We are already five days into the new year and the score so far is a resounding lead for the fish; after several trips to the river I have not managed to land a single fish, despite getting plenty of bites.
I came close last Monday when I had a solid fish on the line for four turns of the reel before it spat out the hook and returned back to the deep, where it probably had a chuckle at my feeble efforts at trying to catch it.
While this might say a lot about my skill level, it does indicate there are plenty of fish willing to have a go at any bait you drop in the water.
Best baits are still the usual ones, including cheese, worms, shrimp, yabbies and grubs as well as some lures.
The mouse-shaped lure I received as a Christmas gift is still yet to leave its package — but they do work and Kyabram angler Greg Mott can confirm this, having landed a 91cm cod at Lake Mulwala using a mouse surface lure.
Reports of cod and yellowbelly are coming in from most of the popular spots along the Murray and Goulburn rivers, but anglers be warned — there is a massive amount of boat traffic on all waterways at the present time so be ready for some delays at boat ramps.
Fishing at Eildon and Dartmouth is still going well. Early morning is the best time for trout as they are busy feeding near the surface, while during the heat of the day they will go deeper and you will need special gear to reach them, such as down-riggers or similar.
Redfin are biting at Waranga Basin as well as Lake Hume. Fishing around the trees is the best locations and small yabbies or shrimp are the best baits as well as ice jigs and some soft plastics as long as there is some red colour on them.
Down south, kingfish are on the bite at Queenscliff according to Rod Lawn and Peter Smallwood from Adamas Fishing Charters.
They said inside the rip in the deep water and along the reefs off Point Lonsdale were the most active spots. Rod said live bait and knife jigs were the best method.
Often known as hoodlums, kingfish are making a dramatic comeback after being fished out by commercial operators in the Port Phillip area a number of years ago.
They are a voracious eater and can double their size in 12 months.
The minimum size for kingfish is 60cm and the bag limit is five fish per angler.
Peter said snapper, whiting and salmon were being caught around the heads as well as calamari squid, while offshore anglers were berleying for blue shark and the occasional mako which hang around the crayfish pots looking for an easy feed.
Western Port is fishing well with snapper, whiting and gummy shark providing good action for anglers along the shipping lanes and grass beds.
North of the border, John Liddell at Eden said Twofold Bay was crowded with yachts that were involved in the Sydney to Hobart race, some receiving repairs while others are making their way back to home ports at Sydney.
He said fishing had been reasonable with reef fishing providing anglers with plenty of action, while kingfish and marlin were being caught by anglers off the shelf using skirted lures, and some tuna were also being caught.
At Narooma, Graham Cowley said the main action was off the shelf with anglers chasing marlin and kingfish, mainly to the north of Montague Island, but those looking for a feed said there were plenty of flathead and reef fish including snapper and morwong being caught along the reefs close inshore.
He said there were also plenty of flathead and bream around the oyster leases in the lake.
James Luddington at Flinders Island reported good bags of flathead and gummy shark from around the Lady Baron area, and one group fishing from the shore at Prime Seal Island caught plenty of salmon casting silver lures into the passing schools of fish.