Adam Van der Lugt
The five kilometre and two-hour limit has really slowed down reports this week but despite this, we still have a few!
The Barwon River mouth at Barwon Heads has seen the best run of silver trevally we’ve seen for a while. Anglers using bait, lure and fly managed good bags of fish within their two hours of permitted fishing time. Salmon and whiting were also caught amongst the trevally.
Anglers that live near a boat ramp have been blessed with the ability to fish from a boat and a number of anglers made use of this at Torquay.
Fishing close to the ramp, they caught bags of whiting to 40cm and flathead.
Remember if you’re fishing from a boat, the five kilometre limit is measured from your house and not the boat ramp.
Locals at Clifton Springs caught squid and whiting in close to the ramp with the new jetty at the ramp also accounting for a few squid too.
Salmon are always a great winter option and lately fish to 2kg have been caught from beaches along the coast with Jan Juc being a hot spot.
Casting metal lures into the gutters or using half a pilchard or whole bluebait are your best options.
The St Helens Boat Ramp rock wall has been producing snapper to 3kg over the last month or so and will make a great fishing option if you live close by.
Squid and pilchard are effective baits with the odd flathead being caught as by-catch.
Carp, redfin, estuary perch and eels were caught throughout the Barwon River from Breakwater Bridge all the way up to Fyansford by those that live close by.
Lures accounted for a number of fish but with the river slightly discoloured from recent rains, the trusty scrub worm will work a treat on all fish mentioned.
One dedicated carp angler has suggested throwing out burley at the end of your session to keep the fish in the area if you plan to fish there again the next day, a good way to make the most of your two hours of fishing time.
*Recreational fishing and boating were permitted within five kilometres of home for up to two hours once per day, with household members or one other person, under the lockdown