|geelong & corio bay with geoff wilson
Dated: 19 December, 2006
SHARKS ON THE MOVE
|Pat Condon’s Mako comes alongside.|
Most reports to hand this week – far too many to include in fact – involve either shark captures or encounters with sharks of various species, but that is normal for this time of year.
Matthew Grgic and Robert Rovis, whom we’ve featured with both Gummy Shark and Snapper off Jan Juc lately, have recently had issues with something taking baited squid jigs and other gear then biting their lines off.
Guessing the culprit might be a shark, they brought out a 15 kg game fishing outfit rigged with a wire trace and baited up with a slimy mackerel.
The result was a powerful run of about 300 metres followed by a dogged fight from what turned out to be a Thresher Shark of about 70 kg.
Grant Cameron and Pat Condon didn’t have long to wait for their shark after pulling up in 65 metres of water off Barwon Heads.
|Warren Jankowski caught this Mako shark off Torquay in 50 metres of water on Saturday morning.|
No sooner had they begun to berley than a mako shark of around 1.8 metres came in looking for treat, which they were happy to provide in the form of a fresh Barracouta fillet with a hook in it.
That part went according to plan, with the mako coming aboard after half an hour or so. It was only later back at the cleaning table that the dead shark took its revenge, inflicted a bite on Grant that required several stitches.
Also out off Barwon Heads, in 55 metres this time, were Nick Didenkowski and Warner Godfrey aboard Adamas Charters. They also caught a mako shark on a Barracouta fillet. That one weighed 52 kg.
Warren Jankowski, fishing with Steve Powell, caught yet another mako shark in 50 metres of water off Torquay on Saturday morning, once again on a fillet of Barracouta.
|Matthew Grgic with his big gummy shark off Jan Juc.|
TEETH OR GUMS
Not all sharks are the toothy kind: Matthew Grgic headed out off Jan Juc once more after catching the Thresher Shark, this time with his brother Brent and friend Alecs Poljak, first trying for Snapper in the usual spot.
With nothing doing there, they headed further out, and fishing on the drift in 25 metres, Matthew hooked, and eventually boated, an 18.5 kg Gummy Shark that took a salmon fillet.
Jeff Richards and Bill Pilipasidis were at anchor in 15 metres of water out past the Prince George Light off Portarlingtin on Saturday morning where they hooked two very nice Gummy Shark, each around 1.2 metres in length.
|Nick Didenkowski (left) and Warner Godfrey (right) with the mako shark they caught while on Adamas charters (Photo Rod Lawn)
On Sunday Jeff returned, this time with Chris Hately, for another catch of similar size gummies.
Snook IN THE BAY
John Babic sent in a photo of his cousin Dale with a nice Snook, one of several he caught while slow trolling, deep-running minnow-type lures off Point Lillias in the middle of the day.
An interesting catch because it’s more like spring when we see them in this area. And to catch them in the middle of the day suggest there may be quite a few about.
|Dale Babic with one of several snook he caught while trolling small, minnow-type lures at Point Lillias last week. (Photo John Babic)
Andrew Phillips reports fishing at several locations with friend Anthony Besei over the past week or so.
First off they fished from the banks of the Werribee River on two occasions where their catch included 26 bream. The biggest of these measured 41 cm and was taken on Corio Bay crab, as were most of the others.
On Sunday, the pair fished out in 9 metres of water off Indented Head where their catch included ten nice flathead to a kilogram or so.
Andrew says they would have caught more except that small pinkies were numerous, taking most of their baits before the flathead could get to them.
Geoff, I am thinking of taking up soft plastics fishing for bream. What lure should I use?
Matthew, with lure fishing it is the input from that angler rather than the lure that produces results. Of course the lure needs to be of the right size and configuration. I suggest you might make a start using 2” Atomic Fat grubs for bream rigged on a suitable jig head, one that is compatible with the lure size and the depth of water you intend to fish.
I’m sure you understand that it’s not just the lure that needs to be suitable. Your rod, reel and line need to be selected in the interests of balanced tackle and be light enough for extended periods, sometimes several hours, of cast and retrieve without inducing fatigue. Your preferred fishing tackle store should be able to help you with that.
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