White hot fishing conditions

Trenna Shearer and a Snapper. (Supplied)

On the Bite Peri Stavropoulos

The fishing at the moment is white hot with the whole region’s fishing producing top captures.

Landbased anglers off St Helens rocks are securing some quality snapper nearly every day at the moment with the average fish around the four kilograms mark.

After a few days of rough weather is has certainly stirred it all up for them and they are feeding well with pilchards and squid the standout

baits and fishing on a tide change being a key factor to success.

Australian salmon and tailor are still patrolling the Geelong waterfront at the moment cleaning up any lure or soft plastic in sight and still holding in big numbers.

Soft plastics are very effective or if the tailor are thick try throwing around a few hardbodies and upsize your leader to avoid being snipped.

Calamari have been a little tough out of Clifton Springs over the past week, probably due to the weather making it all dirty but towards Queenscliff it is on fire.

The clean water from the ocean is coming through allowing the squid to hunt easier and there sure is plenty out there.

Fishing the deep water in the bight has seen anglers land some monster squid on both artificial jigs and natural baits.

Offshore Barwon heads has continued to fish very well for both snapper and gummy sharks.

Many anglers over the weekend flocked offshore in search of one of these with many having great success, especially on the snapper.

Fishing the 40 metre mark has been a very productive location with anglers landing large numbers of snapper to six kilograms and beyond with a fair share of anglers boating a

bag limit.

Gummy sharks have also been chewing very well offshore, fresh baits are key with salmon being a standout.

The Surf Coast estuaries have been fishing surprisingly well considering the amount of rain we have had.

The Erskine River in Lorne has been a popular location for anglers with Estuary Perch holding in good numbers with fish reaching up and over 45cm in length.

Zman soft plastics have been super effective and so to have larger hard body lures.