Purrumbete for big browns
  |  First Published: October 2009

Another month and more rain in the west in what is now becoming a winter and spring more akin to times gone by.

But more importantly, local waters are also hotting up.

Can Purrumbete keep improving? Going by what has happened over the last month or so I would say, yes. The numbers continue to get better and the size of the fish is holding up as well. The annual Bullen Merri Classic held over the weekend of the 3rd and 4th of October only confirmed what everyone expected.

Purrumbete was the place to catch big browns. Lady angler Beverly Lewis was the big winner with four browns between 55 and 60cm. Local angler Chris Finlayson, with a brown measuring 71cm, took the biggest fish. This fish weighed in at an impressive 4.88kg. Chris also had a buck that measured 68cm.

Local minnows are bringing most of these big fish undone, but mudeyes under a float, trolled Lofties and Tassie Devils, especially in pink, and flies fished deep are also doing the trick. The junior prize went to Harley Bongart with a great redfin weighing in at 1.76kg.

With 130 anglers taking part in the classic plus an ANSA comp run over the same weekend the lakes were very busy. A count of boats on Sunday had 52 on Purrumbete and 18 on Ellingamite. If you are wondering about Bullen Merri, it produced the first fish of the weekend, a brown of about a kilo.

All the above means Purrumbete is returning to its best and with weather warming up the will be more improvement over the next month as we start to see more surface action on the lake.

Local streams have continued to surprise with plenty of fish taken on a bunch of worms and even a few on lures and plastics. As the high river levels continue I am sure there will be reports of some thumper browns from the lower reaches of the Gellibrand. Searun browns chasing white bait, sounds like Tassie but it happens in southwest Victoria in October and November.

The West Barwon Dam is another spot that has improved over the last month with plenty of browns to a kilo being taken on lures and bait. Mudeyes fished 1.5m under a float has been a real standout.

Wurdi Buloc continues to creep over new ground with bibbed lures fished along the wall accounting for some browns to 2kg. As I mentioned earlier Ellingamite is now getting plenty of attention and you don’t get 18 boats on this water unless there are some good fish coming out of it. Remember this is a lake suited to boats only. If you are thinking about wading Ellingamite make sure your insurance is paid up.

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