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  1. Feels like I haven't been catching fish lately, largely because I haven't. I've been getting more and more hooked on fly since picking up the wand 10-ish months ago, and the last few months has seen an increase in donuts commensurate with the amount of dust building on the spin gear. Nevertheless, goals are beginning to get kicked - here are the highlights of a few outings in the last month or so. First, a trip past the mountains to the Coxs and surrounds. Long story short I dropped a few small browns, including one on the bank whilst being schooled by my mate-come-guide. Nick had most of his 10 (9 browns, 1 'bow) on dries. 2 of my 3 encounters were on a home-tied woolly bugger. A good reminder that fly actually works. I was starting to lose hope after a string of fruitless attempts in the salt. A few more fruitless trips targeting the suddenly elusive flathead around Sydney and the opportunity arose to chase bass on the canoe. Yes please! Using a borrowed Sage Bluegill and donated stealth bombers, it wasn't long before the first came on board. My three for the day were all on the small side, but I wasn't fussed. Don't get to do a lot of bass fishing anyway so the scenery, company and the absence of trebles made for a great day. Nick, as usual, showed us how it was done. This freshwater thing feels like a breeze. On the way home, we stopped to persuade a python to get off the road before becoming pancake. He wasn't thrilled with the suggestion or the canoe paddle but an agreement was reached and we all made it home. Our (my) kindness was repaid by the snakey fish gods. Eventually. A couple more frustrating trips around the harbour (Rose Bay is a great place to go if you like to look at big fish ignore lures), and a trip out to the old faithful inner west produced the goods. First, a chopper tailor on a home-tied crazy charlie-ish fly taken on a very quick strip. Not a first, but encouraging in the salt. Then. Finally. Flathead. I downsized to another home tied fly - the BMS hammerhead variant. Couldn't get my hands on BMS dubbing but the guy at the shop suggested angora goat hair as an alternative. I suppose it works. Lost my lie detector but the ferule to which the flattie runs measures at 41cm. I'll take it! Fly. As rewarding as it is frustrating.
  2. Hey guys, Just wondering if there any spots in Sydney that are heavily populated with bass or ep. I have plenty of plastics and a few soft cicada lures but am just lacking the spots to fish. I have a kayak but am looking for some landbased spots aswell. Thanks guys
  3. G'day I'll cut straight to it, me and a friend went down to the Liverpool Weir just to kill time and hopefully catch some fish. I wanted to have a go at the bass that lurk around the Weir at this time of the year. I was flicking around a sakata and a shallow diver around the old railway bridge and on the salty side as well. My mate was using prawns and corn to hopefully get a bream or mullet but we got nothing. Have the bass gone already? I was hoping there would be some left in the freshwater section. Does anyone have any suggestions on where to go along the georges river at this time of the year to get a bass? - procro
  4. G'day fishraiders! I'm quite new to freshwater fishing and would appreciate some advice! I'm keen on catching some bass near Penrith and Georges river (fresh water side) using some lures. I read up that Magbass Singlets, Cultiva Mira Shads and atomic cranks are worth a shot (up for more suggestions!). I heard that the weir isn't a bad spot to head to in Penrith and wouldn't mind a few more suggestions. I'm up for some spot suggestions in the Georges river.Near Kentlyn I heard is a good spot I heard. Thanks you taking your time - Thanks procro
  5. Afternoon Raiders, Had a spare few hour this arvo to chase some bass! After having a massively failed attempt last Thursday and a botched coast trip (due to the weather!!! ), I was keen to get into it! I did some re con yesterday, and was set on getting some quality bass. After a short drive, a brisk stroll and a quick game of hopscotch with some of the biggest cow turds I had ever seen, I reached my destination. I walked the river getting a few casts in between trees and small openings with a Hairy Spinnerbait for an hour or so to no avail. Changing it up, I opted for the SP+Spinnerbait combo with a faster retrieval, it did the damage! Caught 2 just under the 30cm mark, dropping an additional 2 at my feet. Photos attached as always, apologies for the stank face! Cheers, Paul.
  6. After multiple unsuccessful attempts to get my old man out doors to throw a line in, I was able to convince him somehow to go on ‘Valentine’s Day’. Or, maybe my mum convinced him that the best gift he could get her was solitude…. Either way it was good to get out. The game plan was that we would be at the Nepean at around 7am, I eventually heard from the old man at around 8. The missus and I packed the car, headed off and eventually met up with him around 9. My dad, (KG as we refer to him as) had a little pep in his step that morning. After recently purchasing himself a new rod he was determined to hook up! We headed out landbased around Yarramundi. It was a very humid day, especially trekking it through all the dense foliage and undergrowth. The cicadas were humming and the river was flowing slowly, what I believe to be good bass conditions. The three of us were making our way along the bank casting at structure and ‘fishy looking’ parts of the river. KG and Kat had spinner baits on while I wanted to sharpen up on my hardbody game. It wasn’t long until the old man was on, only then to lose it at his feet. A few more casts and slow retrieves then bang, he was on again! This time I ran over to give him a hand with this fantastic specimen of a bass (no tape but I estimate it was around the 27 mark). KG had a grin on him from ear to ear! Although both Kat and I were unsuccessful, it was good to see dad so stoked. Cheers, Paul.
  7. The 'Gorillas were back in the mist' this morning, introducing a new member of the troop to Bass fishing in Northern NSW rivers. Grant asked me if I wanted to bring my yak down for a morning session. I drove the hour down from the Gold Coast and met him and his new offsider, Matty in the dark at Grant's place. The first challenge is that Matty is a different species... he's orginally from Liverpool where they apparently speak a different language. At least I think it was a different language... I was picking up about one word in three and had the weird feeling that I had somehow ended up in a Beatles movie. Matty hadn't been bass fishing before so we were pretty keen to get onto the water and see if we could bust his cherry. Grant and Matty loaded the last of the gear into the back of a small metal dog dish that Grant assures me is actually a boat, then we headed up to a local spot to launch. The 'ramp' is actually a bit of the river bank where thick bankside grass has been removed and a rough sandy 'drag' worn into the bank by fishos, over the years. Unfortunately the gentle sandy gravel 'beach' had decided to go visit other parts of the river, leaving behind a sharply sloping edge dropping straight into waist deep water. Now, I'm not the most svelte and agile kayaker so getting onto my sit-on Jackson Coosa wasn't really a picture of elegance. I probably would have been much more offended if I had understood the comments that came my way in a thick Liverpool accent. We headed downriver and started the session fishing small surface lures. For the first time in memory I managed to get to the first prime spot ahead of Grant (I think he was still busy laughing at my launching antics). First cast and I had a solid hit that didn't hook up. I let Grant and Matty know and was given a mouthful shouted out of the darkness by Grant about "..... his *%$*! spot". I hooked up solid on my third cast and brought a nice 38cm fish to the net and not wanting to upset my local mate I brought it over for Grant to admire so that in the general excitement he would forget about petty rivalries over who fished where and who's spot is who's. I think I might have heard some more Liverpudlian around about then. We worked our way from spot to spot down the river. Me catching fish, Grant and Matty looking good fishing. Then I heard some hoots and hollers in the darkness from the direction of the dog dish. I paddled the 200m down to Grant and Matty had vindictively decided to fish one of my own favourite spots ahead of me. When I got there, the dog dish was in chaos. Grant had managed to connect to and land what turned out to be his PB bass from the river. Matty had managed to land himself, Grant and most of their gear... not so much with a lure as with the loops, tangles and knots of braid originating from Matty's brand new outfit but that were now everywhere in the boat. Somewhere between the swearing and laughing, Grant managed to untangle a beautiful 45cm Bass that had absolutely engulfed his popper. After a couple of photos Grant managed to find a spot free of braid where he could release his great fish and get to the serious business of untangling Matty's line. I think now Matty knows that fishing into snags in the dark has some new and unusual challenges. Grant is now much better at Macrame. After that the dog dish boys went a bit quiet while I continued to land fish. The average size of the Bass in the river at the moment is a bit up with most of them being in the high 30s. While still a bit 'post spawn' skinny they were all very fit and fought particularly hard. One of the outfits I was using was a tiny Shimano Ultegra 1000 loaded with 3lb fluorocarbon. Not my usual snag bashing rig but the reel and some lures I was using were gifts from a Japanese family who recently hosted my eldest daughter on her year 11 school trip. It was an awesome and unexpected present and a sweet way to fish snags that really got the heart pumping as the buttery-smooth drag sang to the song of angry Bass. Once there was light in the sky, casting accurately became a lot easier but like often happens in this spot, the surface bite shut off like someone had thrown a switch. So we changed over to spinnerbaits and hard-bodies. With the advantage of light to help him get the hang of this unfamiliar form of fishing, Matty started to hit his stride and not long after a nice Aussie Bass fell victim to a Liverpool Basser. Matty's first ever bass was a fit 35cm model but I'm pretty certain it won't be his last (one of the advantages of living in the middle of some of the best Bass water in the country). Unfortunately I wasn't nearby when it happened so didn't get a picture but Grant did so I'm pretty sure he'll post some. Congrats Matty! Grant managed to eventually pick up a second fish somewhere along the line while I pretty much lost count. I asked Grant a couple of times to help me keep track of how many I was catching but for some reason he wasn't very cooperative (or polite). With more complaints ringing across the water about Grant's snags (take it to the U.N. if you don't like it), I pushed close to a drowned tree, flicked a purple spinnerbait into the ugliest part... and hooked up hard into a solid Bass. After being dragged around all over the place in my yak I managed to land my own PB bass. 44cm... I thoughtfully made sure it was 1cm shy of Grant's fish so that he wouldn't be so upset about how badly I was kicking his butt. After that the fishing went really quiet. We worked our way back up the river from snag to snag. I caught a couple more... again. Grant and Matty didn't... again. And we finally pulled my yak and Grant's dog dish out of the river at about 8:30. Great day, great session of a beautiful bit of water with a good mate and a new mate... and really great to see a couple of PBs and Matty getting his first ever Bass. Cheers, Slinky
  8. Yes it’s here! THE ATOMIC VIBE! This 60mm lure will have you wanting to throw it at any Freshwater or Saltwater situation! Coming in rattle or silent options it is available in all the fantastic colours in the Atomic range plus a few ‘New’ colours that will soon be covering every Atomic lure! The unique design of the Atomic Vibe allows it to be worked at high speeds for the offshore anglers and at a super slow speeds for any Freshwater situation keeping you in the Strike zone for a lot longer than other Vibration styled lures on the Market! Check out the release of these bad boys at the AFTA Trade show 2015 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4HAzPlscH1w Be sure to check them out at your nearest tackle shop soon!
  9. Anyone have any tips on where to find bigger bass in Manly Dam? I've caught a heap around 20cm... Nothing bigger but surely there must be a few bigger fish in there somewhere Thanks
  10. Hi Raiders Just wondering if there have been any catches of trout since the latest let out of water from Warragamba? Ive been down the weir a couple of times with a week in between but haven't seen a fish!!! I did hear one report that some had been landed (Unconfirmed) but I won't believe it till I see it personally. Cheers PJ
  11. Raiders, I went for a quick fish on the Nepean River after work today. Put the boat in around 6.30 and caught a few bass during 2 hour session. The Brother In-Law got me 5-3 on the scoreboard. Again i used a Megabass Siglett and he was using a Heddon Torpedo. Here is a youtube clip with some of the results. Cheers, Dean
  12. Raiders, I went for a quick fish on the Nepean River this morning and caught a few Bass which was great. Put the boat in at 5.30am and headed upto the Erskine Creek area. Used a Megabass Siglett which did the job. Here is a youtube clip with the results. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDfnpbZNYWQ Cheers, Dean
  13. Coyote and I headed out early on Sunday morning in search of some Sydney sweetwater fishing up a remote arm in Southern Sydney. After convincing one of the wives to drop us off at 5.30 am and the other wife to pick us up at 1pm we figured we'd already had a win no matter how the day turned out. The place we fished doesn't allow any parking within cooee of the river hence drop off and pickup is essential. I tied on a tiemco softshell cicada and 3rd cast of the morning this hard fighting 35cm brute smashed it off the surface. (Coyote was dirty as he hadn't even tied his lure on yet and I had one in the net). Released to fight another day of course. Wow that was easy we thought. We both managed a couple of micro's on surface as we bush bashed and rock hopped our way up the river. It took a little while before another reasonable unit was netted again from an aggressive surface strike. Coyote played second fiddle for the early part of the morning but then returned serve with a 33 cm on a spinner bait as the sun began to hit the water and the shadows dissipated. Gave it a bit of a swim and off he went. Water clarity was quite good as you can see. Not long before the end of our session another deadly cast by Coyote on spinner bait deep into a snag and he pulled a 35cm unit which gave him curry and and tested him all the way back to the bank. Stumbled upon some fresh water yabbies too on the walk. Managed to get one in the net and grab a quick pic of him before releasing. He was an angry little bugger. In the end he got me 4 bass to 3 before we had to turn back and walk out which took about 1.5 hours. And greeting us at the pickup point was my missus with a smiling face and the air conditioning. All fish caught on 4lb braid/8lb leader. All released of course. I know why I only do these walks in summer, A) because surface fishing for bass is so much fun but because when flicking banks, big pools, runs and eddies you end up going for several swims to retrieve your misguided flicks that end up in a tree, on a log or in the reeds. But as they say if your not getting hung up your not getting in the zone. It's so true, every one of our fish came from a cracking cast and it was rare to entice a strike you flick was short of the mark or wayward. My legs are shredded from the bush bashing and going up and down a few stairs at work today felt like agony but I'd do it again in a heart beat just to see those surface strikes. Remote creeks and big adventures don't occur enough for me with a youngish family and busy work schedule. And as much as I love my boat, there is something special about nailing some Aussie natives up a remote creek that rarely gets fished. Yep I'm a bass addict, don't get to target them very often but love every minute of it when I'm able to find the time.
  14. It has been said that you could give 1000 monkeys, 1000 typewriters and in 1000 years one of them would come up with the complete works of Shakespeare. Well, the same is apparently true of Gorillas. Give 2 Gorillas, 2 fishing rods and in 1000 casts one of them will actually land a lure in the water! Such is the strange behaviour of the nocturnal bass-fishing Southern Lowland Bass Gorilla. To have any chance of seeing one of these elusive creatures, you have to be prepared to become sleep deprived... preferably hungover. It is important to journey into their natural habitat. Areas of the Tweed River Valley in Northern NSW are known areas for observing them. The best time to find them is 1-2 hours before first light and in the hour or so once light has touched the sky. As can be seen from the accomanying photo-essay, the Southern Lowland Bass Gorilla is elusive and shy, preferring mornings when their rivers are shrouded by mist and on nights with no moon. This can make their feeding challenging... although one wouldn't know it from the specimens observed today... both having put on solid condition through the cooler months. Preferred hunting conditions for the Southern Lowland Bass Gorilla A particular challenge for the Bass Gorilla is determining the location of snags in the misty pitch darkness. Many of their feeding 'casts' end not with a splashy 'plop' but with a stony 'kerthunk!' or less commonly a woody 'crash'. At these times, they often vocalise and one could be forgiven for thinking that they perhaps almost have a language (although the meaning behind the raucous laughter, sledging and curse words is hard to decipher). One of the Southern Lowland Bass Gorillas this morning actually spent 15 minutes fanning casts in all directions in the dark, being constantly frustrated in his attempts to find prey (and water). Eventually the large silverback realised that in the inky dark he was in fact in a cove 10cm deep, surrounded on 3 sides by rocky beach... a most unlikely place to find the Australian Bass... the Gorilla's preferred prey. The troublesome cove as seen in daylight His companion in trying to move past a large fallen tree was equally confounded for some minutes by the same beach until realising that the river was around 10m wide by going the other way around the tree. More raucous cries in the dark. And the equally troublesome fallen tree... a different proposition for Gorillas in the mist At this point, the Bass Gorillas began to hunt successfully. Despite being completely unable to see what they were casting at, an occasional hopeful cast actually managed to land on the water. It should be noted that the Southern Lowland Bass Gorilla is adept at using a limited range of tools. Apart from 375mL beverage containers, they also have the dexterity needed to use conventional spin tackle with poppers and Jitterbugs. Such is there ability with these tools that a succession of fit, though skinny Bass started to be collected by the pair. As you may see, conditions and the need for stealth made photographing the hunting behaviour challenging. Southern Lowland Bass Gorillas during a successful hunt Older silverbacks like one of this pair, sometimes develop the more advanced behaviour of seeking Bass with fly fishing tackle. Only one dominant male in any group usually has the aptitude for this form of hunting. Those observing this pair this morning would have been lucky enough to see this territory's largest male successfully employing this technique. A younger Gorilla obseved beyond the fly rod of a more experienced male The younger and perhaps more showy of the 2 Bass Gorillas at one stage had been slightly more successful in the early hunting, having captured 3 Bass to the old Silverback's 1. But a large male will always try to see off an ambitious rival and with with experience of years, the silverback just waited until the sledging was at its peak before fighting back. With the coming of the sun, while the Southern Lowland Bass Gorillas become easier to observe, they like their prey also become skittish and nervous. With the hunt slowing down as the sun climbed, the 2 Bass Gorillas began migrating back towards their home range. The old silverback as if to emphasise his strength, finished with 2 very fat, fit bass while the younger male looked on, frustrated. Attempting to assert dominance, the old Silverback fights back A series of photographs of the preferred habitat of the Southern Lowland Bass Gorilla Both males successfully captured 6 Bass each on this particular morning ensuring that they will continue to frequent this particular habitat. It's uncertain how long the old Silverback will be able to maintain his position in the group as his ailing fitness was evident as he struggled inelegantly out of the water. But there is an undeniably majesty and grace displayed by both these Southern Lowland Bass Gorillas in their natural habitat... Once in your life you should try to observe these elusivce Gorillas in the mist Gorilla in the mist and extremely rare film footage of the Southern Lowland Bass Gorilla's natural behaviour in daylight Prof. S.L. Inky
  15. Well Raiders due to a busy few weeks I haven't quite had time to put up a report of the trip Basscatcher and I took up (with the new boat) to one of our personal favourite dams Lake St Clair, BUT finally I have pulled my finger out and here goes the report! The first day had us heading up to the dam on the Thursday with an early start to get to the dam for an early arvo first session. With a little bit of local knowledge from a few mates both Basscatcher and I rigged up a few rods with plastics, jerkbaits and surface lures and headed off to a point in the main basin where I had some previous success on my last trip up. It took a while to work our heads around a pattern but once we did, it didnt take long for me to get my first fish on board a FAT 39cm from the weed beds on plastic. A slow roll/shake to get it going through the weeds to be belted as it darted around. As we had the wind pushing us along the bank we continued on the drift and it wasnt long after the first that I got my second fish. An even bigger 41.5cm fish who absolutely SMASHED my plastic on the boat side of the weed allowing me to keep her clear of the weed and being busted off with the 6lb leader! Not even 10 minutes later I hook onto another big fish, this one however thinks it wants to go home, burying me in the weed but with some very good electrics work and skilful *COUGH lucky COUGH* I managed to pull out another 41cm beast on the 6lb leader Unfortunately It was from here I got a little cocky/overexcited/keen to land my next bass forgetting to retie my lure and leader resulting in 2 consecutive bust offs letting Basscatcher catch up to me with 2 quick mid 30's fish Luckily once my lure was back in the water I got back in the zone landing a smaller fish By this stage it was starting to get dark, so it was decided after some thirsty fishing work and hungry bellies we would give it 10 more minutes then back to camp for some cold ones, and luckily we did as 3 quick mid 30's came aboard giving smiles all around! Day 2 had a bit of a sour start with an interrupted sleep from high winds both of us were feeling a little stale so we had a delayed exit on the water. However not to waste any fishing time I decided to test" a few lures while we waited, this resulted in two missed surface strikes and me practically dragging Basscatcher out onto the water for the early morning surface bite (for those of you who don't know already IM AN ADDICT) Once we got to our first spot it didn't take Basscatcher long to secure first fish of the morning slow rolling the plastics over weed. it was a good conditioned 36cm fish. From this point it didn't take him long to regain his mojo and he landed 3 more bass (37cm, 34.5cm and a right on 40cm) in the next 30 minutes, ALL while I persisted on the surface getting miss strike after miss strike (thankfully there's at least a surface element in it). After this morning flurry we changed location (and I put away the surface ) this time it took us a little while to find some productive grounds but as soon as we did fish started coming aboard (and busted off....well I was) Basscatcher caught this lovely dark 40cm fish It didn't take me long from here to catch up from here though landing a Mid 30's fish and a nice fat and healthy yella (which apparently doesn't count, cheating Basscatcher) Unfortunately (for me) basscatcher extended his days lead with another mid 30's boat side, leaving me to catch up quickly before the end of session with 3 in the boat quickly! By this time it was about 1pm and time for some fresh bacon and eggs water side while we planned out the arvo session. From here it was decided we would head up another arm and have a live well competition to test out the new flow-rite timer system in the boat, with 2 longest fish winning! Once again Basscatcher was first of the bat with a lovely 38cm fish caught with in 5 minutes of us fishing once again rolling plastics along the weed. With the wind increasing a change of location was called looking for somewhere we could have the winds to our backs and set the electric motor to spot lock while we cast at weedy points, this plan worked with me getting 2 consecutive fish both going 38cm and caught either side of the boat while Basscatcher was re-rigging! Once the master was re-rigged however it didn't take him long to get back into the zone and ahead on the score board with another over 40's beauty! luckily I got to get in on some this action just not with the required size, even better was that this fish dug me deep into the weed and with some patients and hand lining skills i pulled her from the depths of the weed Stopping for a quick photo with my 2 best on our way to the next spot with some light still around, Basscatcher got a great shot! Was slow from here on with Basscatcher landing another fish and calling it a victory on his behalf. After a few beers and a quick leaf/twig fed fire we hit the swags this time to only be awoken by "cannon" loud lighting, which from Basscatcher's description tickled the tops of the surrounding mountains..... making me wish I wasn't so lazy and snuck out to watch. Saturday morning was to be our last session and another competition was in order to see if i could regain any bragging rights back and level the total sessions scores to 2 a piece. Heading back to a same location as the previous morning I stuck to surface while Basscatcher stayed in the comfortable soft plastics zone. Once again I had miss hit after miss hit so I changed to a smaller lure and immediately rewarded with a small 32cm bass. Only to be once again out done by the "champion" Basscatcher landing 2 quickies on plastic before we called it game over Cheers, Stu
  16. Just noticed the below on a big fishing magazine website....fingers crossed it helps Pejar to recover in years to come. It seems to have struggled according to Raider reports in recent years... Bass released into Pejar 04 Oct 2013 PEJAR Dam has gained an additional two thousand Australian bass as part of the NSW Government’s fish stocking program, NSW Minister for Primary Industries Katrina Hodgkinson said last Friday. The Minister was on hand to help release the fingerlings at the dam, north of Goulburn, just a week after releasing large ready-to-catch rainbow trout into the water. “Pejar Dam is already a popular spot for trout anglers because of its reputation for producing trophy sized trout,” Ms Hodgkinson said. “It is anticipated the release of bass will lure more fishers over coming years and provide a boost to the local community. “It also is pleasing to announce that over summer a further 10,000 rainbow trout fingerlings and 5,000 brown trout fingerlings will be stocked into Pejar Dam. “The total number of fish stocked at Pejar Dam is now over 185,000 within ten years,” Ms Hodgkinson said. Pejar Dam has received: 140,000 rainbow trout; 35,000 brown trout; and almost 10,000 Australian bass. “The Australian bass fingerlings were bred at the NSW Government’s Port Stephens Fisheries Hatchery and transported here to be released today,” Ms Hodgkinson said. “The fish stocking program is supported with funds from the NSW recreational fishing licence fee which are placed into the NSW Recreational Fishing Trust. “This is another great example of the NSW Government using funds from the Trust to continue to enhance fishing opportunities for our recreational anglers,” Ms Hodgkinson said. This year the State Government’s fish hatcheries will produce and stock more than one million native fish and close to three million trout and salmon into impoundments and streams throughout regional NSW.
  17. It's been a long time between drinks for Jewhunter and Slink Bass attacks. It's also been a long time between buying and finally using my Jackson Coosa Kayak. Well finally this morning, I dragged my sorry backside out of bed at 1.30 am to head across the border into NSW for a pre-dawn bass raid. After a bit of firgging around, I managed to get me kayak on the roof and with all the rest of the gear dumped in the back before heading south for the hour drive. Reports of big bass being caught in some of our favourite haunts had us both keen. So keen that JH was actually waiting for me at the door when I rolled into his place at about 3am. We hoofed it up to our launching spot and got the yaks into the water. It was surprisingly easy getting sorted and out onto the water... a combination of keeping it simple and good head torches (big fan of my new Lenser H7). What isn't easy is snag bashing with lures in the pitch dark. Grant knows the bit of water we were on like the back of his hand. So do I... but since I don't know the back of his hand very well it left me at a disadvantage. Needless to say he was keen to show off (probably trying to cheer me up for leaving me behind while he fished Weipa)... his very first cast with a jointed Jitterbug got smashed and after a short tussle and lots of yahoos, a 35cm'ish Bassamundi came to hand. I made the mistake of taking a light baitcast outfit with me. Awesome outfit in daylight... truly stupid in the dark. While Grant picked up a couple more fish and was getting regular hits, I was getting practice unpicking birdsnests. Finally, with just enough light in the sky to be able to make out the snags, I found a suicidal bass in the mid 30's that grabbed my little Jitterbug. My first ever fish from a Yak so I was pretty chuffed. Then I decided to break out the magic wand (Reddington 6wt flyrod!!). Grant had given me a couple of poppers he'd found at a local market and they swam like champions. Short little strips had the fly popping loudly while barely moving. With the fly making so much noise while staying in the strike zone, I immediately started getting hits. In fact the first good snag I fished to had a fish that hit my fly on 4 consecutive casts before finally coming up tight on the 5th. A nice 37cm Bass for my first on fly from the yak. Grant meanwhile was getting steady action on his big 'Cod Botherer' sized Jitterbug and for a while just on first light the river was ringing with the sound of boofing bass and yahoohing fishraiders. Give me surface fishing every time!! Eventually we decided to start heading back towards the cars which were now about 1km behind us. The action had slowed but there were a couple of really big laydown snags that we'd passed in the dark on the way down. I nosed my yak into one of them and got absolutley hammered on the first bloop of my fly. In the still conditions, the sound of the take was awesome... and so was the fight in this fish. I quickly learned how hard it is to deal with a fish that was towing me and my yak into the snags. I used all of my 9' fly rod's length to monouver the fish under my yak and out to the other side away from the snag but he had some serious horsepower. Finally in the boat he went 40cm... my PB Bass on fly. Before heading back to the cars, Grant called for a quick diversion into another snag filled section of river away from the wind that was starting to pick up. Not far into the area and I heard a yell from behind me. Grant had managed to pull a solid bass nudging 40cm off the edge of some lillies. Like all the fish we caught today it was in great condition... clean and green with big shoulders and a bad attitude. After grabbing some snaps we continued on. Some of the snags in this section are insane. With the light well and truly in the sky now it was a lot quieter so we were throwing suicide casts right into the middle of snag-riddle ugliness. It's a bit like a car accident that you can't look away from... you see a great pocket surrounded by timber and sticks and you just know there is no way to get a fish out of there... but you throw the cast anyway because getting smashed and smoked is an awsome rush regardless. On one particular snag I almost had my baitcaster pulled out of hand after switching to a small spinnerbait and getting blown away moments into the retrieve. I'd love to see the fish that hit me because he popped my 10lb leader on the hit like cotton. Finally we decided it was 'ass o'clock'... the very special time of day when one's posterior insists that it's had enough kayaking for the day. Back to the car, an inelegent dismount after realising that my legs no longer worked properly, egg and bacon sambos in Murwillumbah, and another awesome fun session came to an end. Cheers, Slinky
  18. Hi all, It's been years since I've been online or even fishing for that matter but thought I'd get back into some bass and perhaps bream this summer. Picked up my new Yak this week. It hasn't seen water yet but I'm looking forward to christening it with some scaly friends before too long. Will fish the Nepean mostly but hopefully will get down to some places on the Parra like Hen and Chicken Bay for some bream as well. Anyway, really just a short post to say G'day to anyone who might still remember me on here and whack up a couple of picks of the new ride. Later David.
  19. Hi Raiders, Was thinking of having a crack at Bass in the local river, Bargo, and was wondering if anyone else is fishing it or am I wasting my time? Cheers Steve