|geelong, corio bay & beyond with geoff wilson
Dated: 10 September, 2012
|Here’s the bill: Geelong angler Marcus Pearson and his mate Corey with one of their marlin from Townsville on Friday.
Geelong angler Marcus Pearson, along with his mate Corey, headed up to sunny Townsville last week, and taking a charter on Friday, caught two juvenile Black Marlin that gave them awesome workouts on the light tackle they were using: Says he can’t wait to get back there. Wonder why?
With the weather improving on Sunday afternoon, Jeff Richards and Bill Pilipasides launched from Indented Head and headed down toward the Swan Bay entrance where they first tried for squid.
They only caught one, but it was a real beauty approaching 1.5 kg. From there they fished on the West Sand between the Coles and West Channels and began to pick up a few respectable whiting from around 4.00 pm as the incoming tide picked up speed.
But as the sun went down, the fish went mad and they soon had their respective bag limits of whiting with some well in excess of the 40 cm mark.
Jeff also mentions that the Indented Head boat ramp has a heavy covering of sand which needs to be cleared before any vehicles, other than 4X4s, should attempt to launch boats here.
18 members of the Petrel Angling Club fished Lake Tooliorook on Sunday for the RVDP Plumbing trophy. Heaviest fish, a Rainbow Trout of 980 grams, was taken by Jake Smith; second heaviest weighed 758 grams and was taken by Bruce Wilson.
Also fishing Lake Tooliorook on Sunday was Neil Kable who made an early start netting a few minnow at the boat ramp before venturing out. However, the mudeyes he bought with him drew first blood taking three Rainbow Trout, the biggest weighing 2.3 kg. That was from around 7.00 am, but after that all was quiet.
Never the less Neil stuck it out, and fishing on the drift in the early afternoon, took six redfin to 920 grams using the minnow he’d caught earlier on.
Early last week, before the weather turned sour, Brad Andrews and Bianca Messinger also fished Lake Tooliorook. Here, Brad persuaded a another contingent who were about to leave at around 10.00 am without a bite, to stay on considering the rainbows were often a late morning catch from the bank.
They took his advice and caught three Rainbow Trout. Brad and Bianca caught two, the biggest weighing 1.4 kg, using Berkley Powerbait.
|Marcus' marlin takes flight|
Doug Lucas reports that on Sunday, Robert Jovic fished Lake Purrumbete during the afternoon where he caught a mixed bag of Rainbow Trout to 1.2 kg and Brown Trout to 1.8 kg trolling a bibbed minnow-type lure in close to the weed beds not far from the boat ramp.
Down Portland way, Bob McPherson reports that rough and windy weather accompanied by a huge ground well, has kept all and sundry ashore. However, he assures land-based anglers that these conditions are usually a prelude to big Snapper being caught from the Lee Breakwater, particularly at this time of year.
Geoff, I’ve read about catching salmon at Cinema Point, but it’s a cliff. Where do you park, how do you get down there, and what tackle to you recommend?
Hugo, while there may be other points of access to the rocks under Cinema Point since I fished there in the early 80s, mine had always been to park in the cleared area on the left hand side of the Great Ocean Road as it climbs away from the beach and turns to the right after passing through Eastern View and crossing Spout Creek.
From there you will find a track down the slope to the Grassy Creek shallows through which you can wade before proceeding along the rocky shoreline where you will eventually come across a large cave. The obvious rock platform where you can fish is just past that. From where you park your car to the platform is, from memory, about a 20 minute walk.
Light spinning tackle with do the job on Australian Salmon with whiting and pinkie Snapper an option in the late afternoon or evening on bait. When bottom fishing, it’s best to rig with spoon sinkers with short hook droppers above to minimise tackle loss. Larger fish that cannot be lifted onto the rock may be led to safety via the channel on the left hand side of the platform.
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