Opinion

Big hauls beckon anglers

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June 15, 2018

Eildon has been fishing well, with trout and redfin being the most active.

This is the weekend to wet a line, according to my Angler’s Almanac.

From today until Monday, the tip is for excellent results, especially around the middle of the day.

So, if the weather is kind, don’t hesitate, get your gear together and head to your favourite fishing spot.

The Almanac is a publication that has been put together as a guide for anglers. It covers not only the best days and times to fish for fresh and saltwater species but also contains fish recognition images and how to tie knots for mono and braid fishing lines, and tide times.

Like all anglers, I need all the help I can get to catch a fish and the Almanac is just another tool to add to the tackle box and does not cost an arm or leg to buy.

Obey the rules

Speaking of fishing, reports from anglers who targeted freshwater crayfish during the long weekend were good, with bags from rivers and impoundments, but be warned: stick to the rules covering the taking of freshwater crayfish because inspectors are out in force and the chance of being fined for breaking regulations is high.

Best spots

Around the region, Eildon has been fishing well, with trout and redfin being the most active.

Trolling lures and attractors got good results for trout especially around the river arms.

Angling bait in the tree line near Peppin Point and Bonnie Doon and Jamieson is working well for redfin.

The reports from Dartmouth have also been positive with trout being caught by anglers flat-lining clown-pattern Tassie Devil lures as well as Ford Fenders. Best spots have been near the wall and also Larson’s Cutting and the Eight Mile.

Fishing in the Goulburn and Murray rivers has been slow with only a few cod being taken. Ulupna Island and the Barmah Narrows are two spots worth a try in the Murray, and upstream of Toolamba in the Goulburn, but nothing much around Shepparton.

Rod Lawn from Adamas Fishing Charters, who is operating out of Portland, said he bagged out on tuna during the long weekend with most fish about 15kg to 20kg. He said they were relatively close in shore.

Rod said reports from his home base at Queenscliff were also good with squid being caught along the grass beds off The Cottage and also near the White Lady marker.

He said flathead and an occasional snapper were being taken off Barwon Heads and Point Lonsdale.

The boat ramp at Hastings near Western Port was like Bourke St at the weekend as anglers took to the water in droves. The fishing was only average with just a few pinky snapper and flathead being caught, and an occasional gummy shark being taken in the deeper water off Cowes.

Up north

North of the border at Eden, John Liddell said the snapper fishing was still going gangbusters, according to Mark from Freedom Fishing Charters.

He said the inshore reefs from Boyd’s Lookout to Green Cape were providing anglers with a bonanza of snapper as well as morwong and flathead.

John said the tuna were still few and far between off the shelf, but plenty of kingfish were being found and jigging and live bait were getting good results once the fish were found.

Narooma was also fishing in a similar manner, according to Graham Cowley.

He said some good hauls of flathead were reported off the sandy bottom near Montague Island and kingfish were also providing plenty of action for anglers prepared to hunt for them.

Graham said when the weather was too rough to go offshore the fishing in the lake was a good alternative. Bream and flathead were being caught around the oyster leases, and lures and bait were getting results.

Just a quick get-well message to Mick, the demon yellowbelly angler from Stanhope.

He missed out on breaking the ton this year as he developed a bad dose of Ross River fever. So Mick, I hope you get well in time for the next season.

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