Quite a small report as such this week due to inclement weather and lack of opportunities to get fishing but there is still some captures to report. Keep reading for some tips and hints for the upcoming summer, and how to increase your comfortability on the water.

Estuaries: the Hopkins River has again produced some nice fish on both bait and soft plastics. Jubby from the workshop took a day off on Monday to chase bream, and was rewarded with a 42cm chunk from the Hopkins down near the danger board. He mentioned lots of mullet down there too, which should mean the mulloway can’t be too far off either. The Allansford and District Angling Club held a competition on Sunday in less than ideal conditions. Paul Lamb came home with the goods for the heaviest bag with 5 bream for 3.941kg which was a great effort in trying conditions. David Hall landed the heaviest bream of 990g and Ray Fedley caught the heaviest other fish with a perch weighing 454g. The fish seem to be wide spread at the moment and are still showing signs of spawning so be sure to take care of them fish while de-hooking and releasing as these are the future for our river. There has still been some nice mulloway caught to 85cm along with the odd smaller fish also up river from the Toorum Stones right through to Deakin. Fresh bait is the key and putting in the time on the water like I’ve said before it doesn’t just happen overnight.

Freshwater: Lake Purrumbete is fishing very well for Redfin on both live minnow and lures fished deep. Schools are showing up anywhere between the weed edges and into 50ft of water so keeping an eye on the sounder is super important. Once you find these schools you can either fish a metal blade, heavy soft plastic or a metal jig such as the Palms Slow Blatt. Trout have also been fishing well in the lake but have mainly been taken on live baits trolled on a downrigger. The local rivers are beginning to slow down and become fishable again so I’m sure we will see some great captures being sent in over the next week or so.

Saltwater: There is still quite a few big salmon kicking about at Killarney which has provided fantastic action for beach anglers. Along with the salmon have been some big squid up to 2kg caught off the beach which for travelling anglers seems wrong, but us locals have been spoilt in this regard not even having to launch a boat to get stuck into a feed of calamari. Casting squid jigs into the sand patches around the weed beds is the preferred option along with fishing a silver whiting under a float and a squid spike. The King George whiting fishing has started off well this year with some great catches already, so here’s hoping we see more and more make their way into the shallow ground.

Preparing for summers conditions: everyone knows the feeling of having the summer sun bearing down on you and your gear, and the effect it can have on both. Here’s a couple of tips to keep you and your tackle from being scorched by the sun this year. If you’re like me and burn off the fridge light, then a good sunscreen is an absolute must on any day spent on the water. For a couple years now I’ve been using the Dri-Screen product from AFN, and can say it works! Not only will you be saved from turning into a lobster, but it doesn’t have that slimy effect like other sunscreens, and also doesn’t deter the fish. Who has had their bait get fried on the bait board? I know I have, so simply putting the bait in a good quality Ice Box like the Yeti range of Tundras will ensure your bait is frozen until you need it no matter how hot it is. If you just keep a handful of bait on the bait board, and grab more as you need, this will mean that each bait you put on is as fresh as can be and won’t be cooked. If you’re whiting fishing and are using pippies, then simply get a damp towel and put on your bait board. Then take the meat out of the shell and place on the towel, which will stop it drying out and going brown.

When it comes to heat and lures, they don’t mix at all if left in the direct sunlight. I witnessed a mate while fishing in Mallacoota lose all his hard bodies(well over $2000) because they were left in the sun and popped and split. Keeping an ice block in your tackle bag if you haven’t got underfloor storage is really the best way to keep the temperature down in the tackle box. Soft plastics are especially susceptible to heat and will melt into a ball of goop if you don’t keep them cool.

Rods are easily the thing that I see most with heat damage and it’s usually 2 reasons for this. These being the rod leaning up against a wall on a hot day and also the rod being left rigged up which will both leave a permanent bend in the rod. It’s pretty easy to not have this happen with a decent set of rod holders or making sure you cut off your rigs when not in use. If you are wall mounting a horizontal rod holder, make sure the two sections aren’t too far apart  (otherwise you’ll have a bow in the shorter rods).

Hopefully these easy tips make your fishing experience over summer a bit more enjoyable, and you make the most of the conditions. Until next week tight lines and best of luck!