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Golden, redfin hungry
  |  First Published: February 2013



Blowering Dam has been a very popular spot over the Summer with many fishos and families taking advantage of the free-form camping.

Dealing with the very warm weather and non-stop boat activity was quite difficult at times but persistent anglers were rewarded with some very good catches.

The main species caught at the moment is the redfin but there have also been plenty of natives, too.

Plenty of golden perch around 5kg have been caught and I have heard of and seen quite a few Murray cod well over 20kg. I am very pleased to report that most of these monsters were released.

Trollers have caught the majority of the cod at night but a few big fish have let their guard down during the day.

Redfin to around 2kg have been biting all over the dam on bait and lures.

Bait anglers are doing well off the points and among the drowned timber which lines most of the lake at the moment.

Best baits are small yabbies, maggots and worms but bigger 8cm-10cm yabbies are my favourites because they keep the pesky little redfin from stealing your bait. They can be a real problem at this time of year.

Casting small spinners, soft plastics, blades and lipless cranks from the bank can also be productive.

If you’re having no luck off the points or among the tree-lined banks, look a single snag or tree. Even a small, spindly tree can hold 20 or more fish.

It is also less likely that these individual snags have copped as much of a hammering from anglers as the more obvious snags.

Trolling with almost any small hardbody should enable you to stumble across a patch of redfin. Once you have found a school, position your boat and keep casting to them until they stop biting.

Best searching lures to troll run at 3m-5m, mark such as AC Slim Invaders, Viking Talismans and Balista Dyno60s. Most lipless cranks work to some extent but I believe those from Jackall, Balista range, Asari and the Mazzy Vibes have a much better action when very slowly retrieved.

Jigging can be very rewarding around the right tree, weed bed or patch of rocky bottom is located. Try plastics, lipless cranks, spoons, blades, redfin jigs and ice jigs.

I am yet to see anything more consistent than the ice jig and I strongly recommend adding at least one to your tackle box.

GOLDEN PERCH

Most Blowering golden perch now are in fairly deep water and targeting them can be difficult.

When there is a lot of boat activity and hot, falling water, a lot of goldens seek structure in cool, deep water. Their favourite Summer structure seems to be standing timber, which provides shade through the entire day.

Anglers using yabbies are normally the only ones consistently catching golden perch during the hottest months but slow-rolling soft plastics up the timber adjacent to a drop-off or in 5m-15m will put you in with an equal chance.

When rigged and used correctly, all yabby-imitation plastics catch fish.

Minnow patterns such as Ecogear Grass Minnow are deadly on shut-down goldens and are my first choice whilst targeting them this way.

Slow-rolling spinnerbaits and lipless cranks is also worth a shot in the same areas.

Trolling the banks early and late in the day with small to medium lures can also get you golden perch.

MURRUMBIDGEE

The Murrumbidgee River from Canberra to Wagga Wagga has fished sensationally. There has been a steady, decent flow most of the season, which has kept the natives willing.

The usual baits like bardi grubs, shrimps, worms, yabbies and cheese have been working all season but the lure fishing action has been sensational. ‘

Fishos have been catching natives on pretty much everything. Trollers have been using everything from hardbodies and lipless cranks to spinnerbaits and chatterbaits.

Casting lures into snags has also been working really well and the pick casting lures have been spinnerbaits and Chatterbaits.

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