With neap tides ont he menu Jordan and I slipped out and flogged Wiltshire No 1 to foam for bugger all return.
Road had been chopped up a fair bit from Wednesday and there were heaps of cars at the ramp when we got there just on sun up – went to Wiltshire No 1 and worked it over right up to the top for a few small goldies and one small barra – crabs didnt play either. Had one of my nets checked by some thoughtful share farmer – the cable ties I put on didnt deter them – fair dinkum one day ill come round the corner and find someone on my nets and Ill drive them to the bottom of the river – too f$%%&n lazy to check there own gear only – eaiser to work other people nets.
Got up this morning and started giving the barraholic a clean up post the trip to 4 mile and discovered a spring hanger had broken off so we were lucky to get home without major problems. Have both guards off and will change the springs over to multi leaf and give the crap manual brakes the flick for a hydraulic brake set up.
See how much we gte done this week but might be still working on it next weekend I reckon.
Slipped out to Chads creek this morning chasing a few mud crabs – road was super awesome – best I have seen it in some time – sat on 80 to 100 kmh most of the way.
Tide was pushing by the time i go there – didnt expect miracles with smallish tides but wanted to get a crab for dinner. Straight over to chads and dropped the lift nets in and then went back to the mouth to have a flick at the trres there, have seen a coupla barra come from here before – had a few flicks and was about to go when my 65mm drop bear got nailed by a nice silver barra – chaos ensued as i hadnt set the net up, it was under the tackle box – all the things that could go wrong did but the fish played the game and soon a nice 59cm barra was in ice box for dinner.
Snagged 8 nice crabs which was surprising given the small tides – vey happy – and home by lunch time – I could get used to this days off thing – pity I have to go back to work tomorrow.
Only saw one other car at the ramp and i think they headed for the wiltshires – could be worth a look as the water was crystal clear so if they are there and on the snags i reckon they will wack a lure – might be an option for the weekend.
With one of Vickis cousins up from SA and needing a barra fix we headed out to 4 mile on Sunday night after a nice dinner at the Palmy tavern. Lobbed out there around 1130pm after a glorious run on an awesome 4 mile road – never seen it better. Not sure how long it will last but its tops right now.
Unloaded the kit and set the tent up – mossies were surprisingly MIA – it was great to be able to cut around in a t shirt and not get smashed by insects. We decided to throw the boat in and go for a look around but didnt have any luck. Called it quits and grabbed a couple of hours of sleep. The genny I picked up from slayer running a fan was the ducks guts.
Up early and went for a troll along the front of the weed beds were we had picked up some good fish a few weeks back but it was pretty much dead with the exception of a couple of powertails. Trolled back towards the camping area and got wacked by a good barra around 70cm – couple fo pics and went to let him go but he had broken his neck in the fight so in the ice he went.
The next day and a half were awesome – spent casting to every nook and cranny and landed heaps and heaps of rat barra – some reasonable ones amngst them but now record breakers – we would ahve landed around 70 odd barra between the three of us. Heaps of tarpon – heaps of barra taken sight casting to them – plenty of fish following lures which gets the blood pumping in the crystal clear water – great fun – fish a cast action at times. The southerner landed every species available – archer, long tom barra, perch, sleepy cod – had a ball.
Will post some pics when i get them.
Well its been a while but after a couple of days of welding we are about to give the fishing a couple of solid days.
Plan is to head out to 4 mile tonight and give it s solid crack tomorrow – if it doesnt fire we will move back to Shady Fresh and give that a run.
Then Wednesday I think we will go have a look at SWA and chase a crab and maybe a barra on the snake drains.
Cant go wrong.
Things have been bl%$^*(y busy at work so I havent been doing anywhere as much fishing as I would have liked – still cant help bad luck can ya??
Last Friday I got the word that saturday was going to be a pretty flat day so we made the call and headed out to Dundee for a bit of blue water action. The last ten kms of dirt were bloody awful a best and shook the shizen out of the trailer but all held together and we lobbed at the ramp and rigged up and were first in and off.
With a pretty calm sea I headed across to Blaze and dropped on a bit of reef but didnt turn a scale – amy have had something to do with the bloody netters floating a bit drift net out there 👿 👿 👿 WTF – anyway with good weather we made the decison and tripped out wide of Blaze and on towards Sail. Picked up a mack tuna on my barra rod courtesy of my new sunnies as i saw them after JD missed with his first cast and I lobbed a lure right in front of them – beauty free bait. First few drops returned bugger all until we finally lobbed on some good looking bottom and the fish started to come over the side pretty damn quick – some nice nannygai and plenty of trickies amongst them.
The sharks were chasing our fish to the boat and I was a bit worried that we might loose some to them. JD snagged one small red and then got nailed by something pretty big – half way up he got hammered and the line peeled but evetually went slack – reeling in revealed a bloody good red which had been bitten in half – sad but fact of life out there.
Headed to a new spot as things went quiet and snagged plenty of good trickies and had a few real good runs from mackies picking up stripies but none stayed connected – wish i had taken some sandmar. Worked our way back towards the ramp and had a couple drops on the way in closer to Long Lost and Blaze but things were pretty dead, so we headed in cleaned up. Dropped in on a mate of mine from SA who has been coMing to Dundee for many years and he commented that things were tougher than he had ever experienced both from a crab and fish perspective. They also commented on the crowds at Dundee as opposed to previous years.
Granted a rare holiday for the Monday public holiday the call was made to head out to 4 mile and see what all the goss was about – up at 0430 and on the road by 5 we lobbed out there at 0730 to find a few camp sites (plenty very close to the bank :croc: ) and probably about 6 to 8 boats. Was overtaken just before the turn off to 4 mile – only to have old mate miss the turn off so we ended up in front of them :rofl: :rofl: . Anyhow the road was OK – not great but OK – the first couple creeks ahd a little water in but hard bottom and nothing to worry about.
Dropped the boat in and started looking around – got our first barra within 2 minutes of launching – typical 4 mile fish – small but feisty. With the wind blowing straight along the billabong and a long line of trollers working the shallow bank on the left as we headed up the lagoon we went straight to a bank that had produced before and it yeilded good resulst immediately – small fish were everywhere amongst the lillies. Small 65mm rainbow trout squidgies were the bomb and cleaned up. next few hours we worked bank and snags and here and there casting – lot so fish – all small ones.
We made a call later on in the day to do some trolling – I loaded up with a green and gold reidys 3m diver and the other boys tied on 2.5 metre lures. It wasnt long before it became obvious that I had the bomb lure so we searched high and low and found another the same. JD was getting frustrated so after my mate Craig tied on the second 3 metre reidys, i took JDs rod as he had a classic on and handed JD my rod with the 3 metre reidys. Well ithad to happen – half way along the run my lure (on JDs rod) got nailed – as i started to reel in Craig hooked up as well – reckon there was steam coming out of JDs ear but we told him it was bound to happen – he hooked up a nice fish a little while later which seemed to calm him down.
All in all a great – if not long day – best barra went 71cm – all the bigger fish caught ont he troll in 3 metres of water on the left hand weed bank as you move away frm the ramp area.
Point of note for the land based fishers – when we turned up there was a big crco laying in the boat ramp. Pulling out was abit of a pain in the arse with the trailer sinking in the mud – typical 4 mile problem, but we got there.
Next stop a run to 2 mile doing some research for the next FF mag.
Went out to Saltwaer Arm on Saturday with a mate from down south and bagged 19 nice crabs – caught a stack of small ones as well on both run out and run in tides so they are everywhere out there right now.
Saw fisherries research at the mouth of Chads and Chris Errity landed a few small barra under the tree on the right at the mouth there which goes to show if you can find em and put a lure in front of their noses you should get em.
Good day out – road was awesome.
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Went to Shady Fresh on Saturday afternoon for a look – lefta round 1 pm and got out there with the road in pretty good nick.
Immediately trolled along the front of the bird watch stand and into fish straight away – ended up with 9 barra 7 legal fish – most from just along the front of the bird watch stand – using lucifers. It was a good trip with fish at regular moments. Fished till around 10 pm but things were quiet after dark with few boofs heard and the insects were quite ferocious.
Saw Slayer at the boat ramp – he had only got one barra but was having a family day so not sure how hard he had worked it.
Despite the reports of 20 knots i went for a look at the Finnins yesterday – tri[ over was al sweet after a bumpy ride n – road is quite corrugated and one wanker guide decided it was a good idea to fly past me as we got onto the dirt at a hunderedkms and hour – showering us with dirt and completely blinding us – was going to give him a serve at the ramp but he had some women there and it wouldnt have been the done thing – fair dinkum some people.
Tried right through the river but the water temp were down and thngs were tough – JD and i snagged one fish each and i lost a couple – JD s went 65 so we got a feed for our trouble. Fish were on one corner where we had found them before.
Spoke with Geoff and back cast at the mouth – seem the govt has gven the netters permission to bring their mother ship into the Finnis with nets – and now these blokes are ducking out for net shots – the police are over there supposdely keeping an eye on them ut from all accounts the netters know when there comiing before they get there anyway!!! 👿 👿 👿 get serious.
Anyway better than sitting at home.
Things have been very busy at work and havent really had time to scratch myself – have done a few quick day trips here and there but javent had any real success for a while.
Headed off early one saturday a few weeks ago with the intent of having a look at Bynoe – tinny boys were calling if for a very windy day so we went down and put in at six pack creek and headed out into the harbour till the winds picked up – got a few small goldies and stuff and then headed back and had a look at the finnis fresh but it was dead as. Nice place to go for a drive though.
Next spot was a day trip out to shady fresh – tried everything we knew but didnt turn a scale – got a few rats off the barrage but that was it – very tough.
Two weekends ago we I did a trip out to Cooroboree with a mate from work and only manage one small rat despite driving all over the lagoon and trying all different tactics – only thing that was getting any sort of attention was the scum frogs cast right back into the lillies.
Last weekend dropped intot he harbour staurday afternoon to fish the bottom of the low and see if there were any tuna around but it seems that my mojo has gone way west and only managed a couple of little red fish out the front of madorah.
All in all some tough times but may have to go a bit further afield to chase some fish shortly – if nothing else may get to see some new countryside.
Seems a fair bit of tme is being spent on the forum on normal dry season posts about why people arent posting – ahhhhhh some things never change year after year.
Easter approached and my intial plans were to venture down to have a look at the Roper but Cyclone Paul reared his ugly head and fire trucked all that up so we changed our plans and heade east to some fo the local hot spots aware that the crowds would most likely be shocking.
Travelled out to shady camp on Wednesday afternoon to find many cars and trailers in the car park but only one other group in the right hand camping area so we set up our gear in the right hand area in the awesome shade out there!! :rofl: :rofl: Dropped the boat in on the fresh side and noted the tide was pushing in. Headed down the lagoon to find one boat on the great wall – there was a lot of water running out of a blow out in the bank just down from the great wall – heaps of tarpon so we anchored up for a few casts – soon landed a nice 70 odd cm swampy which fought hard in the shallow water – another rat quickly followed along with a few tarpon.
Things went quiet so we wnt down further to have a look around – discovered a new gap int he lillies feeding water in just near the fence line and espite plenty of tarpon there were no bazzas there – sun was getting down and mossies getting ferocious so we did a quick look at the barrage and landed plenty of tank sized barra before sucumbing to the mossies and retreating to the tent.
Up in the morning and went to the blow out again and quickly snagged a couple more barra before it went dead again – with the tide pushing in we decided to brave the awesome launching at Shady and went down the salt side. Had a look at the third barrage but found little water running over and the tide still pushing in – found Millsys secret run off – safe with me mate –
and scored a couple of small barra and some brand new lures from amongst the wire and stuff there – went quiet so we had a look around the second barrage – went up to have a look at the great wall – deep channel has been carved in there now and the second barrage has been washed out really badly – the land owners have placed signs asking boaties not to go through the area to prevent arosion and i can see problems if boaties continue to run through there during the high water – unsure if they can stop you but can see conflict coming as it must be a huge issue for them to repair each year. The blow out will continue to run out until they reapir the damage so unsure how the water levels will hold this year.
Went back to the barrage and dropped back on the fresh side and then caught multitides of small tank barra on small squidgies and fly – kept us amused.
Ran a Dr Depth log over the rock bars ane then went back to catching small barra off the barrage.
Good Friday morning and the multitides arrived – our ususal haunts were now pretty much full – planty of small barra getting caught off the barrage but all tank sized 0- did see some caught by a bloke using a jog head and a large white lure rubber and just lettiing it flutter in the current as the tide started to push in – numerous 60 odd cm fish but mainly rat barra being caught – did notice a big handline hangning in the water on the far side – didnt see anyone pull it in while we were there.
Went down the bottom end and trolled lures for a while for nothing – decided to make a break and go have a look at the East. The road was pretty good ocnsidering the amount of traffic heading in – we could have gone to the mouth but we were not really interested in having to work in amongst all the boast down there. Had a hcat with a couple of local fihsing legends down there who had been fishing the wildman and they had landed a 116 cm fish but jad done it a bit tough – mossies were AWFUL.
Packed up camp and headed out to the east – Magella was only at about 400 mm and no worries. Merl camp ground had plenty of spaces and we were soon set up. Went down and grabbed acouple of bags of ice and dropped into the sal side. Went down stream a few kms and had a cast at a few of the creek mouths to ifnd them looking poretty dead – JD snagged a couplem of nice silver rat barra – seems the word that fishing was tough in the East werent an exageration!!
Quickly did a drop in the fresh side but found it smelly and still flowing quite hard – girls at the store told us the Cahills is at 1.1 metres at low tide right now. Went back to camp and enjoyed a shower and good sleep.
Up early and in to the river on a run out tide – no issues at the rock bar and plain sailing down to Magella – only one breath taking moment when the depth quickly went to 400 mm but then over it so no worries – could just have esy have been stuck on a sand bar but didnt happen. Few quick casts at the mouth for nothing and then ran up to the top. Surprised to find no other boats in the creek – now i was concerned as surely we werent the only ones here!! Cast the water to foam but couldnt raise a scale – OH OH have we made a big mistake here. Noticed millions and millions of baby catfish in the pools of water along the edges of the water – this didnt register much at the time but really came home to play shortly after.
Headed down stream and fished all the run offs and creeks we coud find – had fished most of the way down the creek and thinsg were looking pretty sad when JD finally snagged a nice barra – cleanish but just aundersize so we dropped the pick. What followed was an awesome session over a few hours on a very non descript creek mouth.
JD was using 65 mm squidgies soft plastics in rainbow trout and this is the only lure they would take – tried heaps of others but they just wouldnt take anything else – if i had though i would have taken a photo of the catfish as the rainbow trout is a dead ringer for it. Between us we probably landed 30 odd barra – most around 54 or 55cm – some cleaner than others – kept 3 of the cleanest for a feed and went back up as the tide stopped the flow – thought the fish may have moved up the river – There was one other boat on the creek by this stage and he had passed us as we sat on the creek mouth – they were at the junction and had yet to land a barra – they told us they were staying at South Alligator and had tripped out for the day 😯 😯 Tells you how good the fishing in the south was.
With the tide now rushing in we went back up river – amazing to see barra free swimming on the surface on a number of occassions but they werent interested in anything we through at em. As the water had slowed right down we logged the rock bar – the water was running back over Cahills as we pulled out and there were plenty of boats fishing the crossing but didnt see a fish landed while we sat there.
Did see some stupid pricks in the car park who were too lazy to drive to the next car park and chose instead to park illegally int he cars parks – just plain rude – how can we as fishos compain when lazy pricks do this kind of stuff – also the ranger drove past while i was getting my car and did nothing about it – WTF.
Packed up and headed home – good few days on the water – MERL camp ground is a great place to stay – the mossies were non existent out there – what did peev me off was the fact that some ignorant so and so think they are above the rules and leave there generator going all night – once again just rude ignorant fishos – should have dropped a couple of sugar cubes int he fuel tank – that would have fixed the problem!!
All in all a couple of good days fishing – plenty of fish albeit a bit on the small side – God camping – mossies were shocking at Shady but no issues at the East.
Interesting to note that the river was chockas with mullet – heaps and heaps of them – schools of them evrywhere – all very nervous but nothing boofing them while we were there. An observation was that most people were chicking big lures such as classics etc and not small lures – the killer lure up and down the river was the squidgie 65mm in rainbow trout as mentioned previously.