Flathead on the bite

Flathead from offshore. (Supplied)

Fishing around Geelong is still going pretty good despite the less than average conditions, with the Barwon River fishing quite well after all this rain.

Carp have come on the bite well, with most parts of the system producing fish – breakwater being one of the standout locations.

Bait fishing with a lightly-weighted running sinker rig with corn kernels or bread for bait is by far the most effective way to target them, however casting soft plastics also works and is more likely to catch redfin whilst doing it too.

The Barwon River may be hard to fish at the moment due to slight flooding.

The Geelong waterfront has slowed a little this past week, but there are still plenty of fish getting around to keep anglers entertained.

Snotty trevalla and pinkie snapper still hold their title as the number one target species for most fishos, with bait being most effective.

Anglers fishing into the dark with big baits have seen some reasonable snapper reports start to roll through, which is fantastic to see for this time of year.

Pilchards and fresh squid have been by far the most effective baits to use, with fish reaching upwards of 7kg.

Queenscliff through to Swan Bay has seen the squid fishing continue to improve with some cracking specimens being caught and seeming to be in good numbers too.

Size #3.5 jigs have been most effective with natural colours being the top pick for most anglers drifting over the weed beds in about 3.5 metres of water.

The whiting up towards St Leonards are still chewing well on the tide change. Bag limit captures and quality fish are both on offer with mussels and pipis being the best baits.

Offshore, Barwon Heads has still got some good fish on offer if you can get the weather on your side. Gummy sharks are still holding in good numbers on the 30-metre mark, along with a few snapper and other tasty reef species.

Flathead are still holding in good numbers offshore with both bait fishing and slow jigging producing some quality fish with just about any depth between 30 and 50 metres holding good numbers.

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