Piers are fishermens friends

Chris Pitman with a calamari (Supplied) 206996_01

Peri Stavropolous

Although the weather isn’t favourable, anglers are still getting among some great fishing from all parts, even fresh or salt water.

Inside Corio Bay has been producing some great land-based action for pinkie snapper, Cunningham Pier and around ‘Fisherman’s Pier’ are two of the hotspots at the moment and if out in a boat just about every structure you can access should be holding fish.

Gulp turtleback worms are always a standout plastic to have handy, but most plastics between 3-4 inch will work just fine too.

There has also been plenty of salmon and flathead snatching up angler’s lures too!

Werribee South is still fishing exceptionally well for King George whiting, fishing on the incoming tide has been the ideal time to fish. The whiting are averaging about 33 centimetres and holding in great numbers, which is making for a great fishing option.

The Bellarine Peninsula has been on fire for King George whiting this past week with most boats finding a bag of fish seemingly easy and some quality sized fish too.

St Leonards through to Queenscliff are by far the most productive locations, fishing of an evening and/or a tide change has been a key factor with baits such as pipi and squid being a standout.

The calamari fishing along the Bellarine has also been very good, with great numbers and some very solid specimens getting around too.

From the Queenscliff Bight through to St Leonards have been the prime locations with size #3.5 jigs working best.

The Otway streams and Great Ocean Road rivers are still continuing to fish well for brown trout, although they don’t get to a trophy size they make up for it in great numbers.

Casting small hard body lures are ideal and anglers casting a fly rod are also producing their share of fish.

Metro Melbourne is still fishing very well for both bream and carp if you’re after some easy, close to home, fishing.

Bream are still biting well along all the rock walls with SX40’s and cranka crabs being a standout lure. In the morning, bent minnows have been working well too.

The average fish is about 33cm but there is still plenty of bigger fish cruising around, with a chance of a mulloway too.

Fishing higher up towards Brimbank Park there has been some nice carp getting around, fishing a lightly weighted running sinker rig with either corn or bread is the way to go.