Good numbers across the region

Stefan Uzur with a tuna. (Supplied)

Fishing this past week has been very productive for a lot of anglers fishing right across the region, with our back doorstep producing some great reports. The outer harbour has been offering a great variety of species.

From Point Henry right through to Portarlington has been quite the hot spot this past week with King George whiting, flathead, pinkie snapper, salmon and squid. There may not be huge fish on offer but they’re certainty in numbers, a great option to take the family out and enjoy the good weather.

The northern side of the bay (north of the channel) has been seeing some better quality fish come through with King George whiting reports standing out.

Anglers have been finding good numbers of whiting around Bird Rock and the Quarries with reports of plenty of fish between 30 and 38cm. Pipis and squid are two fantastic baits to run in this area. Snapper remain on the chew also, and though not many anglers are chasing them at the moment there are still a few reports coming through of fish being landed to 5kg in weight.

Offshore Barwon Heads is where all the talk is at the moment, with just about everything fishing well. Tuna have been white-hot right across the coast line from as shallow as 20 metres right out to 40 metres.

Trolling hardbody lures has been working a real treat, and when the fish are sighted on top poppers and stickbaits are doing the damage on them that way.

Large schools of Australian salmon have been busting up offshore in the same areas as the tuna. The schools are quite easy to spot as the birds and splashes are a very obvious giveaway; with the fish mainly feeding on tiny whitebait, small metal lures are working best at the moment.

Yellowtail kingfish have also been on many anglers’ minds this week with some great reports of anglers jigging a few up in slightly deeper water. Plenty of fish between 60 and 80cm are on offer at the moment.