Stock up for Christ­mas

FISH­ING EXPO IS THE PLACE TO BE FOR AN­GLERS

Shepparton News - - NEWS - Kevin Tyler edi­tor@shep­p­news.com.au

The count­down to Christ­mas has well and truly be­gun and we now have just 45 sleeps un­til the jolly bearded giver of gifts mys­te­ri­ously ar­rives, slip­ping down the chim­ney and stuff­ing our stock­ings — ea­gerly hung in an­tic­i­pa­tion — with the gifts of our dreams, in our case all things fish­ing.

To help Santa with the se­lec­tion of said gifts, Trelly and his staff are putting on their annual Fish­ing Expo on Novem­ber 15. The event will fea­ture not only the lat­est in­no­va­tions in fish­ing gear but there also will be ad­vis­ers on fish­ing, boat­ing as well as demon­stra­tions on cast­ing, knot ty­ing, line and gear se­lec­tion for the var­i­ous species tar­geted by an­glers.

All de­tails of the show are avail­able at Trelly’s store in Corio St, Shep­par­ton, so make sure to call in. This is one event you do not want to miss out on if you are look­ing for an idea for a gift or you just want to stock up on gear.

Apart from the Mel­bourne Cup Day del­uge, the weather has been good for fish­ing around our re­gion and, with­out go­ing over the top, re­sults have been rea­son­able.

Around the traps

Yel­low­belly are bit­ing but plenty of work is needed to find fish. The Goul­burn River, be­tween Murchi­son and Toolamba, also the Mur­ray River around Ulupna Is­land are worth a try, and you should not dis­count Lake Mul­wala.

Waranga Basin and Eil­don have both pro­duced good hauls of redfin.

Bait and lures have been suc­cess­ful when fished around the trees in Eil­don, while in the basin bounc­ing a lure along the bot­tom is find­ing fish.

When a school is lo­cated, an­chor up and ei­ther jig or fish a bait such as worms or small yab­bies. Small fish are still swarm­ing but a good­sized fish will also bite.

A trip to Eil­don is also worth­while if you are chas­ing trout.

Trolling in the river arms in the early morn­ing can re­sult in brown or rain­bow trout be­ing caught.

Dart­mouth Dam is also giv­ing an­glers some nice fish us­ing the same meth­ods.

Down south

I have al­ways said Mel­bourne Cup Day was the time to catch snap­per — and that is what is hap­pen­ing at Queen­scliff, ac­cord­ing to Rod Lawn and Peter Small­wood from Adamas Fish­ing Char­ters.

They have been bag­ging good hauls of snap­per mainly off­shore but also around the reefs in­side the heads. Best baits have been squid and fresh fil­lets of salmon or trevally.

Peter said he had also had suc­cess us­ing small slimy mack­erel as a whole bait, fished with­out a sinker around the Morn­ing­ton area. He casts out off the stern and then al­lows it to sink to the bot­tom. He said this was a good method for catch­ing large snap­per.

Rod has also been catch­ing plenty of salmon, squid, flat­head and pinky-size snap­per when fish­ing off Ocean Grove and Bar­won Heads.

Rod said they were also bag­ging gummy shark; once again salmon fil­lets have been the best bait.

Western Port is also fish­ing well for snap­per, and an­glers are al­most shoul­der to shoul­der at the rub­ble beds off Hast­ings, fish­ing mainly along the ship­ping lanes, but the deeper wa­ter near the steel works is also a pop­u­lar spot.

The ac­tion at Flin­ders Is­land is still good, ac­cord­ing to James Lud­ding­ton.

He said plenty of gummy shark and flat­head were the sta­ples while an oc­ca­sional snap­per and some salmon pro­vided an al­ter­na­tive catch for an­glers.

Speak­ing of gummy shark, fish whis­perer Mick’s son Daniel Bourke says any­thing the old man can do, he can do bet­ter. This week he and some mates fished off­shore at Queen­scliff and along the coast and bagged some big gummy shark as well as snap­per and other fish in­clud­ing flat­head, squid and salmon.

Up north

At Eden, John Lid­dell said the boys from Free­dom Char­ters were still get­ting good hauls of reef fish from in­shore, as well as plenty of flat­head and an oc­ca­sional king­fish around the Green Cape area.

John said it was still quiet off the shelf with no sign of marlin.

Fur­ther north at Na­rooma, Gra­ham Cow­ley said flat­head were be­ing caught along the sandy bot­tom be­tween the shore and Mon­tague Is­land, as well as reef fish in­clud­ing some big mor­wong and snap­per.

Gra­ham said fish­ing in­side the lake also gave an­glers an­other op­tion when it was too rough to go out­side the bar.

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