|geelong, corio bay & beyond with geoff wilson
Dated: 25 June, 2012
|Jenan Osmic 9, with his snapper from Corio Bay’s inner harbour.
Corio Bay Snapper
Fishing for Snapper just out from the old marine maintenance facility at Rippleside last week were Azi Osmic and his nine year old son Jenan.
Using squid for bait that they’d previously caught at Queenscliff, they had two really good bites: One escaped but the other had young Jenan on the job for some time. And no; Dad was not going to take the rod even though the young fellow had a battle on his hands.
Eventually, the fish was in the boat and on the scales for a verdict of 5.2 kg.
Andrew Phillips and George Urahnas of Spot On charters, made a pre-dawn start off Queenscliff to fish the ebb tide last Tuesday morning.
Using pipi and squid for bait they had a good session, finishing up with their respective bag limits of whiting. These ranged in size from 34 to 43 cm with most being taken from the Lonsdale Bight.
In the afternoon, Brad Andrews, Sean Myhall and Steve Dellow fished the flood tide taking a similarly good catch of whiting in the same size range; once again with the majority of their fish coming from the Lonsdale Bight: The bait used was squid.
Rod Ludlow of Beachlea Boat Hire reports that the weather was so bad down his way last week he only had one boat out during a break in the weather, the angler returning with a good catch of flathead that he caught out wide from the Prince George Bank.
Strong winds have stirred up Wurdi Boluc reservoir, discolouring the water and this has made for poor fishing with lures.
However, persistent anglers continue to take good size redfin, among them Clint Hotchin who took three good specimens approaching the 1.5 kg mark early last week on a Pegron Tiger.
Marie of the Lake Purrumbete Caravan Park reports that there were plenty of would-be anglers staying the weekend, but most were deterred by the inclement weather. Not Maurice Dirikis and his two mates though.
The trio took bag limit catches of Brown Trout on both days with the largest fish just over the kilogram mark. Their approach included fishing with mudeye under a float and trolling with lures.
Doug Lucas reports that on Thursday evening, Jack Russell also visited Lake Purrumbete and caught five Brown Trout from 900 grams to 1.2 kg.
Doug also reports that the Preston Angling Club visited Lake Bullen Merri over the weekend where members fished the lake, both from the bank and from boats. The largest fished weighed in was a Brown Trout of 2 kg that took a trolled lure.
The Curdies inlet remains closed to the sea said Doug, with the water inside the entrance lagoon still high enough to permit navigation with small boats.
Among those to take advantage was Jim Brodridge, who on Wednesday, took a bag limit catch of bream to 38 cm from here using peeled prawn for bait.
|Brett Ratten of Berwick with this 22.5 kg albacore (Photo Adamas Charters)
On Sunday, despite the inclement weather, Bob McPherson and his crew took a run out past Lawrence Rock where they took a couple bluefin tuna from 50 metres of water in quick succession.
However, with nothing further on offer they headed out wide and found a school in 130 metres from which they caught another five ranging in size from approximately 14 to 16 kg.
On Saturday, Rod Lawn of Adamas Charters was trolling lures in 70 metres of water off the Cape Nelson lighthouse when client, Brett Ratten of Berwick, hooked up on what they expected would be a bluefin tuna.
In fact the fish was a 22.5 kg Albacore, a species seldom taken in less than twice that depth of water.
Geoff, why hasn’t the munitions pier at Point Wilson been opened to the public to fish from?
I have been fishing that area for the past 20 years and I have never, ever seen a ship there.
Adam, despite its lack of use, the Point Wilson Pier is unlikely to be opened for fishing. In 2006 the exclusion zone around the pier, in respect to the transfer of munitions, was extended out to almost 2 km and that exclusion zone was marked with buoys. But as you say, there never appears to be much going on there.
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