With warm nights and long days which aren’t too hot just yet, November is arguably the best time of year for a bit of camping and fishing at Blowering Dam.
The camper is well catered for at Blowering. It is free to camp, there are toilet blocks conveniently located every kilometre or two and, with access to a good 70% of the lake’s margins, you should have no trouble finding a nice spot to camp.
The bonus to the perfect weather is the near-perfect fishing. Looking back through my fishing diary and photos, I noticed that the majority of my larger golden perch caught in dams were taken in November or a couple of weeks either side.
The bait fisho normally does really well this month with yabbies probably the best bait, fished live on a paternoster rig a metre or so above the bottom. They are best fished above the bottom to keep them from burrowing into the substrate and also to keep them up kicking and flipping around in the fishes’ faces.
This technique caught me yellas of 5.9kg and 4.5kg within an hour of each other around midnight two days before the full moon last November.
Goldens also like to eat garden worms, scrub worms, wood grubs and bardi grubs. When using these baits I prefer to use a running sinker rig with the smallest of weights and 6lb to 12lb leader because these fish can be quite finicky at times and heavy sinkers and they can feel heavy line and reject the bait.
Lure fishing this month can be awesome. Cast in any of the shallow bays with shallow-running crankbaits like Nils Masters, particularly the jointed models, or any other jointed shallow divers, as long as they appear to swim a little like a snake.
Trolling also works really well in November with golden perch the main catch. Best lures include Stuckeys, Merlins, Jackalls, StumpJumpers and Predatek Boomerangs. Remember to experiment with colours to find out what’s going to work on the day.
Chasing golden perch on fly is growing in popularity everywhere, even at Blowering. Fly fishos should see plenty of action because the yellas are at their most active. Cast big, flashy or dark wets into the shallows, old creek beds or among the timber.
Trout can still be caught within casting distance of the bank, just use polarised glasses to spot them and cast to the active feeders with lures or flies.
PowerBait works well at this time of year on the trout, as do maggots fished on ultra-light gear cast very close to the bank in conjunction with a handful of maggots as berley.
The redfin can be a little hard to find because they seem to spread out from 3m to 25m. The odd one will be picked up on just about all techniques but not in any real numbers. This will all change just after Christmas when they will be all on the edges but until then, trolling an ultra-deep lure with a small soft plastic attached just in front of it will be your best way of getting a feed of reddies.
Or if you have a decent sounder you can target schools of redfin with ice jigs, lipless rattlers or soft plastics like 3” Berkley Gulp Minnows, which the reddies can’t seem to get enough of.
Cod anglers can now start dusting off their gear in preparation for the upcoming season, which is only a few weeks away.Reads: 1331