Report 13/1/17

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Report 13/1/17

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Jan 13, 2017 4:48 pm

Ocean Grove / Barwon Heads
Summer conditions have seen our local offshore fishing go from strength to strength. Out from Ocean Grove / Barwon Heads anglers have encountered a wide variety of species on offer. Drifting for flathead in 40 to 50 meters of water was ideal, with some large flathead making their way on board. Chris Vasilevski from Gone Fishing Charters reported large numbers and excellent average size of flathead on the drift. What has lured most anglers offshore has been the large number of Kingfish holding between Point Lonsdale through to Bancoora. Trolling white skirted lures with a squid strip attached was a very productive tactic. Other anglers have crossed paths with large schools of Australian Salmon erupting on the surface in a feed frenzy and casting soft plastics resulted in Kingfish and large Australian Salmon. Daniel Baden and I headed out over the weekend where although the Kingfish proved hard to tempt the size of the Australian Salmon made for fantastic sport. On the odd occasion schools of Southern Bluefin Tuna up to 15kg were located by anglers out from Point Lonsdale. The tuna at times responded to small skirted lures.

Queenscliff / Point Lonsdale
Over at the Rip Kingfish still dominated reports with anglers finding a slightly better class of fish. Jigging knife jigs to schools of fish located on the sounder worked a treat. Trellys Geelong Kevin Hunter along with Robert Vecoli spent an hour or so catching squid, of then they went a trolled them in the Rip with the aid of a down rigger. Not long after trolling the squid on the down rigger was engulfed by a kingfish of around 4kg not long after the other squid trolled behind the boat was also taken by a kingfish of a similar size. The Queenscliff grass beds are still holding some of the Bellarine Peninsula’s premier whiting fishing with the average size 40cm. Squid were not too far away just around the corner at the entrance to Swan Bay. Michael Moore was after a gummy shark or two using salted trevally as bait Monday night. Michael was unsuccessful in boating a gummy shark but took some huge flathead to 65cm.

St Leonards
St Leonard’s hosted large number of anglers seeking whiting and Bourke St continued to live up to its reputation. Pippie was the bait of choice rigged on a running sinker rig. Anglers chasing whiting did managed some large flathead as a by catch, which were most welcomed.

Indented Heads
Around the corner Indented Heads was the go to location for squid with most reef structure producing bag limit captures.

Clifton Springs
Clifton Springs still held snapper for anglers fishing alongside the Point Richards Channel. Snapper averaging 5 to 6kg had a keen liking to silver whiting and pilchards as bait. Squid reports slowed slightly but were still a viable option.

Barwon Estuary
Over at the Barwon Estuary anglers had plenty of fish to keep them busy. Fishing from the bank along sheepwash rd resulted in mullet, salmon, whiting and trevally. Pippie worked well for those species with keen anglers fishing live bass yabbies encountering bream throughout the system. Trelly's Geelong's Adam and Peri ventured up the Barown Estuary Wednesday night where the guys had a ripper session on the Mulloway landing 3 to 82cm on squid strips.

Down the Western District Portland gave up Kingfish along the North Shore to 15kg. Southern Blue Fin Tuna to 25kg came to anglers trolling both hard body and skirted lures.

Whiting and squid reports slowed this week but some nice schools of Australian Salmon were on offer.

Stony Creek
Freshwater anglers again found Stony Creek Res excellent for numbers of both Brown and Rainbow trout casting lures from the lake margins. Bait anglers also banked fish with mudeye and powerbait the pick.

Lake Purrumbete
Lake Purrumbete was a hot spot for redfin with large numbers of fish possible. The odd Brook Trout has made an appearance which is a great sign of things to come. Slow trolling Daiwa Double Clutch Lures at first or last light along the east bank worked well.

Barwon River
The Barwon River downstream from Breakwater is a carp hot spot and from all reports they bite well on the warmer days. Corn Kernels on a lightly weighted running sinker rig will get the job done and with fish to 8kg about get ready to hold on.

Goulburn River
Seymour to Nagambie fishing very well with Cod to 65cm not uncommon on baits including scrubworms, cheese and bardi grubs. Lures that have been working are 90mm AC’s, Bassman Spinnerbaits and Size 1 Stumpjumpers.

Nagambie Lake and Kirwans Bridge area is fishing well for Redfin, Yellowbelly and Cod, most Cod have been small, but good sized Redfin and Yellowbelly on worms, shrimp and small lures such as size 3 stumpjumpers and Jackal T/N 60’s getting the job done.

Murchison to Arcadia is still the highlight of the region with good numbers of Yellowbelly 45cm to 52cm on shrimp, worms and yabbies and lots of small to medium sized Cod on Cheese and Bardi Grubs with the occasional Keeper sized Cod on small Hardbodies such as Codgers and Old Mates.

Murray River

The River around Barmah producing great Cod on Bardi grubs and Cheese as well as Trawling Koolabung Codzillors and big spinnerbaits such as Bassman 4x4’s and DT’s in black/purple. Still plenty of big yabbies available in the forest.

Cobram to Yarrawonga still producing good numbers of Cod between 50cm to 85cm trawling medium sized hardbodies such as size 2 Stumpjumpers, Old Mates and 85mm Codgers, the medium size hardbodies are defiantly producing the most fish in this region at the moment.

Lake Mulwala has fired up with plenty of Big Cod on the surface at night on Mudeye Snakes and Koolabung Codcrackers as well as trawling big spinnerbaits and big hardbodies. Bank fisho’s are catching plenty of Cod between 50cm to 70cm on bardi grubs and cheese around the western side if the lake. With the full moon this weekend, we should see some cracker Cod on the surface.

Still plenty of Redfin at Waranga Basin trawling trawling deep diving 50mm hardbodies such as AC’s and RMG’s then casting fast sinking plastics, vibes and ice jigs once the fish are found. Best area’s are 20ft water off Harriman’s Point and 20ft water out from the Yatch Club.

The channels around the Basin have been quiet, but the channels around Kyabram along McEwen Road have been fishing well for Redfin and the occasional Yellowbelly on shrimp, yabbies and worms with small hardbodies such as size 3 Stumpjumpers and 50mm Codgers working well. Here is a photo of Cam Mangiameli with a 42cm redfin.

Ovens River
Clayton from Coddog Lures has been catching plenty of Cod between Peechelba and Wangaratta on his lures. Peechelba area has been fishing really well from the bank or the Kyak fisho’s with plenty of Cod between 45cm to 70cm not uncommon as well as the occasional big Yellowbelly to 57cm. Scrubworms, Bardi grubs, cheese, and spinnerbaits being the best method. Some smaller Cod being caught on the surface using Pomperdores and Taylor Made Cod Wollopers.

Next Week
Next week anglers when the weather allows have a look for Kingfish in the Rip or off shore from Point Lonsdale. Inside the bay whiting and squid are a good option from St Leonards though to Queenscliff. The Barwon Estuary is always worth a look and a great option for the kids on school holidays. Freshwater anglers keep your sights on Stony Creek Res out near Anakie. Also the Goulburn River for Cod on surface lures is worth a trip.

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