December 11, 2020
Wild winds are still making it very challenging to find a good window of opportunity to get stuck into the local fishing, but if you’re keen enough to stick it out there is some great fishing on offer. Alcoa Pier is still holding fantastic numbers of salmon and pinkie snapper with fish holding tight against the structure. Sounding up the fish has been key to success, simply dropping soft plastics and bouncing them on their heads is working a treat. 3 to 4 inch gulp or Zman soft plastics have been ideal in natural or white colours.
The Snapper bite continues and once again Clifton Springs to Portarlington remains the current hot spot with fish to 5kg showing up in good numbers. Along the channel and just off the channel have been holding the better numbers of fish. The other side of the channel towards Point Wilson has currently got a good snapper bite going with plenty of fish to 3kg and when fishing this area you’re a chance of a genuine monster. When fishing up that way fresh baits are key such as squid, salmon and pike.
Offshore Barwon Heads is showing no sign of slowing down with the snapper run that is going at the moment with plenty of quality fish still hitting the deck. Gone Fishing Charters has been slamming the snapper lately off Barwon Heads getting his customers on to some fantastic fish with plenty of bi-catch like Gummy Shark and Nannygai
Wurdi Buloc Reservoir has attracted some fishing attention lately allowing anglers to get out of the wind and get stuck into some quality fish. Redfin and Trout both chewing quite well at the moment with hardbody or spoon lures working a treat.
The 2020-21 Murray Cod season opened last week with hundreds of anglers rushing up the highway in search of this fish with most anglers finding good success. Bryce from Trellys Geelong fished the King River up towards Wangaratta finding cod to about 55cm with natural colour spinnerbaits proving deadly.
The Goulburn River around Shepparton has been flowing steadily which has helped with the fishing in the area. There have been plenty of smaller Cod getting caught on Baits such as Chicken and Yabbies along with Spinnerbaits and Surface lures like the Codger Paddlers and Jackall Pompadours. We also had some great reports of Metre plus Cod getting caught around Shepparton with a 1.25m Cod caught near Kialla on bait from the bank. Benny Rendina Caught this beast of a Cod earlier this week in the Goulburn near Shepparton while casting a Hardbody.
The Broken River has been fishing really well with plenty of cod getting caught off the top with most fish being around 40cm - 70cm. Pompadours have been the lure of choice and although morning and afternoon are the best times, there have also been plenty caught throughout the day, especially if it’s overcast.
Jack has been fishing the Broken a bit and has been finding plenty of Nice Cod off the Top on Pompadours.
Blair has been doing well in the skinny water landing plenty of Cod including this one which was the best of 5 caught in a session on an old mate in colour number 9
There have been good numbers of Redfin getting caught in mostly shallow water around Waranga Basin on worms along with trolling small hard bodied lures including size 3 Stumpjumpers and 55mm Codgers. In some of the mid depth areas there are still some nice Yellowbelly getting caught on similar lures which the Redfin have been taking. If targeting Redfin, focus on the shallow little bays, when looking for Yellowbelly troll or cast lures around the points as the Yellowbelly will be waiting to ambush any baitfish that stray off the shallow sections of the points.
Reports of Cod have slowed out of Eildon recently however there have been some good numbers of Trout getting caught while trolling size 2 and 3 Stumpjumpers as well as Tassie devils. There are still some Yellowbelly along with the odd Murray Cod getting caught around the Delatite arm while trolling size 2 stumpjumpers and 70mm Codgers.
Around Cobram there has been plague proportions of small Trout Cod getting caught on bait by people looking for some Murray Cod. Spinnerbaits around Barmah have been going good as well as big Timber surface lures.There have been some nice Cod caught off the back of some Houseboats around Echuca on big Yabbies and Chicken bites.
COD SEASON IS BACK ON! The loddon has been on fire recently. The clarity in the river is great all the way from under Cairn Curran through to Serpentine. Anglers are having some great luck casting swimbaits such as your Jackall Gantarel or Chibiteral’s. These lures are best worked slowly and fished early mornings or late afternoons. Local angler Josh was able to get out during the week and managed his first cod of the season which was a healthy 65cm. Local angler Matt and his father Rob were also able to get out during the week with Matt landing a nice 76cm cod on a plastic, but was out done by his dad landing a healthy 100cm cod. Pro staffers Karen and Justin were also lucky enough to get out and managed to get two nice Murray Cod off the surface. Karen’s coming on a Bassman crawler while Justins was on a Jackall Mega Pompadour.
The Golden Perch have also been going great in this river with Bridgewater starting to produce some good numbers. Justin and Karen headed out just before cod season opened and were able to land 10 good sized Yella’s fishing slowly with TN60’s and Jackall Masked vibes.
If you’re just looking to get out and wet a line, it’s worth casting a bit of bait in the water. Trellys special scented chicken has been a standout bait and has accounted for numerous of decent Murray Cod. If chasing the Goldens scrubbies or shrimp have definitely been a standout.
There's still great numbers of Yellow Belly being caught from the bank. It’s a great opportunity for families to get out and enjoy the great fishing the lake has to offer. Most fish have been taken on smaller yabbies, however scrubbies are also a great option as the reddies should start to bite soon.
Remember with this warmer weather to slip slop slap, also to keep your drinks cold the Yeti Colesters are a great choice to keep your drinks icey cold.
If casting lures try small shallow diving hard bodies such as your 3m RMG’s or Jackall 12gram Mask Vibes. These lures have accounted for good numbers of reddies and goldens.
The Campaspe River has cleared up considerably over the past week with anglers now being rewarded for their time and effort. What a time for it to finally clear up being the first week of cod season. I have had some reports of people doing well casting surface lures such as Jackall Pompadours with cod measuring upwards of 60cm.
During the day lures such as the kuttafurra hard bodies have accounted for good numbers of yella’s and cod. These are best worked with a slow retrieve close to structure.
This lake is still fishing great from the bank using bait. The standout bait is yabbies, or yabby tail. Recently I saw a photo of a very big healthy cod caught from the lake while angling for yellas and reddies from the shore. Casting from a boat towards the banks sees you with a good chance of catching a cod or a yella with small hard bodies a must. Lures such as your Australian Crafted are a great option.
Bendigo’s Family Fishing Lake
Lake Weeroona has been going great for people looking to get out somewhere close to catch some carp. Bread or corn is a great way to target these fish.
Crusoe res currently has a big number of weed in it and is making fishing difficult, have had a few reports of some reddies being caught up to a pound.
Barkers Creek Reservoir and the Upper Coliban Reservoir is a great option at the moment being stocked with murray cod and golden perch. Fisheries have also stocked these waterways with some tagged fish. Some of these fish if caught are worth up to 10k so it is worth trying to target these fish.
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