It’s been some time since the last update and a lot has been happening with the Social Fishing team!
Cod Night – Thursday 17th November
First I wanted to start with the Cod Night which is happening at Tackle World Wagga this Thursday. I will be attending this night talking about how to target MONSTER Murray Cod in Lakes and Dams. I will share with you some proven techniques which we have tried over the past few years, the best seasons to target these monster fish, the best lures and outfits to use and also some of the hot spot locations in the region. I’ll even share some of my favourite banks to fish in both Blowering and Burrinjuck Dam so don’t miss out!
The night kicks off at 6pm and Chris Cotterill will be talking first about everything freshwater fishing. Chris is an expert in the field and will have plenty of knowledge to share. The night will have a sausage sizzle and drinks with great specials in store. Should be a great night and even better it means we are getting close to cod opening.
When: Thursday 17th November
Time: 6pm cod night starts
Where: Tackle World Wagga
Lake Eildon Trip
Jack and I have just returned from a trip to Lake Eildon in central Victoria. This lake is amazing and by far one of my favourite, its home to Murray Cod, Golden Perch, Trout, Redfin and Carp which makes this fishery incredible. Even better it has some of the best scenery you will ever find in an Australian dam, with steep rocky banks loaded with fallen timber, standing trees and lushes forest covered hills. It is a very special place!
Roughly the same time every year we make the trek down to the lake and this year we spent three full days on the water. All I can say is the fishing was extremely tough! Some of the toughest we have ever experience but we battled on! We managed to time the trip with a cold front coming across at the country which made fishing very slow and the bite was almost non-existent. For the full three days our target was large Murray Cod and this saw us spend time casting large lures like the; Mud Guts Big Guts 1.5oz Spinnerbait, FX Fury Soft Plastics, 175mm Gobsmacked Leviathans & Cranknsteins, and the 80mm Strikeforce Cod Stalker. By doing this we bypassed a number of the smaller fish but when it comes to big fish you need to be casting big lures.
We heard reports of a number of anglers catching some good Golden Perch up in the Delatite arm both trolling and casting. As you read this in mid to late November the Golden Perch will really be firing as the afternoon water temperature was only just hitting 20 degrees which we were down there. We never spent the time targeting the Golden’s in this part of the dam, our efforts were concentrated on those monster cod.
For our solid three days of casting we only managed to land two fish which was extremely tough fishing, but with persistence we were rewarded with a couple of healthy cod. Smaller than what we were after but always a very welcome catch. At around 10am on the second day I switched to using the 80mm Cod Stalker in the custom Social Fishing pattern. The guys from Strikeforce made this lure and wow is it one incredible lure. Nothing else was working and not long after I tied it on it produced a solid 60cm Eildon Murray Cod. This custom colour with the ‘Social Fishing’ logo really is a hit with the cod.
After casting the Mud Guts Big Gits for almost three full days Jack finally managed to land a cod for his hard efforts. Coming in at 53cm it was no record breaker but still a welcome sight. We found both our fish on the steeper rocky banks lined with fallen timber. There are so many options in this lake and plenty of water to fish.
If you’re ever looking to go fish Eildon for cod make sure you fish the steeper rocky banks and pick the ones that are covered in the most fallen logs because this is where the fish will be hiding. I also love to target the back of the steeper bays that are jammed with timber and twiggy trees, cod love hiding out in these locations.
If you’re after the Golden Perch the Delatite arm is the go to and maybe it’s because this is where most of the anglers target the fish? Or maybe this is where most of the fish are located, but whatever the answer it is definitely the hot spot for Golden Perch. When fishing for them target the rocky points by both casting and trolling and this will yield great numbers of fish. The end of November is the best time to target Golden Perch and as it warms up into December and January the cod should be feeding much better than they are at present.
Welcoming our New Social Fishing Team Member – Adam Smith
I would also like to welcome Adam Smith to the Social Fishing team. He is a gun Trout angler and brings a wealth of knowledge to the team. Adam will be appearing in a number of the Social Fishing tutorials and will also be writing articles for the website.
Adam has already published his first article on the website called: Prospecting for Spring Trout in Rivers and Streams. This article is well worth a read for all the keen Trout anglers. Adam’s favourite style of fishing is from a kayak and he will be basing a lot of his fishing article around kayak fishing.
Keep an eye out for content from Adam as he is a well educated angler who has plenty of information to share.
Social Fishing Trout Expert and Team Member
Adam Smith is a valuable team member of Social Fishing and is also a lure maker. He is the founder and owner of FTL Lures where he makes quality and affordable spinners which are great for Trout, Redfin and Golden Perch. Adam love his Trout fishing and spends most of his time in the Snowy Mountains trekking the small streams and paddling across the lakes in his kayak. You can visit the FTL website here: FTL Lures Website
Ozfish Australia Summit
You may already know that Chris and I were at Burrendong a few weeks ago. We were lucky enough to be invited to an event run by Ozfish Unlimited called Inland Fishing Summit. It was all about educating fishing clubs about the fish that we target.
Ozfish Unlimited is a new fishing conservation movement that is set to transform the future of recreational fishing in Australia by asking every angler to fish differently.
They want to help anglers become aware of what they can do to make a difference to help protect and restore fish habitat.
There were some incredible special guests who spoke about various things including;
DR John Koehn from Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research
John spoke about ‘Healthy Habitat and Fish’. He shared his research with us which was packed with incredible information about the native fish we target. He explained what a healthy habitat needs to survive, he talked about the role of snags and how important they are to natives, the riparian zones, pumps, flows, water quality and more. This really opened our eyes up to not only how amazing native fish are but how important it is for us to protect their habitat. We need to care for our fish!
Matt Hansen from Inland Waterways and Burrendong Fishing Classic
Matt spoke about how he started with raffling off an Engel fridge to raise money and from this he has built up the Inland Waterways which do brilliant work along the Macquarie River and surrounding areas with rebuilding riparian zones, re-snagging work and removing rubbish from the waterways. He also runs the Burrendong Fishing Classic which raises money to support this great cause. All the money goes back into helping create healthier waterways.
Sam Davis from Aquatic Habitat Rehabilitation
Sam shared information and processes to help these fishing club members to apply for grants. These grants are for projects to help the habitat for native fish, for example; building a bridge over a river and removing a fish blockage. This then allows fish to travel upstream which is necessary for breeding. Not only can you raise money to do this work but you can also get grant money to help it along. We just need passionate anglers to step up and make change in their local area.
Cameron Westaway from Senior Fisheries Manager NSW DPI Fisheries
Cameron shed light on the management of recreational fisheries. How they are managed at present and the important work that fisheries undertake. He presented a number of results and graphs which explains some of the research that himself and other fisheries scientists do to help build the recreational fishery.
The people who spoke at this event were experts in their fields who all told a story and made not only myself but everyone else at the summit aware of what needs to do done! We all need to start talking about caring for out native habitat.
To find out more about Ozfish and how you can help out or learn more visit their website: www.ozfish.org.au
As you can see there has been lots happening but the best news is cod opening is just around the corner! Get ready as it’s going to be a bumper season and we will be releasing some special cod articles and videos in the following few weeks!
Talk soon and happy fishing!