Weekend of wonderful catches

Andrew Whitford with a school shark off Barwon Heads 209714_01

Great weather and a long weekend gave fisherman a great opportunity to get stuck into some of the local fishing action and there were some great captures reported.

Starting inside Corio Bay and garfish are in good numbers all along the land based structures with St Helens and Limeburners’ rock walls being the two most popular locations.

A very simple pencil float rig, small piece of bait and a burley trail is all you need to get stuck into the action.

There is also plenty of quality by catch around of pinkie snapper, trevally and salmon.

Clifton Springs right through to St Leonards has been on fire for squid and there are some cracking specimens amongst them.

Size 3.0 jigs have been working best but if you are chasing the bigger squid then the #3.5 sized jigs is what you’re going to want to throw.

Offshore, Barwon Heads is continuing to be a great option for a wide variety of species including snapper, gummy sharks and tuna.

Snapper and gummy sharks have been sitting in great numbers along the 30 metre mark, using pilchard cubes for burley has been the key to success when chasing the snapper.

Tuna have made a pretty strong appearance too, although they aren’t massive in size they are fantastic fun on light tackle and great to have them so close to home again.

Portland continues to be producing some solid tuna fishing too with the school fish holding between 80 – 130 metres behind the rock and the barrels are at the back of Cape Bridgewater with 55 metres being the most popular depth.

There has also been some fantastic bottom fishing off Portland as well lately with slow pitch jigging being a stand out. Dylan Pace from Trellys Fishing World got into the action over the weekend landing snapper, latchet, nannygai and coral perch all on jigs.

The western lakes are still continuing to give up some great trout fishing for both boat and land based fishos.

Nice and close to home Wurdiboluc is still producing some quality brown trout to the patient angler, casting off the rock wall with either spoons or shallow running minnows are working best.

Lake Bullen Merri has been quite productive as well with rainbow trout and chinook salmon in good numbers, trolling down deep has been the trick as the fish seem to be holding between 10-20 metres of water with Tassie Devils and natural coloured divers being a standout.

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