Trelly’s Spectacular on again

November 17, 2017

Yellowbelly king Mick Bourke, from Stanhope, shows his catch from the Waranga Basin.

A year has passed in a blink of an eye and it is time once again to think about your Christmas wish list.

To make this easier for you, Steve Threlfall is again holding his Trelly’s Tackle Spectacular, where he will show off all the latest developments in rods, reels line and lures among just a few of the things that will be on display.

The two-day event is being held at the Shepparton Showgrounds at McIntosh Centre. Starting at 6.30 tonight, it will feature guest speakers, giveaway and demonstrations of the latest gear. The night is being catered for and entry is $10.

Tomorrow’s session starts at 1pm, again featuring guest speakers, covering a variety of topics as well as more giveaway and, like all of Trelly’s Spectacular, it is an an event not to be missed if you are into fishing.

The planning for your Christmas list starts now. It is going to be two days of eye-opening information, enough to make your mouth water. If you are buying for yourself or for an angler in the family, go along either tonight or tomorrow afternoon.

Steve said he was excited about this year’s Trelly’s Spectacular.

He said it would feature some of the most knowledgeable people involved in recreational fishing and they will pass on some great information for all anglers.

Rising waters

You would have noticed a rise in the Goulburn River as a release from Eildon moves through the system. Hopefully, it will not affect the opening of the cod season, which is on December 1.

I spent several fruitless days recently fishing the Goulburn and did not get a bite. But that changed early this week when the action resumed, there were plenty of shrimp in my net and these seem to be the bait of choice for the fish.

Mick, the Yellowbelly Destroyer from Stanhope, is continuing to catch yellowbelly from the channel he regularly fishes (will not tell me which one) and so far he has caught more than 30 good-sized fish.

Good reports from Eildon continue to reach me although not one cod was weighed in at last weekend’s competition. trout, redfin and yellowbelly are still biting. The pick of the locations are Bonnie Doon, the Dellatite and Big River Arms as well as in front of the wall.

From Dartmouth, fishing has been good with trout up to a kilogram is being caught around Larsons Cutting and in the Mitta Arm as well as around the boat ramp. Anglers are also getting trout in the pondage, using mud eye or scrub worm under a float.

Plenty of redfin are being caught in both Waranga Basin and Lake Eppalock near Bendigo, although a lot of small fish are getting in the way of the bigger ones.

Saltwater fishing

Saltwater fishing is all go, according to Rod Lawn and Peter Smallwood, from Queenscliff. The boys from Adamas Fishing charters say they boated good hauls of snapper, some up to 5kg, as well as flathead, whiting and calamari while fishing the bay and off the coast when the weather allowed them to go outside the heads.

Rod said the snapper were also biting up the bay around Mornington and also as far north as Altona and Port Melbourne.

Meanwhile, Peter said the action in Western Port Bay was also improving.

Snapper was being caught along the rubble beds near Hastings and off the steel works and gummy shark around the shipping lane near Cowes.

Heading north, John Liddell at Eden said most of the action was on the inshore reefs and some good hauls of kingfish were reported as well as snapper and jumbo-sized flathead.

He said the best spots were in front of Boyd’s Lookout and Green Cape.

At Narooma, Graham Cowley said kingfish, snapper and morwong were biting along the reef but there was little action off the shelf.

Graham said anglers were watching water temperature with an eagle eye,. waiting for the start of the marlin season.

At Flinders island, James Luddington said good-sized flathead and gummy shark were biting on small garfish around Chapel Island and Lady Baron.

James said snapper were still being caught on the reefs along with an occasional kingfish.

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