|geelong, corio bay & beyond with geoff wilson
Dated: 10 July, 2012
|Jayden Werner 14, and father Simon with a sample of their Wurdi Boluc catch.
Simon Werner and son Jayden 14, made the journey to Wurdi Boluc Reservoir where they hoped to stir up some action with their lures. They’d also dug some worms which usually do the job in the discoloured water, something which has been a feature here of late.
Turns out worms saved the day and, using them by the bunch, they caught four Brown Trout weighing from 2.3 to 3.6 kg, while an angler fishing nearby caught a good size redfin ( English Perch).
On Friday, Brad Andrews also visited Wurdi Boluc Reservoir, and after a lengthy session casting a Pegron Tiger, retired defeated; for the time being anyway.
Returning later in the day, Brad was more successful this time taking three redfin; the biggest weighing 1.7 kg.
Fishing out in front of the wheat silos in the wind and rain last week, Mark Stewart and son Kordell 8, weren’t having a lot of success, but eventually, the wind stopped along with the rain, and a rod buckled over to the scream of the reel.
Now the lad hadn’t caught a big Snapper before and showed some trepidation in picking up the vigorously animated rod, but with some sound coaching from his Dad, the youngster eventually had the Snapper alongside.
By then it was time to attend to a second rod which had also announced the presence of a second fish on the line. But had the lad had enough?
Not likely! After a somewhat protracted struggle a second fish was aboard, but young Kordell had called it quits by then so it was up to Mark to bring in their third and final Snapper for the afternoon; their catch of three ranging in size from 5 to 7 kg.
|Mark Stewart and his eight year old son Kordell with the three big snapper they caught from Corio Bay’s inner harbour.
Taking advantage of good weather on Saturday, Keith Fry, along Dave Woodward and John Eastgate headed out off Barwon Heads into 40 metres of water where they started a berley trail:
A profitable exercise as it turned out for they caught several Snapper, the biggest weighing 5.5 kg and a pair of Gummy Shark, the larger of the two a beauty weighing 13.2 kg.
Returning to the ramp at Barwon Heads, they were not altogether surprised that others had come in from the same area with similar catches.
With big tides over the weekend pushing clean, green water in from the ocean almost as far as the Ocean Grove ramp at the weekend, Simon Werner, along with Terry Begg and Terry’s son Bryce 14 took advantage catching Silver Trevally to a kilogram or so using soft plastics.
Also successful were Tommy Beckwith 13, and Dominic Booth 11, whose main catch here using bait, was mullet.
|Bob McPherson took this photo of the sattelite tag discarded from a southern bluefin tuna in Discovery Bay|
Rod Ludlow of Beachlea boat hire at Indented Head reports that the size of whiting being caught has dropped of late and squid have been slow. However, flathead have been a reliable catch with clients bringing in fish to 45 cm or so from the edge of the Prince George Bank.
Fishing Queenscliff, clients aboard Geelong charters and fishing trips – under the expert guidance of skipper Steve O’Keefe and deckhand Brad Andrews – took 30 magnificent whiting to 45 cm from the Lonsdale Bight using squid for bait.
Discovery of a satellite tag from a bluefin tuna in Discovery Bay, between Portland and Port MacDonnell, has raised a few eyebrows because it was recently attached to a tuna in southern Tasmania. This fish would seem to have been travelling in the opposite direction to that widely assumed.
These hi-tech tags are attached to fish like tuna and programmed to collect data over a specified number of days after which time they separate from the fish, sending out a signal to expedite their recovery in the same manner as an epirb beacon sending out a distress signal.
I use circle hooks now because they enable catch and release on the large female Gummy Shark I sometimes catch. The problem is that I have trouble hooking up with squid heads using circles: Any suggestions?
Peter, I have experienced the same problem. It is easily solved by the use of a size 35-40 elastic band and a baiting needle. You may check out www.fishingknotsandrigs.com for a diagrammatic presentation of how it’s done.
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