With the fine weather across the southwest over the weekend anglers had a chance to get out and chase some bottom fish. The water is still cold in close, but a few nice snapper and gummy sharks have begun to appear.  Rhookie had a good day out recently catching a good bag of snapper and gummy shark. With the fine weather forecast later this week and good tides they are certainly worth targeting.

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With all the run-off over the past few weeks there has been some nice brown trout caught in the southwest coastal streams. It’s great to see the rivers flowing again and the trout fishing should be excellent in the coming months as a result. Remember that the lower reaches of the Hopkins (below Hopkins Falls), Merri (below Bromfield Street weir) and Moyne Rivers (below Toolong bridge) remain open to fishing and these should begin to drop and clear over the next week in the absence of any significant rain.

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Despite the excitement about the recent run of barrels there are also still plenty of school tuna still around and although they have been bit patchy at times there has been fish caught in a close as 45 metres of water off Port Fairy and Warrnambool.