|geelong, corio bay & beyond with geoff wilson
Dated: 17 June, 2012
|Kim Weston with the 10.2 kg snapper he caught from the rocks at St Helens on Saturday|
Corio Bay Snapper
Fishing from the rocks at St Helens on Saturday, Kim Weston had some anxious moments after hooking a 96.5 cm, Snapper on a light outfit rigged with a No 4 circle hook baited with squid.
At nearby Q Tackle, the big fish pulled the scales down to 10.2 kg.
Kelvin Nguyen, who was fishing from the rocks just a short distance away, caught another Snapper of perhaps half that size.
Members of the Petrel Angling Club fished Corio Bay’s inner harbour for the PBW Engineering trophy on Sunday. Heaviest fish was an 8.15 kg Snapper taken by Rod van der Poppe who also took the heaviest bag with another Snapper of 5.53 kg making a total weight of 13.7 kg.
With Snapper in Corio Bay’s inner harbour, Jeremy Barnes and son Dylan 11, headed out after dark and found a good size pod off Western Beach.
|Kelvin Nguyen with the snapper he caught from the rocks at St Helens on Saturday afternoon.
The biggest of the three they caught before the bite shut down at around 9.00 pm was about 6 kg. Although they stayed out for another two hours, with fish still evident on the sounder, they caught no more.
Danny Skene and Leah Waite were on the water last week and found a good size pod of fish along the Corio Chanel off North Shore in the late afternoon. Using silver whiting for bait they caught five Snapper ranging in size from 4.5 to 7 kg.
The 3.55 kg Brown Trout in Trevor Holmes’ fridge was destined for the taxidermist, but last week he caught one even larger.
|Eleven year old Dylan Barnes and his Father Jeremy with their snapper catch.
Along with fellow anglers Shane Skene, Robert Hope and Clint Hotchin, Trevor was casting his orange and black Strike Pro lure from the bank at Wurdi Boluc Reservoir when he came up tight on a really good fish.
Trevor was hoping for a good size redfin, and indeed those fishing alongside had already taken a couple, the best close to 2 kg. But Trevor’s fish was no redfin, but a Brown Trout that took the scales down to 4.1 kg; a worthy replacement for his earlier catch from the same water.
Wurdi Boluc has continued to produce fish for a number of anglers including Simon Werner, who – along with 14 year old twins Jayden and Kassidy – caught several redfin, including one of 1.5 kg and two trout; a brown and a rainbow, each nudging a kilogram.
|Trevor Holmes with his 4.1 kg brown trout from Wurdi Boluc Reservoir.
Rod Ludlow of Beachlea boat-hire at Indented Head reports that unpredictable weather has been a stumbling block. Never the less, some clients have returned with bag limit catches, mainly from St Leonards and the West Sand.
Down Portland way, Bob McPherson reports taking a run out into 130 meters of water to the south of Lawrence Rock on Saturday where he first ran some large lures in case there were big fish about.
With no action there, he downsized to small skirted lures which soon had his rods bending in the holders to the accompanying growl of the ratchets. He kept his bag limit of bluefin tuna and released others before heading back in.
Doug Lucas reports that on Wednesday night, John Macintosh put in a night time vigil from the bank of Lake Bullen Merri after trapping some bullhead gudgeon for bait.
Fishing though to the early hours of Thursday morning, he grassed three Brown Trout that ranged in size from 1.9 to 3.9 kg; all taken on bullhead gudgeon fished under a float.
Doug also reports that Tom Andrews fished the entrance lagoon of the Curdies down Peterborough way, which currently closed to the sea and providing ample depth for a small boat.
Using peeled prawn for bait, Tom took his bag limit of bream, the biggest measuring 39 cm.
|Phil Phetlove of Bendigo with an 82 cm mulloway that he caught from the Glenelg River at Nelson in Western Victoria (Photo Brian McConnell).
Brett of Nelson Boat and Canoe Hire on the Glenelg River in Western Victoria reports the river entrance has recently opened to the sea and that Mulloway to just on 8 kg have featured prominently in angler’s catches: These have been caught both on various baits and on lures.
Among those to be successful last week were Phil Phetlove and Brian McConnell of Bendigo who caught eleven Mulloway to 82 cm while casting and retrieving lures, releasing all but a couple for the table.
North of the border
Chris Dwyer of Geelong’s Polaris Constructions reports fishing the recent Merimbula broadbill tournament as skipper aboard his company’s namesake craft, Polaris.
Crew member John Rankin of Eden won the event with an 86.5 broadbill that took a squid fished at a depth of 100 fathoms: That one brought John’s fishing career tally of broadbill to five.
Skipper Chris took out the heaviest shark category with a 102.5 kg mako, while Nathan Lewis took a 37 kg bluefin tuna which also won in its category making it a hat trick for the Polaris’ crew.
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