Waterfront a feeding ground for Australian salmon

Jiles Gallichan with a bluefin tuna. (Supplied) 278760_01

Peri Stavropoulos

Inside Corio Bay has been a feeding ground for Australian salmon over the past week, with baitfish being pushed to the surface causing bust ups nearly every day.

In and around the Geelong Waterfront is where majority of the action has been with anglers from both boat and land getting amongst it.

Casting small soft plastics to resemble baitfish have been deadly and when the fish are on can result in a fish a cast.

This time of year we should see the winter snapper in this similar area start to turn on with fish to 10kg being very achievable.

Clifton Springs is still producing some fantastic whiting fishing at the moment, big fish and big numbers.

Fishing just about any time of the day and any tide has been producing plenty of fish with reports of fish reaching over 40cm.

There are still lots of small fish amongst it all but with persistence and working through the smaller fish, it’s well worth it.

Squid and pipis have been yet again the standout baits with a light burley trail being a handy enticer to have in the water.

Calamari are still holding in great numbers in shallow, unfortunately the water has been a little dirty so finding them can be a grind but once a pod is found you can seriously clean up

Jigs with a rattle built inside have been working better than the standards as the squid have something they can feel better in the water, as well as jig scent.

When the water is dirty and chasing squid these two tips can be a game changer.

Offshore Barwon Heads is still fishing very well for pinky snapper and gummy sharks with the 50 and 60 metre line producing the goods.

Snapper snatcher rigs with fresh squid and salmon have been working a treat.

Portland to Port MacDonnell is still on fire with the barrel tuna bite that is going on down there at the moment, with reports coming in daily of fish to well over 100kg.

Trolling skirted lures has been working very well with Aloha Super Ninjas being a standout at the moment.

School tuna have also been holding out a bit deeper on the shelf, yet again skirted lures and divers have been doing the damage with fish up to 25kg hitting the deck.