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  1. Hey bN, Redfin ... I have got a few in the Canberra rivers when flicking smaller lures for yellas or sight casting at carp with soft plastics. I suspect that predation and periodic disease keeps the numbers down. Heaps in the lakes though. The reddie population in the Bidgee probably gets replenished when Scrivener Dam spills after heavy rainfall. I have never eaten a redfin out of the local rivers. They would probably be ok. As I'm not targeting them I don't bring a cool bag so it has never occurred to me. If you are after a feed of reddies around here then Googong would be the go. Trout ... the water in the rivers around Canberra is too warm. Apparently some of the feeder creeks coming out of the surrounding hills were ok in decades past. I haven't fished it but the true upper Bidgee coming out of the high country is still recognised as a good trout fishery. Another place I'd like to explore.
  2. I don't think Northern Pike would work out in Australia. If they did handle the warmer water temperatures they would likely outgun the natives. Juvenile cod/yellas/bass would get hammered. Agree they would be a cool sport fish. I'm not even sure they would have much impact on the carp population. Murray the Metery doesn't knock back a carp for breakfast and he/she is having little impact on carp numbers.
  3. Carp- definitely not in balance within Aussie freshwater systems. Outbreed and outcompete the locals. Being a bottom feeder in excess numbers they reduce water quality as well. If it is feral it is in peril. I know carp are not a prestigious target species for fisherman but they do have a lot going for them. Being both easy to catch and hard fighters they are a really good species for novices and kids to hone their skills. I'm not an ecologist but I understand recreational fisherman have little impact on carp populations. I'd be surprised if we caught even 2%. Even if we went crazy and removed 30%, the population will return to what it was after the next breeding event as there is more food available and more young carp would survive. At least in rivers I still euthanise all the carp (and redfin) I catch. I'm probably kidding myself but I like to think that at least a few shrimp/yabbies/worms might survive a bit longer to be eaten by a native. Total 1%er but anything we can do to help native fish in waterways where they naturally reproduce is worthwhile. Might have just outed myself as the 1st greenie on Fishraider.
  4. Hi bN Yep I do a bit of native fishing in the Canberra Bidgee and nearby lakes. Unfortunately the river and Googs are out of my "LGA" so not much happening at the moment. Cod closed season anyway. Might hit Lake Burley Griffin when school holidays start to chase a few yellas. Only problem is it takes me so long to rig my kayak I won't have any time to actually fish given the restrictions on exercise. Also hope to take my son on a road trip to the Riverina once ACT/NSW hits the magic 80%. COVID and the fires have put that one on hold for a while now. For what it is worth I really enjoy reading your freshwater reports. Keep em coming. Steve
  5. Thanks for taking the time to put this up. I learnt a lot. I fish out of a revo 11 mainly in the fresh. Funnily enough I also have a Wicked Weasel but its my medium rod for yellas etc. I'm impressed you can tie an FG knot in a kayak while bobbing around in Sydney Harbour. Thanks again
  6. Quality vids there mate. PM me if you want to go for a flick around the local Canberra Rivers
  7. Got to feel for their family and friends. Got to feel for the guys themselves. Massive thanks to the copper who jumped in to rescue the guy. Brave man or woman. If I was a local at Port Kembla I'd be fighting very hard to keep fishing access to this area. Personally I think being able to self regulate your choice of recreation and adventure is really important to an individual's well being and the richness of society as a whole. Not sure where this quote comes from (motor racing?) "it is a privilege to do a sport that can kill you".
  8. I guess the Uni Rover trail would be a way of accessing the Kowmung between Christy's and Morong Deep. It is reasonable easy to follow from the Kanangra Walls Road side (last there 2012ish). Might be different post fires. I was under the impression that it was pretty much non existent on the Scotts Main Range side of the River.
  9. Oh yea. I probably should have reminded people all the routes in I mentioned above are not on formed tracks. There are rough bushwalking pads on most of them but you need to be competent off track bushwalking. Also remember that post fire regrowth can make walking less pleasant and much slower. Totally worth it though as it is a magic part of the world.
  10. Hi Yoyo Enjoyed reading this. I have fond memories bushwalking out of the Wild Dogs in the 80' and 90s. I'm hoping to get back there with a rod one day.
  11. Kanangra Boyd National Park only reopened very recently ( closed due to 2019/20 fires). This might mean some of the fire trails might now be open. Its likely some specific areas might still be off limits. I struggle with the NPWS website. I'm pretty sure you can still access the lower part of the Kowmung via a bushwalkers corridor. You would access this via either Narrow Neck or Carlons Farm. Maybe call Oberon NP office to confirm exactly where this corridor is. There would be no fishing or camping in the exclusion zone which includes the very lower part of the Kowmung and you would have to stick to the corridor (if it still exists). In decades past I walked in the area regularly (before I started fishing). My recollection is that any access from Scotts main Range involves a very long walk on a fire trail (not even allowed a pushbike). I think there would be relatively easy access via Dingo Dell(?) the campsite near Tuglow Caves. This might still be shut because of the fires though. You can access the middle part of the Kowmung from just about any spur going of the Gingra Range. All will involve a bit of a walk. From memory the least physical routes include Roots, Hughes and Brumby. Walking all the way down Gingra Ridge takes forever but is probably the flattest way in around here. To access the Kowmung around Christy's creek is generally tough going. Walking over Cambidge Spire involves a really steep final descent ... old school bushwalking. The Colyboyd Range is tougher again and may require a handline to get down the steep bits. You could probably go off the Colboyd Range down a spur to the junction of Christy's and Wheengee Whungee creeks relatively easily. Back in the 90s I saw some big fish in this area. I'm not 100% sure you are allowed to fish these side creeks. Maybe Mr Centrepin could confirm. I walked the length of Arabanoo in 2019 (low water level) without a rod and saw a couple of small trout down close to the Christy's junction. If its your first time fishing or walking in this area I suspect the Jenolan River might be a slightly easier undertaking. Walking down Breakfast creek will be way easier than anything off Kanangra Walls Road. Does anyone know how far up the resident trout live up the Jenolan River. I am hoping to walk the full length of this river and wouldn't mind taking a rod. Are there fish above Hellgate gorge?
  12. It is amazing how people equate cultural background with swimming ability. When my kids were about 3 and 5 they went for a swim in a hotel pool in Myanmar. The "lifeguard" approached me (sitting on side of pool) and expressed concern about their age. We got talking and when he found out I was an aussie he smiled and said they must be ok then. Where my kids do swimming lessons about half the students are Indian or Chinese. There are some really strong little swimmers amongst them. I'd argue other factors have just as big an impact as cultural heritage. Swimming lessons aren't free so socio-economic status will effect how long families can stick at it. Also where you live geographically is going to play a massive part. My guys are confident in a pool and have spent heaps of time in inland rivers and creeks. While they love going to the beach during school holidays, when it comes to the ocean they are nowhere near as knowledgeable as the local kids who get to surf everyday after school. If you grew up on the coast and developed a sound understanding of the ocean when you were young consider yourself blessed.
  13. This is so tragic. My heart sank when I read that. So sorry for their family and friends.
  14. Hi Mark Sorry for late reply. I haven't checked in for a while. I've also got a 9 year old and we started fishing from yaks about 2 years ago and have had a heap of fun. Go 2 singles as your son will get confident and competent real quick and will want to do his own thing. 2 singles will also be way more versatile when he is out playing with his mates. At 9 he should be able to handle a small adult boat. My son prefers fishing out of my yak. If you are out Mudgee way you should go for a flick at Dunnes Swamp once it reopens after the fires. Absolutely ideal for kids to fish and paddle.
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