Crazy week of fishing

Adam Van Der Lugt with a snapper. (supplied)

ON THE BITE with Peri Stavropoulos

Well, this week has been a crazy week for fishing with the Geelong inner harbour fishing as good as we have ever seen it.

The fishing off Wangim Walk has been nothing short of spectacular with snapper holding in large school and in a super aggressive feeding mood. Anglers casting soft plastics off the walk have been having great success in landing lots of fish ranging between 2kg and 4kg with plenty coming along over 6kg.

Some of the better soft plastics have been mainly by Gulp with shapes like turtleback worms, nemesis, minnow and jerkshads all accounting for plenty of fish.

Anglers fishing from boats just out of range of the landbased anglers have also been getting into the action landing similar size fish. Again soft plastics and bait have been getting the job done.

The outer harbour is starting to really ramp up the snapper reports with fish being caught from all parts. The bend of the channel is a yearly hotspot and is proving to be one this year again as expected.

Anglers fishing of an evening or a tide change have been landing fish with some getting up over 7kg, baits like silver whiting, squid and snapper have all been working well. Soft plastics again are well worth throwing around the burley trail, 4-5 inch baitfish profile plastics work best for this work.

Out towards St Leonards there has been some fantastic squid fishing on offer with anglers finding large numbers of calamari hanging around and some good sized ones mixed throughout.

Casting size 3.0 and 3.5 jigs have been doing all the damage however throwing around a size 4.0 jig which we all know SLAMS big squid is well worth having a crack at the moment.

Offshore has started to see much better and more consistent snapper fishing with Gone Fishing Charters right on the money. Chris and his fearless crew have been getting clients onto some nice snapper over the past week with the 55 metre line proving to be a popular area to have a suss.

Customers of the store have also been having a crack at the action, landing some impressive fish themselves. Fish to about 5kg are on offer with paternoster rigs baited with pilchard or squid getting them unstuck.