We had 14 participants for this much anticipated fishing competition. With the Grand Final holiday on Friday, and the anglers almanac promising good fishing, the only thing not in our favour was the weather. With recent heavy rainfall the surrounding paddocks and rivers were sodden, running strong and dirty.
Friday morning we woke to rain and a delayed launch because of it. Most chose to fish out of Macs cove, to locations such as the Big River arm and the steep banks of the Goulburn arm. The lake had risen to 69% and was quite dirty.
The day was punctuated by intermitten showers but low wind which good for the boaties, however by the end of the day no fish were caught on the lake. However three fisherman went to Lake Nillahcootie and David Cahir caught two nice yellow belly, one weighing in at 1.6kgms.
Saturday saw a few more of us go to Lake Nillahcootie which was running at 100% and very dirty with water running over the spillway. Various fishing method were tried but the most success was had fishing in close with worm baits. Richard caught a beautiful yellow belly of 2.070kgrms (52cm) The heaviest yellow for the weekend. Andrew Brandi caught a nice bag of yellows at 3.440kgms. Stan Petrovic and David Cahir also did well.
Sunday saw an improvement of the weather and most anglers chose to fish Lake Nillahcootie. John Costa and Wayne Harris persisted at Lake Eildon and were rewarded for their efforts with Wayne cathing a beautiful 70cm cod weighing in at 6.520kgms (cleaned). This was caught on a cod lure and the heaviest fish award for the weekend. It was also the only fish caught at lake Eildon!!
Danielle Trafford and Phil Brandi did well on the yellows at Nillahcootie with bags of 4.245kgms and 2.865kgms . Andrew Brandi followed up yesterday’s catch with another nice bag of fish including a yellow of 2.040kgms.
The weigh in that day resulted in Andrew Brandi taking out the comp with a combined bag weight of 7.760kgms, followed by Wayne Harris and his one cod of 6.520kgms, third was David Cahir with a bag weight of 4.685kgms.
Heaviest yellow belly was caught by Richard Higlett at 2.070kgms
Well done Andrew and to everyone who attended and made it a great weekend of fishing