|geelong & corio bay with geoff wilson
Dated: 23 July, 2012
|Three year old Izak Peace displays the 1.1 kg bream from Thompson’s Creek (Photo Anthony Peace).
Fishing Thompson’s Creek above the Blackgate Road Bridge at Breamlea over the weekend was Anthony Peace, his daughter Ashlyn and three year old son Izak.
Despite the creek being heavily discoloured after recent rain, they took a 1.1 kg bream on sandworm, and of which Anthony sent in a photo of the fish being held by his three year old son.
Catching Sunday morning’s low tide on the Barwon estuary, Simon Werner and twins Jayden and Kassidy, both 14, gathered a number of pistol shrimp from the exposed bank opposite the Ocean Grove boat ramp hoping to catch a bream or two.
The water was badly discoloured, but Jayden managed to catch a bream measuring 38 cm on one of the pistol shrimp. Hoping for a Silver Trevally or two, they stayed until the water cleared on the rising tide, but all they caught after that were small Australian Salmon.
On Sunday, Clint Hotchin, along with daughter Zoe 10, and Cameron Digiadomenico 11, made the journey to Wurdi Boluc Reservoir where they tried for over an hour without arousing any interest from the fish population.
However, a lure change also changed Zoe’s luck and she found herself fast to a good size redfin which took a fancy to the newly attached rainbow pattern Pegron. Showing great patience, she played the redfin gently into the bank where it greeted the scales for a verdict of 2 kg.
Brian McConnell of the Bendigo Legions Angling Club reports that members fished Lake Tooliorook near Lismore on the weekend. Brian reports that redfin were plentiful and most were caught on lures offshore from the northern shore of the lake. Brian also reports catching a 41 cm Rainbow Trout on a pink and silver Tassie Devil.
|Zoe Hotchin 10, with her 2 kg redfin from Wurdi Boluc reservoir.
On Saturday morning Norman Ratajczak headed out into 40 metres of water off Barwon Heads where he soon had a berley trail going and caught several ling.
All was quiet for some time after that, but then he hooked a large Seven-gilled Shark which broke the surface near the boat. Unfortunately, a seal appeared on the scene, and its unhealthy interest in proceedings resulted in it fouling the line, allowing the shark to escape.
On Sunday morning, Keith Fry, Adrian Cole and Chris Stamalos headed out to the same area where their catch included several Barracouta and a Gummy Shark. And they too hooked a large Seven-gilled Shark which they subdued and measured at 3 metres.
With the tide beginning to flood from around mid day on Sunday, Jeff Richards and Chris Hateley headed south from Indented Head to the West Sand between the Coles and West Channels off St Leonards to escape the crowd so to speak.
There wasn’t much doing there, not to begin with anyway, but as the tide rose during the mid afternoon, the whiting came on the bite and they took bag limit catches of fish from 38 to 42 cm using tenderized squid for bait.
Back at the ramp they had a chance to compare catches with others that fished the more popular area out from the St Leonards ramp known as Bourke Street. Some had taken bag limit catches but their fish were noticeably smaller.
Rod Ludlow of Beachlea boat-hire at Indented Head reports that the main catch over the weekend was flathead and these were mainly taken on the drift just out from the Prince George Bank.
|John Telford of the Bendigo Legions Angling Club with one of many redfin members caught at Lake Tooliorook over the weekend (Photo Brian McConnell).
On Sunday, Rod Lawn of Adamas charters, along with clients Jim Tatlis, Kyrie Hadjiloizou, and Justin Bennett, took a run out past Lady Julia Percy Island toward Port Fairy where they hit a good patch of bluefin tuna and took bag limit catches, the biggest possibly 18 kg.
Now the tuna have been hard to catch of late, and the consensus has been that this is because they’ve been feeding on krill and other small food sources. However, there was no doubt that these were feeding on larger fare as they regurgitated XOS sized pilchards all over the deck as they came aboard.
I fish mainly in fresh water, but have been tempted to try for the Corio Bay winter Snapper. Can you give me any tips?
Richard, because the cold water at this time of year does not fully support the Snapper’s metabolism, they remain inactive for long periods, huddling together in small pods which are fairly easy to locate with a good sounder.
While you may find them along the Corio Bay inner harbour’s western shoreline and shipping channels, catching them can test your patience. Others succeed though, so why not you?
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|Jim Tatlis, Kyrie Hadjiloizou & Justin Bennett with their catch of tuna off Port Fairy aboard Adamas Charters on Sunday (Photo Bob McPherson).
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