Plenty of tuna biting offshore

Peri Stavropoulos, Bryce Nurnaitis and Owen Westwell with a barriel tuna. (Supplied) 254834_01

On the bite Peri Stavropoulos

It has been quite a crazy fishing week for the local and coastal anglers with barrel tuna going mental offshore.

Just about every day there has been reports of up to five fish being landed with most weighing over 100kg and getting to over 140kg.

Trolling skirted lures around the coast in anywhere from 50-70 metres of water has been super effective with JB and Tornado lures being that standout skirts.

When the fish have been holding down deeper drifting pilchards down has been working an absolute treat as well.

Peri Stavropoulos and Bryce Nurnaitis from Trellys Geelong fished alongside Owen Westwell Monday morning in search of barrel.

After a few hours of trolling the boys were hooked up and after an hour fight the fish was on the boat and weighed in at 125kg.

Back inside the bay there has still been plenty of snapper starting to get caught with the outer harbour starting to produce some seriously quality fish.

Snapper up to 7kg have been taken with Clifton Springs proving to be one of the many hot spots, the channel is always well worth a look too.

Just a couple more degrees in water temperature is all we need and they should bite very well.

Currently at Trellys Geelong there is a snapper comp being held for the biggest fish of the season with a massive prize pack up for grabs, go in store for more info.

Queenscliff is still the place to be if you’re chasing some fresh calamari with the bight offering some fantastic fishing at the moment.

Anglers have been finding their bag limits in good time with the deep water producing the better quality and quantity of squid.

Size 3.5 jigs in the Shimano Clinch range working a treat, with the dirty water the flashing mirror and rattle models have been deadly as of late.

The Queenscliff cut has also been fishing very well for silver trevally and pinkie snapper all biting very well on soft plastics.

Gulp turtleback worms have been a standout lure to throw around, fishing the slack tide has also been a very important factor.

The Otway streams and rivers have been well filled up after a few weeks of rain and are fishing very well for brown trout.

Just about every system is fishing very well with plenty of fish being caught and at quite a good size, which is good to see as they don’t tend to get very big in there.