Pinkies, trevally on prowl

THUNDERBOLTER: Simon Welsh with a trevally from the Barwon River estuary.

On the Bite, by Adam Van der Lugt

Corio bay offered a number of fishing options over the past week, with pinkies to around 1kg in great numbers.

Anglers fishing in boats around the waterfront and yacht club did well casting soft plastics toward structure for any number of pinkies and the odd flathead.

The grammar school lagoon provided exceptional flathead fishing for anglers casting around the entrance and into the channel. Both bait and plastics worked, with pinkies caught in the area, too.

Owen Westwell fished Corio Bay’s outer-harbour around the Alcoa spoil grounds, finding pinkie snapper to 1.5kg, flathead and pike.

The Barwon River estuary at Barwon Heads was popular, as in recent weeks, with a number of species on offer. Simon Welsh fished the Thunderbolt section, catching silver trevally to more than 50cm over the high tide.

Reports of mulloway in the estuary continued, with live baits fished after dark being ideal.

The kingfish action remained firing in The Rip, which held larger fish to 15kg. Just-legal size kings could be found off shore from Point Lonsdale to Barwon Heads.

Salmon in excess of 3kg we also found in The Rip and were taken on trolled squid skirts and diving lures.

Estuary fishing down the coast was great, with the warm weather triggering a hot bream bite for Trelly’s Geelong’s Peri Stavropoulos and Chris Pitman. They fished a number of rivers between Warrnambool and Nelson, managing countless bream while casting Zman grub plastics and even some double hook-ups on bream while trolling Daiwa Double Clutch75 lures intended for mulloway.

Brody Craig fished Lake Mulwala for a session he will never forget. Casting Warlock Cod Hoppers he caught and released eight Murray cod over 75cm, with the biggest a whopping 126cm and maxing out his 40kg scales.

Brody indicated that fishing after dark was the key to his success.

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