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On The Bite 24 Sep 2014
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Weekly Fishing Report
With excellent conditions over the weekend anglers made the most of Corio Bay. Pinkie snapper once again made there present felt with fish holding around the Geelong Yacht Club and Western Beach moorings. Those fishing the rocks off Limburner’s boat ramp have seen King George Whiting to 35cm taken; pippie has been the bait of choice. Inside the Grammar School Lagoon Bream and Pinkies have been taken on soft plastics, casting your lure right up under the moored boats has been the key.
Clifton Springs produced fantastic squid over the last week. The grass beds next to the long broken pier held squid to 1kg with the Yamashita King George Whiting Squid Jig in size 2.5 the most productive jig of present. Further out at the channel, snapper where hard to come by but those fishing fresh squid baits found the odd snapper to 4kg. The Spoil Ground out from the Sands Caravan Park has Pike and Pinkies in reasonable numbers trolling white lures and casting gulp 3” minnows in pearl watermelon has resulted in both species. As the year goes on we can expect to see the Pike reach almost 1 meter in length.
Queenscliff has seen large squid to 2.5kg taken over at the Bight. Larger jigs such as size 3.5 have been more effective especially when worked with an aggressive action. Whiting are still being taking on the grass beds on a run out tide and tenderized squid as bait has been doing the trick. Inside the Harbour squid are being caught among the boats, 2.5 sized jigs are the go as the water is less than 1 meter deep.
Bancoora Beach is holding great numbers of Australian Salmon. Spinning with metal lures such as the ever reliable Sluk in 25 grams has been the undoing of many Salmon to 1.5kg. Those fishing bait have also been beaching Salmon too; blue bait and pilchard are to most desired baits at the moment.
Over the weekend end Geoff and Ali Smith headed out off shore from the Surf Coast in there kayaks. Trolling lures Ali and Geoff found pike to 80cm in length.
The Barwon Estuary is full of smaller Australian Salmon & King George Whiting which are suckers for pippie and prawn baits. Anywhere along the Sheepwash RD section both species have been taken. If you’re looking for a place to take the kids for a fish this school holidays then the Barwon River is a great option.
Out of town
Heading out of town Dave Donaldson took a trip to Kangaroo Island where he boated an outstanding gummy shark tipping the scales 14kg.
Bullen Merri has attracted lots of attention over the past few months as the Chinook salmon have gorn from strength to strength. Last week Chinook Salmon to 2.3kg were taken by those trolling deep with the aid of downriggers. Another technique that proved successful was fishing Berkley T-tail soft plastics and allowing them to sink down to 20 meters them lift and drop the plastic over feeding school of fish again Chinook Salmon to 2.5kg were boated.
Just down the road from Bullen Merri is Lake Elingamite. Lake Elingamite sawRainbow Trout and Redfin to 2kg caught be those casting shallow diving lures such as Cranka Minnows over the weed beds. Other Anglers trolling Tassie Devils in the weed free zone also found Rainbow Trout to 2kg.
Wurdee Boluc remains consistent for the odd brown trout to 2kg along with smallerrainbow trout to 500grams. Fish Arrow soft plastics are still the lure of choice by most anglers fishing Wurdee Boluc. Michael Evans ventured out Sunday afternoon and banked 3 Redfin with the biggest measuring in at 45cm.
Just recently Lake St Augustines in Waurn Ponds was stocked with 800 Rainbow Troutfor the school holidays. Fishing pink power bait on a running sinker rig is a great method to catch these feisty fish. Otherwise casting small hardbody lures will see the kids connected to a fish or two.
Those looking for options over the next week should consider chasing squid at Queenscliff and or the Whiting over at St Leonards with work all fished at the boat ramp. Clifton Springs should have snapper along the channel, fishing the tide change should see the fish come on the bite. On the freshwater front Bullen Merri is well worth a try for the Chinook Salmon.
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