Salmon bite at Geelong waterfront

SOLID CATCH: Owen Westwell reels in a salmon at Geelong's waterfront.

By Adam Van der Lugt

The Royal Geelong Yacht Club area hosted great fishing over the last week with pinkie snapper to around 2kg and flathead to more than 50cm.

Peri Stavropoulos from Trelly’s Fishing World Geelong fished from the boat with friend Owen Westwell and managed a quality bag of fish while casting the Gulp turtleback worm and Gulp nemesis.

To top off their outing they were lucky enough to have a big school of salmon erupt next to the boat which provided great fun while using light spin gear.

Good fishing along the waterfront is also being experienced by anglers on the bank, and casting plastics between Cunningham Pier and the yacht club has seen flathead and pinkies caught along with the odd bream.

Bait anglers can expect similar results by using bluebait and pilchard.

Surf fishing from local beaches has seen gummy shark, snapper and mulloway caught.

Fishing from point Lonsdale to Thirteenth Beach produced mulloway to more than 1m with baits like squid heads and pilchards.

One angler reported catching all three species in the space of an hour while fishing over a high tide at night.

Bancoora beach and Jan Juc are also worth considering, depending on which location will give you a tail wind.

Exceptional squid fishing continues right across the Bellarine Peninsula with bigger than average squid being consistently caught.

Using size 3 jigs in pilchard blue or plain white over weed beds in around 3m of water saw bag limits filled.

Those able to venture offshore this week can expect gummy sharks in 30-50m of water out from Barwon Heads.

Fresh bait like salmon, slimy mackerel or squid is ideal with snapper to 3kg a likely by-catch.

Wurdibuloc reservoir has been fishing well of late for big redfin to 47cm.

Despite the current low water level, anglers casting metal lures like the norries wasabi spoon are able to get into the deeper water and find the fish.

Early mornings are best with the odd trout capture being reported too, the trout fishing should only continue to get better from now on as this the month of May in recent years has produced brown trout to over 8lb for keen anglers casting lures right on first light.

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