Adaptable Anglers
  |  First Published: December 2008

Ballarat anglers need to be very adaptable when pursuing their passion of fishing. We, like many other anglers around the country, are faced with climatic challenges all the time as the long drought in our region continues.

With only a handful of waters in the area worth fishing, we need to adapt to other forms of angling, not just fish the same methods and the same places we used to. We must now try our hands in other regions, and this means travelling.

The anglers that get the most out of their trips do a little bit of research, whether it be for the salt or the freshwater, on the best rigs and baits or lures to use, accommodation available, and fishing and boating regulations. We just can’t turn up and expect to catch a bag full of fish – it’s just not that easy.

Each month the Ballarat district gets harder and harder to report on. Our summer is now with us and most fishing reports are coming in from anglers fishing the Murray system for golden perch and Murray cod. Shane Jeffrey, a keen angler from Creswick, recently has been fishing the Loddon River up near Serpentine, casting spinnerbaits around the snags in the river and catching goldens to 3.8kg.

Geoff Cramer and Peter Longhurst spent a week in the Swan hill area catching plenty of goldens and Murray cod using cheese for bait. Geoff said the river was well down but it did not affect the quantity or quality of fish.

Lake Mulwala seems to be the focus for many anglers, with excellent catches of cod taken by a range of methods, from trolling lures to casting spinnerbaits in and around the snags, or using yabbies for bait.

Will Cass from Ballarat has just come back from fishing Mulwala, where he caught and released cod of 50-55cm using yabbies fished with a running sinker on the bottom.

Lake Purrumbete, a regular water that I report on closer to home, was the scene for a little family trip of ours. My wife and I took our two young boys (4 and 2.5 years old) on our first fishing trip together. We stayed at the Purrumbete Caravan Park, which is a great destination for any family, with first class facilities and playgrounds for the kids.

We were lucky enough to be able to launch our boat through private property. We trolled along the southern and eastern shores with Tassie Devils in 6-7m of water, catching four small brown and rainbow trout. The most popular colour was red with yellow or black spots.

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