March for King George Whiting
  |  First Published: February 2010

While the King George whiting have been around for a few months, it's not until March that they really fire up around Apollo Bay.

In previous weeks a bag of four or five fish was considered good but now bags of 10 or more are common place.

Fishing the shallow reef edges along the Great Ocean Road with pipi or squid baits should see you get yourself a feed of these very tasty little fish. I use the term little very loosely as some of the whiting have been up around the magic 50cm mark, with the biggest I have heard this season measuring in at 55cm.

At this size they can certainly pull some line from the light spin outfits that are used to target them, and the local whiting anglers all have stories of the monster that got away right next to the boat.

Make sure you take the landing net and have it ready to go at anytime.

Out in deeper water large numbers of big flathead have been taken from Skenes Creek, Blanket Bay and the Lighthouse in 40m of water.

Squid and fresh barracouta fillets have been the best baits as they stay on the hook well, allowing several fish to be caught on the one bait. These are often caught while on location but it also pays to take a back up supply of bait just in case they can't be found.

Snapper have been biting on most of the offshore reefs between Cape Patton and the Cape Otway with the same baits taking the majority fish.

The snapper have not been big fish but they are good eating size with an average fish being around 40cm; their large numbers are keeping anglers satisfied.

The river estuaries have been producing plenty of bream on soft plastics and small hardbodied lures fished close to the bank.

The Aire River and the Barham River fish best when the mouth of the river has just opened to the sea. As the river level drops the shrimp and small baitfish get flushed out of the grass and back into the main river.

This gives the bream an easy feed along the banks, making it the best place to concentrate your angling efforts.

Most of the fish that I have been chasing recently have come from high up in the estuary reaches of the Barham River. I've been able to spot schools of bream hiding amongst the sunken timber, and precise casts with stealthy techniques have tempted a few into taking my soft plastic critter lures.

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