Today I wish to dispel any rumours that when I go fishing I, and I quote, ‘‘could not catch a cold’’.
Well, let me tell you that I have indeed caught a cold and I am living proof that there is a difference between an ordinary cold and a ‘‘man cold’’.
For the past week all I have been able to do is moan and groan, cough, sneeze and sometimes both at the same time, pat a fevered brow and blow a runny nose. In fact, had I entered my nose in a marathon it would have set a new world record — it would have run faster than Steve Moneghetti.
Needless to say, I had little ambition to go fishing. It was definitely not high on my agenda, so it was with mixed feelings that I hear fishing around the traps has been improving and all the usual haunts have been producing good quality fish.
Apparently redfin have been getting active and Waranga Basin has been fishing well. Once a school has been found, be prepared to wade through the many smaller fish until some better sized fish get a chance to bite.
Eildon is another spot fishing well for redfin. Drop bait alongside a tree down to about four or five metres. If nothing happens within 10 minutes, move to another tree.
Plenty of yellowbelly and cod are biting in the rivers and at Eildon. Try a surface running lure for something different, although deep diving lures are working well in front of the wall at Eildon for bigger cod.
I bumped into keen fly fishing angler Ron McColl, who has been catching plenty of good trout in the upper Goulburn as well as cod and yellowbelly using surface lures and fly along the Broken River.
Cod is also being caught at Lake Mulwala. Anglers trolling lures around the banks of the old riverbed and tree line are getting the best results, although there is nothing more relaxing than dropping a bait and waiting for that big run that denotes a cod on the line.
Fishing at Lake Dartmouth has slowed a little, but early morning and late afternoon is still worthwhile. Get your lure or bait down to where the fish are feeding using either lead line or a down rigger.
The rivers and streams of the north-east and in the hills are a great place to cool off in the heat. Wading the water and casting bait or lures is another way of catching trout. And it need not cost an arm and a leg for expensive waders — I use an old pair of sneakers and jeans and change into dry clothes at the end of the day.
Saltwater fishing is still going gangbusters, according to Rod and Peter from Adamas Fishing Charters at Queenscliff.
They said they were bagging good hauls of flathead and salmon, as well as whiting and calamari.
Rod said anglers were catching blue shark and some mako off the coast.
The bay at Western Port is still fishing well and anglers are catching gummy shark around the deeper water south of Phillip Island. The best bait is fresh salmon fillets and the best time is on the late run-out tide.
At Eden, John Liddell said game fishermen were catching and tagging marlin off the shelf. Trolling skirted lures was the best method.
John said kingfish was also being caught inshore near Green Cape and off Boyd’s lookout.
At Narooma, Graham Cowley said there was marlin off the shelf and reef fish and snapper inshore.
He said when it was too rough to go offshore, there were good bags of flathead and bream in the lake.
One of the groups that flew down to Flinders Island last week is back.
Despite getting blown off the water for one day the group still managed a great haul of flathead and gummy shark.
There is still one group that went down late Sunday. It should be back soon, so I will get an in-depth report for next week.
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