This Sunday is Mother’s Day.
If you want to keep in your mum’s good books, buy her something she will really appreciate: get her some fishing gear, a new rod and reel, some end tackle, maybe a new fishing boat.
Oh, and maybe a box of chocolates and a bunch of flowers. Forget about breakfast in bed, you will most likely be out fishing anyway.
Seriously though, do something nice for your mum, she deserves it and if she is into fishing, then the previous suggestions for a suitable gift are not too far off the mark, otherwise you might just use them yourself.
The weather early this week is a stark reminder that winter is now not too far away and the icy blast we have just gone through will have a marked effect on fishing. It will be good for trout but not so good for native fish. However, it was great to have reasonable rainfall for a change.
The river level did have a small rise and there was some discolouration due to the runoff from dried-out paddocks.
The water quality at Eildon and Dartmouth has not been affected though, and the fishing should still be worthwhile.
The cold snap will help bring trout to the surface to feed, and flat-lining either lures or an attractor will be an option, rather than using down-riggers or weight to get to the fish, although early morning still remains the best time to try your luck.
At Eildon, redfin are still biting around the tree lines near Peppin Point. Drop a bait down alongside a tree to about eight metres or so, and if there are no bites in five to 10 minutes, move to another tree.
Cod are also being taken using large Jackal-style lures fished in the deep water near the wall as well as around the river arms.
At Dartmouth, trolling a Fender with either a bunch of worms or a mudeye, even a lure just below the surface, is the way to go to catch a trout.
Keep to the tree line from first light through to mid-morning, around that time the fish will move into the deeper water.
Fishing the rivers took a bit of a hit with the banks becoming slippery and dangerous due to the rain, so putting a boat in the water was a chore as was fishing from the shore, although fish will tend to bite on a rising river level.
Saltwater fishing has not been affected all that much, according to Rod Lawn from Adamas Fishing Charters at Queenscliff.
Rod said while the snapper had slowed, there was still plenty of action with flathead, calamari and silver trevally being caught around the heads.
Rod said the whiting had also slowed down around St Leonards but the grass beds were still worth a try for an occasional fish.
Offshore, Rod said berleying for shark was still getting results.
He said blue shark and an occasional mako were being caught, but he added anglers should be prepared to spend up to four hours before getting an inquiry. In the meantime, bottom bouncing for flathead was a way to fill in time.
Along the western coast around Portland, Rod said bluefin tuna were starting to become active and some big fish had been caught already.
Rod said he would not be taking his boat down the coast this year but he would keep me up-to-date on the fishing.
Rod said bluefin tuna were also being seen around the heads at Queenscliff, although tempting a hook-up was a bit of a chore.
Western Port was also slowing down for snapper and whiting but anglers can still get a bag of leatherjacket, flathead and an occasional gummy shark.
North of the border at Eden, John Liddell said Mark and the crew from Freedom Charters reported mixed bags of snapper, morwong flathead and other reef fish when fishing the inshore reefs from Boyd’s Lookout to Green Cape.
He said some jumbo-sized flathead had been caught in about 20 to 30m off water off the cape.
John said while an occasional marlin was still being caught off the shelf, there were few tuna being reported and it was hit-and-miss for kingfish as well.
North of Eden at Narooma, Graham Cowley said it was a similar story in his neck of the woods.
He said while the inshore reefs were still providing anglers with plenty of table fish such as snapper, morwong, gurnard and flathead, the game boats were still in the main staying tied up.
He said an occasional marlin was still being tagged off the shelf, but the tuna action would be still a while off.
He said the kingfish were becoming patchy to find but in general they were metre-size monsters when eventually located.