Nagambie wineries a back-up for fickle fish
  |  First Published: April 2007

Fishing can be such a fickle sport – one moment the fish are so active that it seems that you just can’t go wrong, the next it seems that no matter what you try, the fish aren’t interested.

This has been the case lately around Seymour, especially as far as the Goulburn River is concerned. As reported over recent months the river has been fishing well. Murray cod have been taken in both good sizes and numbers. Redfin have also kept anglers busy.

Just as everything was looking rosy, February saw a big drop in fish activity. Many anglers moved on to other locations in search of fish. Then, just to prove that the fish were still there, local anglers Geoff Vernon and Gordon Wilson pulled out a Murray cod estimated at over 22kg. This fish was taken by trolling a Stumpjumper lure and was subsequently released. So, don’t give up on the Goulburn just yet!

Further downstream several Murray cod have been taken in the Murchison area. These fish have been mostly caught by anglers fishing from the bank as boating in this area can be very difficult.

At Nagambie both the Nagambie Weir and the backwaters have been very good for redfin. These fish are in good numbers and are also very respectable sizes. Hopefully these fish will stick around for some time yet. At least in the Nagambie area if you don’t manage to catch a fish you can visit one of the many wineries on the way home and stock up on some excellent wines.

Waranga Basin has been reasonable without being spectacular but judging by last year, the best fishing is yet to come. So put this in your notebook and plan a trip here soon. April and May will be the months to look forward to. Water level may be the only factor of concern, so we we’ll just have to wait and see.

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