Plenty of fish around traps

October 20, 2017

Anglers fishing the basin are reporting a lot of small redfin. Picture: Jessica Morris

It has been another week of ideal spring weather, just great for sitting on the bank of the Goulburn River watching the water flow by and listening to the birds and insects as they go about their business.

The fishing has been great as well, although this week I have been mainly feeding fish rather than catching them.

Reports of yellowbelly being caught are patchy and they have mainly been taking worms or small yabbies or a cocktail of both, but for consistent results plenty of time and effort needs to be put in.

Fish the snags and if no bites in 10 or 15 minutes move to another spot.

It is a similar tale in the Murray and Broken rivers although I did hear of a 90cm-plus cod being caught near Ulupna Island at the weekend.

It was photographed and then released and not surprisingly the lucky angler is keeping the exact location a secret.

Fishing at Eildon has been good for all of the targeted species: yellowbelly around the trees and rocky shelf near Fraser National Park; trout up to a kilogram in front of the wall; and cod are being caught by anglers using large deep-diving lures almost alongside the dam wall.

Most of the river arms are worth fishing and redfin are biting on small yabbies and worms around the tree line near Peppin Point and also Jamieson.

Once again it’s a case of trial and error to locate schools of fish.

Tie up at a tree and drop a bait down 20 or so metres. If there are no bites in 10 or 15 minutes, move to another spot until fish are found.

Anglers fishing Waranga Basin are reporting a lot of small redfin, but some bigger fish are being caught as well. The channels are also worth a try and redfin are being caught mainly on small yabbies in the outlet channel of the basin near Stanhope.

The trip to Dartmouth is worth the effort as trout are still being caught by anglers trolling a bunch of worms or tassie devil style lure behind an attractor. In the early morning the fish are at the surface but they head into deeper water during the day.

At Queenscliff, Rod Lawn and Peter Smallwood from Adamas Fishing Charters are keeping busy fishing for whiting, squid and gummy shark while they wait for the start of the snapper run which they say should begin in the next couple of weeks.

Rod said some pinky size snapper were being caught on the reefs near the mouth of the Barwon River and also off Portsea, with some fish also being caught on the reefs inside the heads.

Peter reported some bigger fish around the Mornington area and also off the fort at Queenscliff.

Action in Western Port has been good with pinky snapper biting along the rubble beds near Hastings. The run out tide was the best time to fish and small silver whiting or squid were the best bait. Peter said that fishing the edge of the shipping lanes were the best spots.

If you are heading north, John Liddell at Eden said reef fishing along the coast around Eden was producing some good hauls of snapper and morwong.

The best method is to rig a snapper lead on the bottom of your line then tie off a hook on a leader about a meter above the sinker, drop your line until it reaches the bottom and then wind up about three turns.

Fresh fish fillets as well as squid are the best baits although never discount soft plastics.

John said there was still some late-season tuna off the shelf and trolling skirted and hard body lures was the best method. He said it was still a little early for marlin.

At Narooma, Graham Cowley said action off Montague Island was hotting up with schools of kingfish being found. He said his son Nicholas got some nice fish jigging for them a little north of the island.

Graham said anglers looking for a feed were catching plenty of flathead and other table fish along the inshore reefs and sandy bottom.

At Flinders Island, James Luddington said that while there were plenty of flathead and gummy shark around the area, he said it was still a little early for snapper.

He said his boat was back on the water and all he needed were anglers.

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