|geelong & corio bay with geoff wilson
Dated: 23 December, 2002
Steve Kinney of Leithbridge and Steve Dean of Bannockburn certainly weren't after tiddlers when they spent Friday night fishing from the beach at Lorne, not with a whole mullet for bait on each of their lines.
|Steve Dean and Steve Kinney with the 20 kg school shark they caught from the beach at Lorne at 2.00 am on Saturday morning|
At 2.00 am their patience was rewarded with a good run which turned out to be a 20 kg School Shark. They had another similar run later on, but the fish - possibly another School Shark - dropped the bait.
Andrew Phillips and James Robinson headed out to the old steamship channel mark off Point Richards early on Sunday morning. Using squid for bait they caught three Snapper from 2 kg to 3.5 kg before the wind came up and they came in.
Well, they didn't come right in as it happened, but anchored in the lee of Grassy Point where they added thirty or so Southern Sea Garfish to their catch.
Sharks have been less than plentiful offshore of late, but Mark Sheilds and Stuart and Michael Cooper caught a 3.73 metre Shortfin Mako shark off Torquay at the weekend. How heavy was it? That's debatable because they had nothing capable of weighing such a large fish. Anyway it should keep them in flake for some time.
Following last week's report of Snook out on the Prince George Bank, Jeff Richards had a request to go Snook fishing on Saturday, but it was late morning and chances slim. Or so he thought.
|Matthew and Georgia Richards with the snook from Dead Man's Stick|
After a couple of runs through the area known as Dead Man's Stick, and one missed strike, up came a beauty of 2.24 kg.
On Sunday Justin Burns and Josh Terpstra headed out off Barwon Heads and found Barracouta to 1.8 kg in 55 metres of water. On the way back in they saw a shoal of fish feeding and put out some lures. The result was several Australian Salmon to 1.5 kg.
On Saturday, Justin and wife Katryna fished the Barwon River at Queens Park where they caught several European Carp to 5 kg and Tench to 1 kg or so, using corn for bait.
On Tuesday, Doug Lucas and Bob Casper fished the Gellibrand River estuary just upstream from Princetown where they caught several good size Black Bream using podworms for bait. These were around the 35 cm mark.
Doug also mentions that his son Glenn and his wife Sue fished from the Jetty at Jubilee Park, Warrnambool where they caught several bream from the Hopkins River. These were up to 32 cm and were also taken on podworms.
Bob McPherson of Portland reports that among those to catch Snapper along the north shore was Frank Farugia of Casterton who bagged out on fish to 50 cm. Frank also caught some nice flathead to 45 cm as well.
Anchored up in around 8 metres, along the north shore toward Narrawong on Saturday evening, was Rod Harris. Rod not only took some nice Snapper, but boated two 6 kg Yellowtail Kingfish as well.
|Bob McPherson contributes this shot of son Sean with the 10.5 kg yellowtail kingfish he caught along Portland's north shore early Sunday morning|
Bob was out in much the same spot early on Sunday morning with a sparse berley trail of pilchard pieces going. He was just doing a job on the Snapper when one of his rods buckled over and screamed off.
No Snapper this time, but a Yellowtail Kingfish of 10.5 kg which kept him busy for quite some time.
Karl Fedke reports that on Wednesday, he, Neil Slater and Rob Meade, caught several nice redfin ( English Perch) from the Barwon River trolling bibbed minnows from a small boat. The biggest was a kilogram.
Karl reports that Robert McKie fished the main wall adjacent to the boat ramp at Lake Modewarre where he caught six Rainbow Trout from 600 to 900 grams using Berkley Powerbait.
Karl also reports that Lake Purrumbete has begun to produce fish again as the availability of redfin fry puts them in a feeding mood at this time of year.
Among those to do well on Brown Trout were Andrew Simpson who took several to 1.2 kg on mudeyes, and Justin Higgins who took several similar size fish trolling Tassie Devils. All fish had been feeding heavily on redfin fry.
At Nearby Lake Bullen Merri, Tomas Cook caught a 1.7 kg Brown Trout trolling a Tassie Devil very early in the morning.
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