FRESH WATER ANGLING (Seasonal):
Try your hand at sports fishing at Goonarook Lagoon. We are a wilderness resort, so all Golden and Silver Perch must be caught on barbless hooks and returned to the water unharmed. These are not eating fish... but a lot of fun to catch.
GOONAROOK LAGOON IS STOCKED WITH PERCH!
A particularly handsome fish that is winning growing acceptance as a top-class sportfish. It is now widely fished for by anglers using a variety of baits, including freshwater and saltwater mussels, shrimps, prawns, worms, and yabbies on a rod or handline.
The colour varies from olive green, dark grey to silvery on the back and golden, cream or yellowish-white below. Purple or reddish tints on the head are common, with occasional reddening of fins before and after capture; the fins are yellow, sometimes with white margins on the medial fins. Smaller specimens commonly have spotted, brown or intense golden colour.
Older specimens have a conspicuous lower jaw, noticeable open pores on the lower jaw and a deep concavity between the nose and shoulder. The caudal fin is distinctly rounded. The body is strong, deep and muscular in appearance. A strong pointed anal spine and razor sharp gill covers can inflict pain but not necessarily dangerous wounds on unwary handlers
Once thought of as a 'touchy' or spasmodic biter, not usually fit for anything more than setline fishing in rivers and lagoons, golden perch have in recent years gained more considerable respect amongst anglers who have adopted more appropriate spot-fishing techniques such as lighter lines, lures and flies, and a hunter rather than a trapper approach.
Golden perch will take a great variety of lures and flies. Flies are useful only in relatively clear water and usually only in a mixed fishery where the main quarry is trout. Large flies such as Mrs Simpson, Hamills Killer, Craigs Nighttime and a variety of similar large flies tied with an array of orange materials have proved to be the most successful. Best results have been during late afternoon and immediately after dark. The take is clean, strong and purposeful and the fish fight vigorously.
The fish also take a great array of lures, particularly the deep-living models which work at the depths where the fish most commonly feed or rest. Minnow and yabbie-type lures have proved to be extremely successful and there are more than 50 suitable lures on the market. Amongst the more popular models produced by Shakespeare, Abu, Heddon, Cotton Cordell, Daiwa, Hot n' Tot, Helin, Gudebrod, Burke, Rapala, Rebel, Whopper Stopper, Storm and newly emerging cottage-industry lure makers in Australia.
A wide variety of spoons and spinning-vane type lures including Wonder Spoon, Gibbs Spoons, Wonder Wobblers, Voblex, and Celta also will take fish, particularly in shallow or flowing water. While it is possible in some areas to take fish all year round, lure fishing is most successful during the warmer months.
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