Local waterways in good shape for perch
  |  First Published: September 2013

September sees Murray cod closed and as we look back at the past few months it shows that our local waterways are in pretty good shape.

With the river flow slow and water levels low it gave good clarity which enhanced the lure fishing for both casting lures and trolling.

Having said that it would be great to see the works in the lower Murray completed and a good flush of water coming down to freshen it up and put some better levels back in the river.

Whilst the cray season in the Murray was closed below Tocumwal, there were some good catches in Victorian waters with Nagambie the Campaspe and Goulburn all providing results.

We are all looking forward to next season with the knowledge that we have seen an increase in silver bream in numbers and size which in turn slows the carp population and allows the cod to breed easier: all good for the future.

Now its time to put those cod lures away for a while, lighten off the gear and target two of our great table species yellowbelly and redfin.

I often wonder why more anglers don’t persevere with plastics when chasing redfin. When speaking to people in the shop they are quick to tell me about the hardbodied lures they use, either flicking or trolling. Upon finding fish, some anglers tend to go to bait but with redfin being aggressive feeders and with suitable plastics presented correctly with good actions on light gear you may find more hook ups and great enjoyment. For better success look at your plastic, see what it is trying to imitate and work the lure to suit that style of plastic.

This time of year will see yellowbelly begin to get active as soon as the water starts moving at the Headworks at Kow Swamp and the other tributaries to the Murray. Start flicking lures such as Jackalls, Extractors, Hammerheads and small Stumpjumpers and with a little patience you will see results.

For those that just like to enjoy the river systems and set out the occasional bait, try either scrub worms or yabbies on a running sinker rig with a 30-60cm leader or if having little success run the sinker all the way to the hook. If fishing from bank or boat I think 20-30 minutes in any spot without some action and then a small shift may be best.

Some times you only need to move a small distance and things can change completely.

So with the better spring weather about, it’s time to get out and get amongst them.

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Damo and a cod caught in the Murray trolling on a recent trip prior to the cod season closing.

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