Fish still biting despite rainfall
BY ROB ALEXANDER, WANGARATTA
THE unseasonably regular cold fronts have seen large rainfall totals in the catchments over the last week.
This rainfall has led the river levels to fluctuate, while at the same time the barometer has been bouncing up and down like a 1983 Fanta yo-yo straight out of a Coca- Cola showbag in the hands of a young child.
The Murray cod have stayed on the bite better than I expected they would and have coped with the fluctuating conditions better than usual with most people still catching a few fish.
Personally, I have temporarily packed my lures away and taken to using bait with great success.
On Sunday evening, Jed Nagel, Brett Corker and I had a wonderful time fishing at the North Beaches here in Wangaratta.
Between us we managed nine cod, some of which were trout cod and the others were Murray cod.
Most of our cod were caught using mozzarella cheese as bait, but one was caught on worms.
They were all undersize with the largest being a 53cm Murray cod.
Last week Jed Nagel and I fished a small tributary of the King River for trout.
We had a wonderful afternoon catching seven or eight brown trout.
We caught them all on bladed spinners with the rooster tail in “fire tiger” colour proving to be the best. MONSTER CATCH: Thomas Brooks “fisherman extraordinaire” with a monster Murray cod he caught at a secret spot, on a secret bait not too far away from Wangaratta. The only information that I am privy to is that it was caught in the Ovens River catchment somewhere near Wangaratta, so there are some big fish around if you’re willing to put the time in.
The water was warmer than I would have liked, but the fish were still quite active.
We discovered that with the water being warmer than normal and the air temperature being hot, it is absolutely critical that the trout are released within seconds of being caught to prevent them from dying. Trout do not like the heat. And lastly some fantastic news… last week Victorian Fisheries released 25,100 brown and rainbow trout into Lake William Hovell to help ensure that there are plenty of trout to catch down the line. Send in your fishing photos along with your name, contact number, size and type of fish and where you caught it to...
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