Goulburn crays on the move
  |  First Published: August 2008

It’s been a great year around Seymour, with anglers taking some very good bags of both Murray cod and redfin. However, the combination of cold weather and some much-needed rain has seen the fishing slow down considerably. That is not to say that the fishing has shut down completely, but you do need to work harder to take fish.

The very popular downstream section from Toolamba to Undera has seen some very good Murray cod and golden perch taken on bait, however, the keen lure casters are still taking a fish or two. One angler who didn’t mind trying something different was Christopher Grant from Murrumbeena. Using a spinnerbait he added a short 20cm dropper to his main line approximately 40cm in front of his spinnerbait. He used a 3/0 hook on the dropper and a yabby for bait. While he was quick to point out that he had trouble keeping this rig off the snags, he was more than happy with the three golden perch and one cod that he caught. It might be worth a try if you can put up with the snags.

Another of my regular emailers is Michael Bauermeister, and his two sons Jayden and Sam. A recent weekend camp on the Goulburn resulted in one golden perch and some very good-sized crayfish, which were all released.

The recent rain has seen the Goulburn turn a little dirty. This has one positive in that the crayfish have started to move. Early season results had already been quite good considering the clear water, so now is the time to get out and have a go. One area that we have had a lot of success in is the stretch of water from Tahbilk Winery downstream to Nagambie. There is some very deep water in this section, so make sure you check the depth before throwing your net over the side. If you don’t have sufficient cord on your net you may well lose it in the deep water.

The Goulburn may be a little quiet just at the moment but it will be back to its best before we know it. If you haven’t tried the Goulburn before then do yourself a favour and give it a go. Apart from the fishing, this area has a lot of appeal in that it is only an hour or so from Melbourne. With today’s fuel prices that is certainly a huge consideration for many people.

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The Goulburn has recently turned a little dirty and the crayfish have become more active.

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