The redfin in Blowering Dam are well and truly on the chew and although the majority are fairly small, there are still plenty of big ones and the odd trophy specimen to keep expectation levels high.
A lot of are getting caught by trolling with small hardbodies but those who try something slightly different are getting the best results.
Trolling suspending hardbodies with a constant stop-start technique is arguably the best way to target the bigger, wiser redfin.
Constantly stopping the lure for up to 10 seconds can be the undoing of a lot of big redfin. They simply can’t let an easy meal sit there for too long or those pesky little redfin will get in first.
The bonus is that when you do hook a fish you can leave the other lures in position for multiple hook-ups. Often one hooked fish can turn the rest of the school into a feeding frenzy.
If they don’t happen to hit them while they’re just sitting there they often do as soon as you start trolling again. And there’s no need to troll 50m or more to get your lures down to the desired depth, like you would if you used a floating lure.
Another great little trick for increasing your redfin catch rate and multiple hook-ups is to add a 1”-2” soft plastic or a flashy saltwater fly to the line about a metre or so above your trolling lure. When you do get two on the one rod, especially big fish, it can make for some interesting battles.
Another great way of getting good numbers is to pull up after locating a good school and cast lipless crank baits, soft plastics, blades, vibes, ice jigs or metal spinners.
Golden perch can be quite difficult now, particularly during the day. High daytime temperatures push them into deep water or deep into the snags until it cools late in the day.
When the sun goes down most fish are rested and swimming about in search of a good feed, particularly in the shallow margins.
More anglers have started fishing at night, trolling small to medium hardbodies or lipless crankbaits or casting lipless cranks, spinnerbaits, blades or soft plastics.
If you have to fish during the day then seek out cool, deep water that has structure of some description.
A golden’s favourite structure during the warmer months seems to be standing timber that provides shade through the entire day. Target these fish by jigging with bait or lures.
Slow-rolling soft plastics up standing timber adjacent to a drop-off or in 5m-15m will put you in with a good chance. Minnow styles are deadly on shut-down goldens. Slow-rolling spinnerbaits and lipless cranks in these same areas can also be rewarding.
Insane numbers of big Murray cod have been caught lately and the action has only just started to slow as the lake drops. Plenty are still being caught casting and trolling with spinnerbaits, the larger the better.
The pick of the baits have been grubs and large yabbies but quite a few have been caught on cheese, which seem to work as well in the lakes as it does in the rivers.
Tantangara Dam has fished exceptionally well all Summer for great numbers of smaller rainbow trout and some large browns.
Most of the big brown action has been just on and after dark, with a lot of activity during the wee hours of the morning.Reads: 1451