The Barwon in Geelong can really shut down this time of year so you are often better off slipping out to Wurdi Buloc Reservoir near Moriac to have a crack at the reddies and trout.
Michael Evans gave Wurdi a good going over and has caught some ripping fish out of it lately. In his latest exploits, Michael caught a redfin of 48cm casting a Fish Arrow soft plastic lure and a 45cm rainbow trout casting an orange Rapala X-Rap.
The King George whiting have been very quiet this year inside Corio Bay but things could improve over the next couple of years if the number of juvenile fish in the bay is anything to go by. Keen whiting fisho, Ross Winstanley says he has tried a few times but not returned the quality or quantity of fish he did two years ago. His last fair dinkum trip inside Stingaree Bay yielded only two whiting of 36cm so he has decided to switch to trout until things warm up a bit.
Schools of Australian salmon have been popping up here and there in Corio Bay with no real set pattern. The fish have been anywhere from 500g-1.4kg and have been caught from Point Henry, Geelong waterfront, North Shore rocks and Grammar School Lagoon.
Some good schools of bream have been hanging around the Geelong waterfront. Some days they are impossible to tempt and other days they bite like there’s no tomorrow. Soft plastic lures have been by far the most consistent with single tailed grubs in crawdad and motor oil colours doing well. There are stacks of small fish here but there are always a couple of 40cm models holding around the back of the school. If you can get past the tiddlers, you’re in for some good sport.
This time of year can see some big snapper caught by those prepared to put in all-nighters cuddled up to a thermos. If you have plenty of warm clothing and the willpower, you can try out front of the Royal Geelong Yacht Club, off Western Beach and Corio Quay as these seem to be consistent producers for big snapper in the depths of winter.
Flathead and calamari have been the saviour for those keen to brave the cool weather. Hermsley to Point Henry has been okay for drifting and casting soft plastics while the squid jigs are in a rod holder while out off Portarlington has Grassy Point for squid and flathead. The squid are in around the 2-4m mark while the flatties are out around the 5m mark.
It is with great disappointment that I make mention of the ludicrous vandalism of the shed and equipment owned by long time fishing report provider, Rod Ludlow of Beachlea Boat Hire at Indented Head. Rod had a break in where vandals ransacked his boat shed and drilled holes in many of his hire boats. It is clear that the vandals came prepared to specifically damage the boats as they were armed with a drill. Rod still has a couple of viable boats for those keen on hiring a tinnie for a feast of Bellarine calamari.
Rod’s website is http://www.beachleaboathire.com.au/ and he can be contacted on 0403 890565.
Rod, true to form, has reported that the squid are firing on the Bellarine Peninsula and that he has had a client return with a bag limit of rippers. The squid can be found by drifting with jigs over shallow reef areas from Grassy Point to Governor Reef. Rod also had another client return with a fair bag of king George whiting fishing just north of Swan Bay.
Rod says to find the whiting this winter you need to be prepared to keep moving until you find them as they can be quite fussy. Those keen on flathead should head out off St Leonards or Indented Head and rift with pilchard pieces or blue bait in depths between 10-15m.
Andrew Cachia contacted me recently asking about a few places to go down the coast. After a few chats, Andrew decided to hit the Surf Coast at Fairhaven. Not a wasted trip as he caught and released plenty of salmon up to 30cm using pipis and whitebait for bait.
Mick Allardyce form Allyweld Group has had good reports of Australian salmon being caught from the beaches around Anglesea by anglers casting lures. Mick has also had reliable reports of southern Bluefin tuna out off Cape Patton, which is great news!
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