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With the close of cod season and the warmer weather starting to be more frequent it was time to test the waters of Windamere to see if the yellas have started to move shallow. 

Arriving at first light it was clear to see the dam had dropped considerably since I was there last. 

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Starting the morning fishing the transition from a steep rock wall to a more gentle sloping bank the first fish a nice 55cm model hit the deck within minutes. No more action from this spot despite seeing a few fish cruising on the sounder.  

Moving onto the next spot a small rocky point where a couple more fish hit the net coming from under a tree on the side of the point. 

The next point again produce a couple of fish from under a tree on the side of a gentle sloping point. 

A bit of a pattern had emerged the fish were on points as expected but appeared to be relating to timber. 

The next few spots either produced nothing or single fish showing the fish haven’t moved in shallow in big numbers just yet. At least not where I was fishing.

One thing I did notice was the lack of fish cruising in deeper water off the points like you see when they are there in big number. 

It was good to dust off the light gear and put the heavy swimbait rods down for a while. We managed 10 fish by 1130 and struggled to boat another 3 fish for the afternoon with the strong wind making conditions tough. 

The plan had been to try a few different techniques to see what the fish would react too. It soon became clear that the ever reliable Zerek Fishtrap or Jackall  Transam were the lures to stick with accounting for 12 of our 13 fish the other fish was a suspended fish caught on a black gulp grub. 

It was a fun day out and As the water temps start warming the fishing should only get better.

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Great fish mate. Gee they look wierd when they get big don't they! Healthy looking specimen though.

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Good stuff Trav! Sounds like a nice morning on the water! 

Cheers scratchie!!! 

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Cracker of a Golden and a excellent photo to. 👍

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Great photo.

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Geat post and great fish.

The small head of these fish makes me wonder what evolutionary advantage they exploited. 

Cavernous mouth Murray Cod have their strategy but obviously, Golden Perch have a different one in mind.

Cheers

 

Jim

 

 

 

 

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Maybe we should organise a group assault on the place before Cod season opens again? Anyone interested? bn

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Definitely the right time of year to be hitting windamere to catch the fish it’s famous for. 

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I could possibly make it depending on the time frame. If somebody cares to suggest a possible time I would defo like to wet some gear. Could even drag the tinny if it was necessary. Neil.

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