Oh, what a night.
The Fishing Spectacular held at Shepparton Showgrounds attracted hundreds of people who took advantage of an opportunity that happens once a year.
This year’s show had the latest and greatest in gear, and those in attendance had a chance to listen to experts giving advice and information on their chosen method of fishing — and to top things off there were plenty of bargains as well.
Last Friday night was a roaring success according to Ross from Trelly’s Fishing and Hunting.
He said it was exciting to see plenty of children with their dads listening keenly to the advice given by the various speakers and trying out the feel of some of the latest rods and other gear.
On the bite
After the weekend’s thunderstorms, fishing in the Goulburn went ballistic; fish went on the bite and they were not fussy about what they were putting in their mouths — whether shrimp, worms, cheese or yabbies, they were biting with gusto.
The river has risen following releases from Eildon, but hopefully it will settle down to a good level and flow in time for the cod season opening on December 1.
I landed several cod and they were all fat and in good condition; this looks good for cod opening, although I am still to see any sign of a yellowbelly — but I know they are in there somewhere. Silver perch are also active and I managed a couple of them as well.
Reports of redfin being caught around the region are coming in, with Waranga Basin one of the closest hot-spots for them with some good-sized fish among the smaller ones. Other spots worth a try are Eildon, the channels and Lake Eppalock near Bendigo.
Speaking of Eildon, good bags of trout have been taken by anglers trolling Tassie Devil-style lures behind a Fender.
The best spots have been under the power lines and also near Fraser National Park.
Redfin have also been around, and fishing the tree lines is the best method.
Dartmouth is worth a visit with trout on the bite around sun-up, and trolling is the best method. During the day, a bait under a float is also worth trying among the trees and in the pondage.
Anglers are reminded that it is closed season for Maquarie perch at Dartmouth, which is one of the few places in Victoria where they can be taken.
Saltwater fishing is going gangbusters, according to Rod Lawn and Peter Smallwood, from Adamas Fishing Charters at Queenscliff.
Rod said some Godzilla-sized calamari squid were being caught off The Cottage at Point Lonsdale, and snapper were on the bite at all the usual marks.
Rod said offshore around the mouth of the Barwon River snapper from 5kg to 10kg were boated by anglers using squid and silver whiting as bait.
Further up the bay around Mornington, Peter said he was catching some big snapper on the flood tide, and he was also getting reports from Chelsea and Williamstown of snapper being caught.
Peter said good reports were also coming in from Western Port, with snapper being caught at Hastings as well as near the steel mill, while whiting were starting to bite inshore around the grass beds.
At Eden, John Liddell said bottom-bouncing along the inshore reefs was producing plenty of snapper and morwong as well as other reef fish, and flathead were also biting along the sandy bottom around Green Cape.
He said some kingfish were also being caught.
John said game boats were still waiting for the water to warm up, which should trigger the start of the marlin season.
At Narooma, Graham Cowley said there was plenty of action along the inshore reefs but not much activity off the shelf.
He said some late-season tuna were being caught and some kingfish, but not much in the way of marlin.
A trip to Flinders Island is worth the effort, with anglers bagging out on big flathead and gummy shark, according to James Luddington.
He said Chapel Island and Lady Barron were fishing well.