Some of you may or may not have been to Hazelwood Pondage in South Gippsland over the last 12 months to try your luck on our very own 'Victorian Barra Fishery'. Things started of with a bang at the pondage and anglers were rapped on being able to successfully catch barramundi just over an hour from the city, but as we entered the cooler months of the year things started looking grim. Well fast forward to today, Victorian Fisheries have opened up an extended section of the pondage for land based fishing to all. Fisheries have confirmed that there still are barra in the pondage with fish OVER a metre in length, and that they have been somewhat confined to an area that was, until today off limits to any for of fishing.


This map from the Victorian Fisheries Authority shows the lake with restricted zones and permitted 'land based fishing zones' - with the newly opened zone in green at the top right of the map. While the access is still somewhat limited for anglers, this new section could be described as a bit of a 'hot spot' as testing has shown that the fish have been congregated in this area for some time.


If you are interested in having another shot at these fish pop into the store as the guys have been down and caught these 'vic barra' on both lure and fly and can pass on any handy tips and hot lures for the pondage, to give you a good shot at getting a fish for yourself.

 

 

Most anglers have a 'dream fish' or place they would really love to go and fish. For Customer Barney his dream was to catch a big barra. Barney fulfilled his dream recently while he was in Darwin with his wife Irene. Barney was fishing aboard Vision Charters with skipper Ben when he caught these 2 rippers at 94cm and 95cm. These nice salties were caught trolling hardbodies around the Shoal Bay region just north of Darwin. Nice one Barney!

 

Customer Gary is a keen fisherman from northern NSW who likes fishing for mulloway and luderick around the rock walls and breakwaters of that part of the coastline. 

Recently Gary headed up to the central QLD coast, where he stopped at Yeppoon. Yeppoon is situated just north of Rockhampton and the area has no shortage of bays, creeks and river that hold some nice fish. 

Gary hadn't caught a barramundi so he decided to try around the beaches of nearby Rosslyn Bay. Not long into the session Gary hooked a nice fish about 20m from the edge of the shoreline which started jumping and trying to throw the hooks out. 

After a torrid 35 minute fight, Gary landed his first barra which measured 116cm and weighed around 13kg. Gary caught the lovely fish on a large 180mm hardbodied lure on a Penn spinning outfit spooled up with 10kg line. Not a bad fish for his first! 

 

Customer Mark escaped the cold weather in Melbourne and went out on his first barra trip just recently, fishing out from Borroloola in the Northern Territory. Mark stopped by the store to gear up for the trip, and he was impressed with the outfit he purchased.

Barra to 92cm were easily tamed on his new Nitro and Shimano outfit, with Rapala Xrap 10's doing the damage on the fish while being cast and trolled. A few other fish were also caught using livebaits as well.