Report 25/1/19

Benalla Bait & Tackle
191 Bridge St
Benalla, Victoria
Ph: 03 5762 3704
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Nicole Penfold
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Report 25/1/19

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Jan 25, 2019 5:17 pm

Fishing has been very consistent around the area the last week even though we are going through this stinking hot weather.

Trading hours over the next few days:
25th Friday: 9am- 5.30pm
26th Saturday: 8am- 12.30pm
27th: Sunday: 9am- 12pm
28th: Monday: 9am- 12pm

Lake Eildon:
The Redfin action is heating up with a few anglers cracking the tonne, with a few fish reaching the 38-40cm mark. Average size we have been getting is around 28cm mark but does vary on the schools of fish your targeting. General consensus is 10m (30ft) is the golden depth at the moment so we contour around the bank in that depth and wait till we sound a school of fish and away you go. Having a good sounder goes a long way in this situation. Lures have varied but the burkley gulp 3” minnow has been very consistent as has ice jigs. The burkley snap jig was really good with the gulp plastic on it, best of both worlds I guess! A few fish have been coming on blades but go quiet on them pretty quick. Drop shot has been good for a few anglers also. The main key here is to find the fish and roll through all the options. Delatite side of the lake is where we are fishing.
The yellas have been a tad quiet but a few have been trolled on halco’s and oat-gee shads. Bait fishing has been ok but a lot of tree hopping is required to fishing the perfect tree. Haven’t heard anything on the cod the last few weeks unfortunately.

Lake Nillahcootie:
Nillah has quietened over the last week or so on the troll but the bait fishing in the trees for yellas hasn’t changed. A lot of undersized fish are still being caught but a few better fish are still around. The trolling still consists of Spinnerbaits and 55-75mm hardbodies but the shallows have quietened a tad and anglers are now targeting the 4-6m now while the edge is so warm. Colours to use would be red/black, pink/purple and Pink/black. Morning sessions have been better than arvo/evenings at the moment. Probably because it’s so hot in the latter. The riverbed is accessible for a fair while now up the top end and always a good option for a troll.

A few locals have headed up to Dartmouth over the last fortnight with some consistent results. Downrigging 35-50ft has been the best and using the holographic tassie devil and the discontinued disco dancer. Bags of 3-9 per day have been caught. It’s also a great time to get a feed of yabbies up there so maybe throw in drop net and see how you go.

Mulwala has been great for most with some great bait fishing being had up through the Everglades. As has throwing white or brown/green Spinnerbaits in the shallows early in the day. Swimbaits have also been great through the shallow late in the day. Haven’t heard any trolling from the anglers I have talked to but I’m sure if you can dodge the traffic you will get a few.

Hume has a blue green algae alert at the moment but not sure where and how severe. Make sure to check for updates if you are looking to venture out there over the long weekend.

We still have a few yabbie net exchange nets left so be quick to get a swap as this will be the last instalment.

Have a safe, cool and fun long weekend and don’t forget to slip, slop, slap and scull (water)

Benalla Bait & Tackle
191 Bridge St
Benalla, Victoria
Ph: (03) 5762 3704

Top left: Phil pulled his PB cod to 91cm after Landing this Mulwala specimen.
Top right: Manda caught this 89cm cod in the ovens on bait and on a cheap kids combo!
Middle 2 pics: Tanners warming up on the cod fishing with 2 healthy looking fish.
Bottom 2 pics: Myself and Mick with bye catch yellas while chasing Redfin at eildon.

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