Fishing still strong despite cooler conditions

Ricky Kennedy with a gummy shark (Supplied) 279712_01

Peri Stavropoulos

There is some fantastic fishing on offer at the moment right across the region.

Although the water is starting to really cool off, the fish aren’t seeming to mind all too much and are still willing to eat.

The Royal Geelong Yacht Club and Waterfront have been fishing very well for pinky snapper and Australian salmon.

Both species have been going really well on small soft plastics between 3-4 inches with curl tail and minnow profile plastics working best.

Along the Peninsula the King George whiting are showing no sign of slowing down, especially out of Clifton Springs, where great reports are coming through thick and fast.

Bag limit captures and quality fish are on offer and it is well worth having a crack.

Calamari have also remained in fantastic numbers right across the bay with anglers getting stuck into huge numbers of them.

Major Craft Squid Jigs have been doing some serious damage on them lately with dark green colours working best.

From Portarlington to Queenscliff has had some fantastic gummy shark fishing, especially in the deep and channels.

Anglers have been landing sharks to 15kg in weight with a variety of fresh baits working well such as trevally, salmon and squid.

Using a tidal running sinker rig is by far the best setup and bring a variety of sinkers to adjust to the flow and tide.

Offshore has still been producing plenty of good gummies also with Gone Fishing Charter in the thick of it.

There has been plenty of pinky snapper out there as well as a cool by-catch of a hammerhead shark for a lucky angler.

The west coast still has a hot tuna bite going from Port Fairy all the way through to Port Macdonnell with school tuna and barrels in great numbers.

Out deeper towards the shelf has been holding great numbers with fish to 25kg being caught.

Trolling hardbody divers or skirted lures has been most effective, at times the fish can be seen working bait on the surface and casting stickbaits is a fun and effective way to catch them.

Barrels have been going good for the past few weeks now and are showing no sign of slowing down.

Although we have had some average weather some anglers have braved it and brought home the goods with fish to over 130kg being weighed in.

Aloha Super Ninjas and Pakula Sprockets have been lethal and landing plenty of fish.