Slower start to the cray season
  |  First Published: July 2013

The local fishing scene was rocked with the news of local fisho and lure distributer Adam Pearson drowning in Lake Eildon.

Adam was found after intense searches by many people over a wide area. Many groups and members of the public that gave up their time to help in the search.

My hopes and prayers are with Adams family and friends at this sad time, also thoughts go out to the broader fishing community that he was involved in. Adam was loved by many and respected by all, and a fishing competition in his memory has been scheduled for the weekend of August 17-16 to raise funds for his young family.

On a local fishing note the fishing has slowed right down in all surrounding rivers, and with the late start to cray season I couldn’t get out amongst them to get a good report.

As I have mentioned in the past areas towards Murchison produce good crays hopefully now in the heart of winter they should be well and truly on the move throughout the Goulburn and Broken river systems.

The channels have dropped and are now starting to produce less numbers of fish but more quality of fish seem to be winning the battle of the bite.

The main eastern channel holds many big redfin and in the past months I have landed almost a half dozen redfin over the 40cm mark just casting small hardbodied lures such as Ballista Triggers and Small 10’ diving Codgers.

Kialla and Shepparton lakes

The two lakes are very quiet at the moment which is no surprise for this time of year. If you’re super keen, trout can still be caught in the Shepparton Lake but the numbers are dwindling due to people taking a lot of stocked fish. I don’t have a problem with taking a feed but no need to fill the freezer.

Warringa Basin

July is prime time for redfin at the basin with 3-4 thumping redfin a session not uncommon. I have found the big fish seem to come in and feed in the waters between 3-4m for maybe 10 minutes then retreat to deeper water. This seems to happen once or twice an hour and can be very frustrating if you drop a few fish during this bite frenzy.

Highly regarded local fishing identity Adam Person with a Murray cod.

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