Gavin Wise with a nice yellowbelly caught in the border river
Lure of the week
Evergreen Little Max blades
Designed with a tight vibration to mimic the distress signals of a crippled bait fish, coupled with their fish reflective finish, these lures have given the tournament anglers that crucial edge in competitive success. These lures cast a mile due to their unique ‘W’ hook style and are snag and weed resistant. Well worth grabbing a few to keep in the arsenal.
A lot of reports this past week, we have been hearing plenty of yellow belly being on the bite, with the odd smaller cod being caught as well. ZX blades and Jackall Mask Vibes are still the most popular lure. For the bait anglers saltwater yabbies and worms will be your best bet.
The last few months have seen this dam fish quite tough with the water clarity being not so good, but some good reports have finally starting to come in. Most of the fish have been quite spread out through the dam. With this cold weather, it should see the fish in close to the banks around the weed edges, up close on Pelican Point and the Boyne arm seems to be the pick of the places. Fishing lipless crankbaits, spinnerbaits and blades have been getting most of the bites.
This past week at Pindari there have been a few more people getting out and into quite a few fish, the cod have been fairly active in the shallower parts of the main basin. Fishing wake baits or Bassman Mumblers have been the pick of the lures. For the bait anglers the yellow belly have been on the bite, live shrimp being the best option.
Somerset is renowned for big bass and we are starting to see some good fish. Most of the fish are schooling in around 20 too 35ft of water, the activity has been mostly hard on the bottom, targeting these fish with ice jigs and blades have been the most productive lures.
The cooler temps have slowed the fish down a bit although there has been some good catches of yellow belly this week. You really need to find the fish and drop the bait on top of them, they are not moving around as much so using your fish finder is key and using frozen saltwater yabbies has worked really well. They have a great scent and can draw fish in. Several anglers have even chopped up Salt water yabbies and created a berley that has proven very successful.
Winter time is the best time for the saltwater fishing, the big bream and jew move through the inshore region while huge numbers of snapper, sweetlip and many other great reef fish are available on the close in reefs when the weather permits. Inshore the Jumpin pin has some great fast running channels that produce good bream, flathead and jew. Either drifting baits along the bottom or anchoring and using lightly weighted baits or plastics works well, keeping you’re drifting along the bottom is key. Offshore depending on the size of boat there has been plenty of nice snapper on the 24 fathom reefs up to Jumpin pin. anglers are mostly bottom bashing with squid and pillies, while having a berley bomb out can help keep the bite on for longer.
Like the Gold Coast winter is the best time to fish the bay with massive numbers of snapper all though the bay on the artificial reefs and around the islands. Slow rolling plastics around the edges of the islands has produced some nice fish and a mix of snapper, whiting and bream while bottom bashing on the artificial reefs on dawn and dusk has produced the better quality fish. Using whole or fresh squid and running a berley bomb to keep the bite going.
Tip of the week
Winter time can be the best time for fishing if you’re in the right areas. This week was some of the best fishing I’ve had on the close in reefs offshore with a fantastic reef bite coming through with this cold weather. For the freshwater anglers certain lakes fish well in winter, usually ones with weedy edges. The fish like to move up shallow for the warmer water, look for areas with lots of cover for the fish to hide in and shallow flats that will hold warmer water.