Fishing back for Victorian anglers

Steve Threlfall and Peri Stavropolous cast a line on Wednesday. (Rebecca Hosking) 208496_03

ON THE BITE: Peri Stavropolous

The news that all fisherman have been waiting to hear and it has finally arrived – fishing is legal in Victoria again!

It can be a tough decision on what to target but there are going to be plenty of fish out there. Here are a few location ideas to get yourself a feed.

Probably the most reliable spot at the moment would have to be around the Geelong waterfront.

Fishing land-based off just about any structure along Eastern Beach through to North Shore should have plenty of pinky snapper, flathead, salmon and trevally that are keen to snatch up bait or a lure.

If fishing from a boat then Clifton Springs and St Leonards should also make up some great options with both locations being a calamari hot spot.

The best way to target the calamari would definitely be drifting over the shallow weed beds in 3-4 metres of water casting artificial squid jigs.

Out in a bit deeper off St Leonards is a terrific spot to go and target yourself a gummy shark, and straight out in 20 metres of water is a great area to start looking with fresh baits, with salmon and squid being your best bet.

If freshwater is more your thing, then Wurdiboluc Reservoir is well worth a crack for trout and redfin.

Casting shallow running minnow and spoon style lures with a slow roll retrieve is a very simple yet effective way to get into the action.

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