Slow to get off the mark

January 12, 2018

Lake Mokoan is a fishing hotspot at the moment.

At last, I have finally dragged myself away from the Ashes cricket following the final Test Match and opened my score down the river for this year, albeit a slow start.

The count was one small silver perch and a mega sized carp that gave me quite a tussle before I conquered it.

The perch fell to a piece of stale edam cheese, while the carp could not resist a bunch of fresh shrimp that abound in the Goulburn at the present time.

I managed a number of turns on the reel before the Euro wrapped itself around a snag.

Instead of trying to yank it off, I used patience and allowed the line to go slack, trusting the number two circle hook would stay in place. It did and within a short period of time the fish swam off the snag and I dragged it to the bank — victory at last.

But enough of my efforts.

Across the region the fishing continues to be good with plenty of action, anglers are reporting plenty of fish, especially cod, and despite there being plenty of undersized fish, there has been plenty of keepers among them.

Lake Mulwala is a hot spot at present as well as the usual haunts along the Murray.

Best baits are shrimps, grubs, yabbies, worms and cheese, as well as lures.

The Goulburn is also providing plenty of fishing action and despite being a little low, the water is clear and lure fishing is getting good results.

Surface poppers is a new method of fishing for cod and it is working well mainly in early morning and dusk.

Bait is also working well and the natural ones — shrimp and yabbies — as well as cheese all work well when fished around structure like fallen trees and close to the bank.

Redfin are biting at Waranga Basin and once again swarms of small fish need to be negated before some bigger fish can be caught.

The deeper water near Harrimans Point and the island as well as near the old quarry are spots worth a try.

A trip to Eildon is always worthwhile and in the early morning trout are on the bite mainly in the river arms, but cod and yellowbelly are also suppling anglers with other fishing options, while the ever popular redfin can be caught among the tree lines.

Drop a bait down to about 20m and if nothing happens within 10 minutes, move to another tree until a school is located.

I have not mentioned the rivers and streams in the north-east for a while, but they can be waded at this time of the year.

Lures and bait casting as well as fly fishing are all worth a try with plenty of pan-sized brown and rainbow trout are on the chew.

At Quenscliff, Rod Lawn and Peter Smallwood from Adamas Fishing Charters are still catching plenty of snapper and salmon, the latter around most of the surf beaches as well as in the rip. Trolling small white occy lures is working well.

Rod said good sized kingfish were being caught off Point Lonsdale jigging with knife style lures as well as live baits and strips of fresh squid.

Peter took a group of anglers off St Leonards and bagged good sized snapper and flathead along the edge of the shipping lane. Whiting were taking small pieces of squid off the mouth of Swan Bay, as well as near the white lady marker.

North of the border, marlin are being angled off the shelf and John Liddell said the game boats were heading off shore at Eden to get among the action.

He said a spread of skirted lures trolled was the preferred method.

John said the new charter operator should begin at the end of the month. He said he would be using a single hull boat that would cater for up to eight or nine people.

Narooma is also fishing well according to Graham Cowley. He said son Nicholas was taking charters off the shelf for marlin and along the reefs for snapper and morwong, as well as good bags of flathead.

At Flinders Island, James Luddington said when the weather was suitable he was hearing of trumpeter and albacore being caught off the shelf, while plenty of flathead and gummy shark were being caught around Lady Baron and Chapple Island.

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