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Report 13/5/17

Post by Nicole Penfold » Thu May 18, 2017 3:53 pm

With the cooler weather now setting in for winter, anglers headed to the Queenscliff Harbour this past week to find some piscatorial action. Casting soft plastics along the main cut at the Queenscliff Harbour on the top of the high tide was ideal with some thumping big silver trevally to just over 40cm on the bite. Craig Varker put in a few hours Monday lunchtime where casting turtleback worms in pumpkinseed he managed to bank himself several nice trevally to 40cm that gave him a run for his money in and around the pier pylons. Trelly’s Fishing World Geelong Adam Van Der Lugt also took a trip down to Queenscliff and found well-conditioned pinkie snapper inside the harbour again responding well to soft plastics. Outside the Harbour and on the grass beds whiting featured amongst angler’s bags with some impressive sized fish to over 40cm on the chew.


St Leonards
Around the corner at St.Leoanrds, land based anglers fishing from the pier of an evening landed squid using artificial jigs in size 3. Try fishing around the lights on the pier as the squid will hold just out of the lit up area. The well known piece of water labelled Bourke St again produced bag limit captures of whiting. The most productive time seems to be when there is some tidal flow.

Clifton Springs
Clifton Springs again saw anglers tangle with good numbers of squid although not always of a large size. Anglers fishing the deeper edge of the Curlewis Bank boated numbers of whiting with pippie on a running sinker rig most effective.

Barwon Estuary
The Barwon Estuary was a hot spot for those looking to find a mixed bag with whiting, salmon, trevally, bream and mulloway on the bite. The lower reaches of the estuary was a perfect spot to chase the whiting although unlike inside the bay there size is down. Sheepwash Rd section was a great spot to take the kids with plenty of small salmon and mullet to keep the kids busy. Anglers keen on snagging a mulloway found fishing through the night in conjunction with a slack tide most productive with fish to 90cm.

Corio Bay
Fishing from the rocks at St Helens, Dane Jurkovic and Daimin Mole were finding good numbers of garfish, while catching garfish Danes rod buckled over and line began peeling from the reel. Daimin being closest to the rod began to fight the fish which was assumed to be a nice snapper. The culprit turned out to be a well-conditioned elephant fish which the guys released to fight another day.


Surf Beaches
Surf anglers fishing from the beaches of an evening have found a mixed bag with gummy shark, snapper and even mulloway on the chew. Just a simple paternoster rig with fresh squid as bait should do the trick. During day light hours casting lures like Sea Iron Pelacus saw Australian Salmon averaging 1.5kg landed. Again a run in tide is more favourable here.

Portland continues to produce school Bluefin tuna with Chris from 'Gone Fishing Charters' again guiding his clients onto good numbers of fish.


Stoney Creek
Freshwater Fishos are getting stuck into the newest hot spot of the region Stoney Creek with some fantastic fish taken over the past week. Michael Grozdanovski was casting a few lures around Stoney Creek Res Monday morning where he crossed paths with a ripping redfin of 46cm and 1.7kg that almost had him in the reedy bank. Other anglers found numerous brown trout to just over 1kg along with a few rainbow trout too. Trelly took a drive out to Stoney Creek Thursday night and banked a well conditioned brown trout on a Norries Wasaby.


Lake Bullen Merri
Lake Bullen Merri has shown no signs of slowing down with plenty of Rainbow Trout and Chinook Salmon snapping up powerbait from the lake margins. Trolling lures also worked along with fishing pilchard fillet in conjunction with a berley trail.

Lake Purrumebete
Next door Lake Purrumbete has brown trout on the chew for those slowly trolling to East bank at first and last light. There is still always a chance of a massive chinook salmon so keep your eyes peeled.

Lake Eildon
Lake Eildon was a hot spot for trout with Whitey snagging plenty of rainbow trout around the 2lb mark. Again Norries wasaby and Paco Spoons working a treat.


Next Week
Those looking to wet a line next week the Whiting out from St Leaonrds is a hard one to pass up. If the weather plays up head to the Queenscliff Harbour and flick a soft plastic or two for some silver trevally. With winter almost here the surf fishing should fire up just be prepared for some cold nights.

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