Apollo Bay is going cray crazy
  |  First Published: November 2015

Apollo Bay is shining in November with lots of offerings for all types of anglers.

The inshore reefs around Apollo Bay should be holding schools of King George whiting which have just begun to flood back into this region for the warmer months ahead. Some quality whiting are available each summer with fish of over 50cm being caught with the average size well into the 40cm bracket. Pippis are my preferred bait and work well when fished on a light running sinker rig and slowly retrieved along the bottom. This time last year I started experimenting with soft plastic crabs and also had good success. Make sure you are fishing close to but not on top of reef structures. Narrow sandy channels that run amongst the reef systems are likely places to find King George whiting.

The harbour has schools of barracouta and plenty of tasty calamari squid to be caught. Offshore the flathead have moved back over the sand in large numbers. 30-40m is the best depth range for flatties and I recommend drifting to cover more ground and target more fish. Gummy and school sharks have been taken off Cape Otway in 40m with some big specimens of over 20kg reported. Fresh fish baits fished on the bottom around the tide changes is the key to getting a bite.

Mid November sees the crayfish season kick into action and diving up a feed of crays is a favourite pastime of mine. Hoop nets can also be used from the shore or a boat but please check the rules and regulations before heading out. I'm often asked where my secret spots for cray diving are and the answer is that there aren’t any. Any reef system in this region can hold crayfish and it’s just a matter of getting out there and having a look around. Some monsters of 3kg or more are taken each season but specimens of 1kg are common fare for this region.

The rivers along the Great Ocean Road have been fishing well for brown trout but are starting to dry up quickly. We need rain to keep the rivers healthy so here’s hoping we get more then a sprinkle this month. Bream are biting in the Aire River on prawn baits and the lure fishers have been getting good numbers also. The best fishing here occurs on the low tide when the river is open to the sea.

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