Many families made the most of their holiday time to make their way to the many camping spots around the Echuca district.
A massive influx of campers filled nearly every patch of dirt between Echuca and Torrumbarry. With high water levels, the word was out that this was the place to be; and so they did!
While the huge amount of boat traffic wasn’t ideal for fishing, many anglers were up early and off the water before the ski boats made their presence felt.
Those wanting to spend a full day fishing had the options of heading below Torrumbarry Weir, Stevens Weir at Deniliquin, Wakool, Barmah or on the Goulburn River – all destinations had been producing fish.
The waters below Stevens Weir are still consistently producing cod from 30cm to 55cm on bardi grubs and scrub worms. Spinnerbaits with purple/gold/red skirts and copper blades have also been working extremely well.
Yellowbelly from 40cm to 55cm have also been taken on spinnerbaits. With no shortage of shrimps in the river, the ever-reliable shrimp/worm cocktail has been the pick of the baits.
The Goulburn River has been a bit quiet for yellowbelly with only a few undersize fish caught on shrimps and small yabbies. Damien and Kyle Bennet landed four cod up to 59cm and dropped another of about 75cm while casting 100mm Oargee Plows one afternoon.
This area has been fishing pretty well considering the amount of boat traffic lately.
Jason Aubrey landed a nice Murray cod of 80cm while trolling a green/black StumpJumper upstream from the Echuca east boat ramp.
In recent weeks ‘Bones’ from Moama has tangled with some solid fish. First was a 92cm cod and then there was one estimated at 110cm which straightened two sets of trebles on the lure he was trolling. He also landed a 43cm redfin. That’s nearly 2.5m of fish in three trips!
An angler fishing off the back of a houseboat landed a 112cm cod which took a yabby one evening. After the usual photo session it was released to swim back to its snag.
There was also a 120cm cod that had apparently was hit by a speedboat. It is unknown whether the poor old thing was in the wrong place at the wrong time or had been caught and released earlier but hadn’t fully recovered.
A few simple steps to ensure a fish survives is to keep it out of the water for a minimal time, get a few quick photos and get it back in. When lifting the fish from the water, make sure you give the belly full support and never lift a fish up vertically.
Once the fish is back in the water, move it back and forth to get some water through the gills and when it swims off, wait around for a while in the area or a bit downstream to make sure it doesn’t resurface.
Brian Hinson from Echuca had a very productive day on the water recently, catching 18 cod to 82cm casting spinnerbaits around the snags.
Here are a couple of upcoming competitions worth marking on the calendar.
The Mathoura Fishing Classic at Tarragon Lodge Picnic Point is on February 26 to 28. This comp gets bigger and better every year with great prizes and entertainment over the weekend.
On March 12 to 14 the Echuca Moama RSL holds its Fishing Classic with $50,000 in prizes, raffles and giveaways. Everyone is in with a chance to take something home and with 22km of water to fish, there is plenty of room for competitors.
For more information on what’s biting around Echuca and Moama, drop in to JT’s Fishing & Camping Moama, opposite the Border Inn Hotel, or phone me on 0354 803 868.
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