Fish on the bite around the Goulburn Valley

By Shepparton News

Just what do you think a fishing charter operator would do when he gets time to have a holiday from work? Of course, he goes to another charter operator and goes fishing!

My friend Rod Lawn from Adamas Fishing Charters at Queenscliff drove to Yamba in NSW and went fishing.

Just like any other punter, he proudly sent me pictures of the fish he caught.

Being in NSW, the species were different — a lot of local reef fish and one they particularly targeted was a jewfish, which is similar to a mulloway and grows to extra-large proportions.

Back on the job after his break away from the office, Rod said the action around the heads was slowing and most of the fish being caught were snapper and silver trevally, as well as southern calamari.

Offshore in Bass Strait, some blue shark and tuna were being seen about the 60m mark.

Closer to home, last weekend the GoFish Nagambie event was held and by all accounts was a huge success.

I spoke with a number of participants who said that while they did not get any fish they still had a great time and were looking forward to next year’s event.

There was another competition also held last weekend — the Mulwala Cod Classic — and once again this was a succuss. Although the number of participants was down, hopefully the organisers of both events can get together and sort out dates that don’t clash.

Once the weather settled down the fishing around the region was good with cod being caught in both the Murray and Goulburn rivers as well as the Broken Creek near Nathalia; cheese and yabbies or a cocktail of worms were the most productive baits, although some fish were taken on lures fished around the snags.

Lake Eildon is still the most popular spot to fish, due mainly to the variety: redfin, trout, cod and yellowbelly can all be targeted.

Most reports say that the rivers’ arms were providing the best results. Redfin were around the trees, trolling a Fender worked for trout, and large lures fished deep were the way to go if you were after cod. The Jackal style with a rattle in it was getting good results.

On the down side, the level of the lake has dropped again and most of the boat ramps are now out of the water, so launching a boat can be tricky.

The reports from Dartmouth are starting to become more positive and both rainbow and brown trout are being caught by anglers trolling Fenders with a bunch of worms, mudeye or a lure such as a minnow style or Tassie devil in a clown pattern.

Saltwater fishing has slowed although it is still worth a trip as there are still plenty of fish about.

The reports are that flathead are biting along the sandy bottom both inside the heads and offshore, and gummy shark were to be found around the old submarine wrecks off Point Lonsdale, while Rod said Western Port was also producing gummy shark in the deep water off Cowes. He said fishing the run-out tide during the late afternoon and evening was the best time and some flathead were taking bait and soft plastics on the sandy bottom off Hastings.

At Flinders Island, James Luddington said flathead and gummy shark were still being caught around the islands near Lady Baron, and small garfish were the best bait as well as squid or any other fish fillet.

At Eden, John Liddell said the snapper season was starting to hot up, and Mark from Freedom Charters was bagging plenty while fishing the inshore reefs between Green Cape and Twofold Bay. Mark said they were also bagging jumbo flathead in the deeper water near the cape.

A trip to Narooma was also worth the effort according to Graham Cowley. He said kingfish were still on the chew around the region, and snapper, morwong and other reef fish were biting along the coast near Montague Island.

A keen tuna angler, Graham said just a few rat-sized yellowfin were being seen at the moment but he expected the currents to start warming up and this should bring the bait fish followed by the yellowfin tuna.

Editor’s note: The News apologises that this column was not printed in yesterday’s paper.