Redfin become a shore thing
  |  First Published: September 2012

Very good redfin reports are coming from Blowering Dam and over recent months countless fish over the magic 2kg mark have been landed, along with abundant smaller fish to keep anglers entertained all day long.

Days of 100-plus redfin captures have been commonplace.

These fish have been caught all over the dam, mainly by jigging or trolling. The schools can be hard to find at times but once one is located the fish are quite easy to catch.

Simply cast sinking lures, jig for them with ice jigs or lower some bait to the bottom.

We should start to see the redfin move a bit shallower and a little closer to the bank this month, bringing them back into casting range for shore fishos.

Small sinking lures or bait worked around drop offs and points should get you in on the redfin action.

Fishing in these sorts of areas will also give you the chance of being belted by a big golden perch this month as these fish become more active.


You’d be hard pressed finding a better place than Blowering to chase trophy golden perch this month.

As the water temperature starts to rise the goldens become much more active and tend to spend much of their time sunning themselves in the shallows.

Being opportunistic fish, they also feed while sunning themselves, gulping everything from frogs and yabbies to worms and nymphs – anything that swims close enough to their sun-drenched weed bed.

Polarised sunglasses are very helpful in spotting the goldens, which often sit right in the thickest of weed waiting in ambush. These fish are almost impossible to spot without reflection-cutting polaroids.

If you don’t own polaroids or conditions don’t suit, blind casting with lures towards the bank is your best bet. It is important to cast as close to the bank as possible because the golden perch often sit in water as shallow as 30cm.

Casting from the bank works really well at this time of year but you must walk very slowly and cast well ahead because these fish are right on the bank and are easily spooked.

Soaking a juicy worm or small live yabby around the backs of bays or gently sloping, shallow weedy banks also gives you a good chance of hooking a few.


The weather experts are telling us that there is an El Niño event approaching and we could get below-average rainfall. This is not a good thing for farmers but it is certainly good news for Blowering Dam and any other dams that have been full capacity or near capacity for the past couple of years.

While full or filling there is just so much food available for fish that getting them to eat your bait, lure or fly can be difficult at times. I know of a lot of anglers who have been struggling over the past year or two for this very reason.

If there is little rain and the dam slowly drops then there is less food available and fish become easier to catch.


It’s only a month until the new trout season on the October long weekend, but why not dust off the trout gear now and get some lake fish? There are so many nearby including Blowering, Jounama, Tantangara, Eucumbene, Three Mile and Talbingo dams, to name a few.

All of these remain open when the streams are closed and for most of the year the trout can be easily targeted from the bank with bait, lure or fly.

Don’t sit around waiting!

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