Sun. Oct 17th, 2021

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Canberra anglers tortured by reports of a hot tuna bite on the coast or rivers filled with trout in the hills are counting down the days until they win their freedom. The gulfin tuna jump has been remarkable. The main action has been in the north, from Jervis Bay to the Illawarra region, but fish are also coming in the south. The fish off Nowra and Jervis Bay have been close by, rather than off the shelf, making them available to fishos in both shapes and sizes. Anglers nail them by throwing big stickbaits in schools and hanging on for all it’s worth. Opening weekend saw very few trout fishermen on the shores of the Snowy Mountains, with 99 percent of them still brooding in lockdown. Thredbo, Eucumbene and Murrumbidgee all ran high, fast and clear. Those lucky enough to fish these waterways and their tributaries found plenty of trout, mostly rainbows. Thredbo in particular was on fire, producing lots of squirting fish on weighted nymphs and small diving birds. Golden perch are certainly on the move in Canberra’s lakes and ponds, despite the cool start to spring. Little Yerrabi Pond beats over its weight and yields some beautiful perch, mostly in the afternoon and evening. Fish with hard bodies or plastic in and around weed edges and drop-offs. Finally, if you’re looking for an excuse to wet a line this weekend, it’s National Gone Fishing Day on Sunday, October 10th. Visit gonefishingday.com.au or search for Gone Fishing Day on Facebook to find out how you can get involved. As much as I like to celebrate with tuna or trout, I mark the day with a quiet fish in my local lake.

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