Big mulloway in a fantastic week

Alistair Welsh holding a mulloway he caught at Nelson. (Supplied)

ON THE BITE Peri Stavropoulos

What a fantastic week it has been for local fishing with all parts of the bay fishing well for both land-based and boat anglers.

St Helens rocks has been fishing very well this past week with silver trevally, King George whiting, flathead and snapper up to 4kg being caught.

The rough weather we have had over the past few days has brought the fish in close and they are more than willing to eat despite the low water temperature.

Alcoa pier has been holding large numbers of Australian salmon tight against the pier.

They are currently feeding on small whitebait, so 3-inch plain white soft plastics have been the perfect lure to throw.

Clifton Springs has had quite a good snapper bite this past week for both anglers fishing bait and soft plastics, anywhere along the channel or the section known as ‘the bend’ has been holding majority of the action.

Bait fishing the edge of the channel has been a very effective tactic for finding fish with sizes getting up to 7kg.

The water temperature is still a little bit low but as the weeks go on it should rise and the fishing should turn into a frenzy.

The Queenscliff Harbour has been fishing quite well with silver trevally, salmon and pinkie snapper all chewing well.

Adam and Daniel from Trellys Geelong snuck out on Monday finding themselves plenty of pinkies to 45cm with gulp turtleback worms being the lure of choice.

The boys also shot out to ‘the bight’ in search of some calamari and had an absolute blinder of a session landing their bag of squid in no time with hook-ups virtually every cast.

Otway streams and rivers are still fishing quite well for brown trout with the Bahram River, which flows through Apollo Bay, being a standout location.

Brad Apps made the drive down over the weekend throwing Bassday Sugar Minnows, which proved irresistible to the browns.

Although no size records were broken, they sure made up for it in numbers.

The Glenelg River has had a few reports of mulloway roll in this week with some solid fish coming in from down the front of the system.

Alistair Welsh got down there on the weekend with son Simon and they managed a very solid fish measuring 98cm caught on bait down near the mouth.