Variety the Spice of Life
  |  First Published: December 2005

It’s been one of the better snapper seasons we’ve had in the last few years. Many anglers took fish from 2 to 8kg around the Bellarine Peninsula with the average around 4kg – fantastic fish. This time of year can be windy so make the most of nice weekend weather.

Back in November of last year the inaugural Clarke Shield was run out of Geelong by Gordon McKay electricians Matt McDonnell and Jamie Wekworth in memory of their mate, Gary Clarke who passed away last year from cancer.

The competition attracted 130 anglers and raised close to $5,000 – all of which went straight to the Cancer Council. What was remarkable about this competition was that it was largely word of mouth, organised only 4 weeks prior to the event!

Matt McDonnell took out the competition with a ripper 8.74kg snapper caught off Point Impossible on a squid head. Runner up was Glenn Mitchell with a snapper of 4.58 kg taken off Point Wilson followed by Max McLaren with another of 4.36kg. Another nice 4.24kg snapper was taken by Chris Harlock and Jamie Berhens took one of around 4kg.

Matt Hodge took a 2.9kg gummy shark at ‘Arthur the Great’ near Point Wilson. Another gummy of 2.26kg was taken by junior angler Alec Wiggin. Alec also caught a 34.5cm whiting. Jamie Wekworth’s four-year-old daughter, Georgia, caught another whiting measuring 33cm.

The longest whiting taken during the competition measured 38cm and was taken by Joe Sydern. The largest flathead, 62cm and 1.78kg, was taken by Sam Cooke from the beach at Breamlea. Michael Hedt caught another flathead of 52cm.

More information about next year’s competition can be obtained by calling Matt McDonnell on 0409 847 507.

With all of last month’s wind, reports have been hard to come by as anglers avoid choppy water. Brian from Ray Long’s Tackle reports that the silver trevally in the Queenscliff Harbour are getting a bit lure shy and have been biting better after dark.

Calamari and whiting can be taken in the harbour if the trevally aren’t willing to bite so take gear for these critters too.

Corio Bay has seen an influx of smallish gummies to 3kg and anglers are taking them on most snapper baits. Brian has taken a few small pinkies and flathead casting soft plastics around the shallow margins from Leopold to Alcoa. The bream in Laker’s Cutting near Queenscliff have been consistent, but not too big.

Gordon from Scriv’s Geelong Bait and Tackle visits the boat ramps religiously each morning and noted that very few boats were out before Christmas due to the heavy winds.

Kelby from Catch 22 had one angler come into the shop that had done very well on medium sized whiting at Point Henry. The snapper are still being caught but the wind has slowed reports. Both Queenscliff and St. Leonards have had a few nice whiting come in to anglers targeting them. There’s also been the odd calamari between 1 and 1.5kg.

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