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Report 23/3/17

Post by Nicole Penfold » Wed Mar 29, 2017 3:20 pm

Anglers did not have to travel far with Corio Bay seeing angler’s bank good numbers of pinkie snapper and flathead. Right from the Grammar School Lagoon though to the spoil grounds out from Lime Burners boat ramp flathead and pinkie snapper were boated by anglers casting soft plastics. Gulp soft plastics in 3 to 4 inch were most productive rigged on a jig head heavy enough to get to the bottom.

Around the corner Clifton Springs had similar results but with a few more whiting thrown into the mix. Fishing bait like pippies on a running sinker rig along the Curlewis Bank of a late afternoon was productive. Squid were still on offer in three to four meters of water drifting with size 3 artificial jigs over the numerous weed beds worked well with at times bag limit captures possible.

Queenscliff was a hot spot for the region with massive King George Whiting spread right from the grass beds to the east of the harbour though to the Point Lonsdale Bight. Chris from Gone fishing charters again guided his clients onto well-conditioned King George whiting to over 40cm in length. Inside the Queenscliff Harbour Silver Trevally snapped up soft plastics worked on slack tide along the main channel. Land based anglers also found reasonable numbers of Squid from the Queenscliff Pier of an evening.


Offshore from Ocean Grove / Barwon Heads the odd Mako & Blue Shark made an appearance for those drifting out wide with a strong berley trail. Drifting with baits down in 40 to 50 meters of water resulted in Tiger Flathead and good numbers too.

Inside the Barwon Estuary there was a wide variety of species on the chew with mullet to mulloway being captured. The lower reaches of the estuary saw good numbers of smaller model whiting and Australian Salmon which made for a great option for the kids. Further up the system anglers chasing mulloway had some success with fish to 90cm on offer. Trelly's Fishing World Geelong's Chris Pitman spent a few hours Sunday arvo up the estuary where he crossed paths with some well conditioned bream.


Tuna continue to keep anglers busy right along the coast from just East of the Rip to Portland the whole coast line is holding good schools of fish. Trolling X-Rap lures along with small skirted lures is a very effective tactic and when the fish erupt on the surface in a feeding frenzy casting lures into the commotion is a very exciting way to fish. John Stojanovski took a trip down to the Hopkins River where he had no trouble in finding good numbers of bream on lure. 2.5" Z Man grubz did the trick with John finding fishing with a black coloured grub at night most successful. Also fishing the western district, Trent Schiller hit one of his regular haunts in search of a mulloway, as it turned out, it was worth the drive with Trent landing a very nice mulloway on a grub style plastic.


Freshwater anglers who ventured down to Lake Purrumbete still crossed paths with huge numbers of redfin. Anglers trolling with the aid of a down rigger boated rainbow trout of 800 grams to just over 1kg using pink #55 Tassie devils rigged with Dancing Jack 54 hooks.

Next door Lake Bullen Merri was another hot spot for Chinook Salmon and Rainbow trout to 1.5kg. Casting lures from the lake margins worked as well as trolling again the aid of a down rigger to reach the depths the fish were holding at.

The Barwon River showed no signs of slowing down for carp with anglers landing fish to just over 6kg. You don’t need to travel far with the fish spread along the whole system. Redfin around Queenspark were hitting small diving hardbody lures although the redfin are on the small side once a school is located decent numbers of fish are not too hard to bank.

The river between Seymour and Nagambie is still producing a few fish, not quite as many as previous weeks, but still a few Yellowbelly, Cod and Redfin if you put in the time with mainly bait. Casting Bassman spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, and bright coloured 85mm Old Mates and Codgers also working well. A few Redfin, Yellowbelly and the occasional Cod in Nagambie Lake, scrubworms, shrimp, yabbies and cheese the best bait, and spinnerbaits the best lures. Kirwans bridge fishing really well around the willow trees, bobbing worms/shrimp cocktails or casting Bassman and Pirate spinnerbaits working well for good sized Yellowbelly and Cod. Main Eastern Channel near the Weir producing nice Redfin on small spinners and small hardbodies. White and Red the best colour

Jasper Heenan was extremely excited to inform us of his PB Cod he caught using a Pirate Spinnerbait, NEW blade he purchased from our store, well done mate. Bait fishing has been the standout in the Goulburn River between Murchison and Shepparton, Scrubworms, Yabbies, Shrimp and Cheese all working well. Plenty of 30-35cm Yellowbelly and heaps of small Trout Cod and undersize Murray Cod to keep you quite busy. The bigger fish have been caught on bright coloured medium hardbodies such as size 1 Stump Jumpers and 90mm AC Invaders. A few young gurus have been catching plenty of good sized Yellowbelly in the Kialla Lakes on purple or green Jackal T/N 60’s. Graigmuir Lake in Mooroopna producing some nice Redfin on small Hardbodies such as size 3 Stump Jumpers and small whiting surface poppers just before dark. Some small Cod caught on surface lures such as 120mm Kollabung Cod Crackers, Kinghits and swimbaits such as Jackal Gantia’s and Westin Tommy the Trout’s in the Broken River towards Benella. Waranga Basin still producing a few Redfin on 65mm Squidgies in drop bear colour and small hardbodies, once again, find the school and bob white Ice Jigs the best method.


The Murray river has been firing between Barmah and Bundelong with plenty of good sized Cod. Shop Regular Lance caught this nice little Cod on a Codger at Berri. Barmah has been fishing well, we have been told the only bait that has been working was Cheese, had some customers try everything known to man, but only managed fish on Cheese. Cobram/Yarrawonga fishing well trawling 85mm Codgers and colour 9 Old Mates. Lake Mulwala has been fishing extremely well recently, plenty of big Metre plus fish caught in the last week. Harley Middletons with this 113cm off the top using the 120mm Koolabung Codcracker after dark, Harley also managed a few fish between 80-90cm. Marshell Elliot also got this cracker 112cm off the surface whilst the light was still up, quite a few Cod have been caught during the day lately.


Rod Mac fished a secret location last weekend with our own Pro Staffer Pip Clement, the boys had a great time catching 10 good fish including 4 over 1 metre and nothing under 85cm. A mixture of Stumpjumpers and Bassman spinnerbaits did the trick. Jump on our facebook page to check out some photos.

Next Week if the calm conditions return then keep an eye on Clifton Springs as the snapper should fire up once more before they begin the leave the bay. Offshore is still holding exceptional fishing for sharks and tuna. Freshwater fisho’s keep focued on Purrumbete and those monster chinook salmon are still lurking in the depths of the lake.

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