Bumper catches at the waterfront

Adam Van Der Lugt catches a snapper and a trevally off Geelong waterfront.

ON THE BITE Peri Stavropoulos

Geelong waterfront this week continues to be a top location for anglers, and for good reason: snapper, silver trevally and snotty trevalla are in great numbers and hungry!

These fish are holding tight on the structure and are responding very well to small soft plastic lures being retrieved nice and slow, with a twitching action working best.

Adam Van Der Lugt from Trelly’s got out over the weekend and had a ripper session on the pinkies, with fish to 1.5 kilograms and in sensational numbers with Z man soft plastics working best.

The Bellarine Peninsula has continued to be a popular location for some of the bay’s tastiest fish with King George whiting, flathead and squid all biting well.

Whiting have been biting best towards St Leonards and Queenscliff with some cracking fish hitting the deck and bag limit captures common.

There have also been some solid flathead making an appearance in the same areas.

Calamari have been in similar numbers to the whiting, just in a bit closer, with depths from 2.5 to 3.5 metres working best and natural coloured jigs being most productive.

Fishing along the west coast has been fantastic, with offshore and inland waters giving up some solid fish.

Portland and Port Fairy have been the hot tuna locations for the past few weeks.

With school and barrel tuna biting the way they have been, it’s easy to see why everybody is itching to get down there.

The schoolies have been sitting anywhere between 40-80 metres of water and although they aren’t at a huge size, there is plenty of fish out there to keep you entertained.

The barrels have once again been at the 55-metre mark with Redbait and Evil coloured skirts working best.

The estuary systems along the coast have been very productive for black bream.

Chris Pitman from Telly’s got down the coast over the weekend, with large numbers of bream to 32 centimetres snatching up his lures like no tomorrow.

Chris noted that casting vibes in the middle of the river was a standout and a key to his success.

Wurdiboluc has been a popular location as of late for brown and rainbow trout for land-based anglers casting lures off the rocks.

First and last light are the by far the best times with shallow diving lures working a treat.

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