Playtime on the water
  |  First Published: November 2013

As the weather continues to improve, anglers, and fish, have decided to come out to play. With the water temperature rising, the fish are improving in numbers in the rivers and channels around the area.

Yellowbelly between the Goulburn mouth and Torrumbarry are very active on scrubworms and shrimp, which have arrived in the river in great numbers. I like angling with a running sinker rig, the smallest weight as possible depending on conditions, with a couple of baits.

With water clarity improving lures are starting to come into play. By trolling or casting in around the snags, lures will give great results. My favourites are Oargees, CustomCrafted and Predators, as I have had good results.

Places to target are the mouth of the Goulburn and upstream to the bridge, the mighty Murray between Browns boat ramp and Casey Road, downstream near Torrumbarry and the Gunbower Creek.

Reports from Kow swamp are very strong above and below the headworks, with lipless crankbaits taking a lot of quality fish. You will still get your share using bait.

For those willing to walk the banks of the Campaspe there are some great redfin taking small spinners and plastics. We have been using small Slider plastics with great action and getting good results. Some of the fish are relatively small but still lots of fun on light gear.

If you want to bait fish the reddies, it is best to use small yabbies or worms. If the river is only moving slow, try unweighted. This will give you more movement and the fish seem to like bait moving a little.

At this time of year it is always good to think about the up coming season and check your gear. Renew braid and mono on your reels and, as all tackle shops are increasing their stock for the holiday period, it is time to check out the new season gear, all the new technology, some great new lures and accessories. Some things to hide in the man caves before Christmas.

So with the last of our spring weather, enjoy the great fishing opportunities that present and get out and get amongst them.

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