Report 6/10/16

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Nicole Penfold
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Report 6/10/16

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Oct 07, 2016 3:24 pm

Haven't we had some lovely weather the last fortnight! It's been tough going with the flooded rivers, dirty lakes and consistent strong winds but there is fish to be caught if you persist.

Lake Eildon:
70.85% up 6.13% this week.
Fishing: 6/10.
A massive influx of water this week and will continue to rise steady over the next week or 2. Trollers targeting natives are getting the occasional fish but it's the bait fishers and casters that are getting consistent results. The bait fishers are using a light running sinker down to a scrub worm and are dropping it to the bottom and every minute or so winding it up 1-2 meters at a time. A few small Redfin are being caught doing this also. As for the casters throwing bright coloured spinnerbaits amongst the steep banks and lay down timber are catching some quality cod. Most trollers are running 75mm-120mm hardbody that dive 20 ft + in white or fluro green/orange. The trout are still finicky, one angler came in and reported that he had a lot of hits but only landed 2 small browns. As the lake warms we should see all species come on the chew.

Lake Nillahcootie:
104.60% up 4.04%
Fishing: 6.5/10.
Trollers are struggling to get a hit trolling at the moment but the bait anglers off the bank are having a ball on the yellas. Running a small sinker and a #4 baitholder with a scrubby is all you need to catch a fish. The fish are mostly around the 35cm mark. The occasional small cod is also being caught. Please make sure you release them as quick and safely as possible. Moving your bait a few meters every 5 min has been really productive and making the yellas hit the bait.

Lake Hume:
98.03% up 1.37% this week.
The trout fishing at the moment is really consistent, when the wind isn't howling. Fish up to 7lb have been caught trolling around the yacht club down to Ludlows. Anglers have reported that the water there seems to be a bit clearer than from the wall to the bridge. Pink and white tassies flatlined and in 3-5 colours of leadcore has produced most the fish. A few anglers trolling ac invaders in 20-30ft of water in this area have also caught Redfin and the occasional yella. The Redfin are in loose schools in the deeper parts in the bays. Fluro colours seem to be the go in the clearer water at the moment. Bait fishers are still getting the occasional trout on worms and casting rapalas and Bullet lures.

Lake Dartmouth:
67.36% up 2.75% this week.
Darts been pretty hard to fish out of the boat recently but that hasn't stopped the casters landing some nice fish off the bank. White soft plastics like the drop bear in the squished range and the clear/silver fish arrow flash j shad have been great early and late in the day. Spotted dog rapalas and the Gudgeon, roach and salmon parr coloured Bullet lures are are also worth a flick.

I really can't wait for these lakes and rivers to clear and warm up as last time we had this sort of weather the fishing was amazing over the late spring, summer period!


Benalla Bait & Tackle
191 Bridge St
Benalla, Victoria
Ph: (03) 5762 3704
Top: Aaron Farrugia caught this heathy 70cm+ cod casting a gangster galah spinnerbait at eildon.
Bottom left: Sam Willan broke in his new Okuma Streamer/ Shimano Sienna combo with this well-conditioned stream trout.
Bottom right: Bretto's never far from a native, landing 6 yellas at eildon a few weeks ago.

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