mrsswordfisherman

GLENBAWN 2018 still holding a few fish........

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Our yearly trip to Glenbawn has come and gone again with another poor showing of bass. Nothing on spinnerbaits yet again which was highly disappointing and cannot fathom why this has happened for the last few years.

In years gone by the fish were smashing the spinnerbaits after one or two cranks with cricket score captures. @Dalucius and I used to sit after the sessions and make new skirts for the destroyed spinnerbaits and now that isn't necessary. 

Last year we were told about the Pro's Factory football jigs. What a difference they made! Fished deep into the snags and they proved the difference in getting a decent bag of fish or nothing at all. Big Glenbawn bass and yellowbelly love them. 

Our best 2 fish were a 45 cm bass for me and a 48 cm bass for swordie. Although it was hard fishing the bites were consistent. Over the 4 days we probably landed and released around 40 fish. In years gone by it would have been 300 - 400 on average. 

The fishing is now poor and we may not return. During the spawning season when the comps are on they use needles to pierce their swim bladders to stop bara trauma. We suspect this could lead to many deaths (personal opinion only). 

The stocking seems to be down with no small fish encountered and this is a shame as it used to be a great place to fish. 

We did have an enjoyable stay though as we had longtime friends that we have recently reconnected with to join us for a few days. I relinquished my seat on the boat for Phillip who is a keen fisherman. He had his first go at Australian bass fishing and scored 3 beauties a 35cm, 41cm and an upgrade to 44cm. He was absolutely stoked with his performance. 

I spent time catching up with my old nursing pal and friend. We had a few games of cards with the boys at night and watched the sunsets and the kangaroos from our balcony. 

Here are a lot of pics ..............

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Football jigs!! ... oh no!! I'll have to buy more lures!!

Great photos!! Looks like a good trip.

Not sure if its been done before but I'd be keen for a raiders trip to Glenbawn or St Clair!

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Sensational report Donna! A shame about the fishing, although 40 bass is nothing to sneeze at! Some good footballs there too! 

Cheers scratchie!!! 

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3 hours ago, Hill373737 said:

Football jigs!! ... oh no!! I'll have to buy more lures!!

Great photos!! Looks like a good trip.

Not sure if its been done before but I'd be keen for a raiders trip to Glenbawn or St Clair!

Yes @Hill373737 football jigs, we thought it was odd but they work!

we have done a few raiders trips up there in the past

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We were there in October and plenty were caught jackall brown dog chara blades were killing it Football jigs were working as well and there fairly cheap to buy We also got the odd one on spinnerbaits and plastics

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Looks like a fantastic trip, great scenery, photos and fish to boot......  fun times for all! 

Cheers Zoran

PS - regarding ....

On 12/4/2018 at 10:13 PM, mrsswordfisherman said:

Nothing on spinnerbaits yet again which was highly disappointing and cannot fathom why this has happened for the last few years.

... maybe its Darwin's theory at work. the dam would be as closed an ecosystem as you could get. Past success with spinners has reduced the spinner susceptible gene pool - so now the dam is dominated by the gene pool that didn't succumb to the spinners !   Just a thought. 

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31 minutes ago, The Iceman said:

We were there in October and plenty were caught jackall brown dog chara blades were killing it Football jigs were working as well and there fairly cheap to buy We also got the odd one on spinnerbaits and plastics

Ahhhhhh really. Did you do a post on the trip Andrew? How many were caught by you? I would love some more posts on Glenbawn to watch what is happening there. The people in the office and everyone we spoke to at ramp and nearby cabins were getting zero fish. We always go in Nov maybe October is best time?

It has really been hard fishing in the last few years compared with years gone by when we used to be overwhelmed with the amount of fish we caught. We had 3 of us in the boat and we had triple hookups on lots of casts. Spinnerbaits and jackalls we used and the old tackleback came in handy for retrieving any lures in snags. 

Guess it was quality vs quantity this time although my pb is 52 cms. Would love to see that again!

Cmon guys post up about Glenbawn :)

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Great report and pics Donna!

 

 

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10 hours ago, mrsswordfisherman said:

Ahhhhhh really. Did you do a post on the trip Andrew? How many were caught by you? I would love some more posts on Glenbawn to watch what is happening there. The people in the office and everyone we spoke to at ramp and nearby cabins were getting zero fish. We always go in Nov maybe October is best time?

It has really been hard fishing in the last few years compared with years gone by when we used to be overwhelmed with the amount of fish we caught. We had 3 of us in the boat and we had triple hookups on lots of casts. Spinnerbaits and jackalls we used and the old tackleback came in handy for retrieving any lures in snags. 

Guess it was quality vs quantity this time although my pb is 52 cms. Would love to see that again!

Cmon guys post up about Glenbawn :)

Was my first time to Glenbawn and the guys I went with normally go in November when the surface bite is better I have no idea how many I caught as I don't count We actually went the weekend after the ABT comp there so knew what had been working

 

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