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On The Bite 30 Jul 2014

Tuna on fly

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Having herd the numerous accounts of school sized tuna around off Port fairy at present James Arkinstall and Andy Congram ventured down. The pair decided to try something different and fly fish for the tuna. After many refusals Andy’s offering was snapped up by a school sized Bluefin Tuna. The guys made mentioned that on 20lb tippet and fly rod and reel it was no easy task to subdue the high speed fish.

John Mole and Brian Long fished Wye river area last Wednesday for Australian Salmon. Contending with strong easterly winds the guys found Salmon averaging 1kg with a few larger fish showing up that tipped the scales at 2.5kg. The pair was casting 25 gram Sluk lures.
Saturday Afternoon I headed down the Surf Coast in search of Salmon. Finding the Salmon difficult I change tactics and started casting lures in some of the small creeks and rivers for bream. At dusk bream to 39cm came on the bite with Daiwa Double Clutch in the 60mm model producing the most fish.

Clifton Springs still has great numbers of Squid over the shallow grass beds. Anglers have found more success when the water is clear and free from floating weed.
Over at Portarlington casting 25gram Gillies Baitfish lures off the pier has produced excellent numbers of Australian Salmon to 1kg. Those fishing the tide change have found an increase in catch rates. With the addition of the artificial reef just off the rock wall, Portarlington Pier has some fantastic potential.
Queenscliff Harbour has been producing Silver trevally to 45cm. Casting soft plastics such as turtleback worms in pumpkin seed colour, has been most effective on the top of the high tide. This time of year larger than normal silver trevally move into the harbour and some of the more wild weathered days fish the best.
When the wind permits anglers have been catching good numbers of whiting from the mouth of swan bay. Pippies and tenderized squid have accounted for most fish with the average sized whiting around 35cm.
Ron Proud of the Ocean Grove Angling Club headed out last weekend off Barwon Heads to troll for pike. Ron landed a healthy specimen of 70cm on a deep diving hard body lure.
Greg Thomson spent Saturday afternoon casting strike pro Bob ‘N’ Spoons around the shoreline of Lake Purrumbete. The result was Chinook salmon to the 1lb mark. Greg mentioned that most of his fish came from casting off the jetties at the caravan park. Other anglers to fish the lake found brown trout to 2kg trolling tassie devils at first light. A few anglers also found success casting shallow diving hard body lures such as Cranka minnows over the extensive weed beds.
Lake Wendouree was the chosen destination for many last week and with good cause too. Brown Trout to 2.5kg have been taken by both boat and land based anglers. The key to Lake Wendouree is covering water whether you’re in a boat or land based. One angler to experience success from Wendouree was Bonnie. Bonnie landed a healthy brown trout on a tassie devil.  

St Augustine’s still hold reasonable numbers of Rainbow trout that were released for the last school holidays. Perry Stavropoulos took his cousins Thomas and Lachlan Welsh for a quick session down the lake. Thomas and Lachlan managed a well coloured rainbow trout each. Power bait on a running sinker rig did the trick for the boys.

Michael Evans was on the job again this week at Wurdee Boluc. Michael found redfin to 49cm 1.9kg casting fish arrow soft plastics close to the weed beds. Casting distance is essential as well as letting your plastic pause on the bottom for a few seconds during your retrieve. The odd larger trout is still being taken as a by catch for those chasing redfin.



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