Some rain fell, the wind blew and the fish keep biting.
A little article in the Age (back in February) certainly revved a few more of you up to go and attempt to catch the ‘iconic’ Murray cod. This is all well and good, but if I pull another homemade fish trap from the river I swear I’m going to go vigilantly. Yes, all good, go and catch the fish, that’s what your licences allows you to do. But get a licence moron and read the book – no set traps or nets!
Aside from all that excitement, the river has been in pretty evil shape of late. The few blasts of rain we’ve had have only made things worse simply because it’s never enough to wash the river out properly. The water quality is not good and if you intend on eating anything out of the river (I have no idea why you would want to do that) I would think twice at this point in time. The water is nasty! And when I say nasty, I mean micro-bacterially nasty. So catch, photograph and release. That’s the best way to keep yourself off the toilet and out of the hospital.
Upper Yarra is a gold mine of little trout at the moment as it has been for quite some time. The grasshopper and crickets are in full force at the moment and catching them and putting them on a hook, drifting them down the river is the way to go!
Middle section has its water quality issues (probably don't swim in it either) but the fishing is excellent with the water starting to come off the super summer clear and into a little bit of colour.
Bait fishing with cheese or a hard boiled egg has been a real winner over the last month or two. The thing I like about these two baits is if you don't catch anything, you’ve got something to feed your face with on the walk back to the car!
I suggest anyone that sees anything remotely dodgy in the Yarra River catchment, as far as sneaky little people doing dumb ass things, to contact the Fisheries straight away on 13FISH. The last thing we need is for people to start netting the fish out willy-nilly while we just stand around.
A link to the article in the Age: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/yarras-monster-cod-lure-anglers-up-for-a-challenge-20140220-333mu.htmlReads: 842