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New way to nail yellow belly

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February 23, 2018

A delighted Stanhope’s Mick Bourke with his prize yellow belly caught on a lure painted with nail polish.

Mick’s yellow belly with the red nail polish lure still in its mouth

I though I had heard it all when it comes to attracting fish to bite, including the use of rattles in lures, fake mice, non-natural bait such as cheese and chicken.

But Mick Bourke, the demon yellowbelly angler from Stanhope, has just come up with a doozy. He used cosmetics to attract a huge yellowbelly to his lure.

Following a fruitless period of casting a light-coloured lure, he decided that a change was needed, so he grabbed a bottle of nail polish. I am not sure if it was his own or his wife’s. He changed the appearance of the lure by painting the head with the red nail varnish and the very next cast — bingo a yellowbelly fell for the enhanced lure.

The outcome is that he has now included a bottle of nail polish as an integral item in his tackle box, or maybe several, in various hues of red. He did not say if he intended to add an eye liner or lipstick, but he said it was a thought.

Hot spot

Around the traps, fishing has been excellent with good bags of yellowbelly and cod. While I have not heard of many big cod, the numbers of fish have been plentiful. One hot spot is the Goulburn River between Toolamba and Murchison. Casting shrimp and lures to snags has been successful in anglers getting some nice fish.

Surface lures have been used by anglers fishing the wall at Lake Eildon with some success as well at the Broken River between Shepparton and Benalla.

Reports continue to come in about bags of redfin being caught at Waranga Basin. Anglers using lures bounced along the bottom have been catching a lot of small fish, with an occasional larger one among them.

Fishing baits, soft plastics and jigs among the trees at Eildon is also worth a try for a feed of redfin.

Casting bait and lures in the rivers and streams in the north-east is getting good results for anglers chasing both brown and rainbow trout.

Wading the rivers is probably the most productive method, just head upstream and cast to a likely spot.

The reports from Dartmouth have not changed since last week. Trolling a bunch of worms or mud eye behind a ford fender early morning or late in the day is resulting in fish up to a kilogram being caught. The best spots are around the wall and also towards Larsons Cutting.

Saltwater fishing has been excellent, according to Rod and Peter, from Adamas Fishing Charters at Queenscliff.

They said they had reports of some monster kingfish off the heads weighing about 12kg.

Rod said squid and whiting were biting around ‘‘the Cottage’’ and off the mouth of Swan Bay.

Peter said pinky snapper were taking fresh fillets of salmon and trevally along the inshore reefs of the mouth of the Barwon River, and flathead were being caught along the sandy bottom of Point Lonsdale.

Western Port has been busy with pinky snapper being caught along the edge of the shipping channel and whiting in the grass beds near the submarine.

Rod said gummy shark were biting on fresh fillets of trevally in the deep water on sunset.

Snapping it up

North of the border at Eden, John Liddell said he had met the new owner of Freedom Charters, Mark Cattanach. Mark had been getting some good hauls of large snapper and other reef fish when fishing the inshore reefs around Boyd lookout and around Green Cape.

He also reported big kingfish and an occasional dolphin fish when fishing off the shelf. The seas had been rough due to the offshore cyclone, so reports from game boats were few although one boat managed three marlin in last weekend’s tournament.

At Narooma, Graham Cowley said there were kingfish north of Montague Island and plenty of table fish along the inshore reefs when conditions were suitable to go offshore.

He said inside the lake flathead and bream were providing an option for keen anglers casting lures and soft plastics to structure.

From Flinders Island, James Luddington reported kingfish, salmon off the beach and gummy shark and flathead around Lady Baron and Chapple Island.

Paul the butcher and his team of avid anglers were still on the island at the time of writing, so their results will have to wait until next week.

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