Good fishing weather and great reports of fish
  |  First Published: May 2017

We’ve had reasonable weather over the past month. Quite a few days were suitable to hit the beaches, streams or get out wide in a boat.

There have been good reports of salmon off the beaches. I’ve had reports of decent sized fish off Skenes Creek Beach and the rocks, as well as some good catches off Johanna Beach. Closer to Apollo Bay the far end of Wild Dog Creek Beach and Pirates Cove are still favourite spots. There have been a few nice King George whiting caught off the rocks at Skenes Creek. Riley Molino sent in a photo of a big specimen.

I’m still getting good reports of lots of gummies, snapper and big flatties caught around the 40m mark off Blanket Bay Reef and around the corner of Cape Otway towards Station Beach. One regular of ours took two mates out recently and they caught 12 gummies and a heap of snapper. A friend of mine had two good sessions on the flatties not too far off Skenes Creek in approximately 25m.

The bluefin tuna were quiet for a while, but the last few weeks have seen plenty come in. They’re mainly school fish to 30kg. There have been a few barrels hooked and lost as well. So far the tuna have been taken on various coloured small skirts and deep divers. A few guys have told me that they have sounded up a lot of big tuna down deep, around 70m out near Big Reef, but they just wouldn’t come up.

The local rivers and streams are still fishing pretty well for bream. The few showers we’ve had have freshened them up a bit and I’ve seen photos of fish up to 38cm. Unweighted scubbies have been the most productive.

• If you’re coming to Apollo Bay for a fish, be sure to pop in to get all your bait and tackle needs, as well as an up to date report, or call us on 03 5237 6426, or check out our website, www.surf-n-fish.com.au.

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