Before I get down to the nitty gritty of fishing around the traps, I would like to let all anglers know that this year’s Victorian Recreational Fishing Guide to fishing rules and practices is out and is available free of charge at all tackle shops — if you go fishing you should pick up a copy.
While there are not many changes from last year’s edition, there are some important inclusions and anglers are required to be aware of them.
I picked up my copy from Trellys and while I was at it, I also got the latest edition of The Anglers Almanac.
The late Bob Darley put me on to this booklet and I have been getting myself one ever since.
Among other things it predicts the best fishing times for fresh water and saltwater as well as how to tie knots for braid or mono lines and a collection of coloured images of various fish.
Working on the phases of the moon and their effect on tides, the Almanac has predicted this weekend will be good for fishing.
The best days being today and tomorrow, but Sunday will be reasonable from early afternoon onwards, however, next week is not expected to be as good.
Around the traps, Mulwala is still fishing well as are the Murray and Goulburn rivers, but I did hear of a line breaker in the Broken River at an undisclosed location.
A particular angler said he had his 15kg line smashed on a number of occasions and believed there was a monster cod toying with him.
My efforts during the week resulted in fish aplenty.
One largish carp and some nice cod (not keepers) were caught upstream from Mooroopna to Toolamba using bait, cheese and shrimp.
Cod and yellowbelly are active at the moment, and cheese and shrimp are the best baits, but for some reason (speaking from personal experience) yabbies are off the menu.
Redfin are still on the chew at Waranga Basin.
They are taking lures, mainly red, soft plastics and the best bait is shrimp.
Redfin are also biting at Eildon among the tree lines, as well as at the Hume Weir.
If you are after trout, the rivers and streams in the north east are worth trying and the ever-reliable bunch of worms cast unweighted into a likely spot seem to work well.
In fact a Mooroopna youngster put his older brother and dad to shame by bagging a couple of trout while on a holiday visit to Bright.
At Dartmouth and other still water a mud eye suspended below a float is also another method worth a try, but trolling a ford fender with a trailing bunch of worms is still the preferred method for fishing Dartmouth as well as Eildon.
The best times have been early morning just before first light and just on dusk, as long as you can put up with the mozzies.
Down south at Queenscliff Rod Lawn and Peter Smallwood from Adamas Fishing Charters said the kingfish, salmon and couta were going ballistic around Barwon Heads to Point Lonsdale as well as in the rip.
Knife jigs, live bait and white occy lures and silver sliced lures cast to surface feeding salmon are all working.
A trip north to Eden is still worth the journey according to John Liddell who said bottom bouncing along the coast as far as Green Cape was resulting in plenty of table fish, while off the shelf marlin and kingfish as well as an occasional tuna was keeping game boats busy.
At Narooma, Graham Cowley said his son Nicholas, also known as the fish whisperer, was catching plenty along the inshore reefs as well as off the shelf.
Graham said among the haul were plenty of kingfish, which pound for pound were one of the toughest fighting fish going around.
At Flinders Island James Luddington said when the weather was good, heading off the shelf to chase albacore tuna and bottom bounce the deep water for Tassie trumpeter was worth the boat trip.
He said there was always plenty of flathead and gummy shark around the islands and vast schools of salmon were also prowling the shores around Lady Baron.