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On The Bite 24 Dec 2014

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Christmas Round Up

With the Holiday period now here, this week’s report will provide you with the go-to locations for your summer fishing.

Clifton Springs 

Clifton Springs is snapper central over the summer period. Making an early start is always beneficial this time of year and if you’re lucky enough to time this with a tide change wether high or low your chances of success will increase. Taking time to gather some fresh squid and Garfish for bait from the shallow grass beds will see you with top bait. Catching Squid and Garfish is also great fun for the kids too. If its Flathead and Whiting you’re after the edges of the mussel beds with Australian pippie as bait will see you find good numbers of both species.


The Portarlington Pier is an iconic summer destination for land based anglers and with the recent addition of the artificial reef just out from the rock wall the fishing will on get better. Whiting, Snapper, Flathead, Garfish and Squidare all commonly caught from the pier.  Baits such as Australian pippie and pilchard will put you in the running forwhiting, snapper, garfish & flathead. Squid are taken by casting arfticial jigs at night around the lights on the pier smaller jigs seem to be more effective here. 

St Leonards

St Leonard’s pier provides anglers with much the same species as Portarlington with perhaps being a little more productive for squid and larger snapper. For the boat anglers the area now known as Bourke St which is located 800 meters or so straight out from the boat ramp is an extremely productive location for whiting.

Swan Bay

For the angler after a mixed bag then this location is for you. You will catch almost all species the Geelong & Bellarine has to offer. The most popular target for anglers is Gummy Shark in the channel entrance of a night. Just be aware of the marine park boundaries in Swan Bay.

Queenscliff / Point Lonsdale

Queenscliff is renowned for the excellent whiting & squid fishing. The Queenscliff Harbour holds good numbers ofsilver trevally & pinkie snapper for those casting soft plastics on the tide change. The bight (the area between Queenscliff & Point Lonsdale) is perfect for casting squid jigs. Larger size jigs work better at the bight.  Casting lures for Salmon off the surf beaches is also popular between Point Lonsdale and Ocean Grove.

Ocean Grove / Barwon Heads

The estuary is a fantastic spot to take the kids with plenty of riverside access you can always find a place to set up.Whiting, Salmon and Silver Trevally are common captures and again pippie is the best bait. For the more serious anglers the river has ok numbers of Mulloway fishing live baits or fresh squid in the deeper holes can result in some serious fish to 20kg. Off shore summer time is shark season with Mako and Blue sharks gathering between 40 meters to 70 meters of water. Kingfish also show up in good numbers and hang around Charlemont reef. Casting stick baits and popper to Kingfish busting on the surface is great fun, some of the more desired lures are Daiwa stick baits and Slug Go soft plastics. Kingfish are not the only ones to bust on the surface Australian Salmon do the same thing and are a little easier to target. The start of the run out tide usually brings the fish on the chew, casting lures into the surface commotion is by far one of the most exciting ways to catch these fish.  Lures such as Baitfish in 25gram or 4” gulp minnow plastics will get the job done.

Corio Bay

Corio bay in a great location for those windier days. Casting soft plastics among the structure results in pinkie snapper, pike and flathead. By far Gulp Turtle Back Worms in Pumpkin Green are the standout plastic.  Bird Rock at the entrance to Corio Bay is perfect place to chase some bigger fish on the plastics.

Surf Coast

Lorne has excellent beaches that provide great fun for anglers walking the beach casting lures for Salmon. Gillies Baitfish in 25 gram -40 gram are perfect for the task. Fishing baits such as pilchard at night is a great way to targetGummy Shark with the odd by catch of a mulloway

Wurdee Boluc

Freshwater anglers should look to Wurdee Boluc. Monster redfin are on offer over the summer months casting lures such as Fish Arrow soft plastics and Pegron Tiger minnows around the weed beds. The odd trout is also taken with the evening being a more productive time for trout.

Barwon River

The Barwon River around Queenspark will hold good numbers of Redfin for those casting lures such as Atomic Shad 40 in Colour #17. In the past the odd Yellowbelly has been taken but some time would be need to be spent to purse this specie.
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Merry Christmas from the team at Trelly's Fishing World Geelong