Let me start by saying that I am soft, I did not go fishing at the weekend.
I left my rod in the rack, but put your hands up if you also donned several extra layers, thick explorer socks, wrapped a scarf around your neck and watched those people who did venture outdoors, from the comfort of a seat in front of the heater.
Sunday morning I decided to have a a look around at my fishing spots to see what it was like and after clearing my car of ice only to have it re-freeze within a short period of time, I headed off, with the heater on turbo boost.
I must say this was an eye-opener — to see that everything was white with a thick cover of frost and ice.
It was a virtual European winter wonderland look.
Around the traps
Reports from those who did brave the cold and wet a line were slim.
The Goulburn is still high and flowing fast and dirty, so I would expect that fishing would not be easy.
It is a different tale from Eildon where reports have been coming in about yellowbelly being caught by anglers fishing the rocky ledges near the Jerusalem Creek Arm, using small yabbies as well as jackal lures.
Trout has also been caught trolling a fender trailing a bunch of worms or a mud eye, the river arms have been worth trying.
At Dartmouth trout has been caught flat lining clown pattern Tassie Devil lures as well as ford fenders and a bunch of worms.
Best spots have been around the tree lines in the main bay area not far from the boat ramp and also in front of the wall, Larsons Cutting and also around Eustace Creek.
Cod fishing in Lake Mulwala has also been good with several jumbo-sized fish being boated, trolling dark-coloured lures around the old river bed is the best area.
Reports of fresh water cray fish have been good — the cold weather is getting them on the move.
Just remember there are strict regulations covering the taking of fresh water cray fish, including bag and size limits.
Fishing inspectors in NSW recently held a blitz on illegal fishing in the Murray and a number of anglers were charged with various offences.
It is now well into winter and the wattle trees are starting to show a hint of yellow, meaning it will not be long before the yellowbelly come on the bite in earnest.
Bob Darley a friend of mine, always said that the time to fish for yellowbelly was always when the wattles came into bloom.
Saltwater fishing has also been affected by the weather and at Portland, Rod Lawn from Adamas Fishing Charters, said a week is a long time in fishing.
Last weekend it was poor, however, things were back to normal and he bagged out on the tuna once again.
Rod said at Queenscliff, whiting were biting around the usual marks and trevally were being caught in the mouth of the creek near the ferry terminal.
He said that salmon had moved from the rip and were being caught mainly on the incoming tide along the surf beaches, using white bait and blue bait.
Anglers fishing in Western Port bay reported some good-sized gummy shark around the deep water shipping lanes near Cowes and some snapper near Hastings.
North of the border at Eden, John Liddell said that some nice-sized snapper were caught off Boyd’s Lookout by anglers fishing the inshore reefs and big flathead were caught on the sand in the deep water around Green Cape.
John said reports of yellowfin tuna off the shelf were a little patchy, but trolling skirted lures was getting results for those who were prepared to put in the hours.
At Narrooma, Graham Cowley said it was also a mixed bag for anglers fishing in close while off the shelf around Montague Island yellowfin and kingfish were being caught if anglers were prepared to put in the time.
Graham said when it was too rough to go outside, the lake was producing flathead and bream.
Fishing around the piers and oyster leases produced some big fish — soft plastics and squid pieces were the best methods.