Reel Life - Kevin Tyler

By Shepparton News

The countdown to Christmas has well and truly begun and we now have just 45 sleeps until the jolly bearded giver of gifts mysteriously arrives, slipping down the chimney and stuffing our stockings — eagerly hung in anticipation — with the gifts of our dreams, in our case all things fishing.

To help Santa with the selection of said gifts, Trelly and his staff are putting on their annual Fishing Expo on November 15. The event will feature not only the latest innovations in fishing gear but there also will be advisers on fishing, boating as well as demonstrations on casting, knot tying, line and gear selection for the various species targeted by anglers.

All details of the show are available at Trelly’s store in Corio St, Shepparton, so make sure to call in. This is one event you do not want to miss out on if you are looking for an idea for a gift or you just want to stock up on gear.

Apart from the Melbourne Cup Day deluge, the weather has been good for fishing around our region and, without going over the top, results have been reasonable.

Around the traps

Yellowbelly are biting but plenty of work is needed to find fish. The Goulburn River, between Murchison and Toolamba, also the Murray River around Ulupna Island are worth a try, and you should not discount Lake Mulwala.

Waranga Basin and Eildon have both produced good hauls of redfin.

Bait and lures have been successful when fished around the trees in Eildon, while in the basin bouncing a lure along the bottom is finding fish.

When a school is located, anchor up and either jig or fish a bait such as worms or small yabbies. Small fish are still swarming but a good-sized fish will also bite.

A trip to Eildon is also worthwhile if you are chasing trout.

Trolling in the river arms in the early morning can result in brown or rainbow trout being caught.

Dartmouth Dam is also giving anglers some nice fish using the same methods.

Down south

I have always said Melbourne Cup Day was the time to catch snapper — and that is what is happening at Queenscliff, according to Rod Lawn and Peter Smallwood from Adamas Fishing Charters.

They have been bagging good hauls of snapper mainly offshore but also around the reefs inside the heads. Best baits have been squid and fresh fillets of salmon or trevally.

Peter said he had also had success using small slimy mackerel as a whole bait, fished without a sinker around the Mornington area. He casts out off the stern and then allows it to sink to the bottom. He said this was a good method for catching large snapper.

Rod has also been catching plenty of salmon, squid, flathead and pinky-size snapper when fishing off Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads.

Rod said they were also bagging gummy shark; once again salmon fillets have been the best bait.

Western Port is also fishing well for snapper, and anglers are almost shoulder to shoulder at the rubble beds off Hastings, fishing mainly along the shipping lanes, but the deeper water near the steel works is also a popular spot.

The action at Flinders Island is still good, according to James Luddington.

He said plenty of gummy shark and flathead were the staples while an occasional snapper and some salmon provided an alternative catch for anglers.

Speaking of gummy shark, fish whisperer Mick’s son Daniel Bourke says anything the old man can do, he can do better. This week he and some mates fished offshore at Queenscliff and along the coast and bagged some big gummy shark as well as snapper and other fish including flathead, squid and salmon.

Up north

At Eden, John Liddell said the boys from Freedom Charters were still getting good hauls of reef fish from inshore, as well as plenty of flathead and an occasional kingfish around the Green Cape area.

John said it was still quiet off the shelf with no sign of marlin.

Further north at Narooma, Graham Cowley said flathead were being caught along the sandy bottom between the shore and Montague Island, as well as reef fish including some big morwong and snapper.

Graham said fishing inside the lake also gave anglers another option when it was too rough to go outside the bar.