April is usually the month that the southern bluefin frenzy kicks into gear. However, this year the SBT have been a consistent (and consistently fussy), target over the past couple of months. The kingfish, that have been around with them as well, usually vacate the area by April, but there is plenty of other offshore action on offer.
Anglers have been targeting deepwater species when conditions allow. Ours is a growing fishery, and many more anglers are discovering new areas to target tasty bottom fish that inhabit the depths of our coast such as Tasmanian trumpeter, blue-eye, gemfish and the like. April is often a time that can see the stable weather patterns required to target these fish. Boat Charters Warrnambool had an eventful overnight trip recently; the team landed plenty of quality deep-sea table fish including gemfish, blue-eye and blue grenadier. They managed to boat three mako sharks, with the biggest at nearly 80kg. To top it off, they landed a 60kg tuna on a deep bait set for swordfish.
On the smaller scale of saltwater species, but still just as tasty, King George whiting have been biting well in all the local hotspots and the evening is a prime time to land a few. For land-based anglers, the Warrnambool breakwater has turned up a few with good salmon, pinkies and even the odd small gummy taken off the back wall.
The mouth of the Hopkins River has remained closed, but fishing continues along alright. Mulloway have continued to be the highlight with some quality fish caught. There have been numerous fish in the 70cm range encountered, with a few quality specimens over 80cm. Sam Powell is one angler who has made the most of the good run of fish with consistent captures on a wide variety of baits. Bream captures have been patchy, but much better than expected after the mouth being closed for a period of time.
If you are in the area over the holiday break, why not enter the Warrnambool and District Angling Club’s Easter fishing competition. This annual, estuary fishing competition is open to the public, and starts on Saturday 26 March at 12pm and concludes Sunday 27 March at 12pm. There is a male, female and junior section to enter, and plenty of fantastic prizes. Enter at the clubrooms on the day from 11am.Reads: 754