Beautiful conditions the past couple of days has meant that the local fishing brigade has had lots of opportunities to hit the water and take advantage of the weather while it lasts. Offshore has seen a full ramp up on the tuna population and also the local rivers have fired back up again too.
Offshore: tuna, tuna, tuna and more tuna has been the word on the street this past week with a heap of them being caught and any amount spotted right throughout the South West coast. Luke Smith has been having great success on Fish Inc stick baits and Halco Laser Pro’s off Warrnambool. Luke even got his young lad Sidney out into them which was Sids first tuna. Going by Sids face he was a little bit stoked with his achievement and so he should be at such a young age. These fish aren’t an easy one to get a bit out of at the moment and by what anglers are saying they are only coming up for a feed at random times of the day. Using your electronics to sound these fish out when they aren’t on the surface will allow you to stay in the zone for when they do decide to come up to the top for a feed. Xavier Ellul and the 2 Gercovich boys Luke and Mark got stuck into them also getting their bag in quick succession casting small stick baits at the packs of feeding fish on the surface. If tuna fishing isn’t your thing then don’t get disheartened as there is plenty of great bottom fishing to be had both in close and out off the shelf. Darcy Cutter and the rest of the crew onboard Southern Coast Charters fishing out of Port Fairy have been getting stuck into the blue grenadier and pink ling recently. These weird looking creatures are one of the nicest tasting fish you can get in the ocean and are highly sort after by those that head out wide. The worrying thing lately offshore is the lack of blue eye trevalla that have been caught in their usual haunts. Like all species they might be changing their habitat or times that they are prevalent along our region. Some nice Gummy shark have been landed also by anglers staying closer to shore along with some nice snapper in the 50m depth area. Smelly baits such as pilchards and chunks of tuna have been the pick of the baits fished on paternoster style rigs. Drifting or anchoring will get you bites but berley is essential if anchoring.
Estuaries: the Glenelg River is alive and well by all reports with all 3 target species readily available on both lures and baits. The Estuary Perch are wide spread at present but above Pritchard’s is the hot spot especially using live minnow under a float. Some quality bream have also been landed using this technique along the same stretch of bank. If you’re looking at chasing mulloway then I would concentrate on either the bottom section from Dry Creek right down to the mouth or around the Sapling Creek section also. Fish to 11kg have been caught recently and with the temperature dropping and more decent tides at night time we should see more of these brilliant fish caught. A bit closer to home the Fitzroy is still fishing well for bream on hard bodies, soft plastics and soft baits such as shrimp and clickers. Warrnambool and District Anglers Club held a competition on the weekend where Mick Hunt clean swept the field with heaviest bag of a smidge under 3kg and heaviest bream weighing 740g. Jess Lane won the ladies section with a nice 654g bream. If you’re looking for something to do over the Easter weekend then come and fish the Easter Fishing Competition that the angling club will be holding the 3rd and 4th of April. Some terrific prizes over all 3 sections. For more information contact them via their Facebook page.
With the weekend looking like a belter for offshore fishing I expect to see heaps of boats hit the open blue and maybe some big tuna being caught as the signs of life out there are getting better by the day. If you are heading offshore keep your eyes peeled for whales and remember the distance needed to be kept when coming close to one. Until next week tight lines and best of luck.