Whopping Whiting
  |  First Published: June 2005

It’s been a big month in fishing! The weather has turned cooler, days are getting shorter and we’ve seen the end to our extended summer. The whiting have made themselves known in Corio Bay and in a big way with some fish exceeding 40cm for the first time in many years.

We’ve seen one of the better runs of yellowtail kingfish off Barwon Heads with Jamie Behrens getting some great fish to 65cm in 30m of water off Barwon Heads and Collendina. Jamie used jigs and even got the school to the surface and caught a couple on poppers!

Geoff Vale from Catch 22 on Melbourne Road reports his son Kelby has been ripping into the whiting off St. Leonards and out wide from the ‘White Lady’ channel marker. The snapper have continued in Corio Bay and fish to 4.5 kg have been weighed in, but fish are becoming harder to find with the cooler weather approaching. The flattie season was short and sharp but the whiting in Corio Bay continue to impress with fish to 40cm and over coming from the Avalon and Point Henry areas. Geoff also reports that there are still sharks being taken off Barwon Heads but this should taper off over the coming weeks as the water cools. Good news for land based fishos is that the gars have moved in with a vengeance around some of the local Corio Bay jetties and Limeburners rock wall has been thick with them.

Gordon from Scriv’s Geelong Bait and Tackle on Ormond Road had just got off the phone from a mate off Barwon Heads when I called him for a report. His mate had just boated a 2m blue and lost a nice mako. The blues have far outnumbered the makos this year. Gordon suggests trying out front of the Yarra Street pier for big snapper as the weather cools.

Brendan from Ray Long’s Tackle in Shannon Ave concurs with Geoff Vale that the garfish have been thick at Limeburners. Brendan can add that there has been some great snotty trevally taken from Cunningham Pier and these fish have approached 36cm! Best time is a high tide dawn or dusk and Cunningham Pier is the place to be – just watch out for the long poles! Bring some raw chook, pilchard fillet or pipi along and you should be right!

Brendan also reports there has been a school of salmon patrolling Corio Bay. These fish are around 800g and pretty hard to locate.

I had a crack out near Point Henry recently with Ross Winstanley and we managed a very respectable bag of 22 whiting to 40cm on pipi, squid and fresh mussel.

As the weather cools, try trolling for salmon in between the rip and mud island on the run out tide. Swan Island can normally provide some gummy shark action after dark at this time of year. Best bait is pilchard fillets.

Give the local jetties in Corio Bay a go for the trevally run. Chook pellets and tuna oil makes a great burley.

The bream around the Geelong waterfront cop a flogging, but should start to bite well as the water cools. Falling tide seems best here and either bass yabbies or soft plastic lures are the go.

Got a report? Send me the details via email and include the angler, species, where caught (no secret spots necessary!) and what bait.

Ross Winstanley with two Corio Bay King George whiting.

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