Flood waters strike again
  |  First Published: December 2010

It’s yet another wet start to the month. Local anglers have put up with with flooding rivers and raging creeks from before the first weekend of the cod season.

Cod opening

It was very tough conditions with wild storms smashing anglers on the opening day Wednesday December 1.

This bad weather continued throughout the start of the month and at the time of writing Shepparton was on flood watch with severe weather warnings coming through every day.

Floods dampen the fishing

What does this mean for fishing? It means we may have to wait for mid January or February until the rivers clear up again.

If the rivers are still up I suggest using heavily weighted spinnerbaits. I know the Gangster range has some very good lures for deep flowing water.

Fingers crossed January is a month where we see rivers settle and fishing conditions become a lot easier for us all.

January usually productive

Over the past three years January has been a very productive time for fish in Shepparton. As I run the local River Rats Fishing Classic in early Feb I find myself concentrating on fishing the waters that are in the competition boundaries and I always seem to find you do not have to travel very far from the boat ramp to get land good fish.

Over the past five events there has been more winning fish caught within 5-10 minutes of the Shepparton ramp than anywhere else in the Goulburn boundaries of the event.

I’m not sure why this is but January and February they are the hot spots locally, too many people seem to believe you have to drive as far away from the ramp as possible to land fish but in reality they are only a short distance away.

Redfin going well

The redfin have been consistently on the bite leading up to the New Year, and fishing the local channels is a great alternative when the rivers are at full flow.

You will be surprised with what you may catch with cod, redfin and trout being landed in recent times.

Kialla Lakes

Well it’s about time that Kialla fishes well and in December it lived up to its reputation of holding good-sized fish.

There has been many more reports lately of yellowbelly been taken on both lures and bait. The numbers being caught are down on recent years and I imagine this is due to the flood waters.

2011 River Rats Fishing Classic

The 6th event is to be held on Saturday February 5, and it is set to be one huge day of fishing. This year we are implementing a brag mat entry system for recording fish.

The boundaries have been expanded to Moria Park to Cemetery Bend, this gives entrants more boat launching and fishing options.

The event will be finish with presentations at Princess Park, with a casting competition,

raffles and lucky door prizes for attending entrants.

Every entrant will win a prize valued between $10-$500. For the small entry fee of $25 for adults or $20 for under 15 it’s surely going to be a great day.

For more information contact me on 0429 000 653 or entry forms can be picked up from Trellys Tackle World Shepparton.

Anton Bell with 2010 River Rats Fishing Classic winning fish.

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