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On The Bite 18 May 2016

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Wild westerly winds did nothing to dampen angler’s efforts.

St Leonards 

St Leonards over the past few weeks has seen plenty of attention from anglers and with bag limit captures of whiting to 40cm common it’s been a hard option to go past. What has caught the attention of a few anglers is the exceptional whiting taken land based from St Leonards Pier. Keen anglers using fresh squid and pippie in conjunction with a lengthy cast out from the end of the pier have landed whiting to 40cm along with the odd Pinkie and Australian Salmon as a by catch. Squid also made an appearance along St Leonards Pier, Daniel Magee spent a few hours down there last Thursday night where he banked squid to 900grams casting jigs.


Moving around to Queenscliff and whiting still dominated reports with the usual haunts such as the grass beds to the left of the harbour and Point Lonsdale bight producing quality fish to 45cm. Just around the corner at Swan Bay anglers looking for a more sheltered option took respectable bags of squid and inside the main channel gummy shark to 6kg. Tackleworld Geelong’s Peri Stavropoulos
 fished Saturday morning inside the Queenscliff Boat Harbour anchoring up not far from the yauhts Peri caught numerous silver trevally, whiting and salmon. Peri used a mixture of tactics including soft plastics and bait.

Barwon Estuary 

The Barwon Estuary was another option last week for those seeking shelter from the gale force winds. Mullet, Australian Salmon, whiting and silver trevally kept anglers busy with most of these species only reaching 30cm in size but it is a fantastic option for the kids as the action rarely slows. More dedicated anglers who took time to gather fresh baits such as bass yabbies and shrimp have found the black bream in good numbers around the sheepwash. Mulloway have remained elusive recently but with this rain and the water temperature now dropping we should see them return.

Corio Bay 

Inside Corio Bay those casting soft plastics hard against structure found pinkie snapper willing to hit Gulp turtle backworms. Australian Salmon to just over 1kg are schooling in large numbers from rippleside jetty through to the Grammer School Lagoon entrance. At times these fish can be easy to locate with surface action revealed by diving birds. When the surface action goes quite have a look around deep pier’s as the salmon tend to hold underneath them.

Western District 

Down the western district the wild weather again made fishing difficult but when able to find a window of opportunity anglers fishing out of Portland and Port Fairy took southern Bluefin tuna and albacore from the shelf.

Wurdee Boluc 

On the freshwater front Adam Van Der Lugt spent some more time casting lures from the main rock wall at Wurdee Boluc where he had no trouble in banking redfin to over 40cm on entice vibes. The action should start to fire up with water now running into the lake.

West Barwon 

A little further down the road West Barwon Res has remained productive for Brown Trout for those casting Daiwa double cluthes from the lake margins. At present the lake is very low allowing anglers to cover ground not normally accessible.

Lake Eucumbene

Last week Daniel Baden and I ventured up to Eucumbene River were fishing lightly weighted flies we took Brown Trout in excellent condition reaching 2.5kg in weight. The fishing is only improving with the river now rising and flow increasing. If you’re planning on making the trip up take plenty of spare flies and terminal tackle as its essential your flies are as close to the bottom as possible.

Lake Mulwala 

Kyle from Tackleworld Laverton and his partner Chrissy ventured up to Lake Mulwala recently where Chrissy took a trophy sized Cod of 101cm on a stump jumper. 

Next Week 

Next Week anglers looking to wet a line can’t go past the incredible numbers of whiting off St Leonards and Queenscliff. If the wind picks up look to the Barwon Estuary or Queenscliff Harbour. Freshwater fisho’s keep an eye on West Barwon and Wurdee Boluc for redfin and trout.

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