|geelong, corio bay & beyond with geoff wilson
Dated: 11 June, 2012
|Danny Skene, Mark Stewart and Jeremy Barnes with a sample of Saturday night’s snapper catch from Corio Bay’s inner harbour.
Making a daybreak start along the edge of the Prince George Bank off Portarlington last Thursday were George Urahnas of Spot On Charters, Andrew Phillips and Zlatko Henry.
The morning was cold but the bite was hot and they all took bag limit catches of whiting including several over the 40 cm mark.
With good weather on Saturday afternoon, Nathan Bromley, Steve Bailey and David Sheehan fished to the west of the West Channel Pile off St Leonards, where – using squid for bait – they each took bag limit catches of whiting to 39 cm or so.
Also on Saturday afternoon, Jeff Richards, Chris Hately and Colin Wilkinson headed south from Indented Head, down past St Leonards toward the entrance of Swan Bay where they had no trouble picking up seven squid, the biggest a beauty of about 1.5 kg.
With the flooding tide they anchored up on one of their nearby whiting marks where they each took bag limit catches of whiting using some of their freshly caught squid for bait.
Also fishing nearby were Danny Skene and Jeremy Barnes who had just launched at St Leonards and had no trouble catching a quantity of squid that was sufficient, both for bait and for the table.
With plenty of run still in the tide toward evening, they too took their combined bag limit of forty good size whiting, once again using some of their freshly caught squid for bait.
|Josh, Michael and Jesse Redpath with their catch from Lake Tooliorook.
After a clean up and some refreshment and with plenty of fresh squid in the cooler, they picked up fellow angler Mark Stewart and launched the boat once more; this time at around 9.00 pm from the Limeburners Point Boat hoping for a trifecta with Corio Bay Snapper making up the third leg.
Now, there is a good population of Snapper to be found along both the edges of the old City channel and the Corio channel off North Shore: They are not that difficult to locate on the sounder either, but tempting them can be.
Not this time though, for using the squid that they’d caught earlier at St Leonards for bait, they each took three large Snapper.
|Martin de Lange with a 2.8 kg rainbow trout that he caught from the shore at Lake Bolac.
Arriving at Lake Tooliorook on Saturday evening, Michael Redpath, along with wife Elithia and sons Josh 15 and Jesse 17, set up camp. But for the Michael and the boys, the next priority was to catch a good supply of minnow for the next day’s fishing.
The boys made an early start soon locating a pod of redfin on the sounder and the rest is history. Like most of those fishing Lake Tooliorook, they cleaned up on redfin using the minnow they’d caught the previous evening, along with a by-catch of five Rainbow Trout, the biggest around 1.7 kg.
Welcoming the long weekend at Lake Bullen Merri were Brad Andrews, Mark Fowkes, Daniel Stranger and his daughter Caitlin 6, along with Dennis King and his three year old daughter Addison.
Their efforts during the day were rewarded with Rainbow Trout to 1.2 kg, all being taken on various colours and flavours of Berkley Powerbait. The night fishing, for which they had trapped a number of bullhead gudgeon for bait, was less successful with only small Brown Trout and Atlantic Salmon coming to the table.
On Monday, Ashley Manzie and his nine year old son Ben, fished Lake Tooliorook on the drift using two hook paternoster rigs baited with minnow and Powerbait, an exercise that yielded 7 redfin.
For a change of pace, they fired up the electric motor trolling pink Tassie Devils along the eastern shoreline. This too proved a productive approach with young Ben taking a Rainbow Trout of 1.2 kg and another redfin that weighed 980 grams.
Last week. Martin de Lange and Eddie Lewis made the journey to Lake Bolac, which is on the Glenelg Highway between Skipton and Dunkeld.
|Nine year old Ben Manzie with his rainbow trout from Lake Tooliorook.
Fishing from the bank, they caught four beautiful Rainbow Trout on Berkley Powerbait and saltwater glassies. The biggest of these weighed 2.8 kg.
Doug Lucas reports that with all the rain we’ve had recently, and the entrance of the Curdies Inlet closed to the sea down Peterborough way, the water level in the normally shallow entrance lagoon has risen quite a bit allowing the passage of small craft.
Taking advantage, Tom Williams found a good pod of bream there on Friday and took a bag limit catch of respectable fish using peeled prawn for bait.
Geoff, I believe you can get a glue to repair waders, and to put on your knots, that will cure quickly in sunlight. Do you know what it is, and how to get it?
Robert; Loon Outdoor Products in the United States produce something called “Loon UV Knot Sense”. They also have tiny UV torch that will set the glue off in the absence of sunlight.
I have seen these products in local fishing tackle outlets. Not all perhaps, but you could order them on line. Check out http://www.loonoutdoors.com/uv-knot-sense.html
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