The offshore anglers have again become frustrated by the lack of opportunity to get out but when a small window is available they have flocked to the ramps.
Estuaries: meanwhile in the estuaries anglers are welcoming more stable water levels and better tides through the middle of the days which have definitely improved the fishing. The Hopkins has again produced some great fish by those fishing both lures and bait right throughout the system. Michael Hunt landed some quality fish with his best 3 going 3.6kg in a short session. Fishing soft plastics off the edges was the preferred technique on this given day along with casting Cranka Crabs to the many rock walls. There has also been some great fish caught on surface lures in the early mornings and just before dark. The lower reaches have been a real hot spot lately for those casting from the sand below the bridge and the many jetties just above the bridge. Meanwhile in the Glenelg River there still hasn’t been much action on the Mulloway front from what I can tell. I had a couple of mates fish over there on the weekend with some really well conditioned bream caught on soft plastics and hard bodies. There has been some decent water pushing into the mouth which has given the bream some beans when hooked. With the water warming and the weather warming up over the next few days the EP’s should fire up over there also. Anglers will start looking at using top water lures if they aren’t already. When this river fires up it can produce some of the best top water action around!
Saltwater: as I mentioned in the intro conditions to head offshore over the weekend weren’t the best but Saturday morning before the downpour and storm was a great time to be out there. Phil and Amanda had a crazy session on the tuna off Warrnambool in only 20m of water casting lures such as the Nomad Madscad and trolling Zerek Speed Donkeys and Black Magic Jetsetter skirts in the Pink colour. King fish were also targeted pretty heavily in the morning with some crackers caught up to 17kg! Although these fish are hard to catch the guys that are putting in the time and effort to target them are coming up trumps. Live baiting Yakkas and Slimy Mackerel has been the most productive method especially for the bigger fish. If you’re into casting for them then try using Sluggo’s in the 9 and 12″ models and the Zman Heroz also. Stick baits have also been accounting for some great fish along with poppers ripped through the surface. There hasn’t been much jigging action on the kings but those who enjoy this style of fishing have made up for it on the plethora of inshore snapper. Fish to 2kg have been landed on small micro jigs along our coast. Fishing baits on rigs such as the Black Magic Snapper Snack have also been accounting for plenty of snapper and the odd gummy shark too. Just remember when using these rigs that it’s very important to make sure the hook is fully exposed. If the bait is bunched on the hook then the circle hook won’t do its job and will simply fall out of the fishes mouth. As hard as it is to do you really need to leave the rod in the holder until it fully buckles and the hook works its way into the corner of the mouth. If you aren’t fortunate enough to own a boat then there is plenty of options for you. Killarney beach has been a hype of activity for those chasing whiting and squid. Over the past week the numbers have increased but the size has dropped away a bit. One of our good customers reported that he got his bag of whiting but they were all about the mid to high 30’s mark. Pippies is the stand out bait by a country mile and you don’t get any better pippies around then the freshly caught ones that we sell.
Freshwater: Lake Purrumbete has seen some brilliant captures of both Brown Trout and Redfin. Trolling live baits and lures down deep has been producing some great fish over 6lb. The red fin are schooled up in 30-60ft of water and using the fish finder on your boat is absolutely vital top finding these deeper holding fish this time of year.
With some brilliant weather upcoming over the weekend and early on next week I would expect some more tuna, king fish and estuary reports to start flowing in afterwards. Until next week tight lines and best of luck.