Waterfront still a fishing hotspot

Peri Stavropolous with a gummy shark. (Supplied) 212225_01

Peri Stavropolous

The Geelong waterfront is still attracting a lot of fishing attention this week for the land-based fishos with some great reports of both snotty trevalla and snook.

Anglers using chicken for bait have been doing quite well on the snotties, a little trick is to let your chicken soak in tuna oil to add extra scent to attract the fish to your baits.

Casting soft plastics have been landing plenty of fish also with plenty of other species latching on such as pinkie snapper, salmon and flathead.

Snook have been a very popular target species again this week with large numbers of anglers heading down in hope to encounter with a few and the action was red hot.

Casting 70mm diving hard body lures have definitely been the most popular and productive method to target them with fish reaching about 60cm in length.

St Leonards through to Queenscliff remains quite the hotspot for King George whiting with anglers finding some quality fish and plenty of boats finding their bag.

Fishing the tide change has been key with fish biting most times of the day with fresh squid being the best bait which you can catch not far from the whiting.

Calamari have been in reasonable numbers, not exactly on fire but with some calmer weather coming up they should like the cleaner water and expect to see some good fishing come from it.

Offshore between Barwon Heads through to Cape Schanck is still having some barrel tuna reports roll through with fish to 100kg being caught, trolling skirted lures has been most successful with the JB little dingo being a standout.

Gummy sharks and snapper are still chewing quite well off Barwon Heads too with 30 metres of water being the most productive depth with fresh baits working best.

Port Fairy has had some fantastic fishing as of late and in particular the bottom fishing with some tasty critters finding their way onto anglers hooks.

Owen Westwell and I got out over the weekend landing multiple gummy sharks ranging between 10-15kg with plenty of other species on slow jigs such as nannygai, latchet, coral perch and pinkie snapper with 100gram jigs working best.

The Barwon River has been offering some good fishing as of late with carp and redfin providing some good close to home action.

Redfin have been responding well to small soft plastics or hard bodies and the carp have been going well on corn kernels.

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