Hot spots still firing

Brad Apps with a kingfish. (Supplied)

Local fishing is keeping anglers well entertained with hot spots really firing up!

The Barwon River is infested with estuary perch in fantastic shape due to the fish stockings over the past few years.

Casting along the banks with small soft plastics should get you into the action, there is also plenty of redfin and carp getting around.

If you want to drown a bait then live worms on a running sinker rig will work a treat in there also.

St Helens rocks has been fishing quite well over the past week with our local salt water species biting well.

Pinkie snapper, salmon, flathead and whiting are all in respectable numbers right through the area.

Fishing the tide change (ideally the high tide) and fishing with baits such as bluebait and squid will give you the best opportunity to get stuck into a few fish.

The outer harbour, and in particular Clifton Springs, has really fired up for king George whiting with plenty of fish, seeming to be at a decent size.

Right along the shoreline between Hermsley to Clifton Springs has been fishing very well in about 6 metres of water with some boats finding their bag of fish no worries.

Baits such as pipis and squid have been a standout and burley proving very effective.

Queenscliff has still been offering some fantastic squid fishing over the past few weeks with great reports coming in from most parts.

Swan Bay is one of the many hot spots.

Casting artificial jigs such as the Major Craft Egizo is a great option to throw around with natural and red colour jigs working well.

The local tuna run continues to show no sign of slowing down with plenty of good reports coming through for anglers trolling skirts between the rip and Barwon Heads.

The fish have been ranging in size between 10 – 25kg with still the odd fish over 30kg!

Anglers casting stick baits and poppers have also been having great success when the fish have been high up in the water column.

Yellowtail kingfish are still holding in good numbers too, and you don’t need to go too far as most of the fish are just off the bluff with 30 metres of water being a great spot to start looking.

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