Opinion

Reel Life: Busy weekend for anglers

By Shepparton News

So, you are going to wet a line tomorrow. Well, on your list of things to do before you hit the water, don’t forget to vote.

It is election day tomorrow, so unless you want a ‘please explain’ from the electoral commission as to why you did not attend a polling booth and get your name crossed off the list, go and vote.

Of course, if you are one of the more than one million voters who pre-polled, then just forget what I have just said and enjoy several hours of angling for a cod or yellowbelly, maybe a redfin or trout; they are all on the bite at the moment.

I wonder if politicians go fishing.

I know they have been angling for your vote in one way or another over the past weeks, putting promises on the hook in an attempt to lure you to their line of thinking; yes pollies are fishers of voters.

Now, back to the real business of catching fish.

Around the traps

Around the region the hot spots are Mulwala, where my mate the window cleaner is off to later today.

The reports say that there are still a number of large cod being landed by anglers fishing among the old river course — both bait and lures seem to be working.

The other hot spot is Lake Eildon.

The good thing about Eildon is that you can target a variety of fish, around the river arms.

Cod are biting on surface lures as well as the large-sized deep diving lures. It pays to have a selection of both in your tackle box.

Among the trees, redfin are still biting. Drop a bait down about 4m or 5m and, if nothing happens in five to 10 minutes, move to another tree.

Keep this up until a school of fish is located. This method can also be used for yellowbelly, the only difference is that you use a slow retrieve to attract a fish to bite.

Early mornings trolling a fender or flat lining a minnow-style lure is the best way to land a trout or two.

Rainbow and browns are biting at the moment, around the wall or once again the river arms are the places to fish.

Dartmouth dam in the high country is also worth a visit and though some anglers can spend an entire day without a bite, others are landing a swag of trout.

The best method is still the tried and true Ford Fender, trailing a bait of worms or a mud eye, but as the temperatures drop, the fish will be moving close to the surface to feed, early morning is the best time.

Larson’s Cutting, around the tree lines near the boat ramp and also the eight mile are worth a try.

Down south

Saltwater fishing is still going well at Queenscliff and around the heads, according to Rod Lawn from Adamas Fishing Charters.

Rod said Peter Smallwood was off on his annual trip to warmer climates to enjoy a bit of surfing.

Rod said he was still operating and had been bagging pinky snapper along the reefs off Barwon Heads as well as flathead on the sandy bottom and silver trevally around the ferry terminal.

Gummy shark were also on the chew around dusk in the deeper water off Point Lonsdale near the submarine dive site.

Best baits were fresh squid or fish fillets and, speaking of squid, Rod said they were biting among the grass beds between Queenscliff and the Lonsdale pier.

Western Port Bay was hit or miss at the moment with some anglers getting pinky snapper, while others missed out.

The area around the Hastings channel was the most popular spot as well as the steel works and the shipping lane off Cowes where gummy shark were biting on fresh fish fillets and squid.

Up north

At Eden, John Liddell said Mark from Freedom Charters was bagging plenty of reef fish between Boyd’s Lookout and Green Cape.

He said snapper, morwong, gurnard and leather jacket were keeping anglers busy on the reefs, while flathead were biting along the sandy tracts between the reefs.

John said there was only a little action off the shelf with an occasional tuna being caught and kingfish were getting harder to locate, but, as was the case further north, the kings were of the larger size, up to and more than 1m long.

Speaking of going north, Graham Cowley at Narooma said his son Nicholas was still taking charters out but mainly fishing along the inshore reefs.

He said they were boating a variety of reef fish, including snapper and morwong.

It was harder to locate kingfish but when they did, they were the larger-sized fish.

He said off the shelf an occasional late-season marlin and an occasional tuna was being hooked up.

Graham said inside the lake they were also bagging flathead and bream while fishing around the piers and oyster leases.

Some of the flathead were huge, but the resident seals were proving to be a problem, sneaking an easy feed where they could.