THERE’S been a variety of fish and a variety of results in the variable conditions of late.
Some strong wind early in the week in Jindabyne made it a little difficult to fish, but the end of the week made up for it with some great ‘trouting’ conditions.
With the weather warming up in general, insect life is beginning to increase, so the trout are feeding closer to the surface.
Flat lining tazzie devils, or Rapalas in the rainbow trout colour is attracting a few nice fish. Casting from the bank is also producing a handful of fish, early and late in the day.
When casting from the shore, cast ahead of yourself at all times, with trout moving over new ground from the snow melt, don’t be surprised if you see some thumpers hunting in the shallows.
Down the coast, the estuaries are also starting to warm up, and with this flathead, bream and whiting are moving around a lot more.
A running sinker rig with a Nipper or Beach worm, on a run out tide is producing all three of these species. Popular spots have been Tuross, Wallaga Lake, Narooma and Bega River.
For flattys, 65-75mm soft plastics with a 4-6 gram jig head are working on the tide change, covering lots of ground and staying in contact with the bottom is critical when targeting these fish.
If you’re using plastics for flattys, 6-8 lb braid with a 10-12lb leader should do the trick. Remembering if you catch a few smaller flathead in one area, keep casting, they could be smaller males, hanging near a big female.
Canberra’s urban lakes have also been doing really well with the warmer weather we are having. I’m really starting to see some good size yellow belly and red fin coming out of Lake Burley Griffin.
I’m finding downsizing the lure is the way to go. Small soft plastics, 55-65mm in dark natural colours, hopped and flicked around the rocks, fallen trees and manmade structure is the way to go.