Trout slow but cod fire
  |  First Published: February 2009

Although the warmer water temperatures have slowed the trout to a quiet whisper, the Murray cod love the conditions. Reports continue of great catches from Warrandyte through to Templestowe.

This year, anglers seem more confident to target cod using lures and spinnerbaits rather than the traditional yabbies and scrubworms.

The advantage of using lures is their ability to drift and swim over structures. This is done using a high rod angle combined with heavy leader material, and a soft touch in the hand.

If you use a thin leader you will find that the lure, regardless of type, will ‘cut’ into the soft outer layer of timber on a snag resulting in your lure being caught. Using heavier leader will mean it will ‘slide’ more easily over the soft texture and give the angler the ability to feel and control their retrieve.

Lure colours working best at this time of year on cod are natural soft colours, such as soft browns, greens and purples. If the barometer is moving rapidly up, or crashing down, then go to ultra bright colours such as pink, silver, orange or chartreuse.

Ringwood staff member Steve has had great success using a cicada patterned soft plastic attached to his spinnerbait. The soft plastic slows the sink rate of your spinnerbait and also halves the retrieval speed. This also gives extra long presentation in shallow water. If you’re unsure how to rig up, come in and have a chat with Steve or myself.

Recently we received a report of a 38lb carp being taken from the Yarra just near the gun club at Yarra Glen. This carp was taken on coarse fishing gear using maggots under a float.

If you are interested in coarse fishing, why not come along to our Coarse/Freshwater information night on 10 February at our Dandenong store.

Lilydale Lake has slowed down a lot over the past month. I suggest fishing early in the morning, before 10am, and later in the day into dusk. As the lake is quite shallow in most parts, the midday sun heats it quickly making the trout and other species go looking for deeper, darker spots.

Nevertheless, Brad has been targeting trout using canoes and kayaks trolling around the island in the middle. His best success has come from using Duel Stoop lures, in particular the 50MR in colour PMC, which is a natural shade of brown.

For up-to-date fishing information on 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 seven days a week with plenty of top quality bait and a great selection of freshwater and saltwater gear.

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