The past two months has seen it all: rain, sunshine, floods and fish.
The rivers went wild during September and it was not until early October the rivers got back to a normal fishable height.
Once the river settled the yellowbelly finally came on the bite. All signs lead to a quality season and its just starting to prove it’s going to be a cracker.
The day before I wrote this article I managed to land two nice yellowbelly measuring 44cm and 46cm – so things are very promising.
Both were taken on worms in the Broken River just near the Archer Street bridge, both were released after a quick photo.
I know some don’t like bait fishing, but that’s what they were biting on so why not throw a worm in.
By November the rivers will have hopefully cleaned right up and lure fishing will also produce good size fish.
Since the floods the banks have changed dramatically and in some spots entire sandbars have been washed away. It’s very exciting walking down the river finding out there are new snags to cast at.
In saying this, please take caution when boating in the Goulburn River, with many logs moving places it may mean a trip to the boat shops for a new prop. Hitting logs at speed can spoil a days fishing and also hits the wallet hard.
I suspect in November the yellowbelly will still be on the bite, maybe not in big numbers but I sure you will manage to get enough for a feed or photo.
The River Rats have announced a yellowbelly fishing competition to be held on November 20-21. You can get entry forms from STY Fencing and Trellys Tackleworld.
Come December 1 let’s hope the cod are on the bite because over the past three season openers the fishing has been disappointing.
If you’re not heading off to the Cod Classic I suggest fishing Toolamba, Moria Park or Rafterys. These spots hold good numbers of fish. The water may seem shallow in spots but once you find the deep bends you will have an enjoyable day out.
Whether you are drowning a big grub or trolling a Codger I wish you all the best for this upcoming cod season. I will be heading to Mulwala for the Cod Classic for the opening weekend but come Wednesday December 1 I will have the boat in the Goulburn to hopefully open my cod tally.
The author with his most recent yellowbelly, caught in the Broken River.Reads: 2900