While the weather wasn't great, don't think it's all doom and gloom.
Some anglers have had some great captures of late.
With the heavy rain downpours we had last week, the flow-on effect of this has only just hit the rivers, which are now pumping with fresh water.
All three rivers around Warrnambool are in full flow and are quite dangerous in parts, so if you are looking to get out please take care. The lower sections of the Hopkins and Merri rivers are well worth a cast or 10, as this will be the most likely spot for the trout to sit and ambush the abundance of bait pushing down the system. The hard part is finding water slow enough that you can cast to and still get some sort of action out of that lure. Even small things like a bend in the river bank or a weed pile caught on the edge can be enough to hold a fish, so keep your eyes peeled for any subtle differences.
In other freshwater reports, John Clements from Lake Purrumbete BNB and Fishing Lodge says that hard bodies being trolled are accounting for the odd brown trout to 3kg. But it's fairly slow compared to this time last year, when there was some real giants caught.
Lake Bullen Merri has also produced some nice chinook salmon to 2kg on pilchards fished unweighted or very lightly weighted down a berley trail. These should both fire up in the next couple weeks according to John, so watch this space for reports on these trophy trout that both lakes hold.
Some people think with all this freshwater flowing down that the fishing in the estuaries will be no good, but if you know where to look - and what to look for - you can get into some pretty good fishing.
Matthew Nicholls landed a nice mulloway down at the Hopkins on Thursday night on chicken breast, which isn't the first choice of baits for most who chase these - but hey, it worked!
With a steady tide pushing against the fresh water for a good week or so, we should see more make their way into the system.
These tides are around lunch this week and are quite a big tide rise from the bottom of the low, so try and base yourself around this for best results.
Bream have been going pretty well on the tide, so don't be surprised if you get the smaller ones picking off your baits while trying to chase mulloway.
Matthew Walkeden has been getting some great fish on the salt wedge down the front on hard bodies and soft plastics cast deep into the salt water, retrieving it back through the salt and fresh line. Atomic Shad 40s, Ecogear Mx48s and Bassday Moguls are all worth a try for these hard-fighting fish.
With the strong tide pushing in also, there has been a heap of salmon coming into the river - great baits for both mulloway and bream this time of year. The biggest thing to remember is not to bleed them, as it's a natural berley when using it so a simple fillet off the side and some strips and you're good to go. The Glenelg River has slowed up a fair bit again, with the dirty water making its way down from the Rocklands and further inland.
The deeper sections of the river are where you will find the bream and perch this time of year, with them readily taken a black vibe or heavily weighted plastic fished slow in their faces.
With some ordinary sea conditions last week, there wasn't a hell of a lot of reports coming in.
The bigger tuna are still kicking about at Portland and Port MacDonnell, but we are yet to see any off Port Fairy which it's looking like we'll miss out on a run of big fish through here this year.
Whether it's because of the number of anglers not fishing off here for them as much as they are at Portland or they just aren't there for the anglers to chase we will never know until someone catches one.
The shark fishing has still been great off Warrnambool and Port Fairy when the sea allows you to target them.
Both school shark and gummies are on offer and can be targeted in a wide area and depth of water, so they're accessible to most anglers including shore-based. Just because you haven't got a boat doesn't mean you can't target a feed of flake.
In other reports, there's been some salmon off the breakwater in Warrnambool which have been taking both blue bait and pilchards, along with soft plastic and metal lures.
Warrnambool and District Angling Club will hold its first competition for the season this weekend at the Fitzroy River at Tyrendarra.
Things kick off at 9am, and weigh in will begin at 3pm sharp. Entries will be taken from 8.30am at the boat ramp. The comp is a mixed bag of both perch and bream. New members are more than welcome to attend.
With some half decent weather on its way for us on Saturday, we should see some catches. Hopefully, most of you get out and enjoy it while it lasts. Until next week, tight lines and best of luck.