Fishing Report 22nd March 2024

Fishing Report 22nd March 2024

Photo: Brett Trueman with a quality Bass from Somerset 

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Product of The Week - Balista  ShakinBait

The Balista ShakinBait is the latest creation, it’s a 180mm Swimbait designed specifically for targeting massive Murray Cod. The ShakinBait features advanced electronics with a rechargeable battery, Balista’s patented ultra dark LED technology and a looped vibrating motor, this makes the ShakinBait truly unique. The ultra dark LED is deliberately designed to be only be seen at night time.The interchangeable bib gives you flexibility never previously seen in a Swimbait. One of the problems of when you cast and retrieve any other Swimbait is that when you’re retrieving the Swimbait will pull up and out of the strike zone very quickly, especially if you retrieve any faster than ultra slow. With the ShakinBait cast it and sink the lure down to your desired depth and start retrieving, the bib will hold the depth that you’re retrieving all of the way back to the boat which keeps you in the strike zone much longer, increasing your odds significantly. If you are fishing shallow under 2 metres you can remove the bib to fish the Swimbait shallow.

The ShakinBait is perfectly balanced with a slow medium sink rate, this allows you to fish without having to add chin weights to get the lure down, though we have included a chin weight eye in case that you do need to get deep. Adding chin weights to any Swimbait reduces the natural action of the lure, by not requiring a chin weight this is extremely advantageous as you don’t need to sacrifice the action of the ShakinBait with chin weights to get it down to the desired depth. The added benefit of not requiring chin weights is that it improves the presentation of the lure by not having unnatural chin weights hanging from the lure.Save time and money knowing that the ShakinBait is fitted out with upgraded split rings and massive BKK 2/0 hooks so that you can fish straight from the packet. I haven’t found this necessary for my fishing but its worth knowing that if you would like to fish the lure ultra slow or ultra shallow you can substitute the 2/0 hooks for 1/0 hooks this will reduce the sink rate. Murray Cod are getting harder and harder to fool which means you need every advantage that you can get, including matching the hatch down to a tee.

Choose from a number of the natural identical representations including Bony Bream, Carp, Murray Cod and Goldescent.
Electronic circuit is water activated
Battery life: 40 hours
Vibration: 2/sec loop
Ultra Dark LED: 100 flashes per minute
Rechargeable: Supplied USB cable with alligator clips – red to the head, black to front hook eyelet.  

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Fishing Our Region

Cooby Dam - With the weather the past few weeks cooby has been fishing quite well with plenty of fish being caught. Finding structure on the bottom has been key jigging ZX Blades and Profishent Master Vibes. Trolling the northern arm and sailing club has been producing some nice fish using RMG Poltergeists and Gidgee Wilbarra Fatty 65. Live shrimp and saltwater yabbies being the best bait. 

Cressbrook Dam - Cressbrook has been fishing pretty consistent the past week with good numbers being caught. Targeting the deeper points and rock walls with TN60s, Little max blades and Bassman spinnerbaits has had great success. Trolling the bull creek arm with Barambah B60s and Hideup 400s have been popular options. Saltwater yabbies and live worms have been the go to bait.

Leslie Dam - Leslie has been firing over the past few weeks with plenty of fish being caught. Targeting the structure on the bottom has been key using ZX Blades and Samaki Vibelicious. Trolling Kezza Mudmouses and Profishent Chainsaw 65s along the black boys has had the most success. Saltwater yabbies and live shrimp has still been the best bait.

Somerset Dam - Somerset has been fishing quite well the past week. Searching the deeper water around pelican point and kirkleigh has been where the majority of fish have been caught using Hot Bite Gangbanger G2's, Hot Bite Spectres and JK800s. trolling has seen a few fish being caught using Little Rippers 18+ and RMG Poltergeists. Live shrimp and live worms have been the best bait.

Glenlyon Dam - Glenlyon has been fishing quite well the past week. fishing the standing timber and rocky areas with ZX Blades and soft vibes has been popular. trolling has seen a good number of fish being caught using Kezza weirdohs and Gidgee Wilbarra Fatty 80's. With the weather starting to cool down it's a good time to start searching shallow bays for cod. throwing topwaters such as Mega Pompadours and Ballista Tremors and swimbaits such as Gantarels and Ballista ShakinBaits are going to see a lot of cod caught over the next few weeks. Saltwater yabbies and live worms are still the go to bait.

The Weather

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