Better weather – more fish

Mikalah McCormack with a super rare catch, a bass from the Barwon River. (supplied)

Hot fishing has continued around the area this week with much better weather playing a big factor in allowing anglers to venture out and get amongst it.

Inside the bay has still been producing some nice pinky snapper on soft plastics with anglers targeting areas like the spoil grounds and Alcoa pier finding some impressive numbers of fish.

For best results ideally run 4-5 inch soft plastics rigged on a one quarter ounce jig head.

In closer, the King George whiting have also remained on the chew with most reports coming from late arvo bites. Bird Rock again this week has proved to be a very popular location to target them. Timing your trip to fish on a tide change is a pretty key factor to consider when targeting them at the moment as the tides aren’t very big due to the moon.

St Leonards still claims its title as the whiting hotspot for the area with much better reports coming from down this way. Again timing your trips to be fishing around the stronger tides is a very important factor and if you can fish in an evening then even better.

The Rip has had some reports come through of yellowtail kingfish starting to bite with some fish reaching more than a metre. Anglers dropping live and dead baits have been having good success and of course knife jigs are getting plenty of bites too. Fishing the tide changes has again been a key factor to having better success but we can expect to see this area fish very well over the coming weeks.

The bluefin tuna offshore have gone into overdrive with the fish seeming to be going stupid. Anglers trolling hardbody and skirted lures have been doing some serious damage lately with some boats bagging out before 9. Double, Triple, 4, 5 way hook-ups – it’s been crazy! Well worth getting out there and having a crack as we only got maybe a month or so left on them until next season.

The Barwon River has been a popular freshwater location this week with carp, redfin and perch all making an appearance with plenty of reports coming through on worms with Queens Park proving to be a hot spot.

A surprise catch this week was Mikalah McCormack with an Australian bass caught under a float with corn while chasing carp. As far as rare captures go for Geelong that is well up there.