Keeping them keen
  |  First Published: June 2014

As we enter into June with the cooler weather, the really keen anglers come out to play.

Now that anglers have the rivers to themselves, they can troll deep diving lures in around the banks of the mighty Murray; without our wakeboard friends!

There have been some great cod caught between Deep Creek and Torrumbarry Weir. Good judges tell me the bigger the lure, the bigger the fish, which is often the case this time of year. Oargee 25+ or the bigger Custom Crafted lures or something similar will give you every chance of landing that dream fish.

Reports from the Gunbower Creek show that while numbers this year seem to be down a little the quality is excellent. Both cod and yellowbelly are being caught on lures and bait. The best bait is scrub worms or grubs on a running sinker rig with approximately 18” runner. Don’t underestimate your possible catch as a few anglers of late are telling me they have been smashed off, so make sure your gear is up to scratch and check your drag is set correctly when you start. Many anglers loose that first fish because they are not prepared or expecting an early strike.

The Goulburn River has seen some good lure fishing around the snags with both spinnerbaits and lures, especially when the levels remain constant for a few days. It’s a great option with a small boat to work your way along the bank casting between trees; with patience you will be rewarded.

The Campaspe is seeing some redfin caught on worms in the deeper holes and always provides a good day out for land-based anglers. Those willing to walk the banks and cast lures must be prepared for the odd cod or perch. Some of my regulars are fishing the many irrigation channels that are in our area and with scrub worms they are continually getting a feed of redfin, which most people agree is high on the list of our freshwater fish.

Even though it is the start of winter, there is still plenty of variety as to how and where we can explore our waterways and enjoy a great day angling.


A 65cm yellowbelly caught on an Oargee near Torrumbarry by Dan Gillingham. It was released shortly afterwards.

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