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Try something new over the holidays
  |  First Published: December 2016



With the lake recently sitting around the 80% mark, everything looks good for an amazing run into the holiday season. It’s going to be a very busy one this year, with the water levels so high and the irrigation out flows predicted to be on the low end of the scale. I think this summer has the potential to be the best fishing we’ve seen for the last 10-15 years. If it keeps firing like it has over the last 6-8 weeks, the sky is the limit.

I think this has been the strongest start to a yellowbelly season for 5-6 years. The spread of size is really encouraging with fish from 20cm right up to 67cm, and everything in between. The sheer number of fish getting caught is insane and just seems to get better, even though the water temperature is still a lot lower than it normally is in December.

It seems that all the normal styles of fishing are working well. It’s times like these you should take yourself out of your comfort zone and really hone your skills with a style you don’t normally use. If you generally troll for natives, next time you catch a yella, stay in the same spot and cast lures like Jackalls or soft plastics. Use the schools of fish to your advantage. Believe me, trying different stuff and actually catching fish does amazing things for your confidence. Confidence in your ability to continually mimic the same retrieve that’s producing fish is vital.

There have been great numbers of cod getting caught as well from 50-97cm and their condition is incredible. As the holidays approach and the crowds increase, please be patient and courteous on the water and at the ramps. I know it can be difficult at times. I find taking a couple of deep breaths is a good idea with people who are new to boating, so stay safe. Tight lines!

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A Fisheries officer and one of the cod breeding boxes loaded with eggs – happy days!

Photo courtesy of Fisheries Victoria

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Warren Ajg with a healthy 690mm Eildon cod.

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