Report 5/4/17

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Nicole Penfold
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Report 5/4/17

Post by Nicole Penfold » Sat Apr 08, 2017 1:09 am

Once again Corio Bay played host to plenty of Australian Salmon who were working the edges of the Bay in a feeding frenzy. Anglers able to spot the birds working and place a cast into the commotion had little trouble boating salmon to just over 1kg. Small 3inch soft plastic such as gulp minnow worked a treat rigged on a 1/8oz jig head. Under the salmon good numbers of pinkie snapper and flathead were also taken with fish to 40cm common. Land based anglers fishing from the rocks at St Helens boat also landed pinkie snapper with blue bait most desired.

Out from Clifton Springs anglers crossed paths with snapper reaching 6kg. The key to success was to keep moving until you sounded up schools of snapper on the depth sounder. Then lightly weighted baits like pilchard and squid were very effective. Whiting kept anglers along the Curlewis Bank entertained with bag limit captures possible.

Barry Wood ventured out during the week in nice conditions and boated a bag of Flathead to 40cm.

Last weekend the annual King Of The Rip competition was held were anglers went up against tough conditions but managed to weigh gummy shark and snapper from around the Bellarine Peninsular.
Here are Keith and Celeste Chapman (Southern Boat Fishing Club), Celeste’s Gummy weighed 5.537Kg, Keith’s Trevally weighed 0.951Kg

Swan Bay was a great location for those looking to get out of the weekends wintery blast with silver trevally, whiting and pinkies along with the odd gummy shark snapping up angler’s baits. Of note the strong tides made fishing difficult at times due to the floating weed.

Around the corner at Queenscliff large whiting were schooling up on the grass beds to the East of the Queenscliff Harbour. Tenderised squid on a running sinker rig got the job done with whiting to well over 40cm on the chew. The Harbour was also a worthwhile option with soft plastics for Silver Trevally. As the weather begins to cool the silver trevally fishing in the harbour should really fire up.

Surf anglers spinning from the beaches and rock platforms along the Surf Coast beached good numbers and size of Australian Salmon when conditions allowed. Try fishing a run in tide and if you have a North wind even better.

Last weekend we got a little taste of winter which really saw the freshwater fishing fire up. Wurdee Boluc has been living up to its reputation of the lake of 1000 cast the past few weeks but this week anglers found good numbers of trout and redfin. Michael Evans put in a few hours last weekend casting Norries Wasaby Spoon lures from the lake margins where he had no trouble in banking large redfin to 40cm, rainbow trout to 53cm and 2.3kg along with numerous smaller models. Trelly’s Fishing World Geelongs Peri Stavropoulos also ventured down to the lake Sunday morning where he landed a well-conditioned brown trout of 35cm on a Norries laydown minnow.

Heading down West, Lake Purrumbete still saw fast paced redfin action with some better than average fish coming in. Next door, Lake Bullen Merri gave up chinook salmon to 1.5kg for anglers fishing baits amongst a strong berley trail.

Still the choice if you're chasing big murray cod, with plenty of surface action still happening up there. This past week there has been a fair few reports coming in, with a lot of them happening just before sunset or early in the morning. There was a 105cm caught by Joel Thomas on a purple codger surface lure walking the banks early in the morning.

There is reports of some smaller cod up to 59cm caught trolling around the Shepparton / Mooroopna area. Graeme Sylvester once again has landed a couple of cod trolling a custom crafted hammerhead. There has been a couple blokes coming in lately catching some nice yellas up to 46cm on shrimp.

Plenty of fish have been caught lately out the basin by trolling smaller hard body lures like the codgers and ac invaders but the sizing of the fish has been quite small. Anglers are struggling to get the good sized fish. Some schools are holding a feww good sized ones up to 40cm but seems to be hard to get onto those schools.

Trolling around lures up to 100mm in bright colours is still working really well. The stand out lure has been the Bright Green Old Mate in the 15ft. PLenty of cod around the 50-60cm mark woth the occasional one over the 70cm being caught. Bardi grubs are working quite well with plenty of small fish on the chew.

This weekend it looks like anglers may have to face some windy conditions. Try the freshwater as you can generally get out of the wind. Wurdee Boluc will be worth a cast with spoon type lures for both trout and redfin. In the salt try the surf beaches for Australian Salmon or head into the Barwon Estuary for elephant fish and mulloway. If you want to keep the kids busy try St Augustines water hole in Waurn Ponds as it was stocked with trout for the school holidays. Powerbait on a light running sinker rig will work a treat here.

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