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Nicole Penfold
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Report 13/4/17

Post by Nicole Penfold » Thu Apr 13, 2017 5:50 pm

Corio Bay was a constant producer last week with pinkie snapper, flathead and Australian Salmon once again making an appearance. Fishing land based was an option with the rocks at St Helens Boat Ramp giving up pinkie snapper and flathead.

When able to find a break in the weather anglers keen enough to venture out off Portarlington did encounter the odd snapper to 6kg along with Gummy Shark of the same size. Baits such as pilchard and fresh squid worked a treat and if possible sounding up schools of snapper before you drop anchor definitely increased your chances.

St Leonards through to Swan Bay saw the whiting fishing pick up a level with the average size of fish around the 40cm mark. The well know section of water called Bourke Street through to the Swan Bay entrance fished well of late afternoon. Pippie was a standout bait when used in conjunction with a running sinker rig with enough weight to hold bottom. At times bag limit captures were possible. Heading out to 20 meters of water and gummy shark were a viable target again fresh baits worked best.

Around the corner, Queenscliff also held reasonable numbers of whiting. The Rip still gave up Kingfish for those trolling and or working knife jigs. This time of year normally sees some of the best quality Kingfish come out of the Rip. There was also the occasional sighting of Southern Bluefin Tuna in the Rip too. Chris from 'Gone Fishing Charters' guided his clients onto some well-conditioned Gummy Shark during the week fishing out off Queenscliff.


Inside the Barwon Estuary elephant fish were captured by those fishing around the Sheep Wash area. Bream to over 40cm were also on offer for those going to the effort of sourcing live bait. When fishing the Barwon Estuary at present try and time your trip with a tide change as this will see the tidal flow slow allowing your baits to be better presented. The Barwon Estuary is also a great option for the kids this school holidays with plenty of small salmon, trevally and mullet on the chew.

Surf anglers when able to again sneak a break in the weather beached Australian Salmons to 1.5kg with lures cast from beach or rock platforms working a treat.

Freshwater anglers kept focus on Wurdee Boluc with redfin again coming to those casting spoon type lure such as Norries Wasaby. There is sure to be a few large brown trout lurking around the lake margins as it was this time last year we saw them come on the chew. Daiwa TD95 minnows are a productive lure when worked around first or last light. Kayla Boyle along with Graeme Findlay took a trip to Wurdee during the week where Kayla banked a 44cm rainbow trout.


Lake Eildon was a productive trip for Graeme Findlay landing well conditioned 55cm rainbow trout.


Few reports filtered through of small Cod around the river at Seymour to Nagambie. Bait such as cheese and scrubworms the best. Kirwans Bridge/ Goulburn Weir still fishing well for Redfin, Yellowbelly and Cod, trawling size 3 Stumpjumpers for Redfin and casting Jackal T/N 60’s for Yellowbelly and Pirate and Bassman Spinnerbaits for Cod. Bobbing a cocktail of worms and shrimp around the willow trees has been really productive for Yellowbelly 30cm to 45cm and Cod up to 75cm. Lots of little Cod from Murchison to Shepparton, bait fishing with Cheese and Scrubworms, and the standout lures are bright coloured Old mates and 85mm Codgers as well as the white/pink Pirate Spinnerbait. Will need to put the time and patience in to get a sized fish. Still plenty of Yellowbelly on worms, yabbies and shrimp.

Waranga Basin is producing good numbers of Redfin, schools are slightly smaller than before, but size is a little better, trawling 55mm Codgers, 50mm RMG Poltergeist, and Drop Bear Squidgies working the best. Good sized Redfin coming out of the channels in the region, focus 50-100 yards down from the drop bars, worms and 3cm yabbies and silver blade hogbacks working the best. The channels close to the Basin is fishing well for Yellowbelly on worms and shrimp, the occasional 60cm fish has been caught, great fun on light gear.

Good numbers of Yellowbelly on dark coloured Jackal T/N 60’s in the Kialla Lakes. The occasional Trout and a few Redfin on lures in the Shepparton lake around the grass hill at Aqua Moves or the boat ramp pontoon. Graigmuir Lake in Mooroopna fishing well for Redfin on small surface poppers, soft plastic and small Westin swimbaits. All the channels around Invergorden to Numurkah area fishing well for Redfin, worms and 3cm yabbies the best. Surface fishing in the Broken River towards Benella still hit and miss, with some sessions, catching 4-6 fish, then next 3 sessions for nothing, fish have been small, so Jackal Pomperdores seem to be the most productive lure. Changing to a small Chatterbait in the deeper holes is producing a few Yellowbelly.

Plenty of cod have been still getting caught throughout the Murray. Majority of reports have been still on green/orange hard body lures such as size 1 Stumpjumpers, Codgers and Old Mate lures. The clarity of water has been a talking point for those coming in with reports, which could be the reason as to why the fishing has been so good lately. Local bloke Graham Sylvester landed a 64cm on cheese and a 69cm on chicken at barmah on the weekend too. Frank Baldi still catching plenty of Cod around Berri. Pro Staffer Pip Clement catching some good Cod with Rod Mac in a secret location??? All we have been told is that it was Murray River region, cheeky buggers!

Next week over the Easter Break keep an eye on St Leonards with massive whiting on the chew. Queenscliff in the RIP will see you in the running for a kingfish or two. The Barwon Estuary is the perfect location for the kids with plenty of smaller model fish snapping up pippies. Freshwater Fisho’s keep Wurdee Boluc in mind for large trout and redfin.

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