Sorry for not having a fishing report for you all last week I was struck down by the man flu. Lucky for you all we have 2 weeks of reports to catch up on so this should have something for everyone.
Saltwater: A couple of standout saltwater captures this past week have been those of Jacob Dance and Mick Mahney who both landed a great shark each. Young Jacob has been chasing a Mako Shark for a long time now and last weekend the fishing mad youngster finally got his chance. Fishing with his Dad Ashley and a couple of mates off Warrnambool they berleyed for a chance at a shark. After enticing the Mako up to the back of the boat it took their bait and Jacob was locked in battle on only 8kg tackle. After an hour and 35 minutes on the rod the shark was boated and celebrations began. Upon weighing the fish it was known that this fish was a pending small fry state record capture weighing 50.2kg. An unbelievable effort for a youngster and one you should be proud of Jacob. Mick Mahney’s capture was another shark but this time a Gummy which was caught off the beach. Just like Jacob, Mick has been trying to catch this fish for a long time and finally everything came together for him in a big way. Not only did he land 1 but he landed 2 great shark on the same session with both of them being above 20kg. I bet he had some fun bringing those couple of fish back up the beach by himself. So if you want a feed of shark there’s plenty of options for you all whether you have a boat or not. In other saltwater reports the bluefin tuna continue to be wide spread and with the recent activity of blue whales, dolphins and large bait balls a few of the die-hard have started searching for the “barrels” that frequent this area of the state. I don’t think it will be long until we see the first for the season brought into the boat ramps and then it’s game on! School fish have still been prolific with small skirts and diving lures the pick of the lures. After a brilliant weekend of weather and sea conditions it wasn’t a surprise to see some great fish caught from the shelf. Pink Ling were the hot species last weekend with some great fish caught along with blue grenadier, blue eye trevalla and some school shark also. Not one of the prettiest fish in the ocean the Pink Ling definitely makes up for it in the eating department.
Estuaries: the Hopkins River was a buzz this weekend with the Warrnambool and District Anglers Club holding their annual Easter Fishing Competition. Plenty of boats and anglers lined the banks in search of that winning fish. The fishing was pretty good with a fair few fish caught over a kilogram and some very notable fish also. Indigo Treloar won the junior section with a bream of 1.36kg which was heavier than any of the bream caught in the open section. Fiona Steenhuis beat all the ladies to take out the winners prize and in the open section it was David “splinter” Hall who caught the biggest bream taking home a new fridge freezer. A very notable capture was that of Adam Brown’s 6.68kg Mulloway caught at 3 in the morning on a spew worm across from Lyndoch. Tom and Wendy Pemberton had a great couple of days fishing on the mudflat across from the ski club using live yabbies as bait. They landed some quality fish over the 2 days. The perch have been very quiet in the Hopkins lately which I think means they have gone up river above Jubilee Park. The Glenelg River is fishing well for Mulloway and Bream right throughout the river with some quality fish caught on baits and lures. Zac Van Wegen landed 2 great looking fish down the bottom of Nelson around the Popes Nose area. Decent tides should mean that a constant stream of fish will enter the system now making for some great fishing in the coming months.
Freshwater: the upper Hopkins and Merri rivers have again fished well this week for brown trout. Anglers walking the banks casting hard bodies and lightly weighted soft plastics have been getting connected to some great fish. The water is pretty clear and can cause some issues for anglers when trying to sight cast fish as they can see you before you see them. Try casting a long way from where you are and keep an eye on the lure for any movement behind it. Duo Realis Minnows have been the pick of lures for anglers lately with the amount of bait around. These small profile lures are a great lure to use when they are timid and shy. Inland fishing has been super also with some great bags of redfin being caught from Lake Purrumbete along with some nice brown trout and chinook salmon to 3.8kg. Using live minnow taken from Lake Bullen Merri fished down deep will get you any amount of redfin you want. If you’re after a trout then either sight fishing along the weed beds or trolling the many bait schools in the deeper sections will be your best bet. As the water begins to cool down and the weather turns for the worst this will be time to fish the lakes and target a trophy brown trout.
This weekend is looking pretty crappy for the offshore angler which is why the Warrnambool Offshore and Light Game Club have again had to postpone their Garmin Game Comp until further notice. The rivers will be hit pretty hard this weekend by those desperate for a fish. Until next week tight lines and best of luck.