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WENT FISHING AGAIN--SORT OF

Discussion in 'Chewing the fat' started by Old fisho, Jun 14, 2019.

  1. Old fisho

    Old fisho Well-Known Member

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    Wednesday Bill and I headed up the river. We had planned to fish for gars in the lake but BoM had convinced us the wind would reach 34kmh. No fun on open water. Incidentally, they were as they have become regularly, lately; miles out. It was cool with 100% cloud and the air was still all day. We didn't fish hard. Instead spent time doing some recci stuff. Neither had been far up stream and didn't know how far it was navigable. It was amazing. We wandered 4-5km further up than we'd been. The water depth surprised us both. Often we were in 4-5m and even 7-8, with one bend clocking out at 12.5m. Further investigations tell us that some who know, fish for jewies up there. It all sounds easy but every now and then the sounder would give us the nod and the depth would disappear as a sandbank lay across the stream and motor would have to be tilted to get over it. At one point I stepped out and pushed Bill 20m to reach usable water again. It's a lovely place with spotted gums and casuarinas lining the banks and in most places is twenty and more metres wide. The river bed is far from uniform. There are channels and holes that are great looking fish holding places. We threw plastics into one about 3-400m long and against a steep bank and pulled two flatties at 46 and 42. Because of the speed at which we travelled up, it was lunchtime before we had a fish on board. We mixed one glass each of shiraz/cab with a couple of beaut salad rolls, fruit cake and capuchino coffee. Dunno how to spell that. Finally returning to our more normal areas, we pumped some worm and dropped a couple of lines in. We got half a dozen whiting but never kept any.
    We both have had a few recently.
    I think I'd taken home almost 30 out of about 50 I'd caught in recent weeks. We've had a few nice whiting dinners too.
    Bill also pulled a 32cm bream which he returned.
    It was a great day and Bill is good company. I don't like his boat though. It is a light Quintrex, has no deck and rocks when anyone moves. My old girl, being so heavy, and with a flat deck, means I can walk all over with little movement. Never laugh at some of these old boats. They have distinct advantages over some. On the other side; I doubt I could get to some of the places we found. My old girl (boat) draws a bit more water than Bill's.
    Anyway; a top day in pretty country and while we're only a little older; we're certainly much wiser.
    Noel
     
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  2. creekboy

    creekboy Well-Known Member

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    Another nice report as we have grown to expect from you , Noel. Better luck next trip. Cheers, Lyall.
     
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  3. diesel

    diesel Well-Known Member

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    Noel, I hope you put a mark on the side of Bill's boat when you found those deep holes - you might want to find them again. :rolleyes:

    Jeff
     
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  4. Old fisho

    Old fisho Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Lyall but there's no need for the better luck. We had a good day. We simply didn't fish as hard as we normally would. Like Burke and Wills and those other blokes; we were too busy exploring hitherto unknown parts.


    Thanks Jeff but that's not a reliable system. It would fail and be useless if I took my boat for example. After discussing it with Bill, we decided to pour some white paint on the water. Then we could find it regardless of which boat was used. Noel
     
  5. creekboy

    creekboy Well-Known Member

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    Not white paint, Noel. Now every body will know where to fish. Seems counter productive to me. Cheers, Lyall.
     
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  6. Old fisho

    Old fisho Well-Known Member

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    I still learn something every day.
    I never even thought of that Lyall.
    Your wise feed back is much appreciated. N.
     
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  7. creekboy

    creekboy Well-Known Member

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    That is ok,Noel. Always happy to help. Cheers, Lyall. PS, don't tell anyone else.
     
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  8. reelaxation

    reelaxation Well-Known Member

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    Nice work Noel, I love exploring new ground esp in a boat- you get to notice all the other bits you just cannot tell from the shore line.
     
  9. Old fisho

    Old fisho Well-Known Member

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    True words indeed. Running into a sand bar occasionally only adds to the surprises.
     
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  10. Madfisher

    Madfisher Well-Known Member

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    Love your reports Noel, I have been up as far as about a 1xk past that last lake on the right hand side. Close on 30n years ago now, maybe more.
     
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  11. Old fisho

    Old fisho Well-Known Member

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    G'day Pete.
    Long time no hear. I considered sending a PM to check if things were OK with you and with Sal too.
    Am a bit vague on where you mean but it matters not. There's a lot of water out there even though it's mostly shallow. We were close to 4-5km above the highway bridge.
    Nice place.
    Hope things are good with you. N.
     
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