How good was the weekend for fishing! Warm weather and calm seas allowed the die hard anglers a chance to have a 2 day fishing bender
Saltwater: the poor South West Vic king fish got absolutely peppered last weekend especially at Portland’s Northshore. Reports came in that there was anywhere between 80 and 150 boats along the few km’s of coast line where these fish frequent this time of year. Some anglers had a field day catching in excess of 20 kings for the day. Dan Mackrell and Steve Parker were just on of many boats to have a great day on them. Casting small stick baits such as the Bassday Bungy Cast into the tailing schools they caught 25 fish on Sunday just before the rain storm hit them. The ever popular Sluggo’s being trolled and then cast once one got bit was also a very popular technique over the weekend. Some anglers didn’t even get tempted by the King fish and just fished on the bottom for Snapper which is exactly what Russell Anderson and Barry Raymond did. The boys landed a great bag of snapper using soft plastics and micro jigs whilst drifting the many reefs. So if you can resist the temptation of chasing Kings all day then have a crack at the Snapper on your lighter gear or even a whiting which again there has been some quality fish caught. Ray Dorman and Scott Addinsall caught some great fish off Portland late last week. Closer to home the Tuna captures are becoming more and more regular from those who chase them pretty hard. Stick baits, small skirts and divers have all accounted for Tuna over the past week. The key of success lately has been the use of a teaser such as the Bonze spreader bar which is turning sunning fish into feeding fish and giving anglers the upper hand. With the use of one of these spreader bars and some handy driving you can actually keep these fish interested for a long time. Dan Hoey from Salty Dog Charters Port Fairy has been one of the pioneers of this style of fishing for the blue fin and lately has been putting it to great use. In what was a funny story he lost one on a recent trip where the line broke so they dropped anchor and started fishing on the bottom for snapper and shark. First drop down one of his customers hooks and lands the missing spreader bar along with a pinky that took his bait. Unfortunately for Dan the spreader bar was later lost again but couldn’t be saved again. Along with the many tuna that Dan and Phil have been getting for their customers they also have been having great success on the gummy shark and snapper on the bottom
Estuaries: the Hopkins River is teasing us anglers who frequent the system with the fish feeding hard on the rock walls. Unfortunately for us anglers they still are very difficult to tempt especially with lures and soft plastics. I fished with Mick Hunt on Sunday night in perfect conditions for a topwater fish and was frustrated at what we seen. Huge bream swimming along the rock walls feeding on the coral and crabs on these rocks. It was easy enough to get them interested in the lure but getting them to eat it was another story. We did manage a few legal fish on small top water pencils and walkers just before dark. One estuary that is fishing well is the Curdies up from Boggy Creek. Unweighted soft plastics across the weed beds and amongst the timber worked well for Mick on Australia Day. Ecogear pink grass minnows fished on Vanfook magic eye weedless hooks was the order of the day. These hooks are extremely strong and still have a super sharp point on them. It’s not a light drag scenario fishing up in the sticks so you need a strong but sticky hook so every bite counts. The Glenelg River is still fishing well for bream on lures such as the Single Hook Cranka Crab. Jamie Dunn had a great first session casting the single hook crabs into the rock walls. One particular fish ate the crab on the drop and proceeded to launch out of the water when it felt the hook. The idea of the single hook is that you can crawl the lure across the rock walls and boulders with minimal snagging. Definitely a lure that you need in your tackle box if you fish heavy structure.
Freshwater: the redfin brigade continue to hit Lake Purrumbete for a feed of “freshwater whiting”. Live minnow down deep and soft plastics fished deep have been the standout techniques working lately. Using your fish finders to sound out the schools and then either anchoring on them or drifting across these schools will put you in good stead of a feed. There has also been some great Rainbow and Brown Trout being caught on lures being trolled on downriggers. The local rivers such as the Merri have cleared and will get a lot of anglers keen to hit up the local redfin too.
With limited opportunity this weekend I’m expecting a quiet couple days for the offshore brigade. Hopefully you get out somewhere and wet a line. Until next week tight lines and best of luck