He’s back — Moby Cod has returned a month before the opening of the cod season.
I have been smashed off by something that is big, heavy and hungry and it is living in the Goulburn River around a snag that is not far from my home.
Last season I battled with a big fish that managed to smash me off every time I hooked up with it. On two occasions in the past seven days the same thing has happened and I assume that it is this same monster. It treated my size2 circle hook as a tooth pick and the 8kg monofilament line as dental floss.
Last Friday I was reacquainted with this fish when the butt of my rod started to lift off the ground as the tip bent towards the water. I managed several turns of the reel before the line snapped, midway between two knots. On Monday this week the same thing occurred, but this time I almost got to see my quarry before the line again snapped.
On both occasions, this fish decided that a small yabby would make an ideal snack and it was not going to let some errant yellowbelly enjoy eating it.
In between my tussles with Moby Cod I have managed reasonable fishing, catching a number of cod and several silver perch, the latter biting on cheese when yabbies were not available. The cod were snaffling the yabbies with gusto, which is rather sad because I was trying for yellowbelly.
Speaking of yellowbelly, the demon angler from Stanhope, Mick Bourke, is continuing in his quest to catch every yellowbelly in the region, nabbing another half a dozen fish this week. He is now offering to give me lessons in how to catch them.
The hot spot is still Waranga Basin, where redfin are being caught in good numbers in the deeper water, around Harrimans Point and also near the old quarry and the island.
Eildon is producing cod down deep in front of the wall and trout up to a kilogram are being trolled by anglers using worms or mudeye behind a Ford Fender in the main arm.
A trip to Dartmouth is also worth a visit as some good trout — both rainbow and brown — are biting mainly during early morning, using the same method as at Eildon. Larson’s Cutting and among the trees near the wall are fishing well, too.
Saltwater fishing is doing well and snapper were caught off the mouth of the Barwon River, according to Rod Lawn from Adamas Fishing Charters at Queenscliff.
He said some smaller pinky snapper were biting inside the heads as well as whiting around the mouth of Swan Bay. Some fish up to 40cm were being caught on squid pieces.
Peter Smallwood said he was catching some quality flathead around the deep water at St Leonards, although the salmon were still to make an appearance in the Rip.
Peter said he was also catching snapper along some of the marks around the heads.
Fishing off Western Port has been hit-and-miss with some snapper off Hastings one day and gone the next. Fishing the tides is the secret and the last hour of both the run-out and ebb tides seem to give the best results.
John Liddell, who celebrated his birthday this week, said reef fishing around Green Cape was giving the best results with plenty of snapper and morwong as well as nice-sized flathead and an occasional school of kingfish joining in to provide more fun.
Not a lot of news from off the shelf with game boats mainly reporting little action, apart from kingfish and late-season tuna, and no sign of marlin at this stage.
At Narooma, Graham Cowley said plenty of quality flathead were being caught along the sandy bottom as well as snapper and other reef fish around the reefs near Montague Island.
Not a lot of action off the shelf yet, according to Graham.
He said some kingfish were still being caught mainly to the north of the island.
At Flinders Island, James Luddington reported flathead and gummy shark were biting around the Lady Baron area and some early-season snapper were also providing action near Chapple Island.