Report 15/5/17

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Nicole Penfold
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Report 15/5/17

Post by Nicole Penfold » Thu Jun 15, 2017 4:48 pm

Corio Bay
Inside Corio Bay anglers had an absolute ball with snapper, whiting, flathead, pinkies, garfish and large numbers of Australian Salmon all featuring in anglers bags. Myself and Peri Stavropoulos put a few hours Sunday morning casting soft plastics around the Geelong Waterfront where we had no trouble in finding Australian Salmon to 1kg snapping up Berkley Gulp 3” minnows. We also managed a few trevally and flathead as a by catch. Long cold winter nights are famous inside Corio Bay for large trophy snapper as this time of year sees them school over certain marks. Emily Whitford along with her farther Andrew put anchor down on one of their favourite marks one night last week and after some time Emily boated an excellent sized snapper of 5.5kg. They also managed another smaller fish of around 4kg during the night too. Anglers fishing land based from Limeburners boat ramp banked plenty of garfish along with the odd pinkie snapper over the weekend with silver fish under a float tempting many garfish.


Clifton Springs
Around the corner at Clifton Springs squid kept anglers entertained with the grass beds in three to four meters of water holding reasonable numbers of fish. A slow drift casting size 3 white colouration jigs got the job done with bag limit captures possible. Whiting were still to be had along the Curlewis bank with pippies and tenderized squid working well on fish to 40cm.

St Leonards
The deep water 10 meters or more out from St Leonards produced good sized gummy shark to 10kg. With fresh squid as bait a great choice. Not too far away the entrance to Swan Bay held some large squid to 1kg again drifting slowly worked well.

Surf Beaches
The Surf beaches again gave anglers chasing salmon plenty of fun. Salmon to 2.5kg were devouring lures cast from the beach and at night had a liking to blue bait and pilchards. Recently there has been a few mulloway taken at night by those trying for a gummy shark which are always a welcome by catch.
Heading west and Port Fairy and Portland both produced tuna although mostly school size. The 65 to 75 meter mark off Port Fairy was defiantly a hot spot when the weather was more settled.

Apollo Bay
Closer to home those launching out of Apollo Bay and heading down to 9 mile reef which is south of Cape Otway crossed paths with Barrel tuna who were keen on eating large skirted lures. These fish generally take well over an hour to subdue this week reached just over 100kg.

South West Vic
Adam from Trelly's Geelong took a run down the south west estuaries last weekend and had a ripper session on bream and estuary perch. Z-Man 2.5" grubz worked a treat.


Chris from Gone Fishing Charters guided his clients onto numerous Southern Bluefin Tuna trolling skirted lures out of Portland.


Lake Purrumbete
Freshwater anglers again found Lake Purrumbete hard to go past with trophy trout on the chew. Slow trolling the East bank at first and last light worked well along with casting lures on calm days into schools of minnow pushed to the surface.

Lake Bullen Merri
Lake Bullen Merri was a great option for those fishing from the bank with Chinook salmon taking powerbait and tassie devils.

Lake Wurdee Boluc
The lake of 1000 cast Wurdee Boluc was kind to Michael Evans who has put in some serious time over the years working it out. Michael landed numerous brown trout to 62cm along with a nice rainbow of 46cm using eco gear MW lures.


Goulburn River
It’s all about Crays at the moment, with plenty for everyone. Col from Murchison has been catching some cracker sized Cray’s including the one in the pic that measured 16cm head length around Murchison, obviously this big girl was released. The deep water around the wineries at Nagambie is fishing really well for Crays, make sure your nets are in the deepest part of the river, mainly the middle, Carp the best bait. Most anglers are catching their Bags quite easy. Still a few Yellowbelly and Cod caught mainly on bait between Murchison and Toolamba, Cemetery area near Old Toolamba the best and Bardi Grubs and Scrubworms the best bait.

Young gun Mac Miller has been smashing the fish in the local channels between Rushworth and Kyabram, with big Yellowbelly around 60cm and plenty of Redfin, his biggest so far has been over 50cm. Zegelin road area has been his most productive. Still plenty of Redfin in Waranga Basin, most anglers catching over 100 in a session with a couple of dozen eating size amongst them, one angler decided to put a size 1 stumpjumper out and was rewarded with a 98cm Cod, you just never know what you will get unless you give it a go! The deep holes in the basin are fishing well for Crays as well.


The local lakes are fishing ok, with Yellowbelly, Redfin and Trout available on lures such as Jackal T/N 60’s and 4D Chatterbaits, Powerbait and Worms the best bait. A few small Cod being caught on the Broken River towards Benella on surface lures, Jackal Pomperdores and Codger Surface lures working the best and Jackal Gantia’s the best swimbait. Channel 16 off the Main Eastern Channel just out of Shepparton is fishing well for Cod, Cheese the standout bait.

Murray River
The Murray is still fishing very well, plenty of big Cod on a mixture of Divers, Surface and Swimbaits working great, some anglers are only having 1 hit a session, but most fish over a metre making the effort worth while. Big profile Divers, 165 Coddogs, 150 AC Invaders, Size 1 Stumpjumpers and Koolabung Codzillers in the divers, and Koolabung 170 Codcrakers, Mudeye Snakes and Rattlesnakes, Jackal Pomperdores and Codger in the Surface lures and Jackal Gantia’s, Gantrels, and Giagantia’s as well as Westin Tommy The Trout and Percy The Perch doing the damage in the Swimbaits. Berri to Cobrawonga (Cobram to Yarrawonga) fishing well, not a lot of water and water is really clear making boating difficult, but definitely worth fishing, and Mulwala, Bunderlong area into the Ovens has been the most productive, Trawling hardbodies, casting Swimbaits and Surface Lures all effective at the moment. Plenty of Crays around these regions also, so don’t forget your nets! Night time has been the best around the Bunderlong area, find the deeper water, chunks of Carp, Liver and even Corn on the Cob working well. Cast some big surface lures while your waiting to check your nets.


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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