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On The Bite 19 Oct 2016

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Once again anglers faced off against wet windy conditions. The Queenscliff Boat Harbour attracted anglers keen on wetting a line and avoiding the brunt of the bad weather. Tackleworld Geelong’s Adam Van Der Lugt ventured down to the Queenscliff Boat Harbour last week where over a few outings Adam banked some impressive pinkie snapper to just over 50cm along with silver trevally to 38cm. Adam found the last of the run in tide most productive for casting soft plastics rigged on a jig head that’s weighted enough to reach the bottom. Michael also gave it a crack and boated pinkies and trevally.

Clifton Springs 

Snapper anglers flocked to Clifton Springs during the week with fish schooled up along the section of the channel known as the turn. Pilchard on a lightly weighted on a running sinker rig worked well when fished on a tide change. In close squid remained in excellent numbers for those drifting over grass beds in 3-4 meters of water using artificial jigs. Alcoa Pier attracted large numbers of Australian Salmon to 40cm. Anglers who found these salmon noted they were in exceptional numbers and keenly devouring lures that crossed there path.

St Leonards 

St Leonards saw whiting captures increase along with the average size of the fish. Moving along to the entrance of Swan bay channel and again large schools of Australian Salmon reaching 2kg in size were prevalent on the run in tide. Trolling or casting lures did the trick, as a by catch pike to almost 1 meter in length were boated.

Barwon Estuary 

The Barwon Estuary still gave anglers the opportunity to tangle with a wide variety of species and with the recent rain we hope to see a few mulloway come back on the chew.
Bancoora Beach saw the Salmon action pick up with those spinning lures beaching fish to 2.5kg. Last light was most productive with Sea Iron lures working the best. Jan Juc also held salmon along with the rock platforms either side of Lorne.

Western District Lakes 

Freshwater anglers fared well with redfin, salmon, brown & rainbow trout all taken over the ANSA convention. Lake Purrumbete saw Tyler Sparks boat a 2.98kg Brown Trout trolling a Daiwa TD 95 minnow.

Lake Elingamite also gave up Brown trout to almost 2kg for anglers trolling Tassie devils in the deeper sections of the lake.  Kevin Hunter boated Chinook Salmon to 1.32kg fishing lightly weighted pilchard fillets suspend above the lake floor. 

Noel Porter took a nice conditioned rainbow trout of 1.4kg from bank at Bullen Merri using power bait.

West Barwon 

Piatara Barry & her husband Nat made the trip to West Barwon Reservoir where casting hard body lures Piatara landed 3 brown trout with the largest 2kg along with some impressive redfin of 40cm. The lure of choice was a Jackall Soul Shad.

National Gone Fishing Day

Last Sunday was National Gone Fishing Day and Fish Care Geelong - Bellarine held a function down the Geelong Water Front which was a great success. Plenty of people came along and joined in on the activities which included fly casting and wetting a line from the jetty.

Shepparton Gone Fishing Day

Next Week 

Next Week anglers looking to head out try the spoil grounds off Clifton Springs with snapper and pike holding in fantastic numbers and willing to take soft plastics. St Leonards is a perfect choice for whiting. Freshwater anglers keep Lake Purrumbete in mind with trophy brown trout on the chew.

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