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On The Bite 20 Jul 2016Fishing Report
Finally some fine weather has allowed anglers to get out over the past weekend and get amongst some quality fish
Andrew Whitford took advantage of the break in the weather and fished the Corio Bay inner harbour on a fine but frosty evening. Andrew managed to land two quality Snapper of 5.48 and 6.22kg both taken on pilchards, a fine example of what Corio Bay can produce through the winter months for the dedicated Angler.
Plenty of Anglers headed offshore from Barwon Heads to fish the offshore reefs in search of Snapper and Gummies, Danny Skene was out on the water nice and early making the most of the glassed out conditions, setting the anchor in about 50 metres of water and establishing a nice berley trail, Danny managed 3 nice Gummy Shark and 1 solid snapper of about 4kg, others fishing in the same area also reported Gummies and Snapper.
Not content with his effort on Saturday Danny headed down to Portland to fish with Matty Carroll chasing the Tuna. Putting the lures in off Cape Nelson the boys didn’t have to wait long before one of the outfits started emptying at an alarming rate, with the line load on the reel getting low the boys gave chase and after a lengthy battle the boys managed to land the fish which pulled the scales down to 135kg. Quite a few other barrels were landed over the weekend with anglers reporting incredible amounts of pilchards in the area, Danny did mention that his fish was absolutely chock full of these, let’s hope that this bait continues to head along the coast and brings these fish a little closer to home.
Salmon continue to be a feature along the coast with Bancoora being the best location closest to Geelong. Anglers are reporting Salmon to 2kg being taken on bluebait and lures such as the Norstream baitfish and the Asari Mahi. Heading further down the coast many of the beaches and rock platforms along the Ocean Road are also producing some quality Salmon with Grey River being a great location when the wind and swell are up providing some much needed shelter.
Land based anglers have some great options at the moment with the Barwon river producing a few Trevally and small Salmon. Queenscliff Harbour continues to produce Trevally and a few Squid. St Leonards peir has been fishing well for anglers targeting Whiting and Squid. Daniel Magee took some nice conditioned squid during the week.
Whiting remain a great option at the moment with bag limit catches being reported from Queenscliff all the way around to Clifton Springs, fresh squid, pippies and mussel have been the preferred bait for anglers targeting these.
A little bit further afield Sandringham Anglers club headed down to Hollands Landing near Lakes Entrance to chase the Bream the area is renowned for, plenty of Bream were weighed and released with the standout capture being a quality Bream of 1.7kg taken on a live sandworm.
On the freshwater Adam Van Der Lugt and Ross Gould headed down to Wurdee Boluc on Sunday, the fishing was tough but Adam did manage a nice Redfin of 44cm on a flouro orange entice vibe, anglers fishing Bullen Merri reported some nice Rainbow Trout from the bank using chartreuse powerbait while anglers fishing Purumbete reported the odd nice Brown being taken trolling Tassie Devils.
Over the next week Tuna anglers with barrels on their minds should head to Portland to get amongst some of the large fish on offer down there at the moment. Land based anglers have plenty of options with Salmon, Trevally, Squid and Whiting all biting well from many of our landbased platforms. For those prepared to brave the cold, a night fish in Corio Bay will put you in with the chance of catching a quality Snapper.
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