G'day fishos. Gone Fishing Day will be held on Sunday, October 20.
This is a joint New South Wales and Victorian government initiative to encourage anglers, new and old, to get out on the water and celebrate fishing. It really doesn't make any difference if you haven't fished before or you are an old hand.
There will be many free how to fish sessions, casting competitions, goodie bags with bonus fishing lures, fishing tip classes by local experts, touch tank, loads of kids activities, RMS boating safety stands and lots more fishing stuff on show.
The Commercial Club Fishing Club is hosting one event at the Pines Boat Ramp from 10.30am-4.30pm. There will be an introduction on how to fish, rules, how to identify your catch, tie knots, casting instructions with practice and shore-based fishing. There will be giveaways throughout the day and sausages and drinks available for purchase.
Lavington Anglers Club, in conjunction with the Albury City Council, will also host an event focused on Horseshoe Lagoon and the annual Carpathon. This is event kicks off at 9am and runs through to 1pm. Entry is free and there will be refreshments available. Every child entered will win a prize.
Now getting onto the important stuff. The yellas in Lake Hume were really getting into the swing of things over the weekend.
The sudden temperature drop may slow them a little, but I'm sure by the weekend things will be improving. Trolling hard bodies is still working very well, as is the slow rolling of black grubs along the timber. Bait wise, big yabbies are going down a treat from the Bowna Ramp in both directions.
Fishing in the Snowys has been a little on the tough side, with most boats managing a fish or two without really slaying them. It has simply been a case of if you work for your fish you will get results.
Those who ventured into Tantagara probably fared better than elsewhere, but cold didn't make life easy for anglers. Euc and Jindy were much the same as the weather gods provided plenty of sun and little breeze. Worms certainly did the damage in all three lakes.
Blowering is still producing the odd metery but little else as the yellas and reddies haven't really turned up yet. Further afield, there have been some great reports from Lake Wyangala as the yellas are really starting to fire up with cricket score catches both off the bank and from the boat.
Streams are fishing reasonably well both north and south of the border; worms again proving to be very reliable, as were small bladed lures and drifting plastic nympths. The Tumut River, Snowy Creek and upper Swampy were exceptional at times, but reports from most other creeks were encouraging in the least.