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Report 8/6/17

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Jun 09, 2017 4:24 pm

Surf Beaches
The Surf Beaches on last week’s strong north winds were ideal for anglers fishing from the sand. Australian Salmon to over 2kg snapped up anglers baits of blue bait and pilchard rigged on a paternoster rig. Casting metal lures also produced results with lures like Sea Iron Pelacus provoking a strong bite. Of an evening gummy shark were taken on fresh squid and salmon strips. Once again Bancoora was a standout but nearby 13th beach also produced results.

Queenscliff
Inside the Queenscliff Boat Harbour silver trevally again snapped up soft plastics and anglers fishing baits at the entrance of the harbour bagged some impressive whiting to 45cm. Land based anglers again fared well snagging squid from the Queenscliff main pier with artificial jigs in size three.
Those able to find a break in the weather snuck out of St Leonards and had little trouble in boating a bag of whiting with the key to success fishing around sunset.

Corio Bay
Back inside Corio Bay pinkie snapper were well and truly on the bite with anglers casting around structure in deep water finding plenty of fish. The Western Beach yacht moorings was a great place to start with fish easily spotted on the sounder. Australian Salmon to 35cm again popped up from time to time.

Western District
Down the western district Southern Bluefin Tuna were in good numbers out from Port Fairy & Portland. Trolling lures worked a treat in the 55 to 65 meter mark. Apollo Bay attracted those looking for a different calibre of Bluefin with Tuna to 100kg know as barrels being taken on the troll out from Cape Otway.

With the wet wintry weather the freshwater fishing went nuts. Close to home the now ever reliable Stony Creek Res was a solid producer of brown trout to 1kg on hardbody and spoon type lures. The odd large redfin to over 40cm also featured in angler bags.

Lake Purrumbete
Lake Purrumbete is really cementing a reputation as a premier trophy trout fishing. Last week rainbow, brown trout & chinook salmon all over 3kg were taken but anglers trolling Tassie devils and hardbody lures. The East bank at first light is certainly hard to beat and as the day wears on use a down rigger to find the fish holding slightly deeper. Casting amongst the weed beds out from the boat ramp is another great tactic to mix things up. There are also a few Brook trout to 1kg starting to make an appearance.

Lake Bullen Merri
Next door at Bullen Merri the action was just as hot with the average size of fish slightly down but plenty of rainbow trout and Chinook salmon to 1.5kg. Fishing power bait from the bank was an ideal approach. Those slow trolling lures also found good numbers around Potters Point.

Bright
Making the most of the trout season in the streams and rivers Trelly's Geelong's Chris Pitman fish around Bright over the weekend where plenty of Brown and Rainbow trout averaging 800grams were snapping up soft plastics such as Berkly T-Tail in black and gold.

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Eucumbene River
Trelly’s Fishing World Geelong Adam Van Der Lugt took his annual pilgrimage up to the Eucumbene River. Fishing amongst the snow Adam landed numerous brown trout around the 2kg mark fishing glow bugs and nymphs.

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Goulburn River
Pro Staffer Graeme, fished the Arcadia area from the bank last week having great results using bait, Bardi Grubs, Scrubworms, and Cheese working the best. Lots of Trout Cod and small Murray Cod, but did manage a couple of keeper sized fish. Seymour to Nagambie has quietened up a little, but the focus will be the Cray’s, from all accounts, they are thick and big so it’s looking really good for the opening this week. Murchison is still fishing well, with good numbers of Yellowbelly and average sized Cod on small hardbodies like size 2 Stumpjumpers, 85mm Codgers and Old Mate’s and the best Spinnerbaits are the Vibrating bladed Pirate and Bassman Codmans.

Rushworth Region
Regular customer Theo had a ripper session at Waranga Basin over the weekend, catching over 120 Redfin with over 30 being between 30cm to 40cm. The White and Black 50mm Codgers and Size 3 Stumpjumpers working the best. The 2 main channels, Punt Rd Tatura and Rushworth/ Murchison road areas still producing plenty of good Yellowbelly and small Redfin. Worms and small Yabbies working the best.

Lake Nillahcootie
We have had some really great reports in of some good numbers and good sized Cod on big Hardbodies such as Mega Stumpjumpers, 150mm AC Invaders and 165 Coddogs. Surface fishing with Mudeye Rattlesnakes and Koolabung Codcrackers up Sandy Creek is producing good numbers of Cod and Bassman spinnerbaits around the timber accounting for Yellowbelly.

Shepparton Region
The local lakes, Kialla, Shepparton, and Mooroopna all fishing well, with good numbers of Yellowbelly, red fin and Trout all available. Worms, Yabbies and Powerbait working the best, and size 3 Stumpjumpers doing the job. The main Eastern Channel from Shepparton towards Euroa to Wahring is fishing really well for Cod, mainly on Cheese, but Bassman Codman Spinnerbaits working well also. More redfin available the closer you get to Wahring on small Yabbies.

Murray River
The highlight of the region is still the Monster Murray Cod being caught in the Murray region from Barmah, Bearii, Cobram, Yarrawonga, Lake Mulwala and Bundalong all constantly producing huge fish on both big shallow divers, swimbaits and Big surface lures. The Fishing hasn’t been quite as productive as the last few weeks but those who seem to get onto one or two fish have been of quality size. Most fish have been caught on the surface, with a few blokes getting a few on divers. One bloke was using a 165mm Cod Dog in the 2 meter in white and got smashed countless times trolling but just couldn’t hook up, and also got busted off using a Koolabung 170mm 2 meter diver. There was a 117cm caught trolling a Codger Currawon at Mulwala by the maker Graeme Sanders. Same day Tim Sessions was out with his old man and landed a Whopping 129cm on a koolabung cod cracker and his dad also landed a 91cm.

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Next Week
Next Week those looking to wet a line keep the freshwater in mind. Wurdee Boluc is a close to home option and there is sure to be some big brown trout on the move. The Crater Lakes are very hard to go past at present. Saltwater anglers try the surf beaches for salmon. If you’re up for a drive head west with the mighty Southern Bluefin tuna on the chew.

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