King George whiting continue in the deeper water
  |  First Published: May 2013

Just as expected and I had predicted in last months report, the King George Whiting season hit its peak throughout the month of April.

Don’t panic if you couldn’t find the time to get out on the water as this doesn’t mean that there isn’t any left out there now. In fact the month of May has always been very reliable for King George whiting around Apollo Bay and at this time of year schools of silver trevally, cowanyoung and Australian salmon will also be frequenting the inshore grounds.

On my last outing fishing with my father we managed a mixed bag of sweep, trevally, King George whiting and Australian salmon. These were all taken from the waterfall reefs in less then two hours fishing and proved great sport on light line.

The local boat harbour has also been producing a surprising number of quality fish in recent weeks. Schools of barracouta have been patrolling the harbour and are easily caught by casting lures from the pier. I have heard reports and even witnessed one angler catching good numbers of warehou inside the harbour. The angler was using chicken for bait which is a known favourite for this species. When around, these fish can be in massive schools providing plenty of action but if the word gets out then be prepared for plenty of company on the pier.

Fishing from the end of the pier at night as seen large schools of cowanyoung being caught under the lights along with the occasional squid and barracouta. Still and windless nights are more productive when fishing off the end of the pier as the light penetrates the water better attracting more fish to this area.

May is meant to be all about the bluefin tuna but so far I haven’t heard of any caught out of Apollo Bay. Hopefully by time you are reading this magazine the tuna will be in full swing off Cape Otway. Great reports of large numbers of tuna are coming from down the coast at Portland so they shouldn’t be to far away. Fingers crossed we have another good season this winter.

If we get some much need rain then the river estuaries will fire up this month with both bream and trout feeding ferociously as the water levels rise. If your chasing bream, try to fish when the river mouth is open to the ocean as the bream love the water moving in or out. If the incoming tide is pushing up clean saltwater then fish down low in the system over the shallow sand flats as the water rises. If the tide is dropping then fish up higher in the system around the reed and grass edges as all the bait gets flushed out with the receding water.

Both the Aire and Barham rivers are great places to fish for bream.

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