by Sarah Graham
Many anglers are preparing for the opening of the new angling season on Saturday 7 August and it's shaping up to be another good one with the fishery in excellent health as a result of last year’s drought breaking rains. There are many great fishing locations around the State from which to choose for the opening weekend and early season fishing but here are a few suggestions.
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I shot off to Merseylea late this afternoon for a spin in mainly overcast conditions and light winds, hoping to finally get a few fish and break my dry spell. Arrived around 5.00 PM and found the river to be low and very clear and it was clear of the green cotton like algae that I experienced at Weegena a while back. The river bottom was still covered in a brown slime and there was a lot of water weeds in.
After 32mm of rain in the Sheffield area yesterday I thought the Mersey River was worth a go this morning in humid and foggy conditions. Headed over to Weegena to have a fish upstream from the bridge. When I arrived there the river was like a mill pond as there was not a bit of wind about, and it looked perfect too. Looking upstream and downstream from the bridge I noticed the river had risen by a couple of inches plus there was not a sign of a fish on the rise either. This was a good sign for me as I thought it's going to be a top day for the spinner. I was wrong, as it was to be the opposite. Once in the water that was crystal clear and had a nice flow to it, and then after my first cast and retrieve the anti kink and the # 00 Black Aglia were fouled by the dreaded green cotton like algae that has been in the majority of the Mersey of late.
Well I went and had a fish today when there were winds from the East to North East and it's some thing I knew would be a waste of time too! I have always known you never fish when there are winds from an Easterly direction. Started off from the bridge at Weegena and fished my way up stream of the Mersey River for around 800 mtrs or there about in water that was reasonably clear and very low.
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Regards, Mersey Forth Water Management Review Team
A couple of weeks ago I was taken to the magical Mersey river by Daniel Brandenburg
In the 25 odd years I have been angling I have never once stepped foot into this system.
The plan was to fish a different part of the river, but after getting the "good oil" from a local Mersey River guru late Saturday night on where the best Caenid hatches have been, it was clear we was heading to a different area, which went something like this......
Had a quick flick at the road bridge at Latrobe yesterday on the Spreyton side on the top side of the bridge, had my little man set up with a worm on beside the bridge so I could not cover water but still managed 2 nice fish on a rapala husky jerk. Water level has just dropped nicely and starting to clear up as I'm sure it has in most rivers and bait present so good time to hit the lower limits in our rivers guys. Tight Lines.
We spent the much awaited opening day flicking a Rapala in the few hundred meters below the road bridge at Latrobe and found some good fish. I landed 5 fish between 1 to a bit over 4 pound, (2 being sea runners),.. lost a few as well in a hectic 3 hour season.
Arrived at 8:30 and caught the first at 9:30 so I don't think an early start is worth it until the water warms up a little, will be a great year for river fishing.
Tight Lines Guys,
We headed back up the Mersey this afternoon with Mr “Hard body Howard" and his son Trevor.
This was my second trip with them to this particular area and I have come to the conclusion that Dale only brings me to carry and clean his fish.
Once again he caught 99 percent of the 11 landed; he sure has this water sorted!
I received a phone call from Dale Howard yesterday, and in his usual unmistakable fashion he said, “whatcha doing tomorrow robot?” - (Don’t ask about the robot name), “because if you like, I will take you and our young blokes to one of my special spots on the Mersey for a couple of hours.”
Unfortunately, work all weekend prevented Trev and I from heading off too far,... up until this afternoon, so as soon as I knocked off we headed up to the Mersey for a look.
Waders on and a quick walk downstream for about a kilometre, working our way back up to the car.
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