As the winter season reaches full swing the fishing action in and around Echuca has become very quiet. Local anglers have been doing it tough with only the very keen and the very patient able to land a fish or two.
The area around the Torrumbarry Head Works has been the place to try with the odd fish falling to large hard-bodied lures. In tough fishing conditions, it’s very important that the lures you use can go deep enough to bounce off the bottom regularly – this tactic will definitely increase your chances of getting some action.
The popular deep divers that have attracted some attention have been the 125mm Tiegar lure and the 150mm Mudeye lures. The best colors to try are the darker shaded models.
Some good catches of Murray crays are still being recorded and even they are a little harder to come by, the area around the Goulburn Junction and the Murray above it are still the most productive.
Another area that’s worth a try is the Murray River below the Torrumbarry Weir, however the water level below the Weir is very low and should be navigated with caution.
The Waranga Basin is still a good place to find a feed of reddies. A couple of Echuca locals have also landed the odd yellowbelly and some trout. These other species have taken small hard-bodied lures that were meant for redfin. The best of the yellas was an absolute thumper that measured just over 65cm.
The bulk of the better size redfin have been taken on small Goulburn Codgers and Crazy Deep RMG Poltergeist 50s – the tip is to keep on the troll.
As a follow-up to one of my previous reports I have finally received a picture of the largest cod caught at the RSL Fishing Classic, which was held back in late March.
Bryan Pygall caught the cod when he was fishing a large Legend lure off the Echuca-Moama Bridge. The bridge is located in the centre of Echuca and averages around 15,000 vehicles per day.
It’s also the most popular swimming beach in the town. The bridge is only 500m from the old Echuca Wharf, which still has half a dozen paddlesteamers moored to it. This just goes to show that some of Echuca’s best cod fishing can be had right in the heart of town.
For more information on Echuca’s fishing call in and talk to Garry at Gone Fishin’, 190 Annesley Street, Echuca.
Bryan Pygall caught this 110cm cod to take out the Echuca Moama RSL Fishing Classic back in late March. Quite a fish so close to town!Reads: 1821