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Time to cast net for trout

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September 01, 2017

While the cod is off-limits doors have now opened to bag trout.

Spring has sprung. The long cold winter has gone and now we are into spring and some warmer weather, so once you have got the spring cleaning out of the way, hopefully it will be time to wet a line.

The cod season has now closed in Victoria and NSW and will reopen at midnight on November 30. Catching cod during this time is forbidden, with the exception being at Lake Eildon, where the closure does not apply but the usual restrictions in regard to bag limit and size are still in force.

The reason for this exception is because the cod in Eildon are not considered a breeding stock and, therefore, the need to protect them does not exist.

While you cannot take cod, the closed season for trout is over. It will reopen at midnight tonight. Rivers and streams can now be fished for trout and there is no size limit. Bag limits vary and anglers should make themselves aware of the locations where they can fish. Details are in the current Victorian Recreational Fishing Guide.

Reports of anglers catching yellowbelly during the past week have been thin on the ground, but some nice fish have been caught by brave anglers who faced the rough weather and fished with bait and lures around the snags in the Goulburn and Murray rivers as well as at Eildon and even Waranga Basin.

I have heard reports of trout being taken in Dartmouth and some of the hot spots have been around the tree line towards the wall and also in Larson’s Cutting and around the Mitta arm. Trolling a bunch of worms behind a Ford Fender is the most common method but clown-patterned Tassie Devil-style lures are also working.

Some extra-large trout have also been caught by anglers fishing the Pondage at Eildon around the football ground area.

Saltwater

Down south, Rod Lawn from Adamas Fishing Charters at Queenscliff said rib-slapping whiting were being caught around the Cottage and also towards the White Lady marker near StLeonards as well as the Sorrento side of the bay.

Anglers using tenderised squid are getting the best results by fishing the sandy patches between the grass beds.

He said calamari squid were also being caught by anglers using jigs baited with herring or silver whiting as well as the dark-coloured lures

Rod said some pinky snapper were being taken along the inshore reefs along the Ocean Grove area as well as off Point Lonsdale. An occasional gummy shark and some school shark were being caught near the submarine wreck.

Rod said the main snapper run was still a month or so away and the bigger fish were not expected until early November. He had some reports of salmon, mainly along the surf beaches but none around the heads at this time.

Reports from Western Port have been a mixed bag with an occasional haul of snapper off the rubble at Hastings, and whiting and calamari being taken along the grass beds in the shallow water.

At Eden, John Liddell said snapper and morwong were being caught along the inshore reefs and some good-sized flathead were being taken along the sandy bottom near Green Cape.

John said some yellowfin and bluefin tuna were being caught off the shelf. Some barrel-size fish were being caught.

Heading further north to Narooma, Graham Cowley reported tuna being caught off the shelf mainly to the north of Montague Island, as well as plenty of flathead and other table fish along the inshore reefs.

Graham said some nice-sized snapper were being caught by anglers using soft plastics as well as bait.

Reports of kingfish were mixed, with some anglers catching plenty, while others were missing out.

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