Cod, carp, redfin, eels
  |  First Published: February 2009

It is hard to enjoy our local fishing when so many people lost their lives and property in the recent fires. Our thoughts go to each and every person who has been affected.

Murray cod continue to be caught in the Yarra River, with the best spots around Fitzsimons Lane in Templestowe, and back towards Warrandyte for the kayak enthusiast. Lures are proving more successful than bait fishing for cod. Best colours are purple, black and dark brown.

Remember you need to tempt cod, so casting 10 or 15 times at the one structure maybe required before you can entice the cod to attack the lures. For those who missed Roger Miles recently at Ringwood, we are running more cod nights in November and December. Drop into either store and pick up your tickets.

Warrandyte is providing some good eel catches. The best times are around dusk (from 45 minutes before until half an hour after). Use a size 4 Baitholder hook and a large scrubworm.

To correctly present a scrubworm, look for a pink ‘ring’ approximately 3/4 down the scrubworm. Insert the Baitholder hook just below this ring, twist the worm and re-insert the hook the other side of the ring. This will secure the worm on the hook in two places, leaving a longer tail on the barb end of the hook. This method ensures that the worm will not tumble, therefore giving it a more life like action in the water.

Eels will pick at the bait, so when you feel this sensation do not strike, let them pick. When you feel the line being pulled, then strike and set the hook.

Lilydale Lake continues to be the best impoundment of the Yarra Valley area. Although the trout have slowed right down, carp and redfin have been taken in good numbers. Carp are best taken on maggots using Stimulate Berley. For redfin small metal attractors in gold and black with red wool will work well, as will small yabbies on size 8 Shiner or CU10 hook.

When using a CU10 hook on a yabby, insert it just under the top of the body shell near the tail section, slowing pushing the barb along the inside of the shell. When you reach the gap in the body and head shell push the barb up so the hook is then visible at the crown of the head shell.

If you do this correctly the yabby will be able to walk freely around with a hook securely attached to its back. Another benefit to using a hook placement in this manner is that as the fish spits the bait, the hook will be caught in the inside of its mouth. For me, this has proven to be more successful over the years than other placement methods for me.

For up to date fishing information, both fresh and saltwater, contact the boys at Compleat Angler in Ringwood on 03 9870 7792 or, better still, drop in at 92 Maroondah Highway – we’re open 7 days a week with plenty of top quality bait and a great selection of freshwater and saltwater gear.

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