We are back in full swing on the fishing front after the snap lock down and boy were anglers chomping at the opportunity to hit the water on Thursday! Some quality fish were landed right through the south west so let’s dive in and take a look.
Saltwater: tuna and king fish again were high on many anglers list and they didn’t disappoint with a fair few lucky anglers tangling with these great sport fish. The tuna seem to be wide spread from Apollo Bay all the way through to South Australia and should begin to eat bigger baits which makes it easier to get a bite out of trolling hard bodies and bigger skirts. With the smaller bait still being attacked by these predators you need small lures to be able to get a strike off these finicky fish. Black Magic Jetsetter in the popular Burple colour which creates a perfect bubble trail or smoke trail as they call it due to the cup face that has small holes drilled through the head. If casting lures is your thing then we have just the lures for you in the Bassday Bungy cast, Fish Inc Flanker and the newest arrival to the Tackle Shack Nomad’s Madscad 95’s. All these lures have already got the runs on the board and deliver excellent value for money. King fish as I mentioned are still keeping anglers occupied across Port Fairy and Portland with some great fish being landed on squid strips trolled behind your boat especially at North Shore which has been a real hot spot this year. Phil and Amanda Pirotta ventured out off Portland for their honey moon the day after they tied the knot out at sea thanks to Zac Cross from Cross Country Charters. A wedding present that they both would’ve been happy with was 2 king fish over a metre long on the troll at North Shore. There is no better way these two love birds would want to spend their honey moon then fishing together so congratulations again guys. But it’s not all about the pelagics in the south west with some great shark fishing and snapper being had by those chasing a feed or 2. James Porter sent us in a report of some nice snapper and gummies that Harry Anders landed with him. Cameron Pickert also landed some nice Snapper while fishing on the bottom off Warrnambool with his biggest a nice 54cm fish.
Estuaries: the news all estuary anglers have been waiting for is here and that is the welcome return of good numbers of Mulloway in the Hopkins and Glenelg rivers. Although they aren’t the biggest run of fish in the Hopkins each angler that has caught one will tell you they still fight regardless of their size. The fish that I have seen lately are between 60-80cm which are generally a school run of fish so this usually means that there will be good numbers of them in the river. Live mullet fished at night or low light will hold you in best stead to get connected to one of these awesome fish. I have dedicated many nights on the river for these and it never gets old when that reel finally starts screaming. The ski run area all the way up to Kings head rock wall is where most have been focusing their efforts lately. As well as the welcome return of mulloway in the river the bream have really fired up this past week with some nice fish taken on mainly crab fished around hard structure like rock walls and broken ground. Allansford and District Angling Club held their 7th competition which was the Harry Taylor Memorial in the Hopkins River. Heaviest fish went to Gary Devereux with a 1.312kg bream in the open section. Fiona Steenhuis caught the heaviest in the ladies section with a 1.160kg bream while Jett Fleming caught a 1.193kg bream taking out the juniors.
Freshwater: Lake Purrumbete has again been the hot spot for big trout and some solid red fin. Fishing down deep with downriggers or lead core lines anglers have been getting tangled with some quality trout to 3.6kg. A notable capture was that of a 2.6kg Tiger Trout which is a great sign of their growth rate after only being in there for a short period of time. If red fin is more your thing then worms and live minnow is the go lately along with soft plastics on heavy jig heads. Zman Slim Swimz in Pumpkinseed, Bait Junkie minnows in the pearl gudgeon colour and Westin Shadteez in Dirty Harbour have been a favourite in here for a long time.
Keep your diaries clear for Easter this year as the Warrnambool and district angling club is holding their annual Easter Fishing classic after Covid19 put a halt to last years running. There are some great prizes to be won including a Dometic fridge freezer, 2 samurai fishing rods and a custom Ranga Rods fishing rod for the heaviest fish caught by a lady. More information to come in the next week or so which is also available on the Warrnambool and District Angling Clubs Facebook page. A great weekend competition which includes the whole family so grab the little tackers or the Mrs and get along for a great event.
With some nice weather forecast later in the week I’m sure the anglers around the coast will be primed ready to go for a big weekend. Until next week tight lines and best of luck.