Fish caught everywhere man
COD OPENING HAS BEEN A BUMPER WITH ANGLERS FROM MURCHISON TO ULUPNA REPORTING CATCHES
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.
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.
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.
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.