Not long to go
  |  First Published: November 2013

The wait is almost over! In a month’s time we can again target the mighty Murray cod.

Between now and then it’s all about chasing local yellowbelly. The spring has been a very prominent one for yellas, and good catches have come from some surprising locations.

Once the water pump gets switched on at Greens Lake, it flicks the switch on the yellas as well. In late September when the pump was on it was no surprise to hear of many local anglers catching big numbers of yellowbelly.

The lakes may even have a few monster yellowbelly or cod in there. Local Andrew Dalton recently got snapped off once hooked up, which makes you wonder what’s down there. Hopefully it’s not your knot tying Andrew, and it really was a monster fish.

The other surprising location for yellowbelly was the Main Eastern channel. I managed to land a couple of small yellowbelly in the Main Eastern casting small TN50 Jackals while chasing redfin.

The river system has been very up and down, which really makes it hard to get a grip of how it will fish in November. Hopefully the water levels will be a stable level in November and we can get some time out on the water.

The Broken River should fish well on the rise if we do find the water levels still fluctuating, and bait fishing would probably be more successful than casting lures.

In November we also see Shepparton’s biggest tackle sale, the Trelly’s Tackleworld Super Sale, on the second last weekend on November. It’s a great chance to stock up on some good gear at discounted prices for the upcoming cod season.

Shepparton Lake

The lake is still producing big numbers of trout and yellowbelly. The fish are now at a very good size and are lots of fun on light tackle. There seems to be a lot of water being pumped in and out of the lake so this should see the fish continue to bite through the warmer months.

Shepparton Fishing Championships

The River Rats Fishing Club is holding the second Shepparton Fishing Championships this November. The event has a new format with the two days of fishing spread out over three locations. On Saturday 30th November teams will target yellowbelly at either Kialla Lakes or Shepparton Lake, with the Sunday session targeting cod in the Goulburn River.

It should be a great way to start the cod season with teams of two competing for a cash prize of $1000. The event will attract some of our region’s best anglers, so get down to either Shepp or Kialla lakes on the Saturday and support the teams.

This invitation-only event has limited numbers, so for more information or to get your hands on an invitation please contact me on 0429 000 653.

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