Getting reddy for warmer weather
  |  First Published: September 2007

As we dragged ourselves through the long winter, most fishos in the Echuca region stayed indoors. Although we’re looking forward to some warmer weather and water, there is still a chance of a large fish or two if we get out there and give it a try.

The fishing ‘grape vine’ has been abuzz with stories of a monster Murray cod caught in the local area in the past week. It was reported that this fish was caught around the Torrumbarry Headworks Boat Ramp on a deep-diving hard-bodied lure. My spies, however, tell me that this huge cod was caught just upstream from the Echuca East Boat Ramp, and that it measured 1.37m – which translates to a fish of over 55kg! My spies also have told me that it was caught on a cast spinnerbait, and that there are photos of the fish – I’m sure we’d all love to see them.

The fishing in the Murray River around Echuca has been pretty quiet in the past month, with only the odd fish being caught. The best results have been with bait, although the fishing is generally slow. Yabbies and bardi grubs are the way to go, and patience is definitely the key. Fishing off the bank is probably the best option, and the faster flowing water is the place to start.

The Campaspe River is still producing a few redfin. These fish are being caught on spinners and soft plastics in the deeper holes. This means plenty of walking and casting. Try the reserve at the back of the golf course as a good place to start.

The Edward River at Mathoura is still the place to go for a golden perch. The water levels have been up and down a bit in the past few weeks and although the water is a little discoloured there are still some nice ‘yellas’ to be had. Baits of worms and small yabbies are the best bet.

Early September is probably the best time to take the short trip out to the Goulburn River and get a good feed of golden perch. This time of year always seem to produce excellent fishing, with fishing from the bank the best way to go. Worms, shrimp and small yabbies are the baits of choice for this area.

Don’t forget that Murray cod season closed at the end of August and, when it reopens on the 1st of December, we will have in place the new minimum size limit of 55cm. In addition, all setlines will be banned. You can find out all the new information on the NSW Fisheries web site.

For more information on the Echuca area call in and see Garry at Gone Fishin', 190 Annesley St. Echuca, or call 54824291

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