|geelong & corio bay with geoff wilson
Dated: 4 January, 2002
Fishing the Barwon estuary last week were Bruce Morrison and son Riley who caught several school Mulloway using pilchards for bait. Bruce says they came on the bite in the evening and continued until after dark.
|Riley Morrison with a sample of his mulloway catch from the Barwon.|
On Friday, Dean McDonald and Mick Allerdyce fished offshore from Barwon Heads in 45 metres where they took a good catch of flathead, Barracouta and three nice Gummy Shark.
Their drift took them in close to Point Impossible where they anchored up in the late afternoon in the hope of catching a Snapper or two. All was quiet until they hooked a Seven-gilled Shark around 1.6 metres long which Dean reports was excellent eating.
Dean also joins the increasing number of fishing and boating enthusiasts finding fault with the re-built Ocean Grove ramp. The work has generated criticism because the gradient allegedly levels off at the bottom of the ramp.
This fault has reportedly caused damage to boat propellers and outboard legs and promises to be a costly exercise for all parties if not corrected promptly.
On Friday, Neil Walker of Ocean Grove reports fishing the Barwon River Mouth with Amelia 14, Lee 12, Shane 6, and Tahlia 4. Their catch consisted mainly of yellow eye mullet and salmon, but they caught and released a number of rays as well.
On Saturday, Neil took some of the smaller mullet offshore from the Barwon Heads Bluff where he used them for squid bait. This exercise resulted in the capture of several calamari, and a salmon of around two kilograms.
Neil also finds fault with the reconstructed Ocean Grove boat ramp, which he believes needs immediate attention.
On Sunday, Noel Keneally and Rob Zynevych went out into 65 metres off Barwon Heads in the hope of picking up a shark or two. After two hours of berleying, along came a blue shark of around 30 kg, which they caught without too much trouble, then a 45 kg mako which livened up their day.
On Saturday, Colin Frisch and Noel Keneally caught 8 of the big whiting the Lonsdale Bight has become famous for over the years. Using fresh calamari for bait, their catch included two 44 cm beauties, one weighing 610 grams, the other 625.
Earlier in the week, Colin fished with son Tim for Snapper on Corio Bay, but all they caught were little pinkies around 15 cm, all of which were returned. Roy and Andrew Phillips fished off Point Lillias where they also encountered undersize pinkies. However, their catch also included a couple of larger Snapper to 54 cm, and a flathead of 53 cm. They used squid for bait.
Stan Wright of Apollo Bay reports that local fishing has been slow, as is often the case during holiday periods, but that anglers fishing offshore have taken some good catches.
Keith Black of Colac was among those to fish offshore over the weekend with Gummy Shark to 7 kg, Snapper to a kilogram, and plenty of good size Barracouta. They caught these on the drift off Cape Otway in 20 to 50 metres of water.
Tom Pemberton of the Lismore Angling Club reports that holiday makers camped at Lake Tooliorook are adding an occasional redfin to their bankside catches of eels. A dozen or more redfin were caught on Saturday by anglers fishing from the bank around the lake using worms for bait.
Tom also reports fishing at Lake Purrumbete where anglers in boats are catching small chinook salmon and Rainbow Trout along with some larger Brown Trout to 1.5 kg or so. Mudeyes fished under a float is the favoured method here.
Fishing from Hoses Rocks at Lake Purrumbete, early on Chrismas morning, was Tim Lucas who caught a dozen Brown Trout, three of which he kept. All were a kilogram or better.
Doug Lucas of Colac reports that Laurie Liston of Horsham visited the Curdies River near Peterborough in the hope of catching a nice bream or two. Using scrubworms for bait, he caught nine altogether ranging in size from 36 to 42 cm.
Karl Fedke begins his freshwater reports at Lake Modewarre, where on Thursday, Garry Stacey caught three Brown Trout, including a beauty of 2.7 kg, trolling a "perch pattern" Rapala CD 5.
Karl has just returned from the Murray River near Kerang where son Michael 11, caught a Murray Cod on one of Karl's home made lures, but at 45 cm it did not make legal size so they released it. That was on Saturday after Kerang local Gavin Tarr caught a 19 kg cod on a green "Poltergeist" lure from the same spot the previous day.
Where They Were Caught:
Location: Off Cape Otway, and in 45 metres off Barwon Heads
Bait: Unknown, but probably squid
King George Whiting:
Location: Lonsdale Bight
Location: In 65 metres off Barwon Heads
Shortfin Mako Shark:
Location: In 65 metres off Barwon Heads
Location: In 9 metres off Point Impossible
Location: Off Cape Otway, and in 45 metres off Barwon Heads.
Lure: Metal Jigs
Location: In 45 metres off Port Phillip Heads
Bait: Barracouta and Squid
Location: Point Lillias
Location: Curdies River
Southern Calamari Squid:
Location: Off Barwon Heads Bluff
Lure: Baited squid jigs
Yellow Eye Mullet:
Location: Barwon River entrance
Location: Barwon Estuary
Bait: Pilchards and squid
Location: Lakes Modewarre and Purrumbete
Lure: Rapala CD5
Location: Lake Purrumbete
Redfin ( English Perch)
Location: Lake Tooliorook
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