Surprise catches in Corio Bay

Darren Foster with a yellow tail kingfish caught off St Helens. (Supplied) 273909_01

Peri Stavropoulos

There have been some great fishing reports from inside Corio Bay this week with plenty of fish on offer along with some serious surprise captures.

Darren Foster was fishing off the rocks of St Helens when he landed a fish that made many people scratch their heads and drop their jaws – a yellow tail kingfish that measured in at 82cm and took chicken for bait.

With kingfish when there is one, there is guaranteed to be more so it’s well worth heading down and using more appropriate tactics to target them.

In saying that this fish proved that theory wrong so you never know.

Stingaree Bay has been fishing quite well for King George whiting and pinkie snapper with reports of anglers landing some quality fish and good numbers too.

On anchor with pipis and squid has been dynamite and with the aid of some burley making all the difference.

The outer harbour continues to be a hotspot for King George whiting and calamari as of late with reports of both species going red hot.

The whiting have been biting best during the run out tide with pipis and squid yet again proving to be the standout baits, burley has been another key factor too.

Calamari have been holding in shallower water, anywhere from two to four metres has been where the majority of the squid is being caught at the moment.

Snapper have seemed to come onto the chew in the outer harbour with some reports rolling through of anglers landing fish to five kilograms.

The channel and spoil grounds are well worth having a look at, pilchards and squid is the best bait.

The tuna bite off Barwon Heads has been a little slower this past week however there are still reports coming through, just not as many ‘crazy’ sessions.

Trolling along the 55m line has still proved to be a popular zone for the fish to be holding in.

Large schools of fish are constantly being seen either busting up on the surface or cruising on top, when the fish are seen doing this casting surface lures such as stick baits and poppers has proved to be a lethal tactic.

Wurdi Buloc Reservoir has been fishing well over the past week again with redfin and trout on the chew with the redfin average size getting a bit better.

Casting shallow diving jerkbaits and spoons has been working a treat.