Those who love to chase big fish will be converging on Blowering Dam this month and not just for the natives – plenty of trout anglers will be hoping to hook trout and there will also be plenty of redfin fishos jigging with lures or bait.
At this time of year I like to target the redfin and trout early and as the day warms up, I tend to go and stir up the natives.
Schools of big redfin can be found quite easily with a good sounder or by trolling with small, extra deep-diving lures. Once located, they are best targeted with ice jigs, redfin bobbers, soft plastics or lipless crankbaits.
Small yabbies or worms on a paternoster rig will almost always get you a feed of succulent Blowering reddies, the secret now is to fish deep water. Steep points are the best, especially if you’re fishing from the bank.
Trout anglers can put the lead-core outfits and downriggers away for a while as the majority of the trout are now in the shallow, freshly flooded bays and are easily spotted rising in the wind lanes. Flatline trolling, fly fishing and spinning from the bank are all good options.
Trolling winged lures, especially the gold winged versions, is always worth a shot but I recommend you troll another totally different type of lure to cover more of the water column to increase your chances.
Lipless crankbaits, soft plastics or small hardbodies are worth a shot this month and when you troll the backs of the freshly-flooded shallow bays you never know what you’re going to hook. Golden perch and Murray cod often patrol freshly flooded ground and move into the shallows with the trout.
Murray cod have been sensational at Blowering lately. A group from Batlow recently caught a 107cm cod and many small to medium golden perch on big yabbies.
This time last year the cod really fired and there were plenty of people getting them, especially night trolling.
Trolling big hardbodies and lipless crankbaits like Doozers or Prism Murrins is a very good way of targeting these massive fish and four or more big fish can be caught in a night, especially around the full moon.
Since the low flows started a couple of months ago, the ’Bidgee has fished superbly for massive numbers of fish, rather than massive fish.
At the initial drop in the level, if you were lucky enough to fish your favourite stretch before anyone else did there were cricket scores of fish. Although numbers have died down a little there is still some good fishing to be had and now is probably the best time to chase those really big fish.
It’s now common knowledge that the majority of big Murray cod are caught during the coolest months. Trolling big to very big lures on the outsides of sharp river bends is probably the most popular technique for big cod in the ’Bidgee at this time of year.
If trolling is not your thing, you can still target them by casting into the snags with spinnerbaits, lipless crankbaits, Chatterbaits, hardbodies or the new Rock’n’Runners which, after weeks of testing, I have found to be a great native lure, especially in the low flows.Reads: 1492