New pier proves popular

231542_01 Jamie Marsh with a Bluefin Tuna

The inner harbour of Geelong and around the waterfront has offered some fantastic land-based fishing over the past week with the new pier giving more access and more fish!

Pinkie snapper have been a popular target species as anglers have got easy access to the deep water and structure where the fish are hiding.

Soft plastics have been a great option to throw around, with some fish reaching 60cm in length along with a few flathead, salmon and pike being thrown into the mix.

Coming into the cooler months we should only see the fishing in this area get better and better.

The Bellarine Peninsula continues to fish very well for King George whiting from Clifton Springs right around to Queenscliff.

Off Clifton Springs has been holding plenty of fish on the slightly smaller side, so it will take a bit of sifting through the undersized fish but there are still some quality whiting among them.

Coming around to St Leonards and Queenscliff has been fishing very well for whiting, with a much better average size and in fantastic numbers.

Swan Bay has been holding some great numbers of calamari over the past week and has been a great option to escape some of the nasty winds we copped at the weekend.

Casting artificial jigs in 3.5 metres of water has been a great area to start looking, with natural and red-coloured jigs working a treat.

Off Barwon Heads, the tuna bite continues with the fish showing no sign of slowing down anytime soon. The tuna have been feeding on tiny pilchards, however they are still more than happy to scoff down lures over 200mm!

Casting stick baits and poppers into the fish feeding on the surface has been by far the most popular way to get a bite, with fish taking a variety of different size, colour and profile lures.

This weekend the Portland Sportfishing club held the ANSA VIC Glenelg River Convention in Nelson with some fantastic reports coming from it – with perch and bream to 40cm and mulloway to 80cm.

The Bellarine Light Game and Sportfishing Club won as the overall club and the team of Glenn Miller, Andy Mathews, Noel Porter and Kevin Hunter were the winning team.