Fish still bit­ing de­spite rain­fall

Wangaratta Chronicle - North East Regional Extra - - News -

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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