winter-redfinWinter has always been a great time of year to target trout but its also the time when the big redfin come out to play.

I made a few trips locally last week chasing redfin and I wasn't disappointed.  Despite the frosty cold mornings and the water temperatures in the lakes and rivers dropping below 10 degrees Celsius the fishing was still excellent.

I fished the lower Merri by boat last Monday and trolled the lower reaches from the boat ramp to Caramut Road for a couple of nice trout to 1.3kg.  The water looked excellent but the trout were pretty slow for this time of the year.  As the flow picks up over the next couple of weeks the fishing should improve markedly, but it has certainly slowed down since the last full moon.

Once I got up above the Caramut Road Bridge I fished soft plastics and deep diving minnows around the trees.  Once again the trout were few and far between, but we came across a couple of fish to 1kg.  The best surprise was the solid 1.7kg redfin that smashed a diving lure up amongst the willows.

Large redfin aren't uncommon in the lower Merri and I'm yet to catch one under a kilogram so it was sweet to see this big fish come up in the clear water after an hour of casting.  We marked a few more fish on the sounder, but couldn't get another bite on the day.  It's definitely worth a trip down there over the next week or two while the water is clear.  The Dennington ramp is very accessible suits all vessels to 6m. This is one location that a 50cm redfin is a very likely possibility!