Fish caught ev­ery­where man

COD OPEN­ING HAS BEEN A BUMPER WITH AN­GLERS FROM MURCHI­SON TO ULUPNA RE­PORT­ING CATCHES

Shepparton News - - SNNEWS - Kevin Tyler ed­i­[email protected]­p­news.com.au

We all know the words in the Lucky Star song, I’ve Been Ev­ery­where, well the re­ports on the open­ing of the cod sea­son could sound just like that well-known ditty: ‘‘. . . from Murchi­son, Mooroopna, Tocumwal, Toolamba, Ulupna, Ko­tupna, fish caught ev­ery­where man, fish caught ev­ery­where’’.

The open­ing of the cur­rent sea­son has been a rip­per with an­glers re­port­ing plenty of fish from all spots around the re­gion.

There were a lot of un­der­sized and an oc­ca­sional over­sized fish caught as well as a large num­ber of le­gal sized keep­ers — fish be­tween 55 cm and 75 cm.

Among the fish caught were also a num­ber of pro­tected trout cod which is good news; it means these en­dan­gered fish are mak­ing a come back from the brink of ex­tinc­tion.

Of the meth­ods used, the best re­sults ap­peared to be bait fish­ing — with yab­bies, worms, cheese and shrimp all ac­count­ing for fish caught — but an­glers us­ing lures and spin­ner baits also re­ported catch­ing cod.

As I said, all the pop­u­lar spots were worth vis­it­ing, and con­di­tions were al­most per­fect for wet­ting a line, apart from the early morn­ing storm on Satur­day.

Ac­cord­ing to my An­glers Al­manac, this week­end is go­ing to be ideal for fish­ing.

To­day is pre­dicted to be above av­er­age, with the rest of the week­end and through un­til Tues­day fore­cast to be ex­cel­lent.

The best re­sults are tipped to be from mid morn­ing through to late af­ter­noon and that is a good thing be­cause it means I can sleep in after cel­e­brat­ing the fes­tive sea­son at night.

Around the traps

Eil­don is an­other spot which should not be for­got­ten be­cause the cod fish­ing there is in keep­ing with other lo­ca­tions, how­ever the use of large deep div­ing lures around rocky out­crops and near the wall is get­ting the best re­sults.

Trout and redfin are also pro­vid­ing an­glers with plenty of ac­tion; redfin in the area of Pep­pin Point and the con­crete galleon and trout are bit­ing in the river arms, mainly early in the morn­ing.

I heard Dart­mouth is also worth a visit with both rain­bow and brown trout on the bite in the early morn­ing.

An­glers trolling a fen­der with a bunch of worms or mud eye, even a min­now-style lure or tassie devil with a clown pat­tern, are hook­ing up.

If you are after a feed of redfin, Waranga Basin is the place to go.

Troll a mainly red-coloured lure along the bot­tom un­til you lo­cate a school of fish, then an­chor up and use bait, ice jig or soft plas­tics.

Most fish will be small but, if pa­tient, you will be re­warded with a big­ger fish.

Down south

At Queen­scliff it is snap­per ev­ery­where, ac­cord­ing to Rod Lawn and Mr Big Red him­self, Peter Small­wood from Adamas Fish­ing Charters, who have been bag­ging out just about ev­ery time they go out, with a lot of big fish be­ing caught as well.

Peter was get­ting good re­sults from a lot of his old marks in­side the heads.

He said they have fi­nally come good fol­low­ing ex­ten­sive dredg­ing car­ried out sev­eral years ago, while out­side the heads the reefs off Ocean Grove and Bar­won Heads were fir­ing up as well.

Rod said salmon were be­ing caught in the rip at the turn of the tide and some whit­ing were be­ing taken among the grass beds near the mouth of Corio Bay.

Rod said plenty of f lat­h­ead were bit­ing along the sandy bot­tom off Point Ne­pean and some big­ger fish were among them.

The re­port from Western Port was sim­i­lar with snap­per be­ing taken, mainly us­ing squid or fresh fish pieces as bait along the rub­ble beds off Hast­ings.

Whit­ing were also bit­ing in the grass beds near Cowes and gummy shark were bit­ing in the deep wa­ter near the ship­ping lanes.

In the deep south of Flin­ders Is­land, James Lud­ding­ton re­ported hauls of f lat­h­ead and gummy shark along with salmon and an oc­ca­sional king­fish be­ing caught around the is­lands off Lady Baron and Chap­ple Is­land.

James said snap­per were also bit­ing along the reefs in the deeper wa­ter.

Up north

Over the bor­der at Eden, John Lid­dell said Mark, the skip­per from Free­dom Charters, was bag­ging plenty of reef fish from Boyd’s Look­out to Green Cape.

John said it was still too early for mar­lin but he ex­pected they would ap­pear around the end of the month when the wa­ter tem­per­a­ture at­tracted the bait schools.

At Na­rooma, Gra­ham Cow­ley said good hauls of f lat­h­ead were be­ing caught off­shore near the is­land, and snap­per and mor­wong were bit­ing along the reefs, with king­fish mainly in the deeper wa­ter north of Mon­tague Is­land.

Gra­ham said when it was too rough to go off­shore, there was al­ways f lat­h­ead and bream be­ing caught in­side the lake near the oys­ter leases.

He said fresh squid and soft plas­tics were get­ting con­sis­tent re­sults.

Pic­ture: Ste­fan Bruni

Open sea­son on cod: With cod sea­son now here, the sight of this fish will get the blood of most an­glers pump­ing. Pic­tured is Bray­den Smith with a mon­ster 1.32 m cod, caught ear­lier in the year.

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