From the VR Fish Desk
  |  First Published: February 2011

Well here we are into a new decade and with the drought well and truly broken in south eastern Australia we can only hope that it’s a good one.

As I write this it’s raining again north of the divide and the rivers and streams are fishing better than they have in years.

The VRFish office has received reports of phenomenal captures of yellowbelly and cod over the last few weeks in Eildon, Mulwala and the Hume. Reddies have been caught by anglers hand over fist and the trout have been gorging on the ‘hoppers, in fact the trout anglers have seen real benefits from the locust invasion. Some of the trout have been literally stuffed full of ‘hoppers but they’re still attacking lures and flies with gusto.

I’ve been lucky enough to have some great fishing over the break. I’ve chased redfin in the Hume, trout up on the Mitta, big frogs in Lake Tyers and a memorable morning with my boys.

This year there will no doubt bring a number of challenges for VRFish, over the next few months we will instigate a rigorous review of our business model to see what areas we need to change to enable us to better represent the views of the majority of Victorian recreational fishers.

We look forward to working with Fisheries Victoria and particularly with the Baillieu-Ryan Coalition Government, to seek ways to improve our consultative processes with all Victorian fishers.

Regretfully one of our most valued staff members, Ben Scullin, has decided to move on from VRFish. Ben made a terrific contribution to the organisation and his efforts will be truly missed. Ben’s achievements are many, he was instrumental in gaining funding for a large number of projects throughout the state and in particular the leadership and passion that he demonstrated during the successful campaign to allow Victorian anglers to continue to catch mako sharks were of immense value. The Board, State Council and the staff wish Ben every success in the future.

As a reminder VRFish will be conducting it’s next Open House on Saturday 26th February. The focus this time will be on the lakes, stream and estuaries of West Gippsland aligning with the West Gippsland Fisheries Management Plan (FMP). The meeting will be held in Traralgon commencing at 10:00am and winding up at 3:00pm, so if you have an interest in this unique fishery come along and make a contribution. Full details, including location of the meeting and the agenda including list of speakers are available on the VRFish website www.vrfish.com.au or alternatively phone the office during business hours on 03 9686 7077 and Samantha will mail you out the details.

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