Reel Life with Kevin Tyler: When cold bites, cod bite

By Shepparton News

Would you believe that sitting in front of a heater watching football is becoming more of an option than going outside into the great outdoors fishing.

The cold winds and rain sure put a damper on my enthusiasm for fishing, and did I mention that my footy team is on the improve.

Having said all that, the fishing around our neck of the woods has been a little patchy.

The Goulburn is producing some nice cod, mainly upstream from Mooroopna, and the Murray is also fishing reasonably well.

But there’s not much from the Broken, although I expect there would be some fish in and around the deeper holes.

Some jumbo-sized cod, over a metre in length, have also been reported from Lake Mulwala.

The top spots have been along the tree line that follows the old river bed where there is a drop off and cover.

Spinner bait-style lures and jackal lures that contain a rattle, as well as bait such as yabbies or cheese, seem to be also worth trying.

Apart from a report a fortnight ago, nothing more from Mick at Stanhope on any more yellowbelly.

He has either lost the touch or his wife is back home from her holiday.

Speaking of yellowbelly, I still tend to believe that we will have to wait for the wattle to bloom before they come on the bite.

The secret to catching a yellowbelly is to use as little weight as possible, just enough to get your bait down to where the fish are around the snags.

Eildon is fishing reasonably well with trout being taken by anglers using a Ford Fender trailing a bunch of worms or a mud eye.

The best spots seem to be the river arms, as well as in front of the wall, but fish are where you find them.

Some redfin have also been reported from about the 10m to 20m mark among the trees.

Drop a bait or ice jig down and if nothing happens within 10 minutes, move to another tree.

It has been frustrating, however, when cast after cast you see your lure followed by a trout, but it won’t strike.

It might be that you need to change lure type or even add a worm to the lure in an effort to tempt the fish to bite.

There has been conflicting reports from Dartmouth with some anglers reporting good catches of both brown and rainbow trout while others say it is hard work for little result.

The best catches have been around the tree line near the wall, Larson’s Cutting and also in the Dart and the Mitta Arms. Best method is still the Ford Fender, while a more relaxing method is to drop a bait below a float and angle for a fish.

On your way to Dartmouth you might try the Hume Weir at Albury.

I have been getting reports of trophy-size trout being caught.

While not in great numbers, the fish that are being caught are whoppers and well worth the effort trying for one.

Saltwater fishing took a hit last week because of the weather.

Rod Lawn from Adamas Fishing Charters at Queenscliff said he had not even gone out fishing because of the rough conditions.

Rod said he had received some good reports from Portland where the tuna seemed to enjoy the conditions and most boats reported bagging good hauls of school-sized fish, although there were some barrels to be had off the shelf.

Rod said while he was still getting plenty of punters willing to chase after pinky snapper, he would still be operating off the coast around Barwon Heads and Point Lonsdale.

He said inside the heads, most action was calamari squid and some flathead.

Up north

Heading north to Eden was still worth the effort, according to John Liddell.

He said Freedom Charters were still bagging snapper and morwong along the inshore reefs from Two Fold Bay along the coast to Green Cape.

John said some schools of kingfish were sill cruising around the area and there were some metre-long fish among them when a school was located. Knife jigs, whole squid and slimy mackerel were the best baits to use once you located fish.

Further north at Narooma, Graham Cowley said it was similar fishing when anglers could go offshore.

He said snapper, morwong, leatherjacket and perch were taking fresh fish fillets along the inshore reefs and flathead were to be found along the sandy bottom.

Graham said to the north of Montague Island some schools of kingfish were being found, and even the smaller-sized fish provided plenty of action.