Yellow belly come on the bite at the right time
  |  First Published: November 2012

It seems the local yellowbelly of Echuca came on the bite at just the right time for the recent holidays.

With plenty of eager young anglers wanting to get amongst a fish; most weren’t disappointed landing the odd redfin, yellowbelly or carp. The area around the Echuca road bridge was a hot spot with a good run of golden perch caught up to 44cm. Using scrubworms while fishing from the bank and not casting into the main current seemed to be the place where the yellas were holding.

The Broken Creek at Barmah has also produced yellowbelly up to 34cm with worms again working well in the dirty water. Some of the smaller snags up through The Narrows have been worth while targeting, with a good population of yellowbelly generally willing to take a bait or have a crack at a passing lure. Shrimp and worms usually work well around the snags in this area.

The lower end of the Gulpa Creek has also produced yellowbelly on spinnerbaits with green/orange skirts. With no shortage of timber it would be a worthy destination to cast surface lures once the cod season opens.

The Edward River from the regulator to the road bridge has been quiet but at the time of writing there had been plenty of water pushing through making fishing difficult. Further downstream at Four Post Youth Camp there had been several yellowbelly caught on small yabbies bobbed amongst the snags.

Kow Swamp has also been the place to be with some good sized yellas being caught on both bait and lures. The largest for the month weighed around 3.2kg which was caught from the bank on a live shrimp. There has also been plenty of redfin caught on nightcrawler worms but all these have been on the smaller side.

A few of the local lads got onto some big yellas while casting Jackalls and spinnerbaits. A slower retrieve than normal with their lures cast around the willow trees put them in the right spot.

The Campaspe River has produced a few yellowbelly in town; again on spinnerbaits. This river has been fairly dirty (like most in the area) so when in starts to clear up there should be regular captures to report.

Waranga Basin at Rushworth has been a hit and miss affair on the reddies with some anglers getting enough for a feed and others stopping off for take-away on the way home.

One angler has put a pair of soft plastics on the hooks of his bobber to give it a bit more action and it paid off with a 1kg reddie on one hook and a 500g on the other!

The irrigation channels out from the Basin have been fishing well for redfin up to 1kg by anglers using blade style lures and Squidgy Wrigglers in the Dropbear colour.

With the opening of the cod season just around the corner (December 1) many anglers use this time to go through their tackle boxes to see what gear needs replacing from the previous season. Hooks, sinkers, lures might need a top up and especially fishing line needs to be looked at as you don’t want to lose a good fish due to the line breaking that has been on the reel for one season too many.

It’s shaping up to be a good cod opening so count the days down and get amongst them.

For more information on what’s biting in the Echuca and Moama area, drop into J.T’s Fishing & Camping Moama, (opposite the Border Inn Hotel) or phone 0354 803868.

Solid yellowbelly are the target until the cod season opens in December.

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