Shark bite off the coast

YOUNG GUN: Hudson Maddalena reels in a gummy shark.

By Adam Van der Lugt

Gummy sharks were a good option offshore with plenty of reports this week.

Fishing anywhere from outside the rip to Anglesea in 30m of water produced sharks pushing 20kg.

Fresh baits like salmon, pike fillet or squid worked well while taking the extra time to catch reef fish like wrasse to use as bait also proved worthwhile.

St Leonards also produced gummy sharks in 20m of water. Daniel Maddalena and son Hudson ventured out to fish an outgoing tide with pilchard as bait and caught numerous gummy sharks and plenty of flathead.

Royal Geelong Yacht Club produced pinkies to 55cm this week for soft plastic anglers casting Gulp turtleback worms and the Z-Man Streakz.

Pinkies, Salmon and flathead were also caught in the area between the yacht club and Eastern Beach promenade.

Garfish were taken from the rock wall at Limeburners boat ramp.

Using small slices of pippie or squid suspended under a quill float caught bag limits of gars for some lucky anglers who used a fine berley to hold the fish in their area.

Squid were caught in good numbers off St Leonards in 3-5m over the weed beds.

There were also reports of squid caught from the newly extended Clifton Springs jetty with smaller size 2.5 jigs doing well in the shallow water.

Local beaches hosted great fishing for those willing to brave the conditions.

Mulloway and gummy shark were caught after dark on salmon fillet and squid while salmon to 1.5kg kept anglers entertained right along the coast to Apollo Bay and were caught on metal lures and whole bluebait.

Kids across Geelong have been having a ball with rainbow trout that were released into St Augustine’s Lagoon in Highton and the Bannockburn lagoon.  Using powerbait has been productive as well as small celta style lures.

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