Local land based bread and butter

The weather this week has been great for anglers, and with a few more days left of school holidays there are some great options to get the kids outside and enjoy some good fishing.

The garfish fishing has been excellent with the calmer weather around the piers, and the fish have been around in great numbers and hungry, and the suburban stocked lakes have also been fishing well for rainbow trout. The best part about both of these methods is that generally the rod and reel choice will crossover, so you could almost fish for the garfish in the morning and then chase the trout later on – with a not much more than a simple rig and berley tweak.

The garfish have again been excellent value for local shore based anglers. Many of the bayside piers and jetties have been excellent for catching these tasty little fish with the action occurring from Brighton to Blairgowrie. The real hot areas have been again from Mt Eliza through to about Black Rock however, with Mordialloc being a real gar haven the last few days.

Customer Jason fished with a couple of mates in his boat just out from Mordi pier during the week where they landed a great bag of gars. Fishing lightly weighted floats back into a fine berley trail with an extra bit of pilchard in the mix was the go. Silverfish chunks were also the gun bait.

Making the most of the school holidays staff member Don took his son Tygar down to the lake at Casey Fields for a spot of trout fishing. Even though the conditions were horrendous a handful of trout made it to the bank. The method that was most effective was the usual coarse style powerbait fishing, complete with berley feeder cage and fine mix berley. The specialist trout dough and bright ‘spring green’ coloured powerbait were the two baits of choice.