The wait for cod season is almost over
  |  First Published: November 2012

The wait is almost over; the wait for cod opening seems to last forever.

We have one last month before we get the chance to test the waters to see what is about. It’s a tough business fishing sometimes but we have been lucky enough during the closed cod season that there have been other options.

Locally the broken has been producing good-sized yellowbelly with reports of 3-4 fish caught in a evenings session.

It’s a great sign that most anglers these days seem to get a photo and then release the fish. Social media is disliked by many but I think it has really helped the catch and release rate due to people posting their photos to brag about on Facebook.

The lures that have been doing well recently on yellowbelly are the smaller profile spinnerbaits. These days there are many on the market and all seem to work well. These smaller lures just seem to be more presentable for yellas due to the smaller size.

Another fad that is creeping in is serrated blades for your spinnerbaits, I honestly have not used these but I’m hearing more and more people using these blades on their spinnerbaits so well worth a shot.

The local channels have been producing mixed results, not poor or good fishing but for different species. Reports of cod, yellowbelly, redfin and trout being caught has really got us in a spin.

Just make sure you’re very careful around the channels as there are plenty of snakes around the banks: watch your step.

November is normally the month where I spend hours and hours organising and running the Kialla Lakes Fishing Classic but unfortunately the event will not run this year due to the water conditions.

As well as this I want to spend bit more time out on the water but stay tuned as we may hold events down the track.

I wish all of you good luck chasing yellowbelly and preparing for the cod season.

Ryan Barassi with a cod caught during last years cod season.

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