Bank side can shine
  |  First Published: September 2014

Finally spring is here. For some anglers it is time for a small break with our cod season now closed until December. For others, it is time to explore all our other species in the region that sometimes get put to the backburner.

September can also present the type of angling where boats aren’t as important and bank fishing really shines. Yellowbelly in great size and numbers start to appear right along the Murray as well as the Goulburn, Campaspe, Gunbower Creek and Kow Swamp.

While some prefer to use lures at this time of year those that like to use bait will certainly have some great results. Jackalls are an excellent lure choice and account for many strikes and hook ups.

Now is a good opportunity to cast spinnerbaits and hardbody lures as you walk the banks; keep in mind that there will be some aggressive redfin looking to devour those lures as well.

If looking to fish with bait, scrubworm is always top of my list this time of year. If you have another rod try either yabbies or shrimp, as on their day they can all have results.

I fail to understand why more anglers in the region don’t fish with plastics. This is the perfect time to hone the techniques involved and catch some great fish on lighter gear – it is just about putting in some time. I have had some great days targeting redfin on plastics and at times have talked some regular anglers that come into the shop into giving it a real go. They often come back days later telling me of their catches and are now converts to the art of plastics!

There is also large numbers of silver bream and trout cod around and the size of these fish seem to be increasing. Both of these species are protected and must be returned to the water – they will at least keep the kids occupied.

Most anglers obey the fishing regulations as we all focus on fishing for a better future and sustainable numbers, so future generations of anglers get to enjoy our pleasurable pastime. So with the warmer longer days of spring comes the perfect time to explore the local waterways and enjoy the fishing.

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