Salmon spread across the bay

Zoe Purdie with an Australian salmon. (Supplied)

It’s pretty safe to say that this past week has been the worst a fisherman could ask for with high seas, strong winds and rain making it very difficult to get out and wet a line.

Fortunately for some guys they managed to get out before the weather turned and managed to find some nice fishing.

Inside Corio Bay has seen large numbers of Australian salmon spread right across the bay, popping up on the surface in many different locations terrorising bait fish.

Keith and Zoe Purdie went out for a flick late in the week and stumbled across a large school of salmon just off Stingray Bay, the pair were casting soft plastics into the commotion, landing plenty of fish to 1.5 kilogram.

Clifton Springs was still providing some quality whiting fishing, until of course the weather decided to turn, with boats still finding plenty of fish right along the peninsula.

A fair share of fish over 40 centimetres were finding their way into the mix.

After this strong blow we can expect the whiting bite to go bonkers over the next week or so.

The Bellarine Light Game and Sport Fishing Club held its annual King of the Rip convention at the weekend. Although the weather was less than favourable to the members some did find some good point scoring fish in sheltered water.

Swan Bay and the Geelong Yacht Club provided some good options with pinky snapper to just under a kilo in good numbers and a few silver trevally to 800g too. The Barwon estuary also had some good fishing on offer with trevally, salmon and mulloway all making appearances.

Lake Bullen Merri has been producing some really good chinook salmon fishing over the past week and as it’s a volcanic crater you can find protection no matter what the wind is doing.

Fat line trolling along the lake banks has been dynamite. Tassie Devils and minnow-style lures have been working a treat with fish to 1.5 kilograms holding in decent numbers.A few decent rainbow trot have been amongst them too.

Stoney Creek Reservoir has come back onto the radar this week with some nice captures of trout to 1.5 kilogram and redfin to just under a kilo.

Casting spoon-style lures have been deadly on the redfin, with a few trout deciding to eat them too and powerbait being the best bait for the trout.