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On The Bite 15 Apr 2014


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With the Easter long weekend upon on everyone should be looking at the vast array of fishing opportunities we have in and around the Geelong area.

With the high tides being early morning the Corio Bay inner harbour will be well worth your time, North Shore rocks offers both snapper and flathead with either blue or white bait your best choices. Generally surf rods are required in this location as you do need to cast longer distances.

Equally as good will be the Geelong waterfront between Cunningham Pier and the Royal Geelong Yacht Club, here soft plastics anglers come into their own with a large variety of species to target, Gulp turtleback worms in the pumpkin green pattern are all that is needed.

Boat anglers will find the outer harbour spoil grounds producing snapper and flathead on soft plastics while bait anglers using pippie should bag a few nice whiting. This same area has been producing some quality salmon of late so do keep a lure handy just in case you find any surface action.

Squid are currently to be caught all along the Bellarine Peninsular, Hermsley to Queenscliff on the inshore grass beds will produce squid to around a kilogram at present, small jigs are required with the more natural patterns your best bet.

While whiting numbers have generally been down of late quality fish are still to be caught with St Leonards to Queenscliff the go, fresh bait will make a difference as will being on the water at first light.

Swan Bay entrance has been productive, here with the aid of berley expect to see a mix of species but flathead, whiting, garfish and salmon are the main targets. Fish after dark and gummy shark become another option, here again fresh bait is best with either squid or salmon fillet the proven baits.

With settled conditions the kingfish can be found from both inside the Rip and offshore, both jigging with knife jigs and live baits are working nicely you just need to work the slacker part of the tides in order to fish more comfortably.

With the Barwon River estuary fishing well of late this is possibly the best location to take the kids for a fish. Elephant fish have been common but there are also numbers of small mulloway to be caught, squid and fresh fish fillets are the common baits. Soft plastics anglers are also doing well from this water, here trevally and salmon also add to the possibility in your capture.

Surf anglers are coming in to what is the start of our best period along our coast, salmon are well spread out along the area between Fairhaven and Wye River, the must on salmon is for the water to be clean, not discoloured in any way as the salmon will avoid this water. Last weekend after the heavy easterly winds the water was average and it took us a number of moves to find clean water, once found at Grassy Creek it was flat out fishing for three hours on salmon to 1.5kg. It must also be mentioned that most of the big salmon captures come to those casting lure not to those using bait.

With a few days off and the weather settled it will be well worth hooking the boat on and heading down Portland way, here both Albacore and Bluefin Tuna are on fire, trolling small skirted lures or the ever popular bibbed Rapala X Raps will soon see you in the action but be prepared to venture out to four hundred metres of water or more for the big numbers of fish.

Not all the fishing action is found from the saltwater, here in Geelong the freshwater fishing is just as viable with good numbers of redfin available from the Barwon River upstream of Buckley Falls. Small bibbed lures offer you the best chance of success with all the better action coming from the middle of the day.

The Barwon River will also produce some fantastic carp fishing, anywhere from Queens Park to Shannon Ave Bridge is ideal, definitely berley your location and all you need for bait is bread or corn fished unweighted on a number four hook.

While difficult to launch a craft on, Lake Elingamite at Cobden has been producing some fantastic fishing, here both trout and redfin the latter to better than 2kg have been taken on both lure and bait of late. This lake is more suited to a kayak or canoe than a boat at present with low water levels.

Wurdee Boluc Reservoir on Cape Otway Rd is the land based destination for anyone looking to catch a quality redfin. This lake requires many casts per fish but with redfin to around 2kg to be had it is well worth the hours casting the ever popular bob n spoon or tiger minnow lures.

Moorabool Reservoir might be low but the fishing is still quite productive, here using scrub worms or small freshwater yabby big redfin are to be had, mudeye anglers will find the trout available with the bigger fish close to 2kg.

For anyone looking to do it easy on the trout then Lake Wendouree at Ballarat is your destination, fishing mudeye under a float will produce quality trout with the occasional redfin. If nothing else this lake is just so nice to relax beside and enjoy the passing attractions.

If you wish to fish a little further afield for a trout then look no further than the top lake in the state at present Lake Toolondo, here you can fish mudeye and expect a few fish but casting lures such as the brown trout coloured bob n spoon will see the best results, with fish to 3.5kg it is worth the long haul to Toolondo.

I can’t stress enough just how good the surf fishing currently is, break out those spin rods and hit the surf there are quality salmon to be found.

Enjoy your Easter break and hope to see you all somewhere on the water.

Here at Fishing World Geelong we will be open from 9am to midday this Saturday 19th of April, just in case you need any last minute supplies.

Remember you only have a few more days left to grab one of our FANTASTIC EASTER OFFERS, such as the PENN SPINFISHER 650, 750 or 850SSM FOR ONLY $69.00

With the Albacore and Bluefin on fire you will find the RAPALA X RAP 20 or 30s hard to pass up at $19.99 each.

What about our top of the line GAME REEL, the SHIMANO TIAGRA 50W LRSA at JUST $699.00, this will stop those tuna.

We have also just received a handful of the BEST VALUE DEEP DROP OUTFITS we have ever had, yes the DAIWA TANACOM 1000 ELECTRIC REEL matched to the DAIWA GRANDWAVE 56HFD Bent Butt Rod (with the swing tip). AT $998.00 for the combo this is perfect deep water outfit to land those fantastic bottom dwelling species that are the best to eat. Check the outfit out when next you are in.

We have plenty of mudeye, scrubworms and catchall crawlers in-stock ready for Easter.