Get your game on
  |  First Published: May 2014

If you want to step up your fishing results, the key is preparation, homework, and the ability to adapt to suit the prevailing conditions. Carl Jocumsen is a young guy from Toowoomba fishing in comps in the USA, and he takes all those steps to the next level. If you get a chance, jump on the ‘net and follow his progress.

“That’s all well and good,” you might say, “but how is following a guy in the USA catching foreign fish relevant to me?”

I’ll tell you: it all boils down to attitude. This guy just exudes confidence (“whatever it takes” is his motto), and a big part of his success is due to preparation and adaptability. It’s interesting to read how he tackles each different scenario, and you never know – some of his talent may just rub off!


With colder air temperatures and plummeting water temperatures, trout in the district’s dams are going gang busters. Thompsons Creek Dam (TCD) has been the standout and this will continue. Spoons and Tassie Devils are great lures to throw up there at this time of year. The fish are hungry and moving quite a bit, and these heavier lures allow you to cover a lot of water at different depths.

Due to the clear water, low light periods are still a must for the best fishing. I like those really cold, windy days. If it’s sunny, warm and still you may have to get there extra early, switch to ultra-light line and finesse plastics for the best results.

Flyfishing will come into its own as the weather gets colder and the forage gets smaller. Polaroiding this dam can be a really good option for those who like to keep moving. Working in pairs is better; four eyes are better than two, and you can have one person spotting while the other is fishing. It’s great fun.

Lake Lyell is a great place to target brown trout in May, and some of the biggest fish come in at this time of year. Trolling medium to deep diving lures 50-60mm in length will account for some good quality fish, and running two lures at different depths is a good way to go. Low light periods are again the best.

I am sure that this May bite period coincides with the yabby numbers taking a dive. It’s like a bunch of teenagers turning up at McDonald’s with only a quarter of the menu being available. They’re all like, “Well, where to now?”


Looking back 10 years ago, most of us would have put the cod rods away in May. Not anymore! I guess we have Rod Mackenzie and the boys from south of the border to thank for that.

However, it is time to put the little stuff away. In most waterways the action won’t be red hot but chances are if you get a cod it will be a good one. No matter what the weather, a rising barometer is a must. Target the best looking structure you can find, as that’s where the big ones will be.

Big cod sharing quality structure with other big cod has been a hot topic the last few years. It does happen, but I think a lot depends on the availability of food. If food is scarce, I reckon that’s a deal-breaker. Nature has a pecking order and most of the time it revolves around food or breeding.

Make sure your gear is up to scratch. That big, empty feeling when a good fish gets off, busts you off, or does you in a snag is not too bad when you are on your own, but when a couple of mates are involved it’s a different story. They will not forget (and nor should they!) so get your game on and step it up.

Hope to see you on the water soon. Until then, tight lines.


This fish broke me off bankside, swam away then came to the top. I went in jeans and all, but missed. I thought it was gone but it came to the top again further out. Muz stripped off and got it. What a team!


Put the itsy bitsy stuff away boys and girls, it’s time to step it up!

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