|geelong & corio bay with geoff wilson
Dated: 22 September, 2008
|Jamie Behrens releases the big estuary perch he caught from the Barwon Estuary on Sunday morning (Photo Jamie Behrens).
Jamie Berhrens, the perch man of Barwon Heads, did it again on Sunday morning with the capture of yet another 50 cm plus Estuary Perch from the Sheepwash section of the Barwon Estuary.
Jamie, who releases them – this one with a tag in it – found fishing difficult in the strong wind and rapidly out-flowing tide but persisted, and at around 11.00 o’clock caught the 51 cm perch. Lure used was a black and gold Squidgy fish.
Queens Park carp
With high winds on Sunday morning Justin Burns, his friend Ashley Rawlings, and Ashley’s son Cameron 4, headed off to the Barwon River at Queens Park to hopefully, catch a carp or two.
When Cameron 4, hooked something larger than usual, he wasn’t giving the rod up for anybody.
|Cameron Rawlings 4, with his big carp from the Barwon River at Queens Park (Photo Justin Burns).
Even when his adversary headed up-river where Cameron was unable to follow because of the high reeds, he wouldn’t relinquish the rod.
The solution was to hold the lad aloft so the line cleared the reeds while Cameron played the big carp, which – at a guess would have been about 6 kg – to the bank.
Andrew Phillips and Chris Stamalos, headed out from Point Richards on Tuesday evening last week, hoping to catch a Snapper. The action didn’t go down until 9.00 o’clock when two rods buckled over, the reels howling in unison.
The capture of two Snapper, each abound 4.5 kg, was a good result, and it could have been even better had Andrew managed to boat yet another good size red shortly after that. But, as luck would have it, his line had become entangled around a large spider crab and that’s where it parted.
Following the excitement they decided to stay on another hour or so, but all they caught after that was a Gummy Shark of about 3 kg.
Judging by the number of boats fishing just north of the nearby Prince George Pile in the atrocious weather we’ve experienced of late, unconfirmed reports of Snapper being taken here could well be true: Particularly since these are large trailer boats that had not been launched from the any of the nearby boat ramps, but had come from farther afield.
Soft plastics enthusiast Paul Mayer returned to the platform below the old Incitec Pivot weighbridge at North Shore were he caught those Barracouta and Warehou (snotty trevalla) last week.
It was more of the same with Barracouta and Warehou coming in on the two and a half inch, Berkley camo worms he was using.
Other reports of Warehou and small Barracouta suggest that there could a lot of them about: Good news for Snapper aficionados because freshly caught Barracouta is a hard bait to beat when Snapper are being sought.
Colac fishing Guru Doug Lucas, fished the Curdies Inlet at Peterborough last Thursday where he caught five bream between 35 and 40 cm using shrimp for bait. These were all taken at the island just above the lake.
Doug also mentions that following his success on the Estuary Perch in the Gellibrand River at Princetown that we reported last week, others have tried their luck here as well. Among them John Macdonald who caught three Estuary Perch to 34 cm and six bream. That was on Tuesday last week.
These were all taken on live shrimp upstream from the bridge at Princetown near the footy ground.
Doug also reports that Peter McLoughlin made an early start at Lake Purrumbete one morning last week before going to work.
Casting Ecotech lures from Shag Rock shortly after daybreak, he hooked, and eventually landed, a beautiful 4.1 kg Brown Trout.
Geoff, after trying to educate myself about fishing I’m confused. I bought a fishing magazine the other day, but it’s all about fishing with lures, yet nearly everybody I know fishes with bait. Are lures better that bait?
Warren, I’ve noticed much the same thing, but in answer to your question I can say with little fear of contradiction that, although a growing number of fish are being caught on lures, most fish are still caught on bait.
The popularity and use of lures is growing but I believe this has as much to do with advertising by lure suppliers as the effectiveness of their products.
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