Superior saltwater sport
  |  First Published: December 2010

There’s only one thing to say about the Barwon in Geelong. Hit the salt! There’s been so much rain the Barwon River is still brown enough to walk across.

Geelong Saltwater

Ross Winstanley has been soaking a few baits inside Stingaree Bay catching some small flathead and the odd batch of whiting up to 38cm. Other anglers fishing after dark have caught a few snapper up to 4.5kg, but spring has been unusually slow this year. This could be attributed to the cooler weather and water.

Brent Hodges from Werribee has hooked a few solid flatties from 40-50cm using soft plastics on the drift from Point Henry to Clifton Springs. Clifton Springs is normally the snapper hotspot this time of year. Timing your effort for low light on a run out tide is best bet and baits like fresh squid or pilchards will give you a good shot at them.

Bellarine Peninsula

Work colleague, Peter Mohr fished with his dad out off Indented Head where he found the flathead eager in18m of water. Pete’s dad also caught his first squid using the el-cheapo $2 jig his loving son bought him on Father’s Day.

Father and son spent two hours hauling in flathead after flathead, the rigs never spent more than 2-minutes on the bottom with salted bluebait or flatty fillets on the menu.

They kept 24 flatties from 30-35 cm from around 70-80 they caught in the frantic two hours.

Drysdale Sportfishing Club held their annual snapper competition out off Portarlington where members caught some ripping snapper from 5-8kg.

The first snapper weighed in for the Bellarine Snapper Challenge was caught by ‘Big Bad’ Bruce Symons off the bend near Clifton Springs. Bruce was just about finished fishing for the day and catching flatties when a 4.46 kg snapper snaffled his bait.


The silver trevally have been providing good sport inside the Queenscliff Cut. Michael Moore from Queenscliff Bait and Tackle has been catching plenty of pinkie snapper to 45cm and silver trevally either side of a kilo. All have been taken on 3” Gulp minnows with all colours producing fish. Squid have also begun to fire in the area with good reports coming from Lonsdale Bight right through to Indented Heads with some of these pushing 2.5 kg.

Chris from Queenscliff bait and Tackle fished Point Lonsdale back beach recently bagging some nice salmon to 1.5kg. Michael also boated a nice 15kg gummy fishing just off Queenscliff while trying for snapper.

Brent Hodges has been fishing off Queenscliff and also tearing into the squid population. On his way back one day, he noticed some land-based fishos waving him down and directing him to what he soon found out to be a rod floating in the water. As soon as the rod was retrieved from the water, it was obvious there was a good fish still attached. Brent returned the rod to the angler who managed to land a ripping 4kg snapper! Brent visited the anglers after retrieving his boat to find they had caught a few other fine snapper from 1.5 to 4kg so a great day out there!

Brent has also caught a few salmon either side of a kilo off Queenscliff and has had a ball using surface lures to catch them.

Barwon Heads and Surf Coast

Dylan Pace fished with his mate Carlo in the Barwon River estuary on the run out tide recently. The water was dirty but the fish were biting! Wading just above the ozone jetty they had plenty of soft plastic action on the salmon.

Dylan also fished off Torquay with Carlo and his dad Aaron. Together they boated some fine snapper to 5kg using pilchards for bait.

Dylan has also been hitting the Surf Coast estuaries hard and caught and released some ripping bream to 40cm using soft plastics.

John Albrecht from Torquay Angling Club (TAC) says snapper season is well and truly on and club members have been boating a few fish up to 6kg.

Lots of small gummies sharks from 4to 8kg have been caught and released by TAC members.

John notes that the new boat ramp is really taking shape and looks great.

Catch a few around Geelong, Bellarine Peninsula or Surf Coast to Lorne recently? Send in a report to --e-mail address hidden-- with “VFM” in the subject field or give me a call on 0408 997348. Please include where (without giving away your secret spot!), when, what on and who caught the fish. Pictures are always great, but please make sure they are at least 1mb (file size).

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