Just rewards for daring out

By Shepparton News

Wow, winter is back with a vengeance.

For a couple of days it was almost spring weather, then a series of cold, frigid fronts and any thought of heading down to the river to cast for a cod or yellowbelly quickly disappeared.

So back to sitting in front of the heater and watching football became more attractive, although the way my team is going, that is a waste of time.

During the aforementioned milder weather, some anglers took the opportunity to head to Eildon for a couple of days at the weekend and reported that trout, redfin and yellowbelly were biting, mainly on worms. However, plenty of work was needed to find any fish.

While the weather was good last weekend, my Anglers Almanac indicated it was a poor time to catch fish, unlike this weekend.

From today through until next Thursday, it should be above average with the best results predicted for Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.

The golden colour now showing in the bush indicates the wattle is now in full bloom and once the weather improves, it will be time to hunt for yellowbelly.

Little to no weight is a must, a bunch of worms fished around snags and other structure and plenty of patience, some of the advice my old mate Bob Darley used to tell me when it came to fishing for yellowbelly.

We are coming to the close of the cod season, which happens at the end of this month. The season will remain closed until November 31.

The closure of the cod season does not apply to Lake Eildon, but all other regulations regarding bag and size limits still apply and on the same date, the trout season will reopen for rivers and streams.

Reports from Dartmouth have still been good, with brown and rainbow trout being caught by anglers trolling Ford Fenders, trailing either a Tassie devil-style lure or bait, such as worms or mudeye.

Angling among the trees or from the bank is also worth a try.

Down south

At Queenscliff, Rod Lawn from Adamas Fishing Charters said he now had his boat back from Portland.

After some maintenance, he would be getting ready for the start of the snapper season, although whiting and calamari squid were still providing anglers with plenty of good hauls.

Rod said the grassbeds around the cottage as well as near the mouth of Swan Bay and as far north as St Leonards were providing anglers with good-sized whiting.

He said the trick was to cast to the sandy patches between the weeds for the best results. Pipi or small pieces of squid were best baits.

Offshore was patchy, according to Rod.

He said some resident snapper were around the reefs and flathead on the sandy bottom between Point Lonsdale and the mouth of the Barwon River. Trolling a lead line was working for pike.

Western Port Bay was patchy, although plenty of whiting could be found among the grassbeds near the submarine and also off Hastings. Some gummy shark were still being caught on dusk during the runout tide near Phillip Island in the deeper water.

Up north

A trip north to Eden was still providing anglers with good bags of snapper and morwong, according to John Liddell.

John said Mark from Freedom Charters was finding some kingfish towards Green Cape and also off Boyd’s Lookout.

Drifting along the sandy bottom in about 30m of water was producing some big nannygai and flathead around the Green Cape area. Squid and striped tuna pieces were the best bait, although some anglers were getting results using soft plastics.

At Narooma, Graham Cowley said bottom fishing around Montague Island and out to the shelf provided plenty of table fish, including perch, morwong, snapper and flathead as well as an occasional school of kingfish.

He said off the shelf, the yellowfin tuna were still a couple of months away, but an occasional bluefin was being caught by anglers trolling skirted lures.