Beginning of a new fishery
  |  First Published: February 2014

The work by Fisheries has actually paid off and, guess what? We have a Gippsland bass fishery!

We have had reports all year and this summer has seen Blue Rock turn into a bass Mecca of Gippsland. The fish that have been coming out of Blue Rock Lake recently have been nothing short of incredible, especially considering we have really only had consistent stocking for the past 4-5 years, and of course the original 2001/2002 batch that started it all.

The bass have been measuring up to and over 40cm. We have a huge number of bass in the low to mid 20cm size range and a few more in the 30cm range.

It’s very interesting to see we have a size range well spread from baby 10cm specimens to the magical 40cm mark. This is good news as there is going to be a Hobie Bass tournament held on Blue Rock Lake in March, people have been sceptical if it’s worth it, but I can assure you from the reports and photos I have that it will be a cracker of a tournament.

Doug Phayer and a few friends of his had a blinder of a session on Blue Rock recently where they landed over 50 bass between them, with bass sizes ranging anywhere from 10cm long to the high 30cm mark. Doug tells me that all methods were working great, from spinnerbaits, surface walkers and hardbodied divers and soft plastics.

Dave Wilkinson and his crew of kayakers have been smashing the bass as well in Blue Rock and they are doing very well on small spinnerbaits and little Rapala Originals and Countdowns. The key is to fish the sticks, especially around Willow Grove.

The other important thing has been the time of day. Not too many bass are getting caught in the middle of the day; 3pm onwards and early morning before 9am are the best times to catch the bass.

That’s all the info I’m allowed to divulge, check out the photos and get out there and have a go.

For more information, contact Will at Allways Angling in Traralgon on 51748544. You will get expert advice and great deals on fishing bait and tackle. Tune into Rex Hunt and Lee Rayner’s Off the Hook on 1242 to hear Will’s report on what’s going on in Gippsland!

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