THREE RIVERS FISHING CLASSIC 2014: TARGET FISH
BASS are best caught on lures, as bait fishing tends to gut-hook them. If you want to try using baits, opt for sand crickets, small grasshoppers and gudgeons. Rod and reel lure gear for casting and trolling is prime bass-catching equipment. The line should be light (around 2kg). Lures such as minnows and surface lures work well, as do metal spoons, bladed lures and plastic-tailed worm baits. SILVER perch will readily take bait such as live shrimp, yabbies, grubs, insects or worms. They can be taken on bottom rigs however the most effective way is the bait suspended under a small float. Given the silver perch has a smaller mouth than other freshwater perches, slightly smaller hooks and bait is better. They also love lures and again the smaller ones seem to be the most successful. Small rebel crawdads or the smallest Nils Master Invincibles work well. FOR yellowbelly, fresh is best when it comes to baits. If you can catch live yabbies or live worms you will be in with a good chance. Try early mornings and late afternoon in shallow water looking for overhanging bushes and trees. As the sun rises and the water warms up look for drop-offs and deep water amongst submerged trees where the yellowbelly go to cool down. Using lures offers you plenty of options when chasing yellowbelly in a range of different environments. Deep diving hard bodies are great when you want to troll along timber, rock ledges and drop-offs and the key is to have a range of hard bodies that dive to different depths.