Snapper plague after lockdown

Adam Van Der Lugt with a snapper he caught off the waterfront. (Supplied)

On The Bite: Peri Stavropoulos

After our short lockdown the fishing has been on fire along Geelong waterfront with snapper starting to dominate reports.

Anglers casting soft plastics around the many structures in and around the area have had great success landing snapper to 6kg with plenty of much larger fish.

Adam Van Der Lugt from Trellys Geelong fished the waterfront on grand final day to land a snapper weighing 5kg on Zman Slim Swimz.

St Helens rocks have also had some snapper reports coming through with anglers soaking baits into the night and pulling some quality fish to the shore.

Baits such as pilchards and squid have been the standouts with fish to 5kg being taken.

Salmon and tailor have also showed up in plague numbers around Royal Geelong Yacht Club.

The fish have been super aggressive snatching up anglers’ plastics and hard body lures making some fun fishing.

Flathead have been very active in the same area with all three common species – bluespot, sand and rock – latching onto anglers’ lines.

Eric from Trellys found some nice rock flathead during the week to about 45cm with gulp nemesis plastics proving the best lures.

Clifton Springs through to Queenscliff has been fishing pretty well for calamari.

The lack of boats on the water has really allowed the squid to rejuvenate in the area and there are plenty there to be caught.

Size 3.5 jigs have been a standout and in particular the new Shimano Clinch rattle jigs.

Offshore Barwon Heads has been fishing red hot as of late with snapper and gummy sharks running riot.

The 30 metre mark towards Torquay has been the spot to be with snapper to 6kg and sharks to 25kg, both school and gummy.

Fresh chunk and strip baits have been super effective and fishing a tide change will increase your chances immensely.

Wurdi Buloc Reservoir has been a hot fishing location for anglers in search of a trout with the lake producing some quality captures for anglers casting along the main rock wall.

Shallow diving minnow hardbody, soft plastic and spoon style lures have been working a treat at the moment with trout to 4lb being taken.