It’s been a week of up and down conditions which has made the window of opportunity to fish pretty small.
Offshore: the barrel fishing has gone off this week with plenty of boats coming through at all hours of the day in search of one of these beasts. Portland and Port Macdonell continue to be the best areas, but it was one outing on Tuesday that might change some anglers minds. Salty Dog Charters fished out of Port Fairy targeting school fish, but stumbled across some barrels mixed in with them. Landing one fish over 100kg and 2 other nice fish along with a bag of schoolies, their clients had an incredible day of bluefin fishing. Another crew that had a ball on the tuna were Adam Vogels and Steve Board who caught 10 school fish up to 20kg. The depth that these fish have been coming from is anywhere from 50-60m so focus your efforts in that area. Portland and Port Macdonnell have seen far more boat traffic with 113 boats counted on Monday at Port Mac alone. Sometimes thinking outside the square, and finding your own patch of productive water, is all that’s needed to obtain a hook up. In other offshore reports there has been a few gummy sharks caught in the same depth lines as the tuna. In the coming weeks we will see a lot more of these sharks coming into the ramps as they prepare for their winter spawning. Squid, couta, salmon and tuna fillets have all been working well for these tasty sharks. Berleying has been the best bet and will allow the fish to find your baits easier.
Estuary: Young fishing diehard Max Kandage has been at it again this week landing some nice fish but it was his dad Janaka who trumped him landing a 41cm bream on a Daiwa Presso minnow. Walking the lower sections of the river with waders on the boys have been able to get where others haven’t. This has paid dividends with the higher water level meaning these fish are in shallow water. Using shallow running hard bodies such as the Presso will allow you to parallel the banks and pick off the fish that are holding right in close. Deny Hickson has been targeting Mulloway the past couple weeks and has hooked 4 big fish without landing any of them. Using slightly bigger plastics in the 3-4” range, Deny seems to have found a pattern, but landing a fish like this is no easy task. Getting the hook to stick is only part of the battle, you then need to land it. Typically a Mulloway will shake its head violently and will throw the hook, however with the right tackle and fighting technique you can be in with a good chance. The Estuary Perch have been fairly quiet in the estuary, but there has been some great fish caught in the fresh. Anglers casting shallow hardbodies and topwater lures are still experiencing some fantastic fishing. The Glenelg River is slowly beginning to fire up in terms of mulloway fishing. Rob O’Neil headed over fishing for a few days and landed some decent fish to 78cm on cut baits and spew worms. Hopefully we see some more rain and as the river starts to get some colour, it’ll be time to rig those rods and head west in search of silver ghosts.
Freshwater: Lake Purrumbete has been fishing well again this week for both trout and redfin. The Warrnambool and District Angling Club held their first redfin comp over the weekend which saw 18 anglers brave the horrible conditions that it threw up. Jessica Lane continued her fine form with the heaviest trout of the day which was a tiger trout weighing 980g. The heaviest bag of redfin was won by Shane Murphy who showed he isn’t just handy at bream fishing, but more than capable on the redfin too. Kylie Rowe won the heaviest bag of redfin in the ladies section for the day. The most productive technique for redfin was on live minnows fished in 18-25m of water. The trout were either cast to with hard bodies or trolled along the east bank near the quarry.
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