Going for gold with blades of glory
  |  First Published: November 2016

At Windermere this month, big yellowbelly are in. Fish up to 64cm+ are available and the black ZX40 blade or Noise ZX40 are working wonders on these fish. A sounder will really improve your chances.

The weather has been overcast lately, as on a recent fishing trip I looked up at the sky and rain was coming over the hill. We pulled up at the boat ramp and started to put the sounders on the boat and set up the gear for the day. I know where the yellowbelly are going to be, sitting with all the cloud cover around us.

Chat with your fishing mates and decide on leader size, colours and lures to throw at the hungry goldens, before you get out on the water. Brad was using a custom rod I built – a MHX Gen 2 blank 6-10lb. I used the brown and grey Noise ZX40 with my Edge rod, 6-8lb. Light leader seems to work a treat. Brad was using 10lb and I was using 6lb. I always use an FG knot with my light lines and it’s never let me down.

The water has been a bit dirty around Windermere, particularly at the ramp, but about 400m on it starts to clear up. The further up the dam, the clearer the water. Sound for fish around weed, trees and rock, it’s even better if you can find one bank with all of these. Five minutes of casting in, you might get a fish that picks the lure off the bottom. If you get hit and miss it, with a bit of skill, put the lure in the same spot.

I tried this and got smashed. I yelled out to my bother, “Gotcha this time!” Seconds into the fight, I saw a flash of gold in the clear water. I had a lot going through my head – light lines, knots, trees. This is where most big fish are lost. I loosened my drag three clicks and watched the fish power off for a good 5m run. We got it in the net and realized how big it was. The fish went 63.7cm and 8.2kg.

If you’re going over to Windermere in the next few months, get yourself some ZX40 blades and throw them around. You might be surprised what you can catch on theses lures.


The author fought a suspenseful battle with a beast of a golden.

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