ON THE BITE with Peri Stavropoulos
King George whiting and calamari have been popular targets across the Bellarine Peninsula with plenty of reports coming through.
Both species have been in fantastic numbers and the further around the peninsula you head the better the fishing seems to be.
Calamari have been fishing very well around the high tide with the cleaner water coming in and the average size is seeming to slowly increase. Size 3.0 and 3.5 jigs have been working well with natural green and bright pink jigs working best.
Another lethal tactic for chasing squid is to leave one out the back of the drift under a float. This is super effective and helps get those few extra fish.
Whiting have been chewing very well also in similar areas to the squid, the run out tide as the water dirties has been the best time to chase them. Fishing with squid or pipis with the aid of burley in a cage on the bottom has been working the best with over 40cm and bag limit captures on offer.
Offshore Barwon Heads has been on fire again this past week with gummy sharks on the chew right along the coast. The 30 metre line continues to be the most productive zone.
Nicholas Mrak cracked his first gummy on the weekend weighing in around the 12kg mark. The fish was caught on a salmon strip bait.
The west coast barrel bite has continued to produce plenty of fish over this past week despite the below average weather.
Port MacDonnell is still holding the title for the number one location with plenty of fish over 100kg being weighed in nearly daily (weather depending).
The Barwon River Estuary is still fishing very well for estuary perch, salmon and trevally with the Sheepwash and surrounding areas producing the most reports. Casting small soft plastics and vibe style lures have been working very well, even deeper diving hard bodies like OSP Dunks or Daiwa Spikes are well worth throwing around.
Lake Purrumbete was red hot over the weekend with salmon, redfin and trout all biting well.
Chinook salmon have been chewing well on the troll and to anglers doping pilchards into a thick burley trail.
Brown trout have been on the atrol along the shallow weed edges. Andy Whitford landed a trophy trout (4.1kg) on a Daiwa double clutch while trolling the early hours of the morning.