Just bait for the big hauls

September 29, 2017

Despite a high Goulburn River level, the warm weather has seen an improvement in the results for anglers.

You would have to be living on a different planet not to be aware it has been a very long time since Richmond last played in a grand final.

All of a sudden, yellow and black fans are coming out of the woodwork and, because they are playing an interstate-based team Adelaide, the Tigers have become the second team for football followers.

If you had planned a day on the water it would be a fair bet you would have it all to yourself, as the number of grand final barbecues and similar functions will be on.

Apart from the post-game events, this will be the end of the football season for a while, so a young man’s fancy can now turn to other things in life, such as fishing.

Despite a high river level, the recent spell of warm weather has seen an improvement in the results for anglers.

In the Goulburn River, the water is still discoloured and the use of worms and small yabbies is producing the best results, although some anglers have been using sound-generating lures such as jakels to tempt yellowbelly to bite.

Fishing among the snags is the best method, but if no results within 10 to 15 minutes, move to another snag. Be prepared to loose some gear when you do get caught up because if you are not getting snagged you are fishing in the wrong spot.

The same method applies for the Murray and Broken rivers, although some anglers are using surface lures to attract a bite, and these appear to be getting results especially on dusk.

Not a lot of reports from Waranga Basin.

The strong winds have kept anglers off the water, although a few redfin have been caught near the Kite Flyers and near the island and some yellowbelly and an occasional trout have been angled near the inflow channel. The most consistent results are coming from Lake Eildon.

There is always a sheltered spot to be found and anglers are reporting cod being caught on large deep diving in front of the wall and trout in the river arms on sunrise and dusk.

There are reports of redfin being caught in 4m to 5m of water among the tree lines. The best method is to drop a small yabbie or a bunch of worms down alongside a tree and if nothing happens, move to another tree.

At Dartmouth, trout up to a 1kg or more are being caught by anglers trolling Ford Fenders.

Just about anywhere on the lake is worth trying but Larsons Cutting and the Mitta Arm appear to be working well.

Rod Lawn, from Adamas Fishing Charters at Queenscliff, said it was calamari city along the coast.

He said good hauls of squid were being caught on both sides of the bay — best spots were between the Lonsdale Pier and the Cottage, as well as further up the bay near the White Lady Mark near St Leonards.

Both Rod and Peter Smallwood were catching pinky snapper off the mouth of the Barwon River and gummy shark were taking fresh fillets of salmon and trevally off Point Lonsdale, around the old submarine dive spot.

Western Port Bay was also producing hauls of gummy shark and an occasional catch of pinky snapper off Hastings and some whiting near the grass beds.

Over the border at Eden, John Liddell said they were coming to the end of their rugby season and with both sides from out of the state, interest was a little mixed, with most followers of the game were going fishing instead.

He said inshore there was good action with snapper and morwong being caught along the inshore reefs and some schools of kingfish were being located off Boyd’s Lookout and around Green Cape.

John said some tuna were still being caught off the shelf and there were also plenty of schools of whales to be seen as these majestic animals passed through the region to their northern feeding grounds.

At Narooma, Graham Cowley reported good hauls of reef fish inshore and off the shelf some tuna and kingfish were providing the action for anglers.

Graham said inside the bar anglers fishing the oyster leases and structure were catching plenty of bream and large, flathead using soft plastics and other lures as well as bait.

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