Winter fishing off the hook

Lachy Cartledge with a Barrel Tuna. (Supplied)

Peri Stavropoulos

Winter fishing has been fantastic around the region as of late and is showing no sign of slowing down.

Queenscliff has been a hot spot for land-based anglers over the past week with silver trevally running riot through the cut.

Anglers have been having some pretty hot sessions down there landing numerous fish to more than 50cm. Soft plastics have been the best lure to throw around at them with the Zman GrubZ being a standout.

The Barwon Estuary also offered some good fishing for trevally during the week and has been fishing well for quite some time now.

Once again Zman Grubz have been a standout lure.

The perks of fishing the Barwon is that there is plenty of shelter from the weather if it blows up and offers some nice by catch such as salmon, bream and mulloway.

Down the west coast towards Apollo Bay is still offering a pretty hot barrel tuna bite, between Big Reef and the Oil Rig off Port Campbell, with boats still landing fish well over the 100kg-mark – the biggest one weighing in at 147kg.

Popular lure colours have been redbait, lumo and angel patterns.

Portland has also got a pretty hot tuna bite on the go at the moment with boats finding plenty of school fish.

Gone Fishing Charters has been getting their customers on a good chunk over the past week since returning down there, trolling skirted and diving lures has been doing all the damage for the crew.

Corio Bay is still fishing well for land-based fishos with garfish, pinkie snapper, flathead, pike, salmon and trevally all jumping on anglers lines.

Bait fishing with bluebait or squid is working well, however casting soft plastics seems to be working best and once again the Gulp Turtleback being a standout.

The Crater Lakes have been fishing well over the past week with anglers trolling lures finding plenty of trout and chinook salmon in both lakes.

Tassie Devils are a classic lure to troll around, with pink being a standout colour.

As far as hard bodies go it’s pretty hard to go past the humble Rapala F7 and Daiwa Double Clutch.

St Augustines is still providing some good school holiday fun for kids and families with rainbow trout chewing very well.

Powerbait on a lightly weighted running sinker rig is by far the best rig to run – simple and effective.