A little bit quieter week on the fishing front this week after some strong winds towards the later part of the week. For those that did take a punt with the weather windows they were rewarded with some decent fish.
Saltwater: the buzz on the street this past week has been a run of big Australian Salmon that have flocked into the beaches and shallow reefs. Fish to 3.6kg have been caught by anglers casting metal lures through the schools. When looking for these schools a good pair of polarized sunglasses are very important as it will help cut through the glare of the sun and show the dark patch of fish moving through the swell etc. Oskar Masters and Tim Vincent from the Tackle Shack had a great time with salmon just off the beach at Killarney smashing lures nearly at their feet. Other areas that have been producing some great fish are the light house at Port Fairy and East Beach also at Port Fairy. These fish have proved a handful by the many that chase King George Whiting in these same areas and have smashed some gear up lately. These tasty critters have been high up on the target species with some nice bags being taken on fresh Pippies. Fished on the Black Magic Whiting Snatchers in the Super Lumo is a very easy way to fill your bag in no time. Berleying for the whiting will greatly increase your catch rate and will hold the fish in your area for longer. The downside to this is that it can in most cases bring the undesirables around the boat. In offshore reports there are still some great tuna fishing being had off Killarney and Tower Hill by those trolling skirts and divers. Jan and Anne-Marie Oosthuizen got stuck into the school fish during the week using a custom Jaks lures skirt. Along with the school tuna is this area there has also been some king fish action mixed in with these fish. It’s kind of like a lottery you never know what you’ll catch. I fished off Portland on Monday for a big fat donut but other boats landed some nice kings on top water lures such as Sluggos and stick baits. Adam Linke fished with his dad Harry the same day. Trolling a small green skirt Adam landed his first king fish at 72cm. Don’t think that all the action is only on the top of the water as Ashley and Jacob Dance and Gary Kermond found out. The boys fished off Warrnambool for a nice bag of School shark and some Gummy Shark also. There has also been dribs and drabs of Flathead, snapper and other bottom feeding fish being caught too lately.
Estuaries: the Hopkins River is really hit and miss lately. The Warrnambool and District Angling Club and Allansford Angling clubs held a monthly competition on Sunday. The results proved just how tough it was for those fishing with lots of zero fish recorded. I fished Sunday and was plagued by small fish all day only managing 1 legal bream and 2 legal perch. Rob O’Neill took out the heaviest bag and heaviest fish in Warrnambool’s comp with a 1.286kg bream and 5 fish for 3.552kg. In the ladies section it was Fiona Steenhuis came through with the goods with a 902g bream. Allansford’s results seen John Gordon took out both heaviest fish and heaviest bag with a 1.138kg bream and 3 bream weighing 1.89kg. It was a Gordon clean sweep with Johns son Aiden taking out the Junior section with a 393g bream. Standout baits for both comps were crab and brown shells from the river. Poor tides and low water levels contributed to the quiet fishing over the weekend so anglers will be waiting for the bigger tides to start again. If you’re thinking of joining an angling club to fish in the rivers and lakes and learn off some of the best local anglers then these two clubs would be right up there in my opinion. Both have Facebook pages so getting in contact is very easy.
Unfortunately the weather forecast isn’t looking great for those wanting to head offshore over the weekend with some big swell predicted. Until next week tight lines and best of luck.