It was the best of times but also not so good.
We had one of the nicest Easter breaks weather-wise that I can recall for many years, but the traffic — especially Easter Monday — was the worst I have seen since the Goulburn Valley Hwy was upgraded. The traffic heading south about noon was bumper to bumper.
That aside, I did manage some quality time fishing the Goulburn River while drinking my friend’s coffee in perfect autumn weather, catching silver perch and cod — not in great numbers but with enough regularity to retain my interest.
The cod were not keepers but were in excellent condition and the perch were chunky-sized fish. They are a protected species north of the Great Divide and must be returned to the water, however they can be kept if caught in a dam or impoundment. Check the Victorian Recreational Fishing Guide for details.
Reports from around the region during the past week have been excellent, with all fishing spots producing fish. Even Greens Lake is fishing well for redfin, while Eildon and Waranga Basin are still worth a try.
Trout are starting to be caught by anglers flat-lining lures at Dartmouth and trolling fenders with worms or mudeye. Early mornings are the best time, although the fish are starting to move closer to the surface during the day.
Deep-diving lures are accounting for cod at Lake Eildon, especially in front of the wall and around structure.
Down south at Queenscliff, Rod Lawn and Peter Smallwood from Adamas Fishing Charters reported a busy time during the break with plenty of flathead, squid, salmon, pinky snapper and some whiting inside the heads and also off the bluff at Barwon Heads.
Rod said mako shark were still being seen around the crayfish pots and blue shark were being caught around the 30 fathom mark.
Peter said anglers fishing the Barwon were reporting mulloway and an occasional elephant fish upstream from the boat ramp, while trevally and salmon were being caught by people fishing from the jetty and bridge.
Gummy shark were also being caught by anglers fishing the run-out tide near the submarine wreck off Point Lonsdale, and fresh fish fillets were the best bait.
Rod said he was getting ready to move his boat to Portland for the start of the tuna season. He said bluefin tuna were starting to appear off the coast and he expected them to start biting close to shore in the next month or so.
Some snapper of the pinky size were being caught off Hastings, while elephant fish were being caught near the steel works.
At Eden, John Liddell said it would be another month or so before yellowfin tuna moved into the region.
John said inshore reefs near Boyd’s Lookout were producing snapper, morwong and other reef fish and the sandy bottom near Green Cape was a mecca for big flathead.
Narooma was a hive of activity at Easter, according to Graham Cowley, who said the fishing was good with plenty of table fish taken along the inshore reefs, while kingfish were schooling around the northern end of Montague Island.
The fishing photo competition we have been conducting has come to an end and I would like to thank all who sent in an entry.
Judging is now under way and we will announce a winner in next Friday’s News.
Big thanks goes to Steve Threlfall from Trelly’s Fishing and Hunting in Corio St, Shepparton for providing a free lure to all who had their photo printed in The News, and for the major prize of a $500 fishing pack.