Latest Fishing Report
On The Bite 5 Mar 2014
SNAPPER AND KINGS ON FIRE
Settled conditions over the past week saw the Corio Bay outer harbour producing plenty of quality snapper especially to those using soft plastics.
Danny Clapinski and Peter Bacely were just two anglers to find the snapper willing to bite, hitting the water before daylight the lads had no trouble retuning with a nice bag of fish, their biggest at over 5kg. Also on the water prior to daylight was Grant Thompson, fishing the Hermsley spoil grounds his sounder lit up with fish, salmon were the culprit and plenty to just on a kilogram were had, when they disappeared the snapper came on the bite and fish to better than 3kg were willing to bite but all went quiet once the sun broke through.
Don Martin fished the Wilson Spit late Saturday night and all was quiet until just on midnight when two rods folded, the result was a pair of nice gummy shark both estimated at 5kg apiece, fishing for another three hours he managed two snapper both around the 3kg weight.
Drifting the southern edge of the Stingaree Bay spoil grounds Paul Carmichael was getting pestered by the many undersize snapper that are currently in the bay, that was until just on dark when the better fish showed up and he returned with his bag limit catch of fish to 1.5kg.
Lauren Alford has been spending plenty of time fishing platforms near North shore rocks, this area has also been producing numbers of those undersize fish but with patience Lauren did manage a nice pinky of around 33cms. These platforms have produced the better fishing on the high tides after dark.
Grant Tanner fished close in at Bird Rock for a bag limit catch of whiting on pippie this week, the fish were biting best the last two hours before dark something that has been occurring regularly in this area.
Drifting the ten metre depth off St Leonards Paul Carter and his mate Guy found any number of flathead, while they did catch fish on blue bait the boys found that the soft plastics that they were also using produced both the better numbers and bigger fish.
Kingfish have been targeted by many anglers of late and with reasonable numbers on offer why not, jigging inside the Heads at the bend in the channel has seen numbers of fish up to 10kg in weight, slow trolling weighted white slug go soft plastics has also accounted for fish of a similar size. If you strike salmon anywhere throughout the Heads try and get a lure especially a jig below the salmon, the kings seem to be working beneath the salmon shoals.
Offshore reports were mixed this week with many struggling to find the bait fish that the tuna and kingfish have been harassing over the past few weeks, Troy Mann fished off Cinema Point and found the bait and while salmon were the generally catch he did manage four kingfish all around the 65cm size along with a thresher shark of 1.5mtres.
Trolling the shallow grass beds from Queenscliff to St Leonards Stan Knight has had plenty of luck on the pike, using small diving minnow pattern lures he has found the average length fish is 80cms but over the past week he has boated fish to better than a metre.
Seems there are still quality flathead to be caught from the Swan Bay entrance, berley is a key to success here and you will find baits suspended just off the bottom by a float is the best method. If you are prepared to fish Swan Bay area before daylight like young Elijah Walsh does you can still expect to land some nice gummy shark, check out the lads latest catch.
Conditions have not always been ideal for those chasing the surf but reports of snapper from Black Rock continue to come in, here you need to fish the last two hours before dark for the better results.
Spinning the rocks just past Lorne you can still find quality salmon fishing available, yes you need to fish the deeper water rock platforms and preferably work the high tides, small metal baitfish lures around the 30gram weight are ideal to use.
Fishing the Barwon River estuary Harrison Marchant was getting fish to run his reel but struggling to hook up, holding his rod when he received his next bite worked as he hooked up to what appeared to be a better fish, a mulloway but alas at 58cms this species was undersize and had to be returned, something he did on another two occasions as all the mulloway he caught were just to small.
Fishing the Barwon River at Queens Park with live minnow Shaun Cooper had little trouble hooking up on redfin, while most were small and not worth keeping he did manage two fish both at 900grams. Currently we are seeing lure to be the best method for chasing the redfin in the river, fish upstream of Buckley Falls all the way to Inverleigh, anywhere you have downed timber in the water will see the best results.
Wurdi Boluc Reservoir has started to produce a few of those big redfin this water is renowned for but be prepared to make many casts per fish, fish late afternoon into the evening if you wish to improve your success rate here, tiger minnows, bob n spoons and fish arrow soft plastics have been the proven lures at this water supply. Last weekend when I fished this water the best catch was taken by Mark McPherson, he was casting waxwing lures, letting the lure sink close to the bottom before retrieving at a very slow pace.
This weekend could be the perfect time to head Portland way, good numbers of quality Albacore are to be had on small skirts, the small Tornado skirts are a perfect option at present especially those with the darker coloured skirts. Who knows a Bluefin may also come your way as they are present.
This weekend the tide is perfect of an evening for those looking to fish the surf be it for salmon on lure or snapper on bait. Freshwater I suggest Wurdi Boluc Reservoir but only fish from late in the afternoon.
Don’t forget about the kingfish in the Rip, jigs in the 120 to 200gram range are what is needed, please be mindful of other boats and anglers as controlling a boat in the tide as well as fighting a fish can be tricky here, also please move as soon as possible when you see a ship coming these vessels can not see you easily and its up to you to get out of their way.
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Good luck and hope to see you all somewhere on the water, Brian.