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Nicole Penfold
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Report 20/4/17

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Apr 21, 2017 10:26 am

Perfect conditions over Easter saw anglers set out far and wide.

St Leonards was a popular location over the Easter break with a mixed bag of fish keeping anglers busy. Whiting were the target of most anglers at St Leonards with fish spread from the section of water know as Bourke St down towards the entrance to Swan Bay. Fish to over 40cm were snapping up anglers offering’s and a bit of tidal flow increased your chances of boating numbers of fish. Squid also featured in anglers bags but at times were hard to tempt. Drifting in the deeper water 10 meters or more was the way to go in boating a nice catch of flathead.

Barry Wood was at it again boating a superb bag of flathead on the drift in deeper water.


Around the corner, Queenscliff also had squid on the chew for those drifting with artificial jigs in a size 3.5. Whiting were on offer on the grass beds to the East of the Harbour and anglers fishing the Rip did boat the odd Kingfish with a variety of tactics working.

Back inside the bay and anglers had no trouble finding pinkie snapper flicking soft plastic around the Geelong waterfront. Over the winter we typically see large numbers of pinkie snapper to 45cm hold in tight around structure. Casting soft plastics is a proven approach to boating good numbers of fish.

Digby Ford had a ripper session off Clifton Springs landing plenty of squid.

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The Barwon Estuary was a great place to take the kids over the Easter break with plenty of whiting, mullet, Australian Salmon and Silver trevally devouring pippie on a light running sinker rig. Anywhere along Sheepwash Rd section of the river was a great place to throw a line in. At time the strong tide did make the fishing challenging.'

Trelly’s Fishing World Geelong’s Adam Van Der Lugt ventured up to the Goulburn River near Eildon where walking the river banks casting hardbody lures Adam had no trouble in landing both brown and rainbow trout to 40cm, Adam did make mention that the river was rather high and slightly discoloured and seemed to make the fish bite more aggressively on a variety of lures to up 95mm in length.

Fishing between Seymour and Nagambie has quieted a little this week, but further north to Kirwans Bridge and just below the Weir has been fishing extremely well. Trev from Murchison Bakery has been catching plenty of good sized Cod, 55cm to 65cm most common and most fish are being caught on Bardi Grubs. He also mentioned using shrimp or Jackal T/N 60’s has accounted for as many Yellowbelly as you want. Murchison to Arcadia still consistent, plenty of small Cod on baits such as Bardi Grubs and Scrub Worms and some bigger Cod on Bassman Spinnerbaits, 85mm Codgers, and size 1 Stumjumpers. Plenty of Yellowbelly on offer also on 4D Chatterbaits and size 2 Stumjumpers. Best bait for yellowbelly has been shrimp/worm cocktail on small hooks(size 6 wide mouth). Undera area has been producing some good numbers of Cod on purple 85mm Codgers, and best bait has been Cheese and Bardi Grubs.


Heading west Trelly's Fishing World Geelong's Chris Pitman spent an afternoon over the Easter period trolling Lake Bullen Merri where with the aid of a down riggers. Chris managed to boat rainbow trout to just on 1kg. As the day went on I found flat line trolling also productive with Daiwa Double Clutch lures and Tassie Devil in pink #55 working a treat and a few Chinook salmon coming on the bite as well.


Closer to home and Michael Evans again found Wurdee Boluc productive over the last week for Redfin with soft plastics. Michael was able to bank numerous redfin to over 40cm by making long cast’s out from the lake margins.


The newly opened Stoney Creek is still fishing well for trout with brown trout to over 1kg snapping up spoon type lures. There has also been some impressive redfin taken as a by catch.

Local gun fisho Fons and his children have been catching huge numbers of Redfin at Waranga Basin, the standout lure for them was the Strike Pro Mini Hunch, brown colour, most fish good size and found them 20ft water out from the Yacht Club. Other reports filtering through are specifically 3.2 metres off Harrimans Point has some good numbers of Redfin holding up. Some XO sized Yellowbelly caught in the last couple of day, fish 60 plus cm not uncommon. Size 3 Stumjumpers, 55m Codgers and small RMG Potergiest R11 colour. Over Easter Greens Lake fired with fisho’s reporting 120 Redfin in a session, most small, but great fun. A few big Yellowbelly caught also. Finding the schools and jigging Ice Jigs the best method. Channels in the region still fishing well for Redfin and Yellowbelly, Yabbies, Worms and small spinners and Hardbodies working well.

A few Cod and Yellowbelly on baits such as Cheese and Bardi Grubs in the river around the Boulevard. Kialla Lakes fishing well for Yellowbelly on Jackal T/N 60’s. Nice sized Redfin in the Shepparton Lake using shrimp/worm cocktails, also Trout on powerbait.

Kaye and Denise from Pirate Spinnerbaits have been cleaning up at Lake Eppalock , literally catching hundreds of Redfin, working soft plastics such as white/clear 3 inch Fish Arrows been the best method.

Still fishing really well throughout the Murray, specially on the yellow, orange and green old mates and codgers. Christian Georgopoulos went out to Bearii and landed a nice cod off the top on the new kingfisher wake bait. Frank Faldi once again fished over the easter break out there and landed about 12 cod with the biggest being 106cm, also 8 of them ranged from 55cm to 71cm all on codgers and old mate lures. Brad Benton also fished the Murray where he got a beautiful 93cm on bait.


Fish Arrow Soft Plastics are spot-on for trout and redfin, and are working a treat in the lakes and rivers. The model pictured is the Flash J Shad.

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