Finally some flat seas this past week which allowed boats of all sizes onto the deep blue in search of snapper, shark and other bottom feeders. The rivers and estuaries also improved this week with some great captures.
Estuaries: let’s kick off with the Hopkins River where the water has slowed down dramatically and has actually seen some great saltwater push come through the opening. I went down and had a look after a good customer said there was waves on the mud flat and sure enough there was. This is a great sign for the coming weeks as the salt will only clean up the dirty water from the floods. The other thing that this is going to improve is the likelihood of Mulloway re-entering the river which seems to have worked already after some fish were caught around the Deakin area on baits. Local river tragic Mick Wilkinson also hooked a good fish but it won its freedom after a short fight. Allansford and district angling club held their first comp since the beginning of Covid restrictions on Sunday which seen some quality bream and perch. Ray Fedley caught the heaviest bream for the day in the open section with a 1.253kg bream, Isaac Primmer and Sinead Rentch took out heaviest bag with 5/5 for 5.159kg and Aiden Gordon caught the heaviest other which was a perch of 1.39kg. Some welcome results that’s for sure after a pretty lack lustre week or 2. Nelson is also fishing well down the bottom on the incoming tide from the poles right down to Popes Nose on a mixture of blades and soft plastics fished through the schools. Just one thing to take note is these fish are full of spawn so please take this in to account when looking for a feed and only take what you need especially in the Glenelg after what happened.
Offshore: the gummy and school shark fishing is again been the head lines offshore. Peter Goode and Rhooky fished off Warrnambool for a nice bag of school shark using our Seaford Pilchard Berley blocks to entice a bite. Phil and Amanda were at it again on Monday after work and caught a solid gummy off Warrnambool also. There are some good snapper captures being had lately through the coast but especially west of Warrnambool on squid and pilchards. Some of these fish have measured as long as 80cm and are a great fish in anyone’s books. Anglers are noticing the amount of bait that is on the surface out there so the summer run of tuna and kingfish won’t be too far away from turning up and tormenting anglers for a few months. Plenty of shearwater birds are out there as Scott Gray mentioned on his way out to the shelf on his way to a bag of nice blue eye and hapuka.
Freshwater: Allistar Bourke has been landing some nice fish lately walking the banks of the Hopkins and Merri rivers casting shallow hard bodies and the Westin Shadteez. The water levels have dropped considerably and has fired the fish back up after the recent floods. Extreme caution should still be taken when walking the banks as the edges will still be extremely soft and treacherous. Lake Purrumbete and Bullen Merri are still fishing really well for both rainbow and brown trout along with some healthy chinook salmon.