Flew down with the fam to catch up with some fmaily and friends for a few weeks, and hoping to fit in a spot of fishing while I was in the south east corner of the country.
The kids were not prepared for the cold summer conditions. They were well rugged up. I think we got one day that was 30 plus degrees, the rest were cold.
First fish was with Dooka in his Savage 3.7m at Bridgewater. We threw spinnerbaits around for about an hour at the Loddon and then trolled for about an hour before we pulled the pin as Frost Bite and the rain set in.
The next fish was at Barmah where I met up with Ponyplay in his dads Quinny Explorer, another FFFer who lives in Broome but was back in Echuca catching up with his family. The river was high and flooding the Barmah Caravan Park. We trolled some lures around for doughnuts, but had a great day checking out all the water around in a nice summers day.
Had a chat with my brother in law Chis Xmas day who thought we should head out to Bridgewater on Boxing Day for a few hours, so we did. Chris got smashed by a good cod on his third cast, but other than that she was quiet. So as you can see by now I have been doing plenty of boating down this way.
28th December and time to leave Sunny Vic and head over to camp on our friends lawn at Merimbula for a week or so. We took the scenic route and went over through Albury, Jindabyne and Thredbo after stopping at Lake Hume for a night and checking it out all full. This is an area I could stay for a while, big mountians, rivers and lakes.
Camped with my wifes sister and husband Chris and their 455 Hornet and attacked the Merimbula and Pambula Lakes and the Merimbula Bay. We mainly threw Squidgy Wrigglers around for a few flathead, and we also caught a few Tailor when we found schools of them which was good fun. Bloody nice to eat those flatties but it was tough going. I also managed some cod looking thing as well which gave my 2kg $20 combo a nice pounding.
We headed back to Bendigo via Omeo, Mount Hotham and Bright, which is a scenic as it gets. When I got back to Bendigo a mate invited me up to Lake Mulwala for a night to chase cod on Surface Lures. The mozzies were thick, but I managed two cod around 50cm, a 49 and a 51 and Coxy managed one. I have cught some barra on the surface, but these were my first cod on surface lures and it was great fun, you can even jump off the boat for a swim. This was very enjoyable, any fish on a surface lure is enjoyable. We also planned a week of fishing the run off in April while on his TABS boat so it was a very productive session.
Jan 8th and we had a few beers for the wifes birthday when I jokingly say, “Hey lets get up at 3:30am and head to Kyalite for a fish tommorow moring” So that is what we did on Sunday before I flew back home on Monday. Prob should not have worried, it was flooded and it rained on us all morning til we pulled the pin at lunchtime.
I dont they will be having Jan holidays in this shack.
Back in the NT now and am looking forward to snagging a barra in the next week or so, maybe even this arvo in a culvert.