Report 28/4/17

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Nicole Penfold
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Report 28/4/17

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Apr 28, 2017 4:27 pm

Squid were in no short supply at Clifton Springs this past week with anglers making their way out to the shallow grass beds in 3 to 4 meters of water finding outstanding numbers. Drifting slowly and casting size 2.5 or 3 artificial jigs was defiantly an effective approach. Bag limit captures were common with some squid reaching a respectable size. Of note garfish were also spotted holding over the same ground as the squid.

Around the corner at St Leonards once again whiting dominated reports although at times they could prove hard to tempt. Drifting out from the Old West Channel marker in 12 to 14 meters of water was a sure way to boat a feed of flathead with blue bait and squid the most desired baits.

Just outside Swan Bay on the grass beds some impressive sized squid were taken by anglers fishing the top of the high tide and casting size 3 black coloration squid jigs. Inside the Swan Bay channel anglers found a good mixed bag with whiting, pinkie snapper and flathead snapping up baits. The run in tide is ideal in Swan Bay as it tends to hold less floating weed.

Fishing land based from the rocks at St Helens anglers encountered good numbers of pinkie snapper. A paternoster rig with half a pilchard got the job done.

Down the Surf Coast anglers spun up Australian Salmon from the rock platforms either side of Lorne. Just remember to keep an eye on the swell when fishing from the rocks.

Heading further West and Portland has seen the school sized tuna show up. Chris from Gone Fishing Charters guided his clients onto plenty of Southern Bluefin Tuna out from Portland this past week. The school sized Bluefin have been holding over near Cape Bridgewater and have a liking to X-Rap 20’s and skirted lures. Chris also boated plenty of Albacore Tuna too.

The fresh water fishing showed no sign of slowing down. The newly opened Stoney Creek Res was a popular option with Rainbow, Brown trout and some thumping big redfin devouring lures that crossed there path. Spoon type lures like the norries wasaby in 12 gram worked. An interesting tactic on the calmer days was to cast Bent Minnow lures to trout spotted rising. Some of the redfin encountered at Stoney Creek went an impressive 44cm.

Lake Purrumbete was still giving large numbers of smaller model redfin with the odd larger fish thrown into the mix. What really caught anglers attention is the huge Chinook salmon in the lake and from all reports one lucky anglers boated a huge 18lb fish over the weekend.

Next Door at Lake Bullen Merri the Rainbow Trout are well and truly still on the chew with anglers banking fish from all methods of fishing. Casting out baits from the bank worked along with trolling diving lures such as Daiwa Double Clutch.

Trawool area is fishing really well, big fat Cod, mainly on hardbody lures such as Koolabung Codzilla 6 metre in Orange. Kirwans Bridge is still fishing well, working the trees along the bank with Bassman Spinnerbaits and Worms, Yabbies and Shrimp working on Cod, Yellowbelly and Redfin. With the rain lately, the river has risen, then dropped, then risen again, got dirty around Murchison to Shepparton and has made it hard work for the lure fisho’s, Pro Staffers Shane and Graeme, worked hard to catch some nice Yellowbelly to 41cm on Purple/Black Bassman 4X4 Spinnerbaits, they also caught plenty of Cod, but most of the Cod where caught on bait, Bardi Grubs the standout.


With the calm weather last week, there was a lot of Redfin caught at the Basin, most small, but some 40cm models found in the shallower water near the banks. Strike Pro Mini Hunches and 50mm RMG Poltergiest working well and the trusty 65mm Squidgy fish in Drop Bear as well as white Ice Jigs working well. A few 60cm plus sized Yellowbelly have been caught recently also. The channels in the region have been fishing well for Yellowbelly, unweighted Yabbies around the edges of the drop bars the best method. Any lure with silver or red on it is catching Redfin in the channels also.

The river has been a little hard, but bait fishing has been great, with plenty of Cod and Yellowbelly on Bardi Grubs and Scrub Worms the best. Kialla Lakes fishing well for Yellowbelly on T/N 60’s and small Chatterbaits. The occasional Trout in Shepp Lake on Powerbait and some nice sized Redfin on worms around the boat ramp. The main eastern channel is fishing well for Cod, with plenty of fish being caught on Cheese.


Orange seemed to be the choice of colour this week, with quite a few reports coming from Bearii, Tocumwal and Cobram. Pro staff Justin went out to Bearii on Sunday and got a 61cm and 58cm cod and a 50cm Yella trolling an orange Codger in no more than 3 meters of water. Kyle Hippisley who was also with Justin landed an 89cm cod on Kingfisher Wakebait just on dark. Plenty of small cod are being caught on scrubworms around the Tocumwal area. Christian Georgoupolus landed a cracking 96cm off the top at Mulwala too. Peter Taylor landed an absolute horse of a cod going 122cm on a 170mm Koolabung cod cracker.


With the cooler weather starting to make itself present, the big XO sized Cod become a great target in Lakes and Impoundments such as Mulwala and Lake Eildon. Big plastics, Swimbaits and big Surface lures all come into their own over the next few months. Rug up and try to keep warm and get amongst them.

Anglers keen on wetting a line try get amongst some of the squid action at Clifton Springs or out the front of Swan Bay. Casting soft plastics land based along the Geelong Water Front should see you bump into a pinkie snapper or a flathead or two. Frehswater Fisho’s try Bullen Merri for rainbow trout with all tactics working and if you’re keen to test your luck try for a trophy chinook salmon out of Purrumbete.

Perfect for reaching tuna holding down deep with the X-rap 40 reaching depths of 12M. These lures can handle speeds of 13 knots.


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