|geelong, corio bay & beyond with geoff wilson
Dated: 1 October, 2012
|Charli Warren 5, with her bream from the Werribee River (Photo Gary and Maria Warren).
Gary Warren of Werribee knows where it’s at when it comes to bream fishing and as it turns out, he’s is a pretty good coach as well, initiating his five year old grand daughter Charli in the finer points of piscatorial assassination.
On a recent trip to the Werribee River, Charli caught the biggest among their bag limit catches; a beauty nudging the kilogram mark and almost certainly the biggest caught that day.
Fishing the Aire River at Horden Vale last week was Doug Lucas of Colac who found the bream scarce down toward the mouth. Trying further upstream near the junction of the Ford River though he caught three Brown Trout just shy of 60 cm apiece on the scrubworms he was using for bait.
Simon Werner, with twins Jayden and Kassidy both 14, along with Peter Begg and his twins Lauren and Bryce, also 14 spent several days camping at the Aire River at Horden Vale. However, the bream were slow and they only finished with six keepers for their trouble
After returning home, Simon, Terry and Jayden launched in the Barwon estuary, and despite the heavily discoloured water on the outgoing tide, Terry finally caught a beautiful bream that measured 40 cm and weighed 1.2 kg.
Before the weather turned sour last week, Seiya Koyama and his sons Kimiya 15 and Gaiji 8 went fishing on the Portlarlington pier. There wasn’t much doing at first, but patience paid off for Gaiji, who brought in a double header consisting of a decent size flathead and a toadfish.
The flathead finished up as sashimi, but the toadfish – which is toxic unless prepared by a qualified fugu chef – lived to bite another day. The only other captures made on the day were starfish that were of no value.
After a promising start with a 66 cm Snapper from 44 metres of water off Barwon Heads on Friday morning, an abrupt change in the weather had Steve O’Keefe of Geelong Charters, along with his clients, heading back in through Port Phillip Heads where it was more sheltered.
|Eight year old Gaiji Koyama with a double header from the Portlarlington pier (Photo Seiya Koyama).
Although the trip didn’t go as planned, they did boat a dozen or so really good size whiting at anchor just out from the Cottage by the Sea.
Marie Jopling of the Lake Purrumbete Caravan Park reports that despite inclement weather over the weekend, some anglers were successful. Among them Andrew Cimbaljevic of Caroline Springs who caught a 2.2kg female Brown Trout on a Rapala bibbed minnow down-rigged to 8 metres.
That was on Saturday: On Sunday, Andrew’s friend Paul Krajino of Melton, caught a male Brown Trout of 3.2 kg using the same approach. Both fish were taken at around 6.30 pm on their respective days and in more or less the same location which was in front of the pump shed.
Last week, Murray Scott fished Lake Bolac again from his favourite spot along the north bank but with no joy. However, a tip from another angler that the area known as fishermen’s point on the east side of the lake might be worth a try paid off with two rainbows, each around 1.5 kg.
Fishing the Barwon River upstream from the Moorabool Street Bridge on Friday evening, Justin Burns and wife Katryna caught several carp using corn kernels for the bait, the biggest approaching 3 kg. However, the surprise catch was a goldfish approaching a kilogram which also took a piece of corn.
Steve O’Keefe, along with his son Findlay 11, and two of his friends Dylan 12 and Cowan 11, visited the Bannockburn Lagoon which had been recently stocked with Rainbow Trout. Using Berkley Powerbait in the orange colour they were soon into the action and left with a bucket full of fish.
Boating and Snapper presentation
On Saturday evening from 5.00 pm, the Torquay Angling Club (Melway ref. 506 B5) is conducting a barbeque as a prelude to a boating presentation and boat display by Haines Hunter for which a “gold coin” donation is required.
The barbeque and boating presentation will be followed by additional presentations; the first by Tuff wet weather gear and the second by fisheries research scientist Dr Paul Hamer whose focus with be on an acoustic Snapper tagging program conducted over the previous 12 months.
|Andrew Cimbaljevic of Caroline Springs with the 2.2kg female brown trout on a Rapala bibbed minnow down-rigged to 8 metres (Photo Lake Purrumbete Caravan Park).
Geoff, when fishing for Snapper on Port Phillip Bay is it best to remain at anchor, or to move every so often after no bites, and if so, how often?
Kevin, it’s best to remain at anchor through the peak periods between first light and an hour or so after sun up and the reverse during the evening. The same applies for an hour each side of either tide change.
In between times, and should you have a good sounder or fish finder, then you might consider driving slowly around with an eye on the screen in an attempt to locate fish and present them with a bait.
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|Paul Krajino of Melton, with a male brown trout of 3.2 kg from Lake Purrumbete (Photo Lake Purrumbete Caravan Park).
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