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geelong & corio bay with geoff wilson
Geoff Wilson
Dated: 5 September, 2006
Andrew Howard with yet another nice snapper from Corio Bay.

Saturday evening, Andrew Phillips and Chris Stamalos headed out into 12 metres of water from St Leonards where their first priority was to catch a feed of flathead: The best of these measured 55cm. They stayed on into the night hoping for a Snapper. The flathead went off the bite but no bait lasted for long before it was either taken by a large Whitley skate – of which they caught several – or a Seven-gilled Shark; two of which they caught while others escaped by biting through the line. Alas their only chance at a Snapper was lost when the hook pulled after the only good, hard run they had.

On Saturday, Jeff Richards, Chris Hately and Tony Sutas went for a run around the Peninsula in Tony’s new 7 metre Caribbean and managed to wet a line as well. At first they struggled to catch a squid but eventually finished up with several from the Point Lonsdale Bight before heading north to fish for whiting in front of the northern entrance of Swan Bay. They only caught nine, but these were class fish; the biggest measuring 45 cm. Ironically, others fishing nearby were doing really well on the squid they’d struggled to catch earlier on.

Chris Leptos and Mark Sesar also tried for squid near the Cottage by the Sea at Queenscliff without luck, but later they managed to redeem their trip with six good size Australian Salmon. These were caught on lures just out from the Ferry Terminal at the entrance of the Queenscliff boat harbour.

Mark Whinney of “Wavebreak Adventures” and his clients, fished off Barwon Heads on Saturday in 30-40 metres, where they caught various reef fish but no Snapper; and no sign of any sharks either. Back inside the river mouth they berleyed up a shoal of salmon to 1kg that kept them entertained for an hour or so, keeping a few for dinner and releasing the rest.
Zoran Pavic, Stephen Sirocuk, Paul Rahman and Daniel Cvijanovic with Saturday’s catch from Eildon Pondage.

Saturday morning, Justin Burns made an early start at Queens Park and found the river, although a little higher than usual, much clearer than the previous week and before long he had three European Carp on the bank. These ranged in size from three to 4.5kg and showed a liking for the corn kernels he was using for bait.

On Sunday afternoon, despite the wind and intermittent rain squalls, Justin headed off to Wurdi Boluc Reservoir when he caught two redfin, each just on a kilogram. Justin used Berkley Powerbait in the red colour. Justin said there was nothing doing for quite some time, but then he began slowly retrieving one of his lines: That resulted in the first. A repeat of the same tactic produced another.

On Saturday, Geelong anglers Zoran Pavic, Stephen Sirocuki, Paul Rahman and Daniel Cvijanovic made the journey to Eildon Pondage and were well rewarded for doing so. Using mudeyes for bait, they caught several Rainbow Trout to 3.3kg, a nice Brown Trout, and a redfin of a kilogram.

Geelong anglers, Bob McMillan and Bill Heywood fished the Wallagaraugh and Genoa Rivers above Mallacoota in East Gippsland last week where recent catches had been poor. However, bream were beginning their spawning run into the Wallagaraugh, and come evening, their baits of unweighted prawn were eagerly taken. The biggest of their bream measured 40cm. They also caught nine, good size Dusky Flathead on Squidgie soft plastics in the morning.

In Tasmania, Georgetown fishing tackle proprietor Damon Sherriff discovered the power station in Bell Bay was releasing 26 degree warm water into the Tamar estuary, which elsewhere was only eleven degrees. On the way home from the shop, he stopped to toss out a prawn from the bank and was rewarded with a good size bream. On Saturday, he returned with son Benjamin to catch more bream, including a beauty well over 40 cm.
Benjamin Sherriff with one of the beautiful bream that he and father Damon caught at “the hotties” in Bell Bay, Tasmania.

Dave Asks:

Geoff; interesting comment you made last week on increasing numbers of Seven-gilled Sharks. What do you think could be the reason?

Dave, I believe their increasing numbers would be entirely due to the ban on the netting of school and Gummy Sharks in Bass Strait that was introduced in the early nineties.

It must also be remembered that although the netting ban was to alleviate pressure on gummy and School Shark stocks, it would have also benefited other species of shark that were a common, but rarely mentioned, by-catch in commercial shark harvesting operations.
Geoff Wilson Fishnet Pro Angler
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