Reo Uys with a big bass from Somerset Dam caught on a Hot Bite Gang Banger spoon.
Lure of the week
Jackall Dowz Swimmer 220SF
The new DOWZ SWIMMER Designed by the famous Takuma Hata AKA “Dowzer” is the new big bait to hit the market the Dowzswimmer. This 3 segment glide swimbait is the newest arsenal to hit the Aussie Shores. It has a very smooth S shaped action and can be twitched/jerked to cause a darting action without disturbance.
Castablity is improved with this lure, the triple joint body is much more aerodynamic and reduces “doll action” affect.
This past week at cooby has produced big numbers of fish all over the dam, most of fish have been caught reasonably shallow around that 11 foot of water just off the edges. Trolling seems to the pick of the methods with plenty of yellow belly and the odd cod mixed in. Areas like in front of the sail club and the northern arm are holding plenty of fish, small shallow hardbodies and Jackall tn60’s have been the lure of choice. For the bait Anglers saltwater yabbies have been the stand out bait.
With this cool change and a bit of rain around this week it has slightly changed the bite, working that deeper water will be your best bet, as this tends to be where the fish are most comfortable after large rain fall. Locating the fish first is always a challenge at this dam, trolling small deep diving hardbodies is the best option. For the lure casting anglers Spoons and Tailspinners have been working quite well after locating the fish.
The cod are starting to move this week with good reports coming in. Casting large Spinnerbaits such as the Bassman 4×4 have been accounting some great fish. Areas like the tree line on the eastern side of the dam have had good numbers of fish. For the bait Anglers saltwater yabbies and worms have been picking up some great yellow belly.
Even with the rain around this week there has been some keen anglers out and catching plenty of fish, Bass and Yellow Belly have all been on the bite, once finding the fish they have been reasonably easy to catch, Tailspinners, Spoons and heavily weighted plastics have been working wonders, areas such as platypus cliffs and flats up from the old creek bed have been holding big numbers of fish.
With all the attention Somerset is getting at the moment it is still producing some great fish, pelican point, red rock and bay 13 are definitely worth a look. 30-40ft seems to be the magic number. Rolling 5/8 plastics and spoons through the fish have been the pick of the techniques.
After the big rains this week it has pushed a lot of fish towards the mouth of the bar, concentrating on the deeper channels such as Kalinga bank, Tiger Mullet channel and Short Island will be your best bet. Jigging soft vibes and metal jigs have been accounting for some great Jew fish, also some great bream and flathead have been caught in the same areas. For the bait Anglers pilchards and saltwater yabbies will give you the best chance.