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Weather’s fine and so is the fishing

Tuesday, 31st March, 2015

Spot On Outdoors Broken Hill owner Malcolm Hanley said lures are popular at the moment. Spot On Outdoors Broken Hill owner Malcolm Hanley said lures are popular at the moment.

Blue skies, clear water and plenty of fish - it’s the perfect recipe for an ideal family Easter getaway.

Plenty of locals are expected to take advantage of the long weekend to spend some time around Menindee, fishing, yabbying or just relaxing in nature.

Spot On Outdoors Broken Hill owner Malcolm Hanley said those hoping to get a bite would not be disappointed, with conditions perfect for fishing.

The lack of flow in the Darling may mean bad news for the lakes system, but it has also settled the river resulting in clearer waters.

As a result, Mr Hanley said people had been getting particularly good results on lures of all shapes and sizes.

“The lures are going really well, anything with a purple colour seems to be the go,” he said.

“People are using spinner baits, stub jumpers, rattlers, any hard-bodied lure basically.

“It should be good fishing over Easter, they’ve been catching a lot of fish up there for months.”

Those lucky enough to hook a cod are reminded that a new size limit is in place, and they can only be kept if they are between 55cm-75cm.

The changes came into effect from November last year, and are aimed at protecting smaller fish and also preserving large breeding stock.

However, Mr Hanley said most people who caught the increasingly rare fish were happy to pose for a photo and return it to the water.

“We’ve had a lot of people saying they’ve been catching perch, and cod as well.

“But most of the people who come in who have caught a cod, I’d say 90 per cent have released them which is good to hear.

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