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  |  First Published: December 2016

The post Christmas holidays can be an excellent time to go fishing, whether you’re a seasoned pro or just taking the family out to make the most of the sunshine. There are plenty of freshwater options around the city, from active lure or fly fishing, right through to soaking some worms from the bank.

For a simple and easily accessible fishing outing, stopping at one of the stocked family fishing lakes around the suburbs is the go. Most of these lakes have been producing the odd trout from pre-Christmas stockings by Fisheries Victoria. To make the most of these close by waterways while the kids are on holidays, make sure you have the correct bait, berley and tackle set up to catch these fish. Long, light tipped rods spooled with 4lb-6lb monofilament are the go for detecting subtle bites, while a feeder cage, packed full of berley towards the business end should ensure that the fish are coming to you, rather than you trying to find them. Karkarook Park has been the pick of late, being a larger waterway than the rest for the trout to spread themselves around and not all end up caught only a week after they’ve been stocked.

Sugarloaf Reservoir has been good for active lure fishing in search of yellowbelly. While these fish never seem to come easy here, persistent casting will eventually pay dividends. As our ‘summer’ took a lot longer to really warm up properly these fish have been acting a bit more sporadic, with good schools of fish in close one day, then gone again the next. If you’re planning a trip up here to chase the yellas, a warm afternoon after a cool day can be excellent, along with a sharply falling or rising barometer. I would concentrate on timbered structure and slow your retrieves down, as the bites have been more timid this season. If you don’t come across any yellowbelly, you will normally cross paths with small size redfin to keep your rod skills sharp.

Devilbend Reservoir is fishing well for anglers holidaying down along the peninsula. Some bigger than average redfin are being caught by anglers casting lures around the edges of the weed. With the abundance of food that has flourished in the lake since winter, these fish are making the most of it and gorging themselves. I have heard of a few reasonable trout being caught by fly anglers fishing very early during the morning, around and past the quarry. Make sure you either wear waders or gaiter type protective clothing if you are going to go for a bit of a walk around the lake’s perimeter, as there have been large numbers of snakes around in this warmer season. While more often than not most, snakes will spook away from humans, but getting yourself caught between one and it’s escape route is not ideal at all. Fishing during the day and into the afternoon is when most of these snakes will be active, so if you’re trying to decide between early morning and afternoon, the morning is a safer bet.

• For up to date fishing information, contact the guys at Compleat Angler in Dandenong on 9794 9397 or drop in and see us at 241-243 Princes Hwy, Dandenong, we are open 7 days a week. For our other latest fishing reports and to download information sheets, go to www fishingcamping.com.au

Photo courtesy of Jinsu Park.

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