It seems as the hype of the fishing world is fixed on South West Victoria at present with the ongoing, incredible fishing for the big Bluefin tuna also known as barrels.
Just when everyone thought they were slowing down they went bang and have been going nuts for the past week.
Offshore: As I mentioned above the fishing off the South West Coast has been nothing short of great this year for the jumbo tuna.
Countless numbers of fish over the magical 100kg have been boated by many anglers, making it the most productive year on record for this area.
In the past week the die-hard anglers have caught multiple fish even with the less-than-ideal conditions making it a challenge for the smaller boat brigade to get out.
Peter Goode and Jan Oosthuizen landed a cracker of a fish weighing 131kg surpassing his personal best of 125kg. Matthew Hunt has been getting his clients into some red-hot fishing, with them hooking at least the one big fish each time they have gone out.
They had a triple hook up on jumbo fish but after a pulled hook and another chafing the line they boated the one for a very happy client.
The majority of fish have not moved for months, with one angler saying they have been in the area between Portland and Port MacDonnell since late March and simply switch on and off depending on currents and bait schools.
There has also been some solid school size fish getting caught by the anglers chasing the bigger models, which might mean that the summer run of fish might not be too far away so get those stick baits ready and your casting arms warmed up as it could be another cracking summer for the top water fish.
Estuaries: The Hopkins river has continued to produce some cracking bream even with the dirty water and fluctuating tides during the day. Gerry Taylor reported that he had caught five bream over the 3lb mark in a single session, which is a day out for sure.
Tackle Shack staff members Tim Vincent and Oscar Masters have been getting out down on the lower sections of the river in their kayaks with them getting some great bream casting up super shallow with Zman Grubz and shallow running hard bodies. With the great mouth opening that we have at the moment and the big seas and tide pushing well up the system I wouldn't be surprised if we start to see some Mulloway action leading into the warmer months.
Chad, from Mount Gambier, landed a nice 3lb trout caught on fly from the Merri River. The Merri and Upper Hopkins have continued to slow down and have dropped back to normal water levels, which has seen some more decent fish landed by anglers casting lures. One lure that has been working really well is the Xrap 6 in the spotted ghost colour.
This is a great dirty water colour and really gets the trout's attention as it glows in the dirty water. We have just received some Entice soft plastics that are designed specifically for the trout and are available in nymphs, mud eye and yabby patterns and in natural colours.
The crater lakes continue to fish pretty poorly with only a couple of fish being taken by the guys down rigging live minnows. Hopefully they fire up soon as we haven't seen any big trophy trout as of yet which is very unusual for that area.
Warrnambool and District Angling Club is holding its third competition for the season on Sunday in the Hopkins River which begins at 8am, so registration needs to be done by that time. Weigh in will be at 2pm sharp with a bbq lunch supplied and presentations to follow. All new members are welcome to fish and join on the day.