Winter came through with a vengeance, with lots of wind and some good rainfall, especially in the eastern part of the state.
I tried my luck over the long weekend in June down at Bullen Merri, and as per usual it was cold, windy and wet. There were eight members of our fishing club who fished Bullen Merri, and between them, only five fish were caught.
The biggest was a beautifully conditioned 2.2kg rainbow trout, and it was the first time in quite a few seasons that I never caught a fish, but that’s fishing.
I had much better luck when I decided to try the surf beaches at Williamsons. On the day, there was no wind to speak of, but there was a huge swell running, which caused lots of side drift and stirred up water. The trick is to find pockets of green water and fish these. I managed nine salmon for three and a half hours on the beach, which considering the conditions, was pretty good! Pleasingly, eight of the fish were in the 500-600g bracket, with one thumper that went 3kg.
When the weather permits, the beaches are all fishing well with the odd big fish mixed in with the smaller ones. Bluebait and whitebait are the preferred bait.
Cleeland’s Bight area is still producing some good-sized calamari and the odd whiting.
Things really quieten down this time of year, but for those willing to freeze their butts off, the odd big snapper is being caught up the northern end of the bay.
There are still squid being caught on the Tyabb Bank and the Quail Bank.
There is still the odd whiting at Dickies Bay, Reef Island and Tortoise Head Bank, but you really need to put a lot of effort in to catch a feed, but as they say, a day on the water is much better than working at home.
There’s not a lot happening in this area at the moment. The odd gummy is coming in from the Point Leo area and there are some good-sized snook about, which can be caught trolling lures over the weedy areas.Reads: 268