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The hot spot is the edge of the shipping lane off Hastings, and with the Melbourne lockdown now lifted anglers are heading there in droves.
North of the NSW border, at Eden, John Liddell said most action was along the inshore reefs from Boyd’s Lookout to Green Cape. Snapper, morwong, gurnard, kingfish and flathead are on the bite off the shelf, and some yellowfin tuna are also to be had.
Graham Cowley at Narooma reported a similar story, with his son Nicholas still getting some good hauls of tuna around Montague Island. He said the social distancing rules were restricting charter operations, but the fishing was worth it when they did get offshore. When restricted to the lake there were large flathead and bream being caught around the piers and oyster leases.
Around the Greater Shepparton region, yellowbelly were on the bite as well as trout and redfin.
Waranga Basin was producing redfin, with most fish being smallish with an occasional bigger one among them.
Eildon is the pick of the fishing spots at the moment — any of the river arms are best, and a bonus with Eildon is that you can take cod during the closed season, but the bag limit rules still apply.
As far as yellowbelly go, the bag limit is five fish and the size limit is 30 cm.
Stay safe and keep doing the right things — get the jab if you haven’t already and keep your lines tight.