Victorian school holidays, set to be line screaming

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It is only a week away and parents around the state are already chewing their finger nails and pulling at what little hair they have left at the fact their beloved children are going to have the next two weeks off school.
While this in itself is stressful, having to come up with new ideas to keep them entertained can be exhausting, but there is light at the end of the tunnel. Thanks to the Department of Primary Industries, they have already done all of the thinking for you.


Right around that state, the DPI have used some of the fishing license revenue along with some of the State Government's $16 million Recreational Fishing Initiative to stock trout into a series of impoundments and local estate lakes around the state so that families have the opportunity to go fishing without the need to travel too far from home.

Recreational anglers can take their children down to one of the below listed locations and try their luck. The fish that have been released are of perfect pan size, all you have to do is catch them, clean them and cook them.

Technique:
Though these fish are farmed, they are quite easy to catch. The one rule of thumb is to remember that the fish have just been transported and released into a foreign waterway. In that, they do take a week or two to settle before they coming on the bite.

Anglers wishing to catch these fish can do so at any time but should be aware that they will require a few specialised techniques to be caught.

Being farmed fish, they are bred on a specific diet. Worms, yabbies, mudeye’s and the usual baits you would expect them to eat may not be that appealing. In this case, the most successful bait to use for 'farmed' fish is an artificial bait called 'Powerbait'. Powerbait is a dough type product full of scents and colours to mimic the smells of the diet they are bred on from fry.

Powerbait is highly effective for farmed fish and is very easy to use. Leaving you with no fishy smelly odours on your hands, the bait comes in a small jar. You can purchase it either as a paste or in balls. Either way, a small amount can be taken from a jar and moulded into a small ball about the size of a pea and placed on the hook.

Powerbait floats, so only a minimal weight is required to take it to the bottom. Ideally, a running sinker rig works best with a size 1 ball sinker and size 6 hook.

Once cast out, the sinker will take the bait to the bottom where it will ever so slowly sink to the bottom. After 5-10 minutes if you have not had a bite, wind it back in, replace with a fresh ball and re-cast to the same area.

Catching fish is a lot of fun where ever you can do it but being able to take your kids to a local waterway and actually catch fish is something else. Whether they want to let it go or take it home, it is a great day out for all.

Fisheries Victoria stocked more than 17,000 trout last week to improve inland fishing opportunities.

- Lake Wendouree (4,920 brown trout)
- Blue Rock Lake (6,720 browns)
- Pykes Creek Reservoir (4,500 browns)
- Lilydale Lake (900 browns and 800 advanced rainbows)
- Lake Nagambie received 200 golden perch last week too. The fish weighed 150 grams each, measured 15-20cm and are substantially larger than the fingerling perch stocked through summer and autumn.

With that in mind, we have been busy little bee’s trying to get in as much fishing as we can just before the holidays begin this weeks line up is certainly worth the read.

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Shane Murton goes in search of blue spot flathead along the SA coast and discovers just who accessible they are to anglers. With the cold snap of winter setting in over the SA coast, targeting winter flathead is gaining in popularity for local fisho’s.

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Gary Brown feature this week is what all of use should take a serious look at, when to strike to maximise your hook up rate. A lot of us pay no particular attention to this vital piece of information and as Gary explains, it is a vital aspect when it comes to being successful on the water.

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Queensland is a very big state with plenty of fishing opportunities and this week, Lee Brake heads inland to fish one of Queensland’s best kept secrets, Eungella Dam. Lee takes us on a journey around the lake and explains just how productive the sooty grunter fishing can be.

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Carl Hyland spills the beans of fishing safety and how to treat and prevent injuries when on the water. While fishing can be fun, accidents can also happen.

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And I go on the hunt for Mud Crabs in the Northern Territory. Well know just how tasty muddies are on the plate but when your out and about on your own, cleaning them can become a bit of a challenge. In just a few steps, you too can learn just how easy they are to clean and prepare for the table.

Until next week,