Not going to lie- the fishing has been slow here on the Shipwreck Coast this week, thanks to some rather undesirable weather.

Offshore

No recent offshore reports sadly, the weather has halted all offshore work. We are heading very close to kingfish season, so once that water heats up a few more degrees, the kings should be in. Stay tuned for that. The odd barrel may still be hanging around Bridgewater Bay once the wind drops off, these could be worth a look after a break in the weather and therefore the amount of boats on the water.

Estuary

The Hopkins is quite a muddy brown at the moment, however some surprisingly good fishing is still to be had. The lower reaches, below Deakin, would be the pick of spots. Joey from Richardson Marine found some cracking bream (two in two casts over a kilo), fishing land based this week with the Daiwa Bait Junkie soft plastics. Him and his brother Allistar have also found some smaller perch in the same areas. Nelson has produced a few perch casting plastics on the edges, while trolling Samaki Redics in the lower river below Taylor’s Straight has produced some mulloway, however no large fish.

Freshwater 

Lake Bullen Merri has been fishing quite well for chinook salmon this week, but a few rainbow and brown trout have also appeared in catches. Trolling with Tasmanian Devils, flatlining, has been very productive especially in the black/red and pink patterns. Double Clutches in silver patterns are always consistent as well. Bait fishing either land based or in the boat, fishing pilchards in a burley trail rarely fails in Bullen Merri for the chinook salmon. If you decide to head to Purrumbete, give OSP Bent Minnows a go. Try casting these on a wind blown edge, on an overcast day. It’s undoubtably the most explosive trout fishing you will ever encounter. Fish to 11lb have been caught lately, but some serious monsters have been lost. The vast majority are brown trout, but you can also find tiger trout, rainbow trout, chinook salmon and redfin.

The rivers are flooded thanks to this late week rain (over 60mm!) so are best avoided for at least a few weeks, however following the run off, we will see some monster brown tout in the local rivers.