This time of year is my least favourite fishing time in our local area.
As an angler it’s tough, but as a writer it’s hell. I won’t get sucked in to saying the fishing’s good and get out there because recent times have been very tough.
But I know there is some die-hard fishos out there who are still braving the conditions and having a fish. I have heard the odd report trickle in but mostly bait anglers are the ones getting the odd fish. I guess if you set up the chair by the fire, threw a bait in and a fish jumped on it would top it all off.
The lure side of things has been very average. The local surface fishing craze has dropped off and it’s going to take hundreds of casts to stir up a cod or golden perch.
When the rivers slow up I look to my other favourite spots, Kialla Lakes, the channels or the Basin. But with the channels down and the water temperature dropping every day at the lakes and basin it’s a tough day.
My advice is to really sharpen up on your fishing skills over the cold times. Set yourself up by the heater throw a fishing DVD on and start dreaming. You can be surprised what you can learn from watching fishing DVDs.
Knot tying, hook replacement and buying a few new lures is my plan for the next few weeks before my last shot at a cod prior to end of cod season. It’s a busy weekend on the water with more anglers chasing a cod for the last time for three months. Mulwala is always a good option for a winter cod but make sure you bulk up the leader and main line. There are not too many small cod caught at this time so think big and hold on.
On the cray fishing scene locally I have been hearing reports of big crays being caught towards Moira Park to Toolamba. From what I have gathered there are monster males now being caught amongst a hand full of females per net once you find the tracks.
If you don’t have a boat don’t be scared to throw a net or two off the bank in the Broken River, as there are some very deep holes and I have had great success in the past with loading up on bait and throwing the pots maybe 2m from the bank.
Good luck with braving the weather and I look forward to seeing your photos and stories in the coming weeks.Reads: 458