May 20, 2021
The Murray river is looking awesome at the moment with it running at a great height and looking really clear. There have been some great fish getting caught with plenty coming on surface lures such as the Balista Tremor and Bassman Aussie Crawler. We had a great report of some nice Cod getting caught in one of the local fishing competitions at Torrumbarry, the largest fish getting caught on a Bassman Aussie Crawler. Colby Lesko has been doing a big drift down the Murray from Yarrawonga and has landed some monster Cod all on Balista Tremors including 5 over the metre mark with the biggest going over 120cm caught on a Tremor in the new Throbber colour.
We have still had some great reports for large numbers of Redfin getting caught out of Waranga Basin as well as the odd large Trout with the cold weather over the last week. Redfin have been taking all different methods from Trolling small divers to bait fishing with small Yabbies and Worms. If You’re keen on going for the big Trout throughout the Basin, trolling is your best bet but we’d recommend keeping the Redfin lures out as there are very few Trout in Waranga Basin. Tassie devils on the cold days are a good option for the Trout but most of the ones that have been caught are on Hard bodied lures while trolling for Redfin.
The 2021 Lake Eildon Fishing Challenge was run from Jerusalem Creek Marina and Holiday Park over the weekend with plenty of great fish caught and some great fun had by all. The 2021 competition saw 217 adults and 17 juniors register. There were a total of 144 fish registered. The most common species registered was Trout with 93 being caught over the weekend. There were 25 Murray Cod caught with 5 of them being over 90cm. With the water cooling down there were only 2 Yellowbelly caught. 22 Redfin were caught and the remaining fish were Carp. Trellys Shepparton Pro Staff Nelson, along with his Fiance Jayme fished the event. Focussing on Trout, they landed 12 fish while trolling in the Big River arm With 50mm RMG Poltergeists, Tassie Devils and a Balista Trigger. Jayme had a great weekend and was able to back up her win from the event in 2019, taking out first place again with a stonking 59cm, 4.60lb Brown Trout she caught while trolling a Balista Trigger. Jayme also landed a 46cm Brown Trout which scored her 3rd place. The Largest Trout caught by a Junior measured 43cm which was caught by Archie Clark.
The Largest Murray Cod for the competition was 104cm which was landed by Bailey Sobol after his mate Zac had to dive into the freezing cold Eildon water at 4am to save his rod from disappearing after the eventual winning fish ripped his rod from the rod holder. Zac ended up catching a 93cm Cod which put him in 2nd place, A good consolation for the early morning swim to help his mate land the winning fish. The largest Native caught by a Junior was a nice Murray Cod caught by Teagan Kimmell which measured 48cm. The only Golden perch entered by an adult measured 41cm and was Caught by Mikayla Callahan. The Largest Redfin for the Competition was caught by Shaun Eva and measured a chunky 43cm
Lake Hume is still going great guns with huge amounts of Redfin still getting caught in most parts of the lake. Trolling Rmg Poltergeists in the Trellys White colour has been accounting for some good fish along with casting and jigging Jackall Mask Vibes amongst the schools. Small soft plastics like the bait junkie grubs or minnows are also accounting for good numbers of fish. Bait fishing with worms has been a great way of landing a few once the Redfin are in a good feeding mood.
Upper Coliban Reservoir
Rohan purchased a couple of lures from the Trelly’s website for the local angling club competition in Upper Coliban Reservoir which took place over the weekend. Fishing from his kayak Rohan was able to take out the win with a nice 51cm Brown Trout which he caught on the Trelly’s Special white RMG Poltergeist in the 3m+ bib.
Eldorado Dredge Holes
Darryl dropped into Trelly’s last Friday grabbing some supplies before heading over to the Eldorado Dredge holes to try his luck on some Redfin. Darryl reports that the fishing was slow up until around 3pm when the Redfin turned it on. He landed around 15-20 Redfin with 5 being good pan size and one larger fish. Most of his Redfin were caught on the 4” Daiwa Bait Junkie Grub in the Motor Oil Colour.
This week has seen the inner harbour of Corio Bay start to really kick into its typical winter fishing traits with Salmon covering the bay and quality snapper starting to get caught. Australian Salmon have been in massive numbers across the inner harbour, in particular between limeburners boat ramp through to the Geelong Waterfront. The fish have been sitting on the surface rounding up and terrorizing bait fish which makes it a lot easier to locate them and the obvious give away is birds diving into the water with fish busting on the surface. Casting small minnow style soft plastics has been super effective however when the fish are feeding like how they have been they should eat just about anything. The rocks of St Helens have had some fantastic fishing as of late with flathead, whiting and quality snapper being caught. The snapper are definitely the highlight for the rocks at the moment with anglers landing fish to 4.5kg, garfish has been the preferred bait. The best time to fish off the rocks here and chase the snapper is after or during a strong blow as it will push all the food and bait close to sure as the weather stirs up the bottom and will bring the fish in too.
Surf Coast Beaches
The surf beaches along the coast have also been fishing very well for Salmon, just about any beach or rock platform from Jan Juc all the way through to Warrnambool has been holding plenty of fish. Casting metals and cranking them in has been the preferred method however soaking baits like blue bait and squid still should produce plenty of bites.
Wurdi Buloc Reservoir
Wurdi Buloc Reservoir has definitely been living up to its name as “the lake of a thousand casts” over the past week but the anglers that are sticking it out and putting in those extra casts are getting fish to make it all worthwhile. Brown trout have been the hot target for most anglers with a few reports popping up here and there, shallow diving minnow hard bodies have been the most successful lures to throw. Redfin are still chewing quite well at the moment with anglers landing plenty of fish to about 33cm with a few fish pushing over 40cm thrown into the mix also. Casting spoon style lures has been by far the best for the redfin allowing you to get a long cast out and cover as much water as possible.
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