The waters around Geelong continue to provide fabulous sport.
The Barwon River in Geelong has suffered a heavy blue-green algal bloom this season, but the redfin kept biting. Some areas are clearer than others so it pays to move around a bit.
Live minnows (caught locally) and lures representing small fish have been the standout, but single-tailed grubs have also produced a few fish from 200g-900g.
The bay has fished better than ever with quality snapper from legal length to 6kg taking pilchards after dark and soft plastic lures during the day. Lure anglers should concentrate on a change of tide during the day and switch a few lures and spots until the fish are found. Generally, the bait anglers have caught the larger fish but the lure brigade has caught bigger numbers.
Yellowtail kingfish have been taken around the man made structures of Corio Bay on occasions. Their peak is normally March so gear up this month!
St Leonards has been pumping for just about all species with snapper out deep and whiting, calamari and flathead in closer. Harry and Michael Tong had a great session with Dave Cassar recently. Between them they caught eight snapper to a whopping 7.5kg using pilchards. I guess they were a bit sore in the arms after that so they went in to 4m of water and caught 19 whiting and a squid.
Claudia Thalmann and her partner, Marty, have been fishing off St Leonards and catching some beautiful squid. The red pole just off St Leonards has been the place to be and they have boated plenty of flathead in between the boat ramp and the White Lady at a depth of around 9.5m.
Julian and Tristan Thompson fished out in Bass Strait with their mate Steve in the hope of a shark. This was their seventh trip out for no fish, but they were as keen as ever when Tristan noticed the balloon suspending their bait started to move. It was about then that all hell broke loose and the water was whipped to foam as a 1.2-1.5m slab of mako shark leapt clear of the water no less than four times! The big fish was eventually subdued and weighed in at 40kg.
The whiting and trevally have been biting well inside the Barwon River estuary with most fish around 30-35cm. Offshore, there have been a few yellowtail kingfish about for anglers trolling the shallow reef areas, but most have been undersized.
Ken Stevens from Barwon Heads Angling Club reports that offshore has been firing with snapper available around the shallow reefs and on the drift out deeper. Most of these are 1-2kg fish, but some have been up to 7kg. Sharks are showing up in reasonable numbers with barracouta and arrow squid as well.
John Albrecht from Torquay Angling Club says their club website is up and running. It is a fantastic site that has heaps of reports and many great fishing tips. Check it out at http://torquayfish.com.au . John says the fishing off Torquay has been pretty good given the influx of people over the summer period with good catches of pinkies, salmon and whiting in close plus gummies, pinkies and other shark varieties out wide.
Joel McLaughlin with some help boated a bronze whaler that went 156kg. Club members have spotted the striped tuna out at the 70m mark but have not had much luck getting them to take a lure or fly.
Bream have been biting well down in the Erskine River where most are around 26-28cm; bait seems to be best. Soft plastics have seen some good fish up to 38cm caught as well.
Wayne from Apollo Bay Surf ‘n Fish says Kade Love and Steve Kados caught some great snapper and gummy sharks while fishing out wide off Lorne.
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