After all the rain we’ve had in the last four months, Burrendong and Windermere dams are booming with life. The goldens are starting to spawn and school up around the point of the dam and at the starts of the rivers. Water temperatures play a big part in getting the goldens to bite. The dam water temperatures have been around 25°C, but if you can find warmer water like 27-28°C, your catch rate will increase by half. The best way to find warmer water is to fish rocky banks or shallow points.
The best waya to target goldens in the warmer water are crankbaits and soft vibes. These have been working well. I use a slow roll with a few twitches here and there. Goldens can’t handle themselves – they have to eat your lure. Sounders help a lot. I have a lot of confidence in them and I only fish when the fish are showing up, so I might drive around for half the time I’m on the water, but I’m fishing where the fish are.
Don’t be afraid to try something new. Things the fish haven’t seen or an old lure with new retrieves will work well. Sometimes that’s all it takes to get a looker to be a taker. For rods, reels and line, I use an Edge rod 6/8lb and my Daiwa Exist 1025 reel, or a Generation Black Itchy Twichy rod in the 1.5/3kg with the 2500 Sustain reel, Sea Bass 10lb braid, DFC Nitlon in 8/6lb and TDR competition fluorocarbon from Daiwa in 6/8lb.
Those two rods are great for goldens, so if you’re in the market for a new rod and reel, you can’t go past having at least one of these rods in your boat over the summer. Have a good live well in your boat. When you catch them in a spot, put them in your well until you finish there. I release all my fish that I catch, and I find that if you put the fish straight back after you get it, the school will shut down and won’t bite.
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