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Sharks on the hunt in Harbour
  |  First Published: March 2005



The sea life has been absolutely extraordinary over the past month.

There have been huge flocks of mutton-birds busily searching for a feed along with fairy penguins and albatross, while the dolphin schools have stretched for as far as the eye can see.

Aero squid have been around in massive numbers, which in turn has brought in the sharks. Small blue sharks have been sighted as close in as 30m, while out in 70m, fishermen have had over 20 sharks in the berley trail at a single time. You only have to take a walk around the boat ramp to see the mess of shark heads on the bottom of the Harbour and realize that once we get some fish cleaning facilities at the ramp, the place will not only look more appealing but also be a bit more friendly on the nostrils.

Vast schools of barracouta have become a problem and it’s not uncommon to retie half a dozen rigs while trying to fish for snapper. Snapper are very partial to barracouta and fish of 2kg have been caught off Rainbow Falls on the out going tide using fresh cut bait. For those of you who love a feed of 'couta, try trolling anything shiny, or bait fishing around the 30m mark.

The area known as the "Waterfall" has been giving up plenty of big King George whiting of late and has been fishing the best around nightfall with pipis for bait. A small running sinker rig is the best way to target the whiting and has also accounted for some very fit silver trevally, some of which have weighed over 4lb. Try to pick the sandy channels in between reef systems to cast your bait, as this is where the fish tend to hold. The whiting will be around right through March so if conditions allow, give them a try as it is a very rewarding way to fish.

Flathead continue to be a reliable option in 35m off Skenes Creek but should slow down over the next month so give them a shot sooner rather then later.

It's not just Apollo Bay that has seen all the action as people fishing out from Lorne have been taking school shark and gummy shark in the boats while the pier anglers have reported some big silver trevally taking pilchard fillets around the high tide.

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