Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Cressbrook Dam Proving a Busy Spot for Bass Anglers

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Cressbrook Dam Proving a Busy Spot for Bass Anglers

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CRESSBROOK DAM

BY FAR this has been the best week of fishing at Cressbrook in a very long time.

Numerous anglers have been catching plenty of quality legal-size bass mainly on ice jigs and live shrimp in the schools of bass.

Use your fish finder to locate the schools then working the ice jig with tight jigs on the bottom is the best way to catch the bass.

It is also important to try and release the bass away from the main school as it can shut them down pretty quickly.

Using a soft tip rod will help with the hook up and prevent dropping too many fish.

COOBY DAM

THERE are still a few nice yellowbelly being taken at Cooby, mainly on saltwater yabbies and live shrimp.

The early morning and late afternoon bites have definitely been the better times for the lure fisherman.

Slowing down has been key blades or jackalls worked vertically or cast to the edges but with long pauses and really slow retrieves.

SOMERSET DAM

AGAIN many days at Somerset are hit and miss but the good days have been producing some huge fish.

There's been lots of bass over the 50cm mark.

Trolling deep diving hard-body lures have worked really well.

Anything around the 20ft mark trolled around Pelican Point and Bay 13.

If a school is located, again the ice jigs and blades worked vertically have also worked well.

The same rules apply when releasing the fish back into the school.

For the bait angler live shrimp is by far the best bait to use along with live worms.

CANIA DAM

THIS week Cania has again produced plenty of quality bass and a few nice yellowbelly on all sorts of baits and lures.

Jigging blades and spoons have worked really well once the schools have been located while simply casting spinnerbaits and jackals to the rocky and timber edges has also produced some good fishing.

For the bait fisherman live shrimp and live worms have worked best and again around the rocky and timbered areas for the bait.

COPETON DAM

ALTHOUGH the fishing has been a bit tough there has still been plenty of trophy cod being landed at Copeton, for those willing to put in the work. …

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