Garfish on the chew

Gone Fishing Charters with a haul of gummy sharks. (supplied)

ON THE BITE with Peri Stavropoulos

Garfish remained a popular target this week with reports still coming through of anglers finding good success inside the Corio Bay inner harbour.

Most land-based locations are fishing quite well in particular the Grammar School Lagoon, St Helens rock wall, Limeburners boat ramp and the Geelong waterfront.

As we always mention burley and tiny baits suspended under a pencil float in the burley is key. Fishing at night has again proved to be productive so it’s worth investing in some LED light-up pencil floats – serious game changer.

The Geelong waterfront has come onto the radar this week with some nice reports of a variety of species including pinky snapper, silver trevally, salmon and some solid flathead (up to 55cm).

Anglers casting soft plastics have been having the best success in landing all these species of fish, however you can expect to pick up plenty on bait.

As we go deeper into the cooler months this area should expect to only fish better, offering some great fishing when most other options are slower and to escape the potential hectic weather that is thrown at us.

St Leonards remains the King George whiting capital of the Bellarine. Fresh squid and quality Australian pipis are the go to bait with a strong tide helping the fish chew harder and longer.

Offshore Barwon heads has had its barrel tuna bite quieten down a bit over the past week or so but it’s still worth putting some time in and having a crack as there are still fish being caught most days.

The bite has been further west towards Torquay onwards with the fish feeding on a variety of bait such as pilchards, whitebait and small squid. Gummy sharks remain in fantastic numbers offshore. Fresh salmon or blue throat wrasse cut into chunks are two of the best baits.

WurdiBuloc has been producing some nice redfin this week with anglers making the most of some nice weather over the weekend landing them to 35cm on a variety of lures with soft plastics proving to be the standout.

As mentioned in previous reports, this time of year you can expect to some brown and rainbow trout make an appearance.