The Barwon River cleared up a fair bit since last month, but the water remained cool enough up until early November to keep the trout near the surface.
A few trout were taken by fly and lure anglers including a ripper around 2kg by a bloke called Keith who sent in a pic via phone. Unfortunately, phone pics are often too small to use in print.
Along the banks of the Barwon redfin to around 800g have been caught by anglers using live minnow and minnow styled lures, from the Stan Lewis Walk to Buckley’s Falls. Rather than cast out to the middle of the river, try flicking the lure along the bank side growth, as it is quite deep along the banks of the Barwon in Geelong.
Corio Bay was absolutely pumping last month. For land-based anglers the pick has been the Geelong Waterfront with pinkie snapper, bream, flatties and the odd silver trevally grabbing soft plastic lures and pilchard fillets.
There are a lot of undersized fish being caught along here so please remember to understand the legal length of the species you are chasing.
The shipping channel has produced a few quality snapper up to 6kg just around the change of tide. If you can get out on a night where there is a run-out tide, even better!
Please remember that it is not only dangerous to anchor in the shipping channel it is illegal. Anchor back a bit and cast your bait into it if you need to.
Snook have also made themselves known around the Alcoa Pier and North Shore Rocks. These fish are super-aggressive and can launch themselves clear of the water when attacking a lure. You can either troll lures for them or if it is too weedy, try drifting and casting diving lures or soft plastics for them. Bear in mind that snook have super hard mouths and many are lost boat side as they thrash about, so keep those hooks sharp.
What can you say but: going off! There has been plenty of quality snapper coming in to both of these boat ramps. Many anglers have taken fish from 1-5kg with the odd 6-7kg fish in the mix for plenty of thrills. Calamari can be caught in reasonable numbers in the shallows of both regions and they make great bait for most species.
Did I say going off? The St Leonards Pier doesn’t look like a likely snapper possie, but some lucky anglers have taken snapper to 4.5kg fishing here after dark with pilchards and squid.
It didn’t take long for word to get out as the pier was soon packed to the rafters each night for a week or so. Boat anglers also got wind of this and it wasn’t too long before those fishing in very close also got amongst some ripper captures for such shallow water with some snapper exceeding 7kg not far from the St Leonards boat ramp.
Calamari continues to provide great snapper bait and excellent table fare as they attack artificial jigs over the shallow weed and rubble areas. Smaller jigs seem to be working a little better than the larger ones at the moment.
Silver trevally have again been the major draw card to the Queenscliff boat harbor with fish from 30-45cm taking single tailed grubs in motor oil and avocado colours.
Calamari to 800g have also been taken by anglers specifically targeting them in the harbour. I have had them have a crack at my soft plastic a few times here before so it pays to have a rod rigged with a jig nearby.
Over closer to the Lonsdale Bight, larger calamari to 2kg have been swarming all over the place, but are very hard to tempt.
Some very fat whiting have been caught by anglers fishing the mouth of Swan Bay and inside the Lonsdale Bight. The larger fish are around 43cm and over near the Lonsdale Bight.
The Barwon River estuary has had the kids entertained with plenty of small salmon from undersize to 35cm grabbing pilchard pieces and lures. The silver trevally had slowed in the estuary a bit but this is often a daily thing so persistence is the key here.
Offshore, Barwon Heads has offered snapper to 5kk and the odd big tiger flattie to 2kg for those drifting in 35-40m of water over rubble areas.
Larger gummies have also been caught by anglers fishing at sunset. Thirteenth Beach has had a few salmon to 1kg caught by the beach brigade fishing dusk. Same goes for Bancoora Beach but take mozzie repellent!!
Jan Juc Beach has been great for salmon up to 1.2kg. Surf poppers and bluebait have been okay, but walking along the beach and casting metal lures has been a standout.
Fisherman’s Beach has been fishing well for King George whiting with a few bag limits taken after dark by anglers using squid and pipi for bait.
Quality snapper to 5.5kg have been taken over the reef areas around 20m on the run out tide.
Many of the estuaries along the Great Ocean Road have enjoyed a good flush out due to the spring rains and the bream fishing has improved.
Anglesea River and Painkalac Creek are great places to take the kids fishing, as the bream are fairly thick here.
The surf beaches from Fairhaven to Eastern View have been a little inconsistent with fish aplenty one day and zero bites the next. The fish that have been caught have been either side of 1kg, which makes for good sport all the same.
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