Winter Warehou
  |  First Published: June 2005

Well now that winter is here, don't think that the fishing is going quiet. There are plenty of species that wait for the cooler months to become active.

Apollo Bay is a great place to satisfy your fishing urges at this time of year. With such a diverse range of fishing options from boating, beach/rock, pier, estuary or freshwater you can always find somewhere to toss in a line.

The trout are getting ready to make their annual spawning run and are aggressive towards any intruders, making lure fishing a sure fire way to get their attention at this time of year. The closed season commences at the end of the long weekend in June for most Victorian rivers. Down our way though, the Aire and Ford rivers downstream from the Ocean Road bridges remain open year round because they’re considered sea-run trout fisheries.

Beach fisho's have had plenty to smile about as the salmon are around in good numbers and should continue to hang around for the next few months. Some fish have exceeded 4kg and these monsters will test both the angler’s skill and their equipment. The best fishing has been from either Wild Dog or Johanna beaches.

Other reliable winter targets include silver trevally and warehou (snotties) that seek shelter in the boat harbour during rough seas. Early signs are looking good for this season as plenty of both species have already been taken over the past few weeks. I landed 10 snotties on a recent fishing excursion in the harbour using unweighted pippies for bait. These hard fighting fish tend to feed mid water so suspended baits can improve your results dramatically. I prefer to cast an unweighted bait, allow it to sink slowly to the bottom, and then lift it my rod to raise the bait back near the surface and allowing it to sink again. Don't let it sit on the bottom for long periods of time or the fish will simply swim straight past, unaware of your offering.

These are just a few of the species on offer over winter and they certainly don't stop here. Others include barracouta, garfish, bream and mulloway. So there’s no excuse this winter for moping around the house. Rug up and get out there! For the latest fishing information call Surf-n-Fish on (03) 5237 6426.

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