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Lilydale Lakes Fishing Tackle

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by Neil Follett (subscribe)
I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Published October 10th 2019
This is a reel experience
Love your fish? Especially flat head tails, but baulk at paying up to $80-00 a kilo for them from your local fresh fish shop?

Fishing sign
The shop window sign.

Then cut out the middle man and head for your local fishing tackle shop. There you can get all you need to participate in the noble art of angling.

Bait sign
You can feed the fish before they feed you.

Owner of the Lilydale Lakes Fishing Tackle shop, Russell, was asked how much a beginner could expect to pay to get started. "$50-00 would get you a rod, reel and line." At the other end of the scale, you could pay several hundred dollars for a top end rod and reel. At that price, you would be fishing fanatic, not a food provider.

Fishing reel display
Some of the many available.

Fishing reels.
Both ends of the range. Left $300.00, right $55.00

Before you cast your newly acquired line into the water, be it river, lake or sea, you will need a Victorian fishing licence. That will cost you $37-20 for one year. If you are under 18 or over 60, with a health care card you won't need a licence.

An optimist at Lillydale Lake.

Ironically, if you are standing in Victoria on the bank of the Murray River, you will also need a NSW fishing licence as anything you hope to catch is deemed to be in NSW.

Fishing in the Murray river.

Fishing rods.
Some of the 200 plus rods in stock.

There are many different types of fishing. Fly fishing is mainly a sport, where you catch a trout in a shallow stream, then throw it back. Fly fishing is Russell's passion and most years he tries to spend a couple of weeks in Tasmania participating in the art.

Wading trousers
Waders, stock in trade for fly fishers.

If you need these, you have caught something.

River, pier, surf, lake, rock and boat fishers are usually after a good feed.

Surf fishing
With surf fishing you can get closer to your catch.

Rock fishing
For safely reasons, rock fishing is best with a mate.

Russell has been selling fishing tackle and offering fishing advice in Lilydale for 38 years. If your intended meal wins and damages your rod, he can repair it for you. You can even buy a hook, line and sinker and any other conceivable fishing accessory.

Russell in his office.

If you are not ready for the hook, buy a book and read all about it.

If you don't like your dinner looking back at you, then be like me and head for your local fish shop.
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When: Mon-thurs 8.30 am to 5.30 pm. Fri. 8.30 to 6.30. St. 8.30 to 4.30.
Phone: 9735-3987
Where: 3 Castella Street, Lilydale
Your Comment
Not your usual article Neil, but it's good to let people know it's not as expensive as they might think to get into fishing
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|8042) 376 days ago
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