Finally there was a window in the weather that allowed the offshore brigade to get out and into some great shark fishing. Mean while in the rivers and estuaries it also produced some cracking fish for all.
Offshore: There has been some serious shark fishing to be had this week, and it doesn’t look like slowing anytime soon. Peter Sedgley, Janaka and Max Kandage fished off Port Fairy for a great session on school sharks. The boys landed 7 schoolies and a gummy shark, also losing 7 more due to bite offs. Their biggest went a whopping 28.4kg and was longer than Janaka. Salty Dog Charters Port Fairy have also been smacking some great sharks whilst fishing a bit wider. If you’re after a feed of flake then call Dan Hoey and book your spot now and take advantage of the excellent fishing lately. Out wider again at the shelf Luke Smith, Xavier Ellul and crew landed 15 blue eye trevalla in a mid-week mission. After a quiet couple of months on the blue eye it was great to see some big fish come aboard. Xav even tried his hand at using a conventional rod and reel to land some, which is a big effort especially when fishing over the shelf. To be able to get to the shelf you’ll usually need some calm conditions and a sense of what the weather patterns do out there compared to in close. It might be calm in close and completely different out at the shelf so it’s vital that if you don’t think it will be safe to fish, don’t take the risk. It’s a long way to come back at a slow pace. There has been little to no tuna action off our coast but I’m sure it won’t be too far away until the bigger school fish will be back frustrating anglers heading into the summer.
Estuaries: the Glenelg River has fished extremely well for bream this past week or so. The estuary on the blue water has been the go to spot, fishing with pod worms pumped from the estuary. Finding the blue water line and sitting close by has been the way to entice the bigger fish. Due to the light weight of the worms you’ll need to fish a very light running sinker rig so the fish take the bait with as little resistance as possible. If you’re thinking of fishing lures then you can’t go past a Gulp camo worm or turtle back worm on a light jig head and drifted through with the current. Unfortunately when the tide pumps in blue water it also brings with it puffer fish which love biting the tail off them. It’s not uncommon to go through many packets in a single session but to get the bream it’s something that you need to put up with. Fishing shallow diving crank baits and minnow style hardbodies will also get the bites and these won’t be bitten apart like plastics. The Hopkins River is fishing quite tough this past week and I think it’s largely due to the fish being in spawn mode. The Warrnambool and District Anglers club held their first comp of the year on Sunday in very trying conditions. Shane Murphy caught the heaviest bag with 3.6kg for his best 5, and Peter Lane caught the heaviest bream weighing 1.09kg. In the junior section it was fishing mad Jack Kelson who caught the biggest for a junior. It was a tough day for the lure casters casting a light weight lure into 50km/h winds, and trying to keep in contact with it.
Freshwater: cold weather and blustery winds mean one thing for the freshwater gang and that is trout time! This past couple of weeks has seen some cracking fish caught both locally and a far from customers willing to put the miles in to get the smiles. Dave Russell landed a cracker 6.48kg rainbow from Eildon Pondage casting a Tassie Devil. Not to be outdone, his mate landed a whopping 9kg rainbow the same day. Tim Vincent and Ben Woolcock also got onto the fish in the Goulburn River. These fish have been stocked specifically so that anglers can catch a fish of a lifetime after a life of breeding in the hatchery. This is a great initiative from the Victorian Fisheries Authority instead of wasting them. Closer to home local trout nut Skeeta Andrews has been walking the banks in search of that fish of a lifetime. He well and truly found it but when the fish launched out of the water, it came crashing back down onto the leader and broke it. His estimate was over 4kg but unfortunately he will never know. Skeeta did manage a 3kg brown a couple nights before which is nothing to be sneezed at.
With another bad run of weather, it’s looking like maybe Sunday and Monday could be OK for a fish so we will be waiting intently to see the reports. Until next week tight lines and best of luck!