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On The Bite 28 Jan 2015
Kingfish fever has well and truly set in, with anglers traveling far and wide to find the prized sportfish.
The Rip is threatening to take the title of Bourke St given to the whiting grounds located out from St Leonards. The Rip located between Point Lonsdale and Point Nepean is renowned for kingfish and large specimens at that, anglers are flocking in great numbers to take part in some of the exceptional fishing on offer at present. Jigging with knife jigs between 180-230grams in weight has seen angler’s boat kingfish to 12kg and at times anglers have taken fish by casting at small schools of kingfish breaking the surface. It’s not only the Rip holding kingfish, as good numbers of fish have been found slightly closer in at the Bend which located just out from the Point Lonsdale Bight. Just remember when fishing the Rip to keep your wits about you as this is a very treacherous piece of water. Kingfish aside Queenscliff also has some fantastic sized whiting on the chew. Fishing the run out tide on the grass beds using tenderised squid anglers have found whiting to 40cm. Australian Salmon are busting up in great numbers at the start of the Symonds channel although these fish don’t pull quite as hard as a Kingfish they do make for good sport.
Swan Bay channel is still the perfect option for those looking for a mixed bag. I spent a few hours Monday morning casting soft plastics such as Fish Arrow Flash J Shads on the top of the high tide where I encountered snapper to 45cm in large numbers, pike to 80cm and Australian Salmon to 800grams. Other anglers fishing into the night have had no trouble in boating a gummy shark or two, baits such as sauries orsquid are working the best.
Further round at Portarlington the mussel beds is providing anglers with good bags of whiting and flathead. For those fishing off the Pier the odd snapper has been taken at night. Out at the Point Richards channel snapper to 6kg are still present for those being persistent and fishing fresh baits. To increase your chances try fishing a tide change that coincides with dawn or dusk as this seems to stimulate the fish into feeding.
Down the surf coast some spectacular fishing is being had when the conditions are right. John Mole and Brian Long ventured down past Lorne last Wednesday where the guys had their sights set on salmon. Casting 28 gram Asari Mahi lures they banked some nice sized salmon, but what really made their day was when a small school of kingfish showed up and the guys managed to hook up and land seven kingfish to 75cm in length which is quite a feat land based. On Thursday the pair head back down the coast, again where they were able to replicate the success of the day before. John and Brian noted that the kingfish had a liking for the smaller 25-30 gram lures intended for the salmon.
Kevin Bardsley made his way to Phillip Island where trolling Rapala Xrap 30 around the eastern entrance he took a 1.3 meter 10 kg kingfish that gave him a run for his money. Kevin was stoked to finally catch a kingfish in Victorian waters.
Heading down the Western District Brent Grgic, Aleks Polijak and Bob set out from Port Fairy and headed over to Lady Julia Percy Island. Apron arrival at the Island the guys found some intense action with Kingfishto 6kg feeding on the surface in a frenzy. Casting stick baits into the commotion the guys caught 6 fish all over 75cm in length.
On the freshwater scene Wurdee Boluc continues to produce redfin to 40cm. Bradley Cox spent a few hours last Thursday evening casting soft plastics from the rockwall where he banked a redfin of 38cm.
Bullen Merri once again proved to be hard to go past with anglers having no trouble in landing chinook salmon to 2.5kg on both trolled lures down deep and lightly weighted pilchard fillets.
Heading out of town Josh Trew had a great session on Blowering Dam where he took a mega sized murray cod of well over 1 meter in length.
Options for next week
Option for next week. Kingfish would be hard to go past whether it’s fishing the Rip, offshore from Barwon Heads or spinning the rocks around Lorne anglers should make the most of this species while they are around. Don’t forget about the snapper, Clifton Springs and Portarlington are still holding great numbers of fish. For the freshwater anglers try Lake Purrumbete as the chinook salmon have reached 1kg in size and respond to the same tactics used a Bullen Merri.
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