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On The Bite 27 May 2016
Greeted with calm weather Sunday morning Kevin Hunter set out from Apollo Bay on the hunt for Southern Bluefin Tuna. After covering some ground Kevin’s Rod loaded up and screamed off with a tuna of 11kg. Fishing well into the afternoon Kevin was unable to locate any more tuna. Kevin did note a few good bait schools hanging in and around Little Reef.
Further down the Western District, Port Fairy has remained a productive location for months now. Paul Blackborrow was at it again on Monday this time taking his son out. Greeted with calm seas, it took the guys no time at all to motor out to the 48 meter mark where they started trolling a spread of lures. By the end of the day the guys had two tuna boated with the biggest reaching 15kg in weight.
Also making the most of nice conditions Sunday morning Daniel Baden and I ventured down to Port Fairy. After searching for some time we located surface feeding tuna on the East side of Lady Julia Percy Island. Casting lures into the surface commotion we found the tuna hard to tempt but after numerous lure changes Daniel hooked a 15kg tuna using a sea iron pelacus. While on the water I witnessed other anglers achieving similar success by also casting small profile lures into the commotion. At the end of the day while cleaning the tuna we found small 3 inch sized baitfish in the stomach contents which could explain their wary behaviour.
Closer to home Craig Varker and John Vannhold fished around the Geelong Yacht club where the guys experienced some outstanding Australian Salmon action. Casting soft plastics from their boat hard up against the wall of the yacht club the pair boated salmon to 2.5kg with the smallest weighing in at 800 grams. Craig efforts won him the Petrel angling club competition for the weekend.
Heading out wide off St Leonards anglers have found reasonable numbers of gummy sharks to 15kg. Fishing deep at the 20 meter mark with fresh baits such as salmon fillet and squid has proven most effective. In closer Swan Bay has produced smaller model gummy shark to 6kg for those fishing the main channel.
The Barwon Estuary continues to fish well for those putting in the time. Mulloway to 80cmhave been taken throughout the whole estuary system and again fresh or even live bait has been the key to banking a Mulloway or two. The odd bream has been taken further up towards the Sheepwash section although the numbers have been down the bream are of a good size averaging 35cm.
On the freshwater side of things Wurdee Boluc continues to see anglers taking both Brown & Rainbow trout as well as some impressive redfin to 50cm. Tim Beusmans, last weekend put in a few hours in fishing mudeye from the main rockwall. Knowing the reputation the lake has Tim was quite content just being outside on such nice conditions. So when a big buck brown trout of around 3kg took his bait Tim was extremely pleased. Bradley Cox was at it again this week casting Fish Arrow soft plastics from the lake margins. Bradley was rewarded for his persistence with four redfin to 45cm in length. After numerous hours on the lake Bradley has found that casting distance is very important in being able to bank numbers of redfin.
Making the most of the remaining trout season for rivers and streams Duane Tribe travelled up to the Thornton River in the Goulburn Valley. Wading the river casting his fly rod Duane was able to find great numbers of trout both browns and rainbows to 30cm in length.
Up at Lake Wendouree anglers have had no troubles in boating a trout or two. Casting shallow diving hardbody lures such as Norries laydowns around the more weed free sections of the lake brown trout to 2.5kg have been taken. Mudeye fish under a bubble float from the shoreline has also been responsible for both brown and rainbow trout early morning has seen better numbers of fish taken.
Next Week anglers should look at searching for a gummy shark in the deep water out from St Leonards, or inside the channel at swan bay, fishing into the night with a run in tide will give you your best chance. If the weather forecast remains true the surf beaches will be at their best for spinning for Australian Salmon, lures such as the Sea Iron Super Sprat have been a standout. Freshwater anglers should persist with Wurdee Boluc and Lake Purrumbete as some trophy brown trout should be on the move.
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A big thanks to Scott Gray, Rapala and everyone who attended the night, it was a great success.