive Chinook salmon swipe and follow their lures almost to the boat.

Wurdee Boluc is still seeing local freshwater fisho’s land redfin with the big fish the lake is known for a little elusive.

Carp continue to keep anglers busy along the whole Barwon River with corn kernels rigged on a light running sinker rig. Redfin still snapped up lures worked along the river edge and around snags.

Had an interesting report of some good Trout, Yellowbelly and the occasional Cod caught in the creek that runs under the bridge on the Puckapunyal Road near Seymour on small hard-bodies, and spinnerbaits. Further along the river around Chinamans Bridge towards Tahbilk winery fishing well for Yellowbelly, just tie off the Trees in the deeper water and bob yabbies and worms the best method, also trawling big hard-bodies such as 150mm AC’s and the 165mm Coddog in the deeper water towards Mitchellton Winery, will give you a chance of a monster Cod. Kirwans Bridge towards the Weir is producing good numbers of Cod and Yellowbelly on Bassman Spinnerbaits, as well as Scrubworms and Shrimp.

Bright coloured 85mm Codgers accounting for some nice Cod around Murchison, with Rob and Elisha McNally catching plenty of Cod around the 50-65cm and Rob dropping his PB, possible metre fish next to the boat. Elisha has been out fishing the boys on the Yellowbelly with her green 70mm Codger. Toolamba to Arcadia still producing plenty of fish, Pro Staffer Graeme catching 12 Cod, mostly on cheese, scrubworms and bardi grubs at Arcadia, also dropping a 75cm+ Cod beside the boat on an Old Mate lure in the silver/black colour. Young gun Tynan Wellington catching plenty of smaller Cod around 50cm on Cheese in the township of Shepparton near the boulevard. BD Fishing Adventures caught 8 Cod on spinnerbaits such as the Pirates in the Broken River towards Benella. Kialla Lakes fishing well for Yellowbelly on Jackal T/N 60’s and worms. Main Eastern Channel producing plenty of small to medium Cod on Bassman Spinnerbaits and Cheese, Bardi Grubs and Scrubworms.

Waranga Basin still fishing well for Redfin, fish are scattered, so finding the schools whilst trawling small hardbodies such as 50mm RMG Poltergeist, 55mm Codgers and size 3 Stumpjumpers, then bobbing Ice Jigs or 65mm soft plastics the best method. Most channels fishing well just before dark, yabbies, worms, shrimp and hogback spinners the best method for catching a feed of Redfin, anywhere around Rushworth, Tatura, Kyabram to Undera.

Clancy Lester and 2 mates have been having a ball catching plenty of Cod around Ulupna Island and Mulwala on a mixture of surface lures, spinnerbaits and medium hardbodies. Last Night 7/3 saw some local Shepp boys catching some monster Cod on the Surface at Mulwala, although they are hit a miss, if you’re lucky to get the timing right, some great sessions on offer. Frank Baldi and a few other guys have been catching plenty of Cod, mainly small fish and mainly on the Old Mate colour 9 and the bright coloured 85mm Codgers around Bearri and Piccola. The brighter coloured lures seem to be cleaning up everywhere in the Murray lately so be sure to have one in your arsenal next time.

Next week keep an eye on the spoil grounds for a mixed bag on soft plastics. Tuna anglers try Barwon Heads to Torquay for Southern Bluefin tuna make the most of the local action while it’s here. Again Lake Purrumbete is hard to go past with huge numbers of redfin devouring most lures that cross there path. Cod fisho's keep Murchison aera in mind with plenty of Cod around 50-65cm taking Codger 85mm lures.

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