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Discussion in 'Freshwater Fishing' started by Madfisher, Jun 1, 2020.

  1. Madfisher

    Madfisher Well-Known Member

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    My oldest son is not really a fisho, while he owns rods he likes to throw a rod out and sit around a fire and socialise and maybe check it next day, but for a while my grandie Kiera has been nagging her Dad about fishing and starting to take and interest.
    Now she has caught quite a few redfin to about 20cm, but nothing to really give her a decent fight. I took her down the river to a mates place a few months back with the idea to get her on to some carp, but while we could see them they would not touch the worms.
    Now Wyangala dam has been slowly rising since february, just a few centimetres ea day, perfect for bringing fish in round the edges , so a plan was hatched to take her and Sally up for a days relaxing bait fishing.
    Got there around 10.30am armed with my garden worms and corn, Plan was to put Keiras rod with corn in a bay, and then put some rods up on a shaley point baited with worms for a nativie or two.
    After and hour and a half with out a bite I was getting restless and picked the flyrod up and went for a wander looking for carp close in . No joy, came back and hour later and there was great excitement in the camp, Keira had landed a 3.5lb Mirror carp by her self on her new rod we had brought her, and just as i got close Sally landed a nice 3lb yella off the point. That would be right they all ways bite if i go away.
    Walked up to the 4wd to bait my rods up and I noticed on the windward side of the point a lot of stirred up silt and I remembered CCs post of a few days ago and put one rod over there. Baited up , walked back to bait the other one up and Sal called out my bell was ringing, landed a kilo carp, baited up again and five mins later got another one about 3lb.
    We feed the 3 carp to the local pelicans who seem to know us, and then i moved Keiras rod over next to mine. And hour later her bell goes off and her rod buckled right over,and as the fish comes into sight i am amazed to see a decent sized catfish off 55cm. I would have preferred to release it, but we gave Keira the choice , and she opted to keep it, but the condition was she had to eat it if kept.
    About 4.00pm my rod goes off again and i was bit perplexed as the fish was heavy and quite strong taking drag but stayed deep, when a lovely fat cod poped in to view, which after a quite pic swam away.
    So we ended up with 3 carp, 1 x cattie1x yella and 1x cod, bnot bad for sitting on the bank with worms for a few hours.
    We we got home Sal skinned and filletted the cattie and gave it to Keira and I must say it was superb and she ate the lot lol.
    Cheers Pete
     
  2. diesel

    diesel Well-Known Member

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    Good report Pete, it's great to see young'uns take to fishing.:)

    Jeff
     
  3. reelaxation

    reelaxation Well-Known Member

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    Great report Pete sounds like a really fun day all round with the family :D
     
  4. Madfisher

    Madfisher Well-Known Member

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    LOL, she is all ready nagging her dad when she can go again.
    Pete
     
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  5. CornaCarpio

    CornaCarpio Well-Known Member

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    Good to see the younger generation getting on to the greatest freshwater sport fish in Australia (Carp, not Catfish).

    I forgot to mention, the pelicans also made light work of the Carp I got the other day as well. Thinking of doing another day trip tomorrow.
     
  6. Tackleberry

    Tackleberry Well-Known Member

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    Yarns like that warm the cockles of my heart ......
     
  7. Old fisho

    Old fisho Well-Known Member

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    Lovely story Pete. We've caught plenty of catfish but ate our first at Lake Argyle. Out there they are called Silver Cobblers in the hope it will create a better public image and some are huge. The restaurant at the caravan park at Argyle was called Silver Cobbler. We decided to try it, knowing the water is crystal clear with no mud. The meat was snow white, sweet and went high on our list of table fish. We stopped releasing them.
    I have not fared well at all here this year and don't understand why.
    For a bloke who used to catch between 500 and 1000 flatties a year, releasing about 95%, with a daily benchmark of ten fish for years, the current situation is hard to get my head around. I know I'm older and not as capable, but should perhaps be a little wiser too.
    I haven't fished for a few months like many others and our lake has been almost deserted since January. I thought that would auger well for when fishing recommenced.
    My last trip out prior to this virus, and first this year, saw two fish around 45 come home, the next one was a zero; the second in perhaps a dozen years. Third time out was last Friday and apart from a small flattie hitting a drifted rig as described in here a couple of weeks ago, (first time I've used it in years), Ray and I never touched a fish between us all day.
    Our next door neighbours were also out. They spent three hours with bait and never had a touch. They are not good fishers but usually get something. A good fisho across the road was also on the water with his lady. She fishes well too. Their tally for six and a half hours; two toads, a 5" flathead and a flounder about 6" long. There were several boats in all our areas during the day and we never saw a bent rod all day.
    This is incredible. I seriously expected to have a hot day after the lake being quiet for months but no. We started to get some worms to chase whiting. While we found two that were about 175mm long and the biggest I've ever seen, we got one about every 20 pumps. On the sand flats there was not a sign showing where whiting have been hunting worms and we never lost bait in an hour. We fished the river right down to the confluence with the lake for not a single touch. After drifting and at times using the Watersnake, across one of my favourite large bays several times, it was still not a touch.
    I simply don't understand it at all.
    Noel
     
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  8. Madfisher

    Madfisher Well-Known Member

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    Bit Sad Noel, i wonder if most of the fish left the estuary when the fires where about. Nature has a way of knowing of eminent danger. Hope it picks up for you soon. My son Michael and GF went to TCD yesterday, 16 cars in the carpark. Beautifull perfect day, which is most likely why they went fishless, that place only fishes well when rising, or in crap weather.
    We may take the boat tomorrow to lake Lyal asnd see if we can find some trout up in the arms.
    Cheers Pete
     
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  9. blair

    blair Well-Known Member

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    You made Keiras day if not her year taking her out and catching some good fish, good bit of healthy food some fresh fish.
    Hoping to get my daughter chelle hooked into a hairtail soon.
    Not hard to doughnut at TCD I usually catch 1 or 0 if I go there haven't fished it for years.
     
  10. Madfisher

    Madfisher Well-Known Member

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    Blair , when they first opened it before it become popular it was magic, the bows used to hit so hard, you needed a bow in your flyline to avoid being broken off. It again fished really well when it started refilling after the big drought. But most of our fish have been caught there after dark, especially if bettles are about or mudeyes.
    Cheers Pete
     
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