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Snapper and the great rig debate
Jarrod Day | November 2016

Since the dawn of time, there’s been a conundrum about which rig is the right one to use when targeting snapper throughout Victoria. Unlike many other states where snapper are caught, Victoria’s snapper fishery is very unique. Two major waterways, vastly different from one another, require two different fishing techniques. Port Phillip Bay may be affected by tidal pressure in its lower regions like the entirety of Western Port, but Port Phillip Bay’s somewhat tidal section sees very few snapper caught in season.
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Beechworth’s lake fishing options
Robbie Alexander | October 2016

An average sized Lake Kerferd redfin. Larger redfin are caught in the lake, but fish of this size are more common.

Located in the North East Victorian hills at an altitude of 550m above sea level, Beechworth is one of Victoria’s prettiest towns. It has a lot of history, particularly surrounding the gold rush of the 1850s, and was also the town where Ned Kelly and his mother Ellen Kelly spent time in prison on various charges.
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Practice on the pier with kids
Jarrod Day | October 2016

Fishing with kids is a memory that will last forever, however, you can always kick the session with some bait collecting too.

Fishing with kids is a lot of fun no matter where you go or what you fish for, but with children having on average the attention span of 30 minutes to an hour, boredom can set in quite quick if there is a lack of fish and not much happening.
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Drifting for southwest snapper
Scott Gray | October 2016

Snapper are an important recreational target species across southern Australia. They’re found in a diverse range of habitats. With snapper season in full swing, it’s a perfect time to reflect on the fishery we have on the southwest coast of Victoria, and share my favourite technique for snapper on the coast this time of the year.
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Stream craft – spinning for river trout
Jarrod Day | September 2016

Where the end of the run meets the slow running pool, trout are usually lurking.

Winding through the mountain valley’s and down through the lush green farm lands throughout the state, small creeks, streams and rivers are awash with trout.
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Last year at a VRFish (Victorian Recreation Fishing Peak Body) state meeting, on behalf of the regions’ freshwater anglers, I proposed to support the removal of the salmonid closed season regulation in four annually stocked South West coastal rivers. This was in an effort to increase the return rates of stocked brown trout to anglers, and to give recreational anglers better access to these fisheries.
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Early option for Tassie trout
Justin Causby | August 2016

A wet fly fished deep over the weed beds among the trees accounted for this fish.

Well, things were looking very grim as we moved through autumn with record low lake levels across the state. But did we get relief in a big way! Sadly it was too much at once, causing major damage across the state’s water side infrastructure and even worse, no lake levels are worth more than a human life. Extreme flooding was the result of significant falls with close to 300mm falling in 24hr periods in many regions.
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The search for perch
Jarrod Day | August 2016

Perch can be an elusive estuarine species. If you’re ever going to find one, work the snags to find success.

Mulloway are often described as the ghosts of the estuary, but as elusive as they are, estuary perch can be quite the ghosts themselves. Scattered far and wide around the coastlines of Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales, EPs as they are more affectionately known are a highly sought species – especially for lure enthusiasts.
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Large calamari enter the Port to breed and lay eggs from September through to early March. Look for extensive seagrass beds around the entrances into the Port.

Just the other day I was reading through an old publication written by Lance Wedlick on fishing Western Port and Port Phillip bays back in the 1980s. Old titles always excite me, not just for the valuable information they divulge for catching fish, but more on the movements of fish at certain times of the year, which mostly still adhere to traditional patterns.
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