Reel Life with Kevin Tyler

By Shepparton News

Were you one of those brave souls who faced the heat full-on and spent the break actually out in the great outdoors fishing?

Or were you like me? I stayed mostly in the cool and comfort of the airconditioner and only ventured out in the early morning or late afternoon.

Sadly this year I did not get my wish list filled.

I suppose it was because Santa was unable to fit a new boat and all the other goodies I wanted on his sleigh.

I had assured him of my goodness last year.

Well, maybe next year ... but I do hope you had a great Christmas/new year break.

I called into my pharmacist on New Year’s Eve and was told of a monster cod caught by the son of one of the women in the store.

She said that he and a friend landed a fish that exceeded 100cm while fishing in the Broken River.

I did not get any other details so I hope they can send an image of their catch to The News.

Around the traps

Other reports from around the region are good and, despite the Goulburn dropping slightly, some nice fish have been caught at all the usual spots. The river between Mooroopna and Toolamba is producing plenty of fish and is alive with shrimp.

Both Eildon and Dartmouth have been fishing well with trout caught in the early morning, and redfin, yellowbelly and cod have been caught by anglers fishing later in the day.

At Dartmouth the best spots are where the old creeks run into the main part of the storage.

The river arms at Eildon, as well as in front of the wall, have been hot spots.

There have been some good reports from anglers fishing the rivers and streams in the north-east.

Fly fishing, bait casting and lures, both bladed and solid body types, have been used to great effect.

Just a word of warning — keep a close eye out for possible bushfires and have a plan of escape prepared just in case.

Down south

It is snapper boom time at Queenscliff according to Rod Lawn and Peter Smallwood from Adamas Fishing Charters.

Rod said they managed to bag out an entire charter last weekend while fishing off Barwon Heads and Point Lonsdale.

Peter added that there were some good-sized fish further up the bay and a lot of his old marks had been producing fish for the first time for a number or years.

Rod said they were now catching whiting around the grass beds near the mouth of Swan Bay as well as on the opposite of the heads.

He said there were none of back-slapper size yet but plenty of good-sized fish.

He said salmon, flathead and couta were plentiful and some early signs of kingfish near the rip were showing up.

Western Port was busy with anglers bagging snapper off Hastings as well as whiting, salmon, flathead and gummy shark.

Peter said fishing the tides was the secret to success at Western Port and the best bait was fresh fillets of salmon or squid.

Meanwhile, Flinders Island was featured this week on a television show. It showed what a diverse and great place the Furneaux group of islands is.

James Luddington said fishing was not the only attraction for visitors although it was going well, with bags of gummy, flathead and other species being caught.

James fishes mainly around Lady Baron and Chapple Island, but said he was getting some nice albacore tuna and trumpeter when he travelled out to the shelf into the deeper water.

North of the border

At Eden, John Liddell said they had been seeing plenty of yachting traffic due to the recent Sydney to Hobart Race and now many of the competitors were making there way back north and were stopping in for rest and recreation.

John said the game boats were now heading out to the shelf in search of marlin which have moved into the region.

He said Mark from Freedom Charters was busy both offshore and bottom-bouncing the reefs as far south as Green Cape.

He said snapper, flathead, morwong and kingfish were being caught as well as salmon and couta and an occasional mako shark.

At Narooma, Graham Cowley also reported marlin off the shelf, and said close in flathead and reef fish had kept anglers busy.

He said kingfish were schooling slightly to the northern end of Montague Island and, when it was too rough to go outside, the lake provided anglers with plenty of bream and flathead near the oyster leases.