Cod and yellas in Eildon
  |  First Published: December 2016

I hope you had a safe New Year and were able to come up and wet a line at Eildon over the break. At this time of year, your focus should be all about safety.

Huge numbers of people flock to use this fabulous waterway in all sorts of ways, so keep your eyes peeled for anything that could go wrong and get home in one piece.

This has been without a doubt the best season in the last 5-6 years right across the board, except for reddies. With countless numbers of cod, yellowbelly and trout getting caught all over the place, it has been very productive in all aspects of fishing – bait, hardbodies, spinnerbaits, soft plastics and bibless cranks. It’s all been simply amazing. The afternoon bite is the best as the water temperature gets up around 20°C. I’d get stuck into them.

The water police will be out in force over summer and are not what you would call lenient. If you don’t have all your safety gear, you’ll be caught out and get a big fine. It’s not worth it.

On a recent trip, Marc Ainsworth fished with a bloke known as ‘S Booth Esquire’ and got into a few cod taking advantage of the no closed season at Eildon. Ainsy picked up a nice cod around 70cm.

Don Wilson, who gets among the fish with a lot of night missions, picked up his PB 90cm model – well done, mate. Persistence always pays off eventually.

Enjoy the holidays and stay safe.

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