Geoff’s Fishing Report

Andrew Byrne with a trophy size brown trout from Lake Purrumbete (Picture: Lake Purrumbete Holiday Park).

Andrew Byrne with a trophy size brown trout from Lake Purrumbete (Picture: Lake Purrumbete Holiday Park).

Damian Coter with a 5 kg brown trout from Lake Purrumbete (Picture: Lake Purrumbete Holiday Park).

Damian Coter with a 5 kg brown trout from Lake Purrumbete (Picture: Lake Purrumbete Holiday Park).


Freshwater

John Clements of the Lake Purrumbete Holiday Park at Camperdown, reports that the lake is still producing trophy size brown trout with Damian Coter and Andrew Byrne individually picking up fish – one of which was just on 5 kg – on lures fished on downriggers.

Naturally, there were a good many smaller fish taken as well – mainly rainbow trout – by anglers like Phillip Tirotta from Warrnambool who picked up fish to 1.5 kg using mudeyes for bait.

Although Lake Bullen Merri has accumulated a surface layer of blue-green algae, it’s still producing chinook salmon, said John, with Kane Broughton – who was staying up that way with his family – catching one of 3.7 kg at the weekend using a fillet of pilchard suspended just above the bottom.

Redfin as still going strong, said John, with Uri of St Albans Angling Club getting his fair share to 1.4 kg using scrubworms for bait.

A little farther afield, Steven Hill of Camperdown, and his companion Ron Webb, visited Lake Tooliorook last week, taking a mixed bag of rainbow and brown trout to 3.12 kg, on lures.

Linda Stewart with a couple of nice pinkies from Corio Bay (Picture: Murray Stewart).

Linda Stewart with a couple of nice pinkies from Corio Bay (Picture: Murray Stewart).


Corio Bay and the Bellarine Peninsula

Mike Windsor of Clifton Springs Boat Hire, reports that there are plenty of good size pinkie snapper about during daylight hours, and among those to catch them on Sunday morning were Murray Stewart and wife Linda.

After launching at Clifton Springs, they anchored up in around 7 metres of water off the Pelican Shores caravan park at Leopold, and as it turned out, their baits of silver whiting were taken by good size pinkies before they’d even reached the bottom.

The thing is, with the improbable size restriction on pinkie snapper at 40 cm, they had their bag limit catches in no time and left them biting.

Andrew Johnson and Dennis O’Brien made yet another trip off Clifton Springs for whiting, trying an area in around 7 metres of water where they’d caught them previously.

However, although the fishing was slow, they caught a dozen really good size fish to 42 cm by 2.00 pm. But then the wind came up from the south-east at around 20 knots, which persuaded them to head back in.

Rod Ludlow of Beachlea Boat Hire at Indented Head reports that whiting catches are on the improve, so much so that even folk fishing with whitebait for flathead have been picking up some good size specimens with fish over 40 cm by no means rare. However, the best bait by far said Rod is mussel, which is readily available from various sources at Portarlington.

Kelvin Maclean and Chris Stamalos with one of the gummy shark they caught offshore from Barwon Heads on Sunday.

Kelvin Maclean and Chris Stamalos with one of the gummy shark they caught offshore from Barwon Heads on Sunday.

Barwon estuary

Fishing the Sheepwash from his boat on Wednesday, Simon Werner found catching mullet and small, but legal size, salmon no problem. So, with the tide still trickling in, he broke out the heavier tackle and put one of those on for live bait. A good move as it turned out, for it wasn’t long before he caught a mulloway measuring 86 cm.

With a result like that, it was worth a replay, so on Friday; Simon initiated the process once more, this time catching a mulloway that measured 94 cm.

Offshore

Making an early start on Sunday, Chris Stamalos and Kelvin Maclean were hoping for something decent after anchoring in 31 metres of water off Barwon Heads on Sunday morning.

Their first sign of action came at 7.30 when one of their rods wrapped over; reel screaming to the tune of a 16 kg gummy shark. After that, they caught several slimy mackerel and a couple of large southern calamari, both of which provided first class bait; arguably resulting in their second good run at around 9.00 am, which resulted in the capture of a 22 kg gummy shark.

Ahmed asks:

Geoff, you always seem to have fishing reports from the same people: I see hundreds of people out fishing, so why do you keep mentioning the same ones?

Ahmed, I too see hundreds of people out fishing but suggest that most simply enjoy a day on the water and rarely catch fish. Among those who do, some take care to remain anonymous. However, I welcome well articulated fishing reports and quality photos from those who can provide same; including your good self.

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Aaron Habgood with yet another good catch of snapper off Clifton Springs (Picture: Aaron Habgood).

Aaron Habgood with yet another good catch of snapper off Clifton Springs (Picture: Aaron Habgood).

Zoe Stanford with a sample of her whiting catch from Portland (Picture: Bob McPherson).

Zoe Stanford with a sample of her whiting catch from Portland (Picture: Bob McPherson).

Bellarine Peninsula/ Corio Bay

On Friday, Andrew Johnson and Dennis O’Brien failed in their quest for whiting off Leopold, and in other places where they’d done well recently. So, after hours of catching virtually nothing, they headed back to Clifton for one last try before heading in.

That was around 3.00 pm, by which time the tide had began running in, and with it, the whiting came on the bite. They kept 27 ranging in size from 35 to more than 40 cm, and two flathead, each approaching 50 cm, while using pipis and squid for bait.

Andrew’s son Tim, along with companions Joel Trezise and Callum Olsen, also did well after crossing the channel and anchoring up north east of Point Richards on Sunday where their catch of snapper ranged from 2.5 to 4.5 kg. Hard to say how many they caught, but they kept only one each, releasing the rest.

The night shift remained productive for Andrew Phillips and George Uranus who made another successful trip off Point Wilson on Friday night. Andrew caught a snapper of 7.2 kg toward the high tide at around 8.00 pm, and George caught one of 6.5 kg at midnight.

Alf Cardarelli with the snapper he caught off Clifton Springs last week (Picture: Mike Windsor).

Alf Cardarelli with the snapper he caught off Clifton Springs last week (Picture: Mike Windsor).

Mike Windsor of Clifton Springs Boat Hire reports that while snapper remain the main attraction – as Alf Cardarelli could relate after catching one of 5 kg on Thursday – good size pinkies snapper are also present. And that’s something Terry Beasley and Peter Richardson from Cobden in the Western District could relate, having caught them from 35 to 72 cm using pilchards and squid for bait

Australian salmon have also been a strong presence in Corio Bay for some time now and are easily located by the aggregation of birds overhead; something that Simon Werner, daughter Kassidy, and friend Jake Callahan, took advantage at Point Wilson over the weekend, taking fish to a kilogram and better at will.

Rod Ludlow of Beachlea Boat Hire at Indented Head reports on the first good catches of whiting this spring with clients bringing catches of up to a dozen fish, with some around the 40 c mark. They’ve mainly been taken on mussel and pipi. Apart from that said Ro, there’s been plenty of flathead taken as well, along with squid, which were fewer in number this week.

Offshore

With a break in the weather last week, Steve O’Keefe made an early start off Barwon Heads, where – in 43 metres of water – he picked up several snapper from 40 to 69 cm along with a gummy shark and a couple of other species.

George Bolton of Colac with his 4.55 kg brown trout from Lake Purrumbete (Picture: Lake Purrumbete Holiday Park).

George Bolton of Colac with his 4.55 kg brown trout from Lake Purrumbete (Picture: Lake Purrumbete Holiday Park).

Jayden Wright with a rainbow trout that he caught from Lake Bullen Merri (Picture: Lake Purrumbete Holiday Park).

Jayden Wright with a rainbow trout that he caught from Lake Bullen Merri (Picture: Lake Purrumbete Holiday Park).


Freshwater

Steve also fished Lake Elingamite near Cobden where his catch included a 1.76 kg brown trout.

Lake Tooliorook near Lismore has been producing some fine fish lately, and among those to do well here last week were Jake Habib and Justin Cole. They kept ten rainbow trout from 2 to 3 kg, while releasing a good many others; all were taken on lures.

After their success, a return trip was in order , this time with Justin’s 3 year old son Mason, who – with a bit of deft coaching – caught a brown trout of 2.5 kg and a similar size rainbow.

Sammy Giles of Bannockburn also fished Tooliorook last week where his catch included a 2.7 kg rainbow trout that he also took on a lure

John Clements of the Lake Purrumbete Holiday Park reports that trophy size brown trout are still on offer with George Bolton of Colac picking up a beauty of 4.55 kg on a Tassie Devil. Tim Beusman of Geelong also caught one of 2.72 kg – while down-rigging with Tassies – along with several smaller browns and rainbows.

Gary Drew and Jason Eastman from Ballarat tackled Lake Purrumbete’s seemingly inexhaustible population of redfin, taking any number from 600 grams to 1.2 kg using minnow and scrubworm for bait.

Tim Beusman of Geelong with brown trout from Lake Purrumbete (Picture: Lake Purrumbete Holiday Park).

Tim Beusman of Geelong with brown trout from Lake Purrumbete (Picture: Lake Purrumbete Holiday Park).

Mason Cole 3, with the fruits of his introduction to fishing (Picture: Jake Habib).

Mason Cole 3, with the fruits of his introduction to fishing (Picture: Jake Habib).


Portland

Down Portland way, Bob McPherson reports that shoals of good size whiting are widespread from Portland’s North Shore, all the way down to Cape Nelson, and among those to catch them last week were Zoe Stanford and her father Phil, who – no doubt – have already dined on whiting fillets.


Graham asks:

Geoff, have you done any calculations on sink the rate for rubbers and various head combinations? For example; what weight of jig head would you use on a 6″ paddle tail rubber in 25 metres of water running at 2 knots using 10 kg braid?

Graham; such calculations are well beyond me. However, you may find the publication “Lures in Depth” by Bill Classon and Frank Prokop, helpful. It was published by AFN (03 9729 8788) in 1995 and is available from Amazon, and possibly AFN. Or, perhaps the manufacturer of your lure may be of some help: Keep me updated on your progress.

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Aaron Habgood of Red’s Fishing Adventures with one of several snapper he caught off Clifton Springs last week (Picture: Aaron Habgood).

Aaron Habgood of Red’s Fishing Adventures with one of several snapper he caught off Clifton Springs last week (Picture: Aaron Habgood).

Bellarine Peninsula/ Corio Bay

Although our regular night shift snapper fishermen, Andrew Phillips and George Uranus, didn’t turn a scale on their first trip off Point Wilson early last week, they made up for it on Thursday night with four snapper from five to 6.5 kg.

Beginning their shift on the low tide change just after dark, it looked like another unproductive trip until around 11 pm when they picked up a fish of 5 kg. They followed that with another three toward the high tide change in the early hours of Friday morning using squid and silver whiting for bait.

Naturally a good many snapper have also been taken throughout the day as Aaron Habgood of Red’s Fishing Adventures reports as he and his companions continue to take bag limit catches of large snapper off Clifton Springs with squid being the best bait.

Mike Windsor of Clifton Springs Boat Hire reports that good size pinkies are about as well; Tony Vicary and his companion taking ten off Curlewis out toward the channel junction. However, Mike also says you don’t have to go far out to catch respectable flathead either as Sam Dowling demonstrated by catching several to 38 cm just offshore from the boat ramp.

On Saturday, Andrew Johnson and Dennis O’Brien found a good patch of whiting in 7 metres of water off the Pelican Shores Caravan Park, and although they were mostly small fish, there were some big ones among them, and – using cocktails of squid and pipi for bait – they finished up with 20 fish over 35 cm; the biggest measured 43 cm.

Rod Ludlow of Beachlea Boat Hire at Indented Head reports that squid were definitely the main catch last week, with some good size specimens being taken close to shore anytime there was a break in the weather.

Rod also mentions that snapper, mainly good size pinkies – along with some bigger fish – fired offshore from Portarlington between Oxley Street and Calhoun Road (the old Derby Day mark). Historically speaking, these should be about for the rest of the month.

Snapper in custody (Picture: Victoria State Police).

Snapper in custody (Picture: Victoria State Police).

Thin blue line

On Friday night, the Victoria Police Angling Club had a snapper competition on Port Phillip Bay, during which, 13 members and one guest caught 44 snapper with nobody missing out.

The event was won by Tony Buhagiar (not the renowned footballer) with four fish weighing 12.27 kg taken off St Kilda. Tim Hose came second with five fish weighing 10.31 kg, and Chris Prescott came third with three fish weighing 9.81 kg; both of the latter catches being taken off Williamstown out toward the T22 marker Buoy.

Paul Rahman with a king-size redfin taken from Stony Creek Reservoir along the Geelong/Ballan Road.

Paul Rahman with a king-size redfin taken from Stony Creek Reservoir along the Geelong/Ballan Road.

Aaron Habgood of Red’s Fishing Adventures with his 2 kg rainbow trout (Picture: Aaron Habgood).

Aaron Habgood of Red’s Fishing Adventures with his 2 kg rainbow trout (Picture: Aaron Habgood).

Freshwater

John Clements of the Lake Purrumbete Holiday Park reports that trophy size brown trout are still on offer with Ken Sewell of Ballarat picking up one of 4.6 kg while trolling a pink Tassie Devil over the weekend.

Numerous brown and rainbow trout, including one of 2 kg that was taken by Aaron Habgood of Red’s Fishing Adventures, have been on the bite as well, said John with the preferred approach for these being either trolling lures or fishing mudeyes beneath a float.

Redfin too have been offer with John, and George Gillies of Colac, taking fish to 1.5 kg. John also reports that nearby Lake Bullen Merri is still producing chinook salmon, with Daniel Sparks taking one of 3 kg on a cut pilchard suspended just above the bottom.

Matt Paech with one of the squid he caught during the Weekend Fishing Competition.

Matt Paech with one of the squid he caught during the Weekend Fishing Competition.

Portland

Bob McPherson reports that although he knows of a couple of big tuna, 104 and 86 kg, being taken last week, there are now more anglers than fish with around 70 boats seeking them over the weekend: But that’s the nature of fishing.

As for Bob, he mentions that there are still some really good size whiting about and that he and Lachie Wombell found them on the bite in the shelter of Cape Nelson last week.

Family Fishing Comp

Last weekend’s family fishing competition – run by Bellarine Pirates, St Leonards Angling and St Leonards Yacht Club & Motor Squadron – attracted thirty six competitors. However, high winds and rough seas kept most ashore.

Adult male champ was Joe Scaffidi with the heaviest snapper at 1.355kg. Runner up was Matt Paech with heaviest flathead at 327 gm and the heaviest squid at 1185gm. Junior champ was Jesse Paech with a catch of flathead, whiting and squid, and junior runner up was Brandon Scaffidi, also with flathead, whiting and squid. The heaviest leatherjacket weighed 462gm and was caught by John Bustard. Nipper champ was Connor Paech with the heaviest whiting at 427 gm, along with a catch of flathead and squid.

A weedy sea dragon fits right in when putting rubbish in a bin (Picture: Walter Penrite).

A weedy sea dragon fits right in when putting rubbish in a bin (Picture: Walter Penrite).

Walter asks:

Geoff, see the accompanying photo of a rubbish bin. It was taken at the Ocean Grove boat ramp, and onto which was stuck a poster featuring a large and colourful picture of a weedy sea dragon accompanied with the text: “Weedy Seadragon Hero of the Bay;” Victoria’s State Government being acknowledged as the source.

While I support disposing of rubbish properly, how do you suppose a weedy sea dragon could be the hero of a bay, and what relevance would that have to a rubbish bin?

Walter: What a great example of Envirospeak! How a weedy sea dragon could be either hero or heroine – compliant with any accredited definition of same – is a puzzle. I see that the only relevant message is written in tiny print at the bottom of the poster, and over a background that makes for difficult reading. It says: “Put your rubbish in a bin.”

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 Above: Bill Athanasselis with one of the snapper he caught while fishing offshore from Ricketts Point last week. Below: Bill’s use of a small cable tie to secure the circle hook in its most effective attitude.


Above: Bill Athanasselis with one of the snapper he caught while fishing offshore from Ricketts Point last week. Below: Bill’s use of a small cable tie to secure the circle hook in its most effective attitude.

Young Baxter George with the 52 cm flathead he caught near Coles Beacon off Swan Island, near Queenscliff on Saturday. He also caught two others of 48 and 41 cm. (Picture: Craig Parker).

Young Baxter George with the 52 cm flathead he caught near Coles Beacon off Swan Island, near Queenscliff on Saturday. He also caught two others of 48 and 41 cm. (Picture: Craig Parker).


Corio Bay/Bellarine Peninsula

Snapper are still on offer from Corio Bay and there are some good ones among them, like one Aaron Habgood of Red’s Fishing Adventures caught on calamari ring in 10 metres of water offshore from Clifton Springs and estimated to be at least 7 kg.

On Thursday night, Andrew Phillips and George Uranus were surprised to see a good many boats out in their usual snapper spot north of the Curlewis channel junction and put their anchor down some distance away. However, conditions were less than encouraging with a fair bit of shop on the water and banjo sharks taking their baits of silver whiting.

Never the less they persisted, and at around 11 pm Andrew caught a snapper of 7.5 kg. By this time the sea had calmed off, but it was another long wait before George picked up a snapper of 6 kg in the early hours of Friday morning.

Mike Windsor of Clifton Springs Boat Hire reports that pinkie snapper to 40 cm are also on the bite off Curlewis with Lee Cleary catching them on silver whiting fillets. Flathead are also about with Jake Williams catching several to 48 cm. However, salmon continue to be a big attraction with fish to 50 cm being taken between Curlewis and Point Henry.

Rod Ludlow of Beachlea Boat Hire at Indented Head reports that patchy weather kept many boats ashore. However, land based anglers caught snapper from both the Portarlington breakwater and St Leonards Pier over the weekend.

Jeremy McLoughlin with his 20 kg school shark taken offshore from Torquay (Picture: Kevin McLoughlin).

Jeremy McLoughlin with his 20 kg school shark taken offshore from Torquay (Picture: Kevin McLoughlin).

Big Red: Aaron Habgood with yet another big snapper from Corio Bay (Picture: Aaron Habgood).

Big Red: Aaron Habgood with yet another big snapper from Corio Bay (Picture: Aaron Habgood).

Offshore

Making an early start offshore from Torquay on Friday, Kevin McLoughlin and brother Jeremy headed out deep looking for snapper. There wasn’t much doing there, so they moved in mush closer looking for a whiting or two.

They caught only one as it turned out, but Jeremy was kept busy for some time by whatever took the fish fillet he had on for bait, and which eventually turned out to be a 20 kg school shark.

Paul Rahman with the 4.6 kg brown trout he caught from Lake Purrumbete on Saturday evening (Picture Paul Kovzan).

Paul Rahman with the 4.6 kg brown trout he caught from Lake Purrumbete on Saturday evening (Picture Paul Kovzan).

Georgia Spokes with the 45 cm redfin that she caught from Lake Toolondo trolling a Rapala BX Minnow; just one of 16 she caught on Saturday’s twilight charter (Picture: Victorian Inland Charters).

Georgia Spokes with the 45 cm redfin that she caught from Lake Toolondo trolling a Rapala BX Minnow; just one of 16 she caught on Saturday’s twilight charter (Picture: Victorian Inland Charters).

Freshwater

Lake Purrumbete continues to produce trophy size brown trout as Paul Rahman could relate after catching a beauty of 4.6 kg on Saturday evening. He, and Paul Kovzan, who deftly netted the big fish, also caught eight smaller fish to 1.4 kg; all being taken on mudeyes fished beneath bubble floats.

John Clements of the Lake Purrumbete Holiday Park reports that Warrnambool fly fisher Paul Barnaby took a 4.2 kg rainbow trout on the fly. However, redfin still remain the main chance on the lake said John, which was demonstrated by “Ferno” and “Bathy” from Cobram who put their catch of 180 fish down to the efficacy of their Fish Arrow J Huddles in Wakasagi silver.

Simon Rinaldi of Red Hot Charters with Glen and Luke Stevens, and the 135 kg tuna they caught offshore from Portland last week (Picture: Bob McPherson).

Simon Rinaldi of Red Hot Charters with Glen and Luke Stevens, and the 135 kg tuna they caught offshore from Portland last week (Picture: Bob McPherson).

Nigel Ah-Cann with his 125 kg tuna, also taken offshore from Portland (Picture: Bob McPherson).

Nigel Ah-Cann with his 125 kg tuna, also taken offshore from Portland (Picture: Bob McPherson).

Portland

Down Portland way, Bob McPherson reports that tuna, some well over the 100 kg mark, are still being taken offshore. Simon Rinaldi of Red Hot Charters had no trouble finding them for his clients who have weighed in fish to 144 kg. Mind you, a good many others have caught them as well including George Hemmings and his crew who caught a beauty of 152 kg from 70 metres of water offshore from Lawrence Rock.

Bob also mentions that bottom fishing out wide from Portland is still producing a variety of fish including blue eye trevalla, one of which Keryn Millard – who fishes with her father Dean – caught last week weighing 20 kg.

Kevin Agius and his son Korey with the 118 kg tuna they caught offshore from Portland.

Kevin Agius and his son Korey with the 118 kg tuna they caught offshore from Portland.

George Gereige with one of Portland’s great whiting (Picture: Bob McPherson).

George Gereige with one of Portland’s great whiting (Picture: Bob McPherson).

Family fishing comp

St Leonards Yacht Club and Motor Squadron at 1001 Lower Bluff Road, St Leonards is hosting a family fishing competition next weekend (November 4 and 5). Lines maybe down from 6.00 am on the Saturday with fish to be presented for weigh-in no later than 3.00 pm on Sunday. For further information please contact secretary.fish@bigpond.com or Phil on 0411 215 146l.

A total prize pool of $2,500 is on offer for a family entry fee of $10.00 which covers all sections. They are: Nippers (male and female) of 9 years and under, Juniors (male and female) of 10 to 18 years of age, and Adults. Payment may be made by direct credit to Bendigo Bank BSB 633-000, Account 134873140 as “Family17” (with surname and initials included), or by post to PO Box 1070, St Leonards 3223.

Keryn Millard with the 20 kg blue eye trevalla she caught while bottom bouncing off Portland with her father Dean.

Keryn Millard with the 20 kg blue eye trevalla she caught while bottom bouncing off Portland with her father Dean.

Stephan asks:

Geoff I’ve fished from the old Black Rock outfall site a fair bit; weather permitting. Unfortunately I’ve lost several good size fish that I’m sure were snapper when the sinker became snagged. Do you have any rigging recommendations that would help?

Stephan, to make any progress in this field I suggest you Google “pulley rigs,” the two primary purposes of which are to enable increased distance when casting – something that is achieved by securing your baited hook to a release clip above the sinker – and to reduce the loss of tackle, and fish, when fishing over rough ground.

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Early bird: Danny Skene who won first prize in the Leopold Angling and Aquatic Club’s snapper competition at the weekend with a sample of his catch.

Early bird: Danny Skene who won first prize in the Leopold Angling and Aquatic Club’s snapper competition at the weekend with a sample of his catch.


Corio Bay/Bellarine Peninsula

The Leopold Angling and Aquatic Club held its snapper competition over the weekend with Danny Skene catching the biggest fish of 7.7 kg: Second biggest, 6.3 kg, was taken by Matthew Kirby and third biggest, 6.2 kg, was taken by Ian Skirka.

Good weather on Thursday night saw Andrew Phillips and George Uranus on yet another nocturnal snapper vigil in their usual spot, which is north of the Curlewis Channel Junction, but they had to wait until 10.00 pm for their first fish of 5 kg.

After that, there was wasn’t much doing until the high tide change in the early hours of the morning when they caught another two fish of five and 6 kg, making a total of three altogether, all being caught on silver whiting and squid.

Mike Windsor of Clifton Springs Boat Hire also reports that snapper are about off Clifton Springs, and among those to catch them was Aaron Newtown with two of 6 and 8 kg. And on Sunday, Andrew Johnson and Dennis O’Brien caught one of 5 kg, also near the channel junction off Curlewis; that was before the wind picked up and sent them packing.

Australian salmon are about as Mike told us last week, and on Friday, Simon Werner, Jake Callahan and Frank Thorogood spied of flock of birds over a shoal of toward the Wilson Spit and caught their share, so to speak.

Anchoring up in much the same area, and using the freshly caught salmon for bait and berley, the dinner bell eventually rang at around 4.30 pm, heralding a catch of five big snapper within an hour, Frank catching the largest at just on 9 kg.

Matthew Kirby whose 6.3 kg snapper won second prize in the Leopold Angling and Aquatic Club’s snapper competition at the weekend.

Matthew Kirby whose 6.3 kg snapper won second prize in the Leopold Angling and Aquatic Club’s snapper competition at the weekend.

Freshwater

Fishing Lake Purrumbete last week, Garry Ridgeway and Roger Tolland caught so many redfin on scrubworms that they eventually lost count, but of those they kept, the biggest weighed 950 grams. They also fished mudeyes beneath floats for a tally of nine rainbow trout ranging in size from 750 grams to 1.25 kg.

John Clements of the Lake Purrumbete Holiday Park, reports that those to do well during the weekend ANSA comp – which was held at Lakes Purrumbete, Bullen Merri and Ettrick – included Daniel Sparks with a 2.4 kg brown trout, Peter Thorpe with another brown of 3.6 kg and Glenn Miller with a rainbow trout of 2.1 kg; all from Lake Ettrick. Frank Naylor weighed in a redfin of 1.1 kg, and Terry Haig, another of 1.3 kg from Purrumbete, and fishing Lake Bullen Merri was Kevin Hunter who caught a chinook salmon of 2.4 kg.

John Woolard and David Torelli with their tuna at Portland (Picture: Bob McPherson).

John Woolard and David Torelli with their tuna at Portland (Picture: Bob McPherson).

Portland

Bob McPherson reports that large bluefin tuna are still to be caught offshore from Portland and among those to find them was Simon Rinaldi of Red Hot Charters. He located a school off Cape Bridgewater last week for clients John Woolard and David Torelli who both hooked up to big fish that eventually weighed 120.4 and 95.6 kg.

As for Bob, he and his friend George Gereige took advantage of the current run of whiting, and – while fishing close in to Cape Nelson – caught some good ones.

George Gereige with a sample of the whiting presently on offer at Portland (Picture: Bob McPherson).

George Gereige with a sample of the whiting presently on offer at Portland (Picture: Bob McPherson).


Ron Nelson Memorial

The Ron Nelson memorial fishing competition for junior anglers is to be held from 9.00 am until 1.00 pm on Sunday 29/10/17 at St Augustine’s Waterhole off Pigdons Road in Highton, which is on the grounds of Deakin University (Melway ref: 464 J-K5).

The event is hosted by the Association of Geelong and District Angling Clubs Inc. and sponsored by Trelly’s Fishing Tackle and Taylor Made Insurance; so there are valuable prizes to be won.


Prizes will be awarded in various sections including:

Heaviest trout for boys and girls from 2 to 10 years old.
Heaviest trout for boys and girls from 11 to 16 years old.
Heaviest species other than trout in all sections.
Encouragement awards.

All anglers must register before competing, and – while entry is free – you will need to bring your own bait and fishing tackle (one rod and reel). Drivers are to ensure that their vehicles are parked within designated areas:

For further information phone Ian Pickering 5266 1008 or John Hotchin 5248 6817

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Fishing the New Zealand Canals * * * Paul Rahman

Paul Rahman with a big one that didn’t get away.

Paul Rahman with a big one that didn’t get away.

Paul Rahman has had a great deal of experience fishing the Twizel Canal system in New Zealand and has caught a good many trophy size fish in doing so. He now works part time as a guide on these waters and may be contacted on silverraider@hotmail.com


Fishing the New Zealand Canals * * * Paul Rahman

News of colossal trout being caught from the Twizel and Tekapo canals on New Zealand’s South Island has spread world-wide. These bodies of water, which are kilometers in length and interspersed with nine different dams, are a major power infrastructure for the South Island, and for a large portion of the North Island as well.

These canals produce an extremely high flow of well oxygenated water all year round and have been locally named; Tekapo Canal, Pukaki Canal, Ohau A, Ohau B and Ohau C. All are well stocked with trout, both browns and rainbows, both reaching truly large sizes.

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The canals are also used for farming salmon which are secured in pens within these canals until they are large enough to be harvested and distributed, both locally and world-wide, as a product judged to be of impeccable quality.

The trout take advantage of these salmon farms, both as cover, and as a food source as they gather beneath these netting enclosures to feed on the substantial quantity of fish pellets that the salmon miss: This situation being responsible for producing the colossal trout for which this system is noted.

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The approach for catching these beauties differs substantially from what you might use in your local streams, rivers or lakes. This is because these fish are well fed and rarely show the aggression attributed to these species elsewhere; a fact that has left some otherwise capable anglers disappointed.

These fish have been presented with all manner of offerings, which has resulted in them being wary of lines testing more than 6-8 lbs, an issue that raises significant angling challenges should an extra large fish – like a 30 lb fish – be hooked: The current world record brown trout of 42 lbs came from these canals, something that makes you wonder what lurks within these waters.

Trout in these canals begin spawning in May, continuing through until late October, the latter being the best time of year to connect with the bigger fish, which – while they seldom leap clear of the water – are an awesome sight when spawning along the canal banks.

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Overall, the canals are unsurpassed for trophy size trout. However, acquiring the services of a canal fishing guide can make all of the difference between a frustrating day and a trophy size catch because the biggest fish are by no means the easiest to catch.

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Tickled pink: Dean Hall with his snapper from Corio Bay.

Tickled pink: Dean Hall with his snapper from Corio Bay.

Chris Stamalos with the 7 kg snapper that he caught off Barwon Heads at the weekend.

Chris Stamalos with the 7 kg snapper that he caught off Barwon Heads at the weekend.

Corio Bay/Bellarine Peninsula

Dean Hall of the Leopold Angling and Aquatic Club had never caught a decent snapper, but club commodore Ivan Bereza, who catches more than his share, offered to take Dean out to one of his hot-spots off Curlewis.

Here, they fished the outgoing tide from around 8.30 am, during which time they caught three respectable gummy shark but no snapper, and – with Ivan soon due elsewhere – things weren’t looking good. But, right on the death-knock at 2.15 pm, Deano was suddenly in business with his first snapper; a beauty of just on 6 kg.

After an early start, Stevie Lee up picked up three snapper to 7 kg while fishing near the junction of the Point Richards and Wilson Spit Channels by 9.00 am on Sunday.

The night-shift also did well as Andrew Phillips and George Uranus could relate; their two nocturnal vigils on the outer harbour producing a total of six snapper from 4.5 to 6 kg. These were caught from 10.00 pm to 1.00 am on both occasions while using silver whiting and squid for bait.

On Saturday, Andrew Johnson and Denis O’Brien spent most of the day returning whiting that they would have kept a year or two back before eventually finding a school of bigger fish off the Pelican Shores Caravan Park of which they kept 20 from 38 to 41 cm.

Mike Windsor of Clifton Spring Boat Hire reports that Australian salmon have been plentiful of late with good size schools popping up between The Springs and Portarlington. Among those to catch them over the weekend were Matt Branagh and Jessie Hrycyfzyn who encountered a good school near the mussel farm.

Rod Ludlow of Beachlea Boat Hire reports that the water has cleared up after the recent northerlies, but theire are still flathead and squid to be caught along with with good size pinkie snapper to 2 kg or so offshore from Steeles Rocks and Grassy Point.

Paul Rabecchi with his 130.8 kg tuna from Portland; one of several taken at the weekend (Picture Bob McPherson).

Paul Rabecchi with his 130.8 kg tuna from Portland; one of several taken at the weekend (Picture Bob McPherson).

Two of three: Stevie Lee with a sample from his snapper catch from Corio Bay’s outer harbour on Sunday

Two of three: Stevie Lee with a sample from his snapper catch from Corio Bay’s outer harbour on Sunday

Offshore

After making an early start in 35 metres of water off Barwon Heads on Sunday, Chris Stamalos’ first catch was a 7 kg snapper at 8.00 am. After that, an assortment of other less sought after fish kept him busy until 11.00 am when he caught an 8 kg gummy shark.

An early start in 35 metres of water off Torquay on Saturday morning paid off for Kevin McLoughlin and father Joel with two gummy shark of 8 and 12 kg, followed by a 7.3 kg snapper, while their next fish – almost certainly another good size snapper – escaped.

Ben Johnstone and Michael Goldby with a sample of their blue-eye trevalla catch off Portland at the weekend (Picture Bob McPherson).

Ben Johnstone and Michael Goldby with a sample of their blue-eye trevalla catch off Portland at the weekend (Picture Bob McPherson).

Michael Goldby with a pink eel that he caught offshore from Portland over the weekend (Picture Bob McPherson).

Michael Goldby with a pink eel that he caught offshore from Portland over the weekend (Picture Bob McPherson).

Portland

Schools of large tuna turned up off Portland over the weekend with Paul Rabbechi starting the ball rolling around noon on Saturday, first tagging, and then releasing a tuna of about 90 kg off Cape Bridgewater. However, Paul’s second strike proved more of a handful with a tuna that eventually graced the scales for a verdict of 130.8 kg.

Others to catch them included Amy Jobson, who – while fishing with Rob Adamo – caught one of 123 kg; a potential women’s world record on 24 kg tackle, while Kevin Agius’ crew; Martin Bezzina and Reg Kalkan, caught three fish weighing 100, 108.8, and 109.1 kg … And they were just a sample.

Over the rainbow: Fishing guide Graham Edridge and Local angler Darryl Luttrel with Darryl’s 19 kg (42 lb) rainbow trout from the Ohau canal on New Zealand’s South Island (Picture: Tom Kulczynski).

Over the rainbow: Fishing guide Graham Edridge and Local angler Darryl Luttrel with Darryl’s 19 kg (42 lb) rainbow trout from the Ohau canal on New Zealand’s South Island (Picture: Tom Kulczynski).

Freshwater

We’ve previously mentioned fisheries in New Zealand’s South Island that have yielded trout approaching 15 kg. These were taken from any number of canals including Twizel, Tekapo, Pukaki and Ohau; all being within the district known as McKenzie Country,

We really don’t know just how big these fish do grow because Geelong angler, Darryl Luttrel – who fished here with his friend Tom Kulczynski under the guidance of Graham Edridge last week – caught a male rainbow trout from the Ohau canal that weighed 42 lbs (which converts to 19 kg) in Graham’s specially designed cradle before being released.

This huge fish was netted in a relatively short space of time after taking a trout-egg fly tied on a tiny a size 18 hook attached to a drop-shotting rig with a 3.6 kg trace: This seemingly improbable event, Darryl suggested, was possibly because the male was somewhat spent in his duties to the half dozen or so smaller females visibly in attendance.

Closer to home, John Clements of the Lake Purrumbete Holiday Park reports that Stephen Hill of Camperdown caught a 2.9 kg brown trout, and Josh Fraser of Norlane caught another of 1.19 kg with the same approach.

Redfin are still the main chance said John, with Jarvis Maclean taking the best fish sighted this week at 1.8 kg while fishing with scrubworms.

Murray Stewart’s 13.6 kg mulloway from the good old Jumpin’ Pin channel on Queensland’s Gold Coast.

Murray Stewart’s 13.6 kg mulloway from the good old Jumpin’ Pin channel on Queensland’s Gold Coast.

How long? Murray Stewart’s moray eel; also hooked from “The Pin”.

How long? Murray Stewart’s moray eel; also hooked from “The Pin”.


Fishing “The Pin”

Geelong angler Murray Stewart attended a wedding up on the Gold Coast at the weekend, but still had time to get out fishing with friend Greg Chapman and local fishing legend Wayne Smith, who has something of a reputation for catching mulloway from the Jumpin’ Pin channel between North and South Stradbroke Island.

As it turned out ‘the Pin” was jumpin’ alright, for Murray’s catch included a mulloway that weighed 13.6 kg, using a live tailor for bait, and a moray eel that he reckons would have been at least nine feet long that took a pike.

Snapper ahoy

This weekend, (21-22/10/17) Leopold Angling and Aquatic Club (711-729 Portarlington Road, Leopold) is holding an open waters snapper fishing competition with individual cash prizes to $1000.00 and generous vouchers on offer. Lines may be down from 5.00 am Saturday with a strict weigh-in deadline of 2.00 pm Sunday.

Entry fees are $40.00 for non-club members aged 14 years and over, $20.00 for club members aged 14 years and over, $20 for non-club members aged less than 14 years, and $10.00 for club members aged less than14 years. Onsite camping can be arranged.

Fees may be paid by cash transfer to Bendigo Bank BSB 633-000, Account 149102857, along with names of participants. For more information, please email leopoldanglingandaquaticclub@gmail.com, or phone 0458 431 465.

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John Formosa with a 6 kg snapper taken near Point Henry (Picture: Cody Formosa).

John Formosa with a 6 kg snapper taken near Point Henry (Picture: Cody Formosa).


Corio Bay/Bellarine Peninsula

Making a 10.00 pm start from Clifton Springs under last week’s full moon, snapper aficionados Andrew Phillips and George Uranus anchored up at their favourite spot about halfway between the channel junction off Curlewis and the Point Wilson Pier.

Things were slow to begin with, but at midnight, the silver whiting that Andrew had on for bait was taken by a snapper that later weighed 8.5 kg. Things were quiet after that, but at around 1.30 am, George’s squid head was taken by a snapper that weighed 7 kg.

Early last week, John Formosa and his son Cody fished in 6 metres of water off Point Henry, also hopeful of catching a snapper. Not in vain as it turned out for at 4.00 pm, the pilchard on John’s line was taken by a snapper that weighed 6 kg.

After first catching their respective bag limits of squid offshore from McAdams Lane, Andrew Johnson and Dennis O’Brien tried for whiting, which – as it turned out – were plentiful but small. However, their quest for more respectable fish continued, and was eventually rewarded with ten fish from 40 to 42 cm before day’s end.

Wading the shallows on the afternoon high tide below Beacon Point early last week, and casting a Mr Twister double-tail in the hope of catching a decent flathead, Simon Werner caught two as it turned out, both around the kilogram mark.

Xavier Lalic with the morning’s catch of Australian salmon from the beach at Anglsea (Picture: Kevin McLoughlin).

Xavier Lalic with the morning’s catch of Australian salmon from the beach at Anglsea (Picture: Kevin McLoughlin).

Off the beach

Fishing from the beach near the mouth of the Anglesea River on Sunday morning, were Kevin McLoughlin, Josh Lalic and Josh’s 8 year old son Xavier.

Casting out with 40 grams Lazers, the action was not long in coming with Australian salmon up to 1.5 coming up on the sand; and of which Xavier caught a fair portion of the eighteen fish that they cleaned at Torquay.

Viktor Petrovic with one of his redfin from Lake Toolondo (Picture: Victorian Inland Charters).

Viktor Petrovic with one of his redfin from Lake Toolondo (Picture: Victorian Inland Charters).

Freshwater

Trevor Holmes of Victorian Inland Charters reports that the redfin have gone quiet on Lake Toolondo, not surprising he said with up to 40 boats fishing the lake at a time.

Never the less, his clients Viktor Petrovic and his son Thomas had smiles on their faces after catching several good size redfin on soft plastics, along with a pan size brown trout that fell to a number 46 Tassie Devil.

John Clements of the Lake Purrumbete Holiday Park reports that while both brown and rainbow trout to 1.5 kg were caught in good numbers last week, there weren’t any trophy size fish taken; not to his knowledge anyway.


Snapper challenge

I’ve been asked to inform readers that a catch and release section has been added to Bellarine Snapper Challenge – an event hosted by the St Leonards & Bellarine Pirates Angling Clubs – current until Friday 01/12/17: It’s for the longest fish certified by a high quality digital photograph of that fish on an official brag mat.

For those yet to enter, fees are $20.00 for those aged 18 and over and $10.00 for those yet to turn 18. Fees must be paid prior to any fish being presented for weigh in. Details of weigh-masters, payment details and other information may be obtained from Phil Walters on 0411 215 146 or Bruce Symons on 0428 988 898.

For those seeking information on snapper fishing, expert angler Aaron Habgood will be present at the Clifton Springs Golf Club in Clear Water Drive at 7.00 pm on Thursday 12/10/17, to give you the drum-beats. This event is free to those able to affirm financial membership to the aforementioned Angling Clubs, but $20.00 to non members.

Thomas Petrovic with a pan size brown trout from Lake Toolondo (Picture: Victorian Inland Charters).

Thomas Petrovic with a pan size brown trout from Lake Toolondo (Picture: Victorian Inland Charters).


Rodney asks:

Geoff, On September 26 you had a report of a snapper being taken from the beach at Indented Head. I don’t know anywhere at Indented Head where it would be deep enough to catch a snapper from the beach: Any more information please?

Rodney, both during, and immediately following strong north or nor-easterly winds – particularly at this time of year – snapper have been caught, land-based, at a number of locations around the Bellarine Peninsula. They include the beach at assembly point 28B at Indented Head, which is just south of the boat ramp car park, but only during the conditions described: I suggest that wearing waders here would be an advantage.

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Classic catch: Garry Ridgeway with the 4.6 kg brown trout he caught from Lake Purrumbete (Picture: Lindsay Robinson).

Classic catch: Garry Ridgeway with the 4.6 kg brown trout he caught from Lake Purrumbete (Picture: Lindsay Robinson).

John Moncrieff with his 43 cm redfin from Lake Toolondo (Picture: Victorian Inland Charters).

John Moncrieff with his 43 cm redfin from Lake Toolondo (Picture: Victorian Inland Charters).

Freshwater

On Wednesday, Garry Ridgeway fished Stony Creek Reservoir on the way to Ballan where numerous fish were rising, particularly toward dark. But by then, he’d caught three brown trout, each just shy of a kilogram, using mudeyes he’d gathered previously for bait.

Making an early start on Lake Bullen Merri on Thursday morning, Garry and Lindsay Robinson found chinook salmon on the bite, and – using whitebait suspended just above the bottom – caught fish after fish in 18 metres of water, the only obstacle being the number of small ones.

Never the less, they took bag limit catches of fish to 2 kg before heading over to nearby Lake Purrumbete where the remainder of their mudeye supply paid off; first on several rainbow and brown trout to 1.5 kg before Garry hooked something a good deal bigger that turned out to be a brown trout weighing 4.6 kg and measuring 71 cm.

John Clements of Lake Purrumbete Holiday Park reports that among those to do well on Lake Purrumbete last week were Andy Martin and his sons Jace 10, and Ryan 9, who caught about 50 redfin; Jace also caught a 1.8 kg brook trout.

Fishing nearby Lake Bullen Merri on Thursday and Friday, the Giles family from Bannockburn turned youngsters Marley 10, and Sammy 12, loose on the fish population; their catch included a 2.34 kg chinook for Marley and a 1.44 kg rainbow trout for Sammy.

An early start on Lake Elingamite near Cobden paid off for Steven O’Keefe, Daniel Stranger and Jason Fairbridge who caught six respectable trout and 5 healthy redfin in fairly short order.

Trevor Holmes of Victorian Inland Charters fished Lake Toolondo with 16 year old John Moncrieff from Albury over the weekend taking a respectable bag of redfin that included one of 43 cm; a personal best for John who also caught a 57 cm brown trout on a Nories Laydown Minnow.

Early last month we featured a story on the enormous rainbow trout to be caught in the Twizel Canals on New Zealand’s South Island along with Michael Evans pictured holding one.

Well, the temptation proved too much for Michael and he returned last week to fish with Graham Edridge, with not only another great sample of colossal rainbow trout, but on this occasion, he also caught a 7.7 kg brown trout.

Michael Evans with yet another colossal rainbow trout from the Twizel Canals in New Zealand.

Michael Evans with yet another colossal rainbow trout from the Twizel Canals in New Zealand.

Michael Evans with a 7.7 kg brown trout from the Twizel Canals in New Zealand.

Michael Evans with a 7.7 kg brown trout from the Twizel Canals in New Zealand.


Bellarine Peninsula

After tuning in to recent whiting reports off Clifton Springs, Andrew Johnson, Brodie Bell and Tony Mollenhauer anchored up off The Dell on Sunday afternoon where they caught ten good fish, each around the 40 cm mark.

There must be a few whiting around for Steve O’Keefe and Brad Baker – after first catching several squid for bait – caught 26 prime specimens from the grass beds off Queenscliff’s Swan Island during the flood tide. Aaron Habgood and his crew also took another great catch of whiting from the same area.

Alana and Adam Vasilevski with Aaron Habgood (centre) with their catch of whiting.

Alana and Adam Vasilevski with Aaron Habgood (centre) with their catch of whiting.

Aaron Habgood with his and his crew’s catch of whiting from Queenscliff.

Aaron Habgood with his and his crew’s catch of whiting from Queenscliff.

Estuary

On Thursday morning Martin de Lange fished the Anglesea River upstream from the bridge where, using shrimp for bait, he was kept busy with undersize fish stealing his bait. But he persisted, and was eventually rewarded with three decent bream that he estimated to have weighed about 3 kg.

John Moncrieff with his 54 cm brown trout from Lake Toolondo (Picture: Victorian Inland Charters).

John Moncrieff with his 54 cm brown trout from Lake Toolondo (Picture: Victorian Inland Charters).

Martin De Lange with his bream from the Anglesea River estuary.

Martin De Lange with his bream from the Anglesea River estuary.

Steve asks:

I’m heading down to Lorne mid October and will be boat fishing for the first time down that way. Do you have any suggestions for catching snapper or whiting?

Steve, the boat ramp at Lorne has been closed, but people launch boats on the east side of the pier, Point Grey providing shelter from the prevailing south westerly swells. However, being on the ocean, you do need to take care.

There is usually little doing during the day around Lorne, but toward evening, there are whiting to be caught within the sandy channels intersecting the protruding reefs east of Point Grey, and further south in front of the George River. You also might try offshore from the Rock Ledge in front of Albert Street.

There are pinkie snapper on any of the small reefs to the north and north-west from the pier. However, the bigger fish are reportedly caught offshore from Mount Defiance and Artillery Rocks to the south; that’s an option should fair weather prevail.

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On the beach: Danny Skene with the 7.4 kg snapper he from the beach at Indented Head last week.

On the beach: Danny Skene with the 7.4 kg snapper he from the beach at Indented Head last week.

Corio Bay/Bellarine Peninsula

If any angler has the Midas touch it would have to be Danny Skene. He’s not only caught several big snapper from his boat out in Corio Bay lately, but early last week he drove down to Indented Head to fish from the beach: A good move as it turned out, for he caught a beautiful 7.4 kg snapper after casting out with a strip of squid for bait.

After fighting off a dose of the flu, Murray Stewart made the effort to catch some squid off Clifton Springs at the weekend before anchoring up on the west side of the Wilson Spit, just south of the shipping channel. While he initially missed a couple of snapper early in the flood tide, he eventually caught one of 6 kg.

Late on Saturday afternoon, Kirt Behan and Tony Mollenhauer headed out off Clifton Springs in the stiff nor-westerly that kept almost everybody else, ashore.

Their first attempt at anchoring about halfway between Point Wilson and the shipping channel, failed because the wind was so strong that their anchor just pulled free.

A second attempt also failed for the same reason, but it appeared to be third time lucky; the anchor holding long enough to get all of their lines out. But it too pulled free, creating a great tangle under the boat, with one line in particular breaking all of the rules with a snapper that eventually weighed 7.5 kg on the other end.

Also out fishing out in 8 metres of water off Point Wilson were John Formosa and his son Cody. They too caught a couple of decent size snapper just after dark, one of which Cody sent in a photo.

Rod Ludlow of Beachlea Boat Hire at Indented Head reports that any break in the weather has seen his boats out with flathead and barracouta among the catch. However, squid are still the main attraction.

Michael Levett with yet another XOS rainbow trout from the Twizel Canals in New Zealand, this one being caught on the fly.

Michael Levett with yet another XOS rainbow trout from the Twizel Canals in New Zealand, this one being caught on the fly.

Freshwater

John Clements of Lake Purrumbete Holiday Park reports that large brown trout are still on offer with Darren Buffield of Colac picking up one of 3.85 kg on a bibbed lure. Unfortunately said John, a good many of these trophy size browns have been lost, often beside the boat, and for the usual reasons.

Redfin are still well and truly on the bite said John with Josh Fraser and Stan Rae both of Norlane picking up good catches. Stan also caught a 1.5 kg rainbow trout on a mudeye fished beneath a float.

Fishing nearby Lake Bullen Merri on Saturday, eight members of the Drysdale Sport Fishing Club caught an estimated total of 80 chinook salmon to 2.47 kg, most of which were released. The majority were caught using pilchards for bait. However, most of their smaller chinook salmon, and two rainbow trout, were caught trolling.

John also reports covering quite a bit of ground from Lake Elingamite near Cobden – where he caught nothing – to Lake Bolac on the Glenelg Highway where his companion, Mick Giles of Bannockburn, caught their only fish, a rainbow trout of 1.5 kg.

Michael Levett, who reminded me of our first meeting in 1966 at the Grammar School Lagoon while fishing for snapper, sent in another picture of an XOS rainbow trout that he caught fly fishing with a small nymph pattern from New Zealand’s Twizel Canals. He didn’t suggest the weight, but needed both hands to hold it up for a photo.

Cody Formosa with one of the snapper that he and his father John caught offshore from Point Wilson over the weekend.

Cody Formosa with one of the snapper that he and his father John caught offshore from Point Wilson over the weekend.

Murray Stewart with a 6 kg snapper he caught from Corio Bay over the weekend.

Murray Stewart with a 6 kg snapper he caught from Corio Bay over the weekend.

Dieter asks:

Geoff, I caught this crustacean off Clifton Springs recently. It appears to be a cross between a crayfish and a crab. It was brick red in colour with the body of a crab and the tail of a crayfish. Do you know what it would be?

Dieter, what you caught was a shovelnose lobster, of which there are several varieties to be found around the Australian coastline. The one you’ve photographed is the most common in this State.

Known as “squagga” in the days of my youth, they were almost wiped out from Port Phillip Bay during the ill-advised era of scallop dredging, which was stopped by the Kennett Government in the mid nineties; now they appear to making a comeback. For more information, check https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ibacus_peronii.

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