Corio Bay Fine settled weather over the last week has allowed anglers to put in some productive sessions with the aim of landing a solid Snapper high on most angler’s priorities.
Michael Kennedy and son Lachlan ventured down to the jetty at the Grammar School Lagoon, after a short wait Lachlan was soon hooked up to fast running fish, as it came into view the boys realized that it was a chunky little Snapper of around 2Kg, Lachlan and Michael were both elated with this fish as it was Lachlan’s first Snapper. Mark Ikstrums headed wide off St Leonards last week with plans to tangle with some quality Snapper, setting a spread of baits Mark sat back to enjoy the sunshine, soon after, one of his baits was nailed by what was obviously a quality fish, a torrid tussle followed resulting in Mark landing a quality Snapper of around 9KG. Shaun Wall targeted Snapper off Clifton Springs on Saturday night near the area known as the turn, Shaun managed to drop his first couple of fish but the last one hooked up solid and after what Shaun describes as an awesome fight he managed to land a beautiful fish of 7.2kg. Dalibor Smek and his Brother in law Tim Paps decided to fish the outer harbour on the weekend, after finding some good fish on the sounder the boys put the anchor in and commenced fishing, they didn’t have to wait long as multiple rods started screaming under the weight of quality Snapper, they reached their limit in no time with fish between 6kg and 8kg using large Pilchards for bait.
Calamari continue to make their presence felt right around the Peninsula at the moment. Fishing World staff member Michael Moore headed out with mate Ben McLean to try their luck around Queenscliff. The Boys did very well bagging 19 squid over a couple of hours, their most productive jigs were the Gancraft 3.5 in colour #30 and the Yamashita in colour R25. Anglers are also reporting good bags of Squid coming from St Leonards right around to Clifton Springs. As the season progresses over the next couple of month’s anglers will continue to see their catches of Squid increase.
The settled weather over the weekend saw anglers heading offshore to target Snapper and Gummy Shark, the 40 metre line off Barwon Heads seems to be one of the more productive areas. Snapper to 6kg and Gummies to 15kg have been a feature amongst angler’s bags. School Shark to 15kg are also making their presence felt. The various styles of flasher rigs available have proven to be the most successful in sizes 4/0 to 6/0. When the condition allow the best way to target these fish is to anchor up and lower a burley pot or bag to the bottom, rigs baited with fresh Barracouta, Salmon and Slimy Mackerel have all produced quality fish. Anglers drifting in the same areas have also latched onto some quality Tiger Flathead to 2kg. Slimy Mackerel nudging 2kg are also being taken on Sabiki rigs, these little fellas put up a great tussle on light line and also make a fantastic live or fresh cut bait
Barwon River (Sheepwash)
The Sheepwash area at Barwon Heads has been standing room only with anglers getting stuck into the small Salmon that have invaded the river. Silver Trevally to 45cm have also been a feature in the same area with Pippie’s and Pilchard fillet being the most successful bait. This is a great area to take the kids for a fish as it provides good safe access to the water as well as plenty of open space for them to run around.
Barwon River (Queens Park)
On the freshwater Scene Brian Long fished the Barwon River around Queens Park Golf Club and reports massive schools of Redfin that were eager to chase down his lures, although many of these Redfin were quite small Brian did manage a couple of fish which were nudging 1kg. Small hard bodied Minnows in red and Fish Arrow soft plastics proved to be the standout lures for Brian.
Lake Bullen Merri is suffering from an algae bloom at the moment and is currently closed to fishing, anglers heading to Lake Purrumbete are having reasonable success on Brown Trout trolling Daiwa Double Clutch lures in 30 metres of water setting their downriggers at 25 metres, Redfin are also starting to make their presence felt as the water warms up with ice jigs the most productive method of targeting these fish.
Things to try next week
With a new moon occurring on Friday and increased tidal movement should increase your chances of landing a good Snapper. The warmer weather makes a session on Redfin in the evening worth a try, try the Queens Park bridge area as a starting point. Squid is another option with them spread from Point Henry to Queenscliff which is still producing larger specimens.
For the Kids
For those looking for a fun day out with the family the Ron Nelson Memorial Junior Fishing Clinic is being held this Sunday the 26that Deakin University, Pigdons Rd, Waurn Ponds. The day kicks off at 9am and runs through to 1pm, entry is free, BYO bait, hope to see you there.
If you have a successful outing this week please do not hesitate to send a photo and a short report to firstname.lastname@example.org , all photos go into the draw for our monthly photo competition.
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