Thanks Scotty Gray for some great info for our freshwater audience:
With the salmon closed season on the rivers coming into effect over the past weekend until early September there is still plenty of trout fishing available for anglers who brave the winter weather. The lower reaches of the Merri River remain open to trout fishing below the Bromfield St Weir (downstream to the river mouth) and the Hopkins River is open downstream from Hopkins Falls. While you can expect these rivers to hopefully flood over the next couple of months for some awesome springtime fishing, its the time the lakes in the region really come into their own. Locations like Lake Toolondo near the Grampians and the Camperdown Lakes (Purrumbete and Bullen Merri) have started fishing well for landbased and boat based anglers trolling or casting so its just a matter of getting out there for a go! Don’t be disheartened by the harsh rugged ocean and pack the boat away there’s still plenty of freshwater options to keep you busy.
And this report is also from Scott Gray:
“Just returned from a great trip to New Zealand with the guys from Placemakers Big Angry Fish TV show. We headed up to the Coromandel on the North Island for a few days and while the weather wasn’t that crash hot we got some good kings to 20kg, plenty of snapper to 6kg, john dory, trevally and massive Australian salmon. The highlight of the trip was when a pack of hungry kings came through and ate our 3kg salmon livebaits which unfortunately for us ended in disaster when one of us got spooled, one pulled the hook and the other snapped off after a heavy tussle, but that’s what happens when you are fishing shallow reef for 30kg+ kingfish!”