Congratulations to Julian Congues Straub on his cracking rainbow trout caught on opening weekend, you are this weeks’ Catch of the Week.
Over the weekend we saw the biggest Trout Season opening in history with the Victorian Fisheries Authority stocking 7 tonnes of ex-brood fish into the Goulburn River and Eildon Pondage,. These fish provided the most epic and memorable fishing for fishers young and old.
Leo Dicori and grandson Blake fished the Goulburn river; it was Blake’s very first experience fishing.
Jason Taylor with a huge rainbow trout at Gilmore’s Bridge that was caught on a soft plastic.
Julian Congues Straub was up from 4am to land and release this beautiful rainbow trout.
Orlando Thomas caught and released three huge rainbow trout on fluoro spinners, his biggest fish was 8lb.
The Keysborough Angling Club ran a competition on the opening weekend, 15 fish were caught on Saturday and 11 on Sunday. Club members The Webber family (Renee, Cameron and Mick) had a solid weekend with a number of the biggest fish weighed in.
Mark Whitford fished the Rubicon River on the weekend and managed a number of nice brook trout as well as a small brown.
Chris Chilver and his missus Jaydenne fished Gilmores Bridge on the Goulburn and nabbed a number of solid rainbows on orange Powerbait, Jaydenne catching the biggest of course.
Andrew Ketelaar fished the Loch River on Saturday and caught a number of lovely trout on Celta’s and hardbody lures.
Tony Blackford headed to the Goulburn and nailed six rainbows to 12lb that fell to soft plastics.
CJ Dollas fished the Goulburn and caught a ripper rainbow on worms and running sinker rig.
Jarrod Biles fished with Tom Shaw and had a cracking day on the trout around the Goulburn using soft plastics.
Luke Gercovich steared clear of the crowds and fished out west targeting wild browns and didn’t disapoint with this ripper fish that was caught and released.
Staff member Riley Hood took to the Rubicon for trout opening on the weekend and managed 3 nice fish with this brown and rainbow his best for the day at 38cm and 35cm.
PW and the IFISH crew took the caravan up to the Gouldburn River at Alexandra fishing on Monday and Tuesday this week and stayed at the Breakaway Caravan Park. Using Rapala jointed minnows and soft plastics they landed many rainbow trout with the largest weighing in at 5.81kg with plenty of the fish in the 7 to 10 pound range also landed. It looks like the new new Optia floating net came in handy.
On Wednesday the IFISH crew hit Mornington Pier chasing garfish and having a ball doing so catching a large number of gars on a sliding float rig using live maggots and silverfish for bait that the Mornington & Cranbourne stores have finally got back in stock; using Stimulate burley brought the fish to them and kept them there. PW reports that Mornington Pier is going off with plenty of people catching gars, salmon and squid from the pier.
Rob Wischki managed a ripper 5kg snapper from the beach last week, braving the cold. Well done mate!
Shaun Furtiere from Think Big Fishing Charters had a memorable session on monster gummies ranging from 16-24kg with his customers, Colin Sires, Jason Quirk, Kris Bates and Bob Brackley.
Ryan Brisbane and Justin Craig made the most of an RDO, trolling around for tuna and finding birds, seals, dolphins, bait, but no tuna! So they decided to have a go at the gumbos and ended up catching 4. The biggest going 30kg; fresh wrasse was used as bait in 30m of water off Flinders.
John Moore fished out from Flinders and caught 3 ripper gummies for a good feed for the family.
Bailey Mauger and Jerome and John Sargent fished Tyabb Bank at high tide and caught 5 stonker squid with the biggest being 40cm and smallest being 30cm.
Guesty managed this cracking 50cm flatty as a by catch to squid at Tyabb Bank on a squid jig.
Rebecca Rowe fished Quail Bank and caught this cracker squid on the weekend. Quail bank has been doing well with orange jigs at the moment, the IKA range has a fantastic option.
Gavin Hocking had a great day on the inkers on Sunday with some solid squid caught on red foil jigs.
Shaun Furtiere from Think Big Fishing Charters got out on a lovely spring morning and his customers got on to some fantastic squid caught on Shimano Sephia jigs.
Trent Dickinson fished the top end of Western Port and caught a solid 4.6kg snapper on fresh squid caught from Tyabb Bank.
Aaron Woolnough fished at Tooradin and caught this ripper 52cm EP on soft plastics.
Jayden Campbell sounded some nice reefy ground with a drop off at Grantville and set up some fresh squid bait, an hour into the flood tide he scored a fantastic 72cm snapper. When things slowed he moved and sounded some marks and dropped his baits resulting in his PB snapper of 92cm, well done mate!
Ben Hotchkin fished from the kayak at Lang Lang on Monday and managed a ripper gummy caught on fresh salmon in 1.2m of water.
Bill from Relax Go Fishing caught this solid 5.2kg snapper in 20m out from Mornington on fresh squid. Stocking up on snapper rigs is probably a good idea with the action hotting up.
Ollie and Jake have been catching some fantastic garfish around Mornington and Mount Martha landbased lately with bread and tuna oil doing the trick, well done boys.
Josh Dales fished out from Mount Martha and bagged out on the squid fishing from the kayak.
James Matarazzo fished from Portsea Pier and caught some stonker squid in the middle of the day.
Daniel Zagami from Fish On Charters had a ripper session on the whiting last week finding fresh cuttlefish the stand out bait.
Josh Natoli fished at St Leonards last week in 4-6 metres of water and caught some cracking squid and whiting.
H Robinson fished Lake Tooliorook and caught a couple of really nice rainbow trout at 2kg and 3.5kg.
Julian Racolini and his dad Adam fished Inverloch Pier on Saturday and on the rising tide a large school of trevally came through resulting in a fish a cast.
Mark Otten got stuck into the salmon this week at Venus Bay catching fantastic numbers of fish on metal slugs and bait.
Tony Wright had a great time on the local bass in Bairnsdale over the weekend.
Peter Szitas fished Lake Mulwala on the last day of the season and caught a solid 58cm cod.
George Anasta caught this ripper gummy in Sydney Harbour this week.
The Rogers family headed to Rompin, Malaysia in search of their first sailfish and weren’t disappointed with numerous fish caught and lost during their trip.
IFISH WITH TACKLE WORLD SERIES 13
TALKING FISHING - C31 TV - TUESDAYS @8.30PM
Catch "Talking Fishing" on Melbourne's C31 TV (CH44) at 8.30pm each Tuesday night. Staff members David Kramer and Adam Ring together with Steve ”Trelly” Threlfull host Australia's only "Live to Air" fishing television program at this prime time-slot. Put Tuesday night’s at 8.30 away in your weekly diary of TV shows to watch!
When you yawn and stretch at the time, you are "pandiculating."
Good Luck with your fishing and stay safe on the water,
The TEAM at Tackle World Cranbourne & Mornington