April for salmon and tuna
  |  First Published: March 2010

April marks the start of the annual salmon run in Apollo Bay and large schools should be available right through the month and up until the end of winter.

Both beach and boat fishers can target the salmon with hot spots being Wild Dog Beach, Mounts Bay, Point Bumbry and out from the waterfall.

Casting metal lures is a great way to target the fast moving schools from the boat or beach although most beach anglers prefer to bait fish with either white- or bluebait.

The average size salmon caught off Apollo Bay is around 1kg with fish to 3kg being common.

King George whiting and silver trevally are continuing to provide plenty of action on the inshore reefs around Marengo and the waterfall and to the surprise of a few local anglers some schools of yellowtail kingfish have been sighted in these areas as well.

Kingfish sometimes mix in with the salmon schools so don't be surprised if you pull up to a boiling mass of fish and find yourself a little under-gunned in the tackle department with whatever keeps making off with your lure.

Southern bluefin tuna will again be on the hit list this month wide of Cape Otway. Last year saw some good captures out of Apollo Bay and with the fish already firing off Portland they can't be to far away.

Keep an eye out for diving birds or leaping fish to give away the location of the tuna then put out a spread of skirted lures and troll in the direction of the moving fish school.

The estuaries of the Barham, Kennett and Aire rivers have been fishing very well for black bream.

Cast lures fished with a stop, start retrieve has been very successful when fished around structure such as fallen tree branches or weed beds.

I like to use small hardbodied lures such as the Ecogear SX40 and Rapala Husky Jerk.

The best fishing has occurred just after the rivers burst out to sea and all the food gets flushed out from the riverbanks.

With no reeds or grass for the shrimp and minnow to hide in, the bream cruise the banks looking for an easy meal.

With the colder months approaching and more rain likely this should occur more frequently in the coming weeks.

If the river is blocked at the mouth and the water level is up high then try around the sand flats at these river mouths.

Soft plastic sandworms twitched along the bottom on a size 6, 1.5g jighead should catch you a few fish.

For bait fishers spider crabs and shrimp baits fished on the bottom with little or no weight should see the bream lining up to eat your offering.

With the increase in rain the local brown trout should start to fire up again too. Try the Aire River upstream from the Great Ocean Rd Bridge or the lower reaches of the Ford River.

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