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Comp anglers do well
  |  First Published: April 2012



The past three months has been flat out in Shepparton with fishing being the best for many years.

The sizes of our local fish have not been the biggest but there have been plenty of great reports.

It seems most anglers are landing fish between 45-55cms; this is a great sign as the carp population is back to epic proportions and a cod 55cm plus should make light work of the juvenile carp.

But lets still try and lend a helping hand by catching as many carp as possible.

Many people ask what’s the best method for carp in our local river systems. Personally a punnet of worms and a bag of corn kernels is all you will need as bait.

I would suggest a 3-5kg set up with a 2500-4000 spin reel works best loaded up with 15lb braid.

It may seem bit heavy but you can land carp up to 10kg in our rivers and there’s nothing worse than getting one that big and losing it and the bank or boat, as a carp that size will lay millions of eggs and cause a huge amount of destruction in the river.

If catching a carp doesn’t interest you, surface fishing is still very successful, you can spend a evening walking the banks and come across 10 or 15 different anglers doing the exactly the same thing.

There are so many brands of surface lures out there and it is just about trial and error they all work but it just comes down to what you’re most confident using.

If you find yourself out fishing amongst the surface anglers don’t be scared to throw a spinnerbait or slowly twitch a floating hardbodied lure just under the surface. Sometimes you seem to catch the shy guys if the lure is the 10-20cms from the surface.

Hook up rates are 50/50 at the best of times off the top, so if you are dropping a lot of fish try something different as a hardbodied lure will see you hook up on more occasions.

If your unsure on surface fishing get into the local tackle shops and speak to the staff, they all fish regularly and they all have great hints and tips.

April

This month can go either way in my mind, early March saw a lot of rain and if that continues we most likely will have a very, very dirty river system. Fingers crossed its dry and we can all get out over the Easter break for a fish.

Shepparton Fishing Championships

The River Rats Fishing Club held the first ever Shepparton Fishing Championships in February.

There where 20 teams registered and all except five teams managed to land a fish.

Thirty five fish were registered and released as soon as photographed during the weekend, with the biggest cod measuring in at 73cm and biggest yella 54cm.

It came down to the wire, and after two days of fishing Team Balls & All took out the $1000 cash & $1000 Trellys Tackleworld Prize pack.

Craig Oxley and Jason Gretton where stoked with the results and have stated they will be back to defend there title at the 2013 Championships.

Facts

Top 10 Overall

Balls & All154 Points
Master Baiters142 Points
Far-Q133 Points
Team Whitehill126 Points
Popah123 Points
Outlaw Girls109 Points
Catch92 Points
Easy Rider92 Points
Murray River Spinnerbaits87 Points
Vicious & Delicious46 Points

Shepparton Fishing Championship winners Jason Gretton and Craig Oxley.

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