Improved weather has given us fisherman a great opportunity to get out and soak a line with some fantastic reports coming in.
Queenscliff is still fishing very well for calamari in the bight.
Rob Vecoli from Trellys Geelong got out on Monday, casting off the surf and finding his bag of 10 squid in no time with white 3.5 size jigs working best.
Australian salmon have also showed up in good numbers inside the rip, snatching up just about anything you can put in their face – white occys have been a favourite.
Barwon Heads has continued to get better and better with reports from in the river and offshore coming in hot.
Fishing the mouth of the river on the incoming tide has been producing some fantastic numbers of silver trevally.
Casting small grub-style plastics has been deadly in landing great numbers of fish, with some measuring up to 45cm, and plenty of bi-catch such as salmon and king George whiting.
Offshore, snapper are still showing no sign of slowing down and gone fishing charters are finding plenty of fish to about 5kg, with bulk numbers of smaller fish amongst them.
Dropping baits such as squid and salmon in 40 metres of water has been by far the most effective tactic to getting a feed.
It’s without question the big news this week is the tuna off Barwon Heads and through to the Rip.
Anywhere between 20 to 50 metres of water has been holding fantastic numbers of fish ranging from 6 to 20kg.
Trolling skirted lures or Divers has been the most popular technique, although casting stick baits and poppers has also been super effective – especially when they are working bait to the surface.
They are currently feeding on pilchards so any blue or pilchard pattern lures should work a treat.
There has also been a few kingfish reports roll in too, all along the coast ranging in size from legal to about 85cm with Berkley Skid Jigs being a fantastic lure.
The Otway streams have been firing quite well this week for the local brown trout, the Cumberland River is a fantastic spot to give it a crack with fish holding in great numbers.
Casting small shallow-running hardbodies or flys have been working a treat.