Saltwater: The excellent shark fishing continued this last week with some big specimens hitting the decks of south west anglers boats. Janaka Kandage was one of these lucky anglers who caught a ripper gummy over the weekend with his 23kg beast. Janaka or Magic as he’s known due to his uncanny ability to make things happen on the boat also reports that there are loads of tuna out the front of Warrnambool in only 30-40m straight off the breakwater. Just when people thought they might be slowing up they throw a curve ball like this and come back into their summer grounds. This is a great sign for the smaller boats which can still head out and get a feed of these little rockets of the sea. This season on the tuna has been dominated by the bibbed minnows for the school fish. I couldn’t tell you why this is but the results have definitely swayed in the favor of the divers. In other reports offshore Russell Anderson had a great day fishing a Daiwa Kohga Bayrubber jig off Portland over the weekend landing some slimey mackerel, snapper, flathead, latchet, ocean perch and a nice squid. If you’ve never done some jigging offshore then it’s something you have to try. It’s an active way of fishing and more often than not it can turn a non feeding school of fish into a feeding frenzy.
Estuaries: Myself and the boys from the Tackle Shack ventured over to the Glenelg River on Saturday in search of the mighty Mulloway. Reports coming in from that day were that the Mulloway were very very quiet. We were undeterred and hit the water at 8 the next morning. The Garmin sounder lit up with some quality arches that we knew were Mulloway and lots of them. We soon realised that the reports from the day before were 100% correct and in fact the mulloway had developed lock jaw. Nothing that we cast or trolled through them interested them at all. We shifted in close and started targeting bream and soon had a couple of nice fish in the boat. The areas with the most sign of life were between Taylor’s straight to the S.A border and through the second ski run. Some other Warrnambool locals fished the weekend as well and only caught undersize Mulloway which is a great sign for the future. The Hopkins is again hit and miss the past week but some quality bream have again been taken. I was talking to a gun bait fisherman who said he would only get 7-8 bites a day but when he did they were quality fish. Fishing shrimp and cut baits this time of year will see best results.
Freshwater: The Merri River and Hopkins have again provided some great fishing opportunities on the trout front. Lee Sutton landed some nice fish on small soft plastics while walking the banks of these two rivers. Cam Andrews outfished his dad Skeeta on Wednesday night with a nice trout from the Merri weir. Casting small hard bodies along the weed edges and flowing water has been the trick to getting these smart fish to eat. Lake Purrumbete is still producing trophy size fish for those trolling lures, live minnow and casting lures such as bent minnows deep into the weed patches to roaming fish.
Some strong winds over this weekend look to slow things up for the offshore guys. I reckon Nelson will be a busy option for most too as it’s only a matter of time until those non active fish become very hungry. Until next week tight lines and best of luck.