Great Ocean Fishing Road
  |  First Published: March 2011

The excellent fishing continues along the Great Ocean Road with a wide range of land-based and boat-based anglers enjoying the fine conditions.

Species such as King George whiting, silver trevally, squid, garfish, Australian salmon, flathead and gummy shark have been reported in recent weeks. I enjoyed a great night’s surf fishing recently getting onto some gummy sharks from Station Beach, which were taken on fresh salmon baits that I managed to catch on location.

Salmon to 2kg were biting with gusto during the daylight but once night fell they went off the bite and out came the gummy sharks. I had seven hook-ups on sharks and stopped fishing at 11.30pm, taking only one fish home for the table.

If the long walk into Station Beach is not to your liking then give Johanna Beach a try instead, as it will also be holding good numbers of gummies at this time of year.

Schools of Australian salmon have been hanging around Apollo Bay feasting on the large amounts of baitfish just offshore. The bait schools give away their location and trolled or cast metal lures will see you getting in on the action.

Some of the salmon have been huge with numerous fish weighing in over the magic 10lb mark, but the average is around half of that weight.

Flathead to 60cm are still easily found in 30m of water off Skenes Creek and further out in 70m there has been frequent reports of mako and blue sharks responding to berley.

The inshore reefs are producing silver trevally and big King George whiting, some of which have been in excess of 50cm. The boat harbour is producing good numbers of squid and garfish around the high tide. The river estuaries have been producing plenty of bream on soft plastics and small hardbodied lures fished close to the bank.

The Aire and the Barham rivers are good options when the sea is rough and tend to fish best when the mouth of the river has just opened to the sea. As the river level drops the shrimp and small baitfish get flushed out of the grass and back into the main river. This gives the bream an easy feed along the banks, making it the best place to concentrate angling efforts.

Most of the fish that I have been chasing recently have come from high up in the estuary reaches of these rivers. I've been able to spot schools of bream hiding amongst the sunken timber and with precise casts and stealthy techniques have tempted a few into eating my small hardbodied lures.

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