Inner harbour holding plenty of fish

Zeph Lamperd with a pinkie snapper. (Supplied)

Some quality fish showing up around all parts of the bay this week with pinky snapper dominating the reports from the inner and outer harbour.

The inner harbour has been holding good numbers of fish tight to the structure from the yacht club right through to north shore being the best location.

Worm-style plastics, such as gulp turtleback worms, are a safe bet when targeting snapper in these areas and is heaps of fun pulling them out of the sticks.

There’s also great access for smaller boats, kayaks or if you’re trying to escape the weather.

The outer harbour has also had a few quality fish on the go with Clifton Springs being the current hot spot with snapper to 60cm showing up in reasonable numbers.

Calamari are also still holding in good numbers along the Curlewis bank and towards Portarlington.

Basically, over weed beds between 3-4.5 metres is going to be the safest bet in finding squid and once again natural-coloured jigs work very well.

Offshore is still giving anglers plenty of options with multiple species biting very well.

The tuna are still generating lots of attention and, with plenty of success being had among the boats, trolling skirted lures behind spreader bars remains the most successful technique.

Casting stick baits into the schools of fish on the surface has also been producing the goods, with plenty of tuna still being caught.

Once again, Maria pop queens are proving the number 1 slayer.

Kingfish reports are still coming through and showing no sign of easing up with plenty of good captures getting around.

Marking fish holding deep and dropping jigs on their heads has been very effective in getting stuck into the action, with depths between 25-50 metres over reef holding plenty of fish.

As well as jigging, dropping live baits and squid strips down should result in plenty of fish also.

The Otway streams have been a fantastic option as of late, allowing you to escape the average weather we have been copping and still get your fishing fix.

Cumberland River has been a popular location for brown trout, casting small shallow-running minnow lures upstream is definitely the way to go and is plenty of fun.

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