Quad fishing the runoff again...

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Quad fishing the runoff again...

Post by Flickin4em » Fri Apr 13, 2018 10:13 pm

After restocking on SXR12 Xraps (which I didn't even use this trip ) due to the couple I'd lost on my initial trip out to my quad fishing area last week. I was keen as mustard to get back down there and try and land another monster and soon I had the bike refueled and completely serviced. It's radiator protection had been cleaned and latest tackle box additions sorted out ready again for another trip well off the beaten track.
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I had loaded up the rig the night before and soon the afternoon rolled around and following the routine of loading the esky and usual last minute gear . I was soon headed back down the now familliar dusty track at 100 on the freshly graded section and before long pulled in under my usual shady campsite after a bit of offroading.
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Blue winged kookaburras laughter could be heard from the nearby river as I loaded up the final items and couple of frosty beverages into the backpack and taped the 2 piece rod into its custom made holder. Hopefully won't be broken when I get there like a different trip out this way years back I thought as the dense speargrass had bent a couple of its eyelets coming home at rally pace last weekend.

I backed the quad down the ramps and fired it up, locked up the ute and double checked I had the GOPRO recording and hit the throttle. The track still had a million speargrass prickles but now was run in a little bit so doing a decent pace was far less risky. I cruised though the scrub at up to 70km per hour no worries in a few open sections knowing now the area was free of hidden obstacles.

The bike made easy work of it traveling the whole way in 2wd. With a minor potentially life threatening moment where i came in way too hot into a sharp bend and shot 10m off into the bush. :cool:
Pretty shortly I was parked up in the shade of the paperbarks prepping the gear for another day out fishing the snags and shortcut corner feeder creeks .

A short hike down the river through my machette track I'd already cut into the corner. I set the backpack down and cast out into the likely areas I'd got fish in previously.
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I was running a samaki vibe this time and cast into all of my usual areas for doughnut got a few snags as per usual with these things.
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A small sooty up the top corner broke the drought and lifted spirits somewhat... got a bit of action on the gopro so was actually stoked even though the fish didn't top 40cm.

It hadn't dropped off the high bank into the main river itself yet so I gave the area a rest after a further 10 minutes and moved on to another spot only 100m away with a decent feeder creek spilling into the river through a tangle of bamboo and over a huge dead tree with just the tips of its branches indicating the main trunks location. .. it's a typical textbook barra haunt and has produced some good fish over the years. I ditched the vibe as a bit of a defect in its nose meant it was swimming a bit crooked anyway. I rigged a new zerek live cherabin lure in a new colour I was testing in this area and clambered out into position balancing on the roots of another fallen tree.

Righto.... Press record... here we go.... :fishing:

The lure splashed down right in the opposite edge of the mouth and drifted to the bottom of the creek resting just on the edge of the drop off. The ripples spread slowly from the area disturbing the otherwise still surface of the river. A short twitch hopped the lure over the edge into 4m of water chockers full of huge dead logs. A couple more twitches to keep it out of the timber and it was almost back onto the leader when the spin rod bucked to life and bent over double with a solid hit from a good sized barra...

A short burst of drag unloaded with the hit but the weedless hook failed to find a spot to hold solid and the lure flew past my shoulder into the tree behind me..damn. got the footage tho. So not all bad. I cast again, no takers on the 2nd try so sent out cast number 3.

Clicked the bail arm of the ci4 over and took up the slack line allowing a steady drift 5m out and headed for the mouth of the creek........ WHACK... "gotcha"
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I struck and felt good weight and immediately 30lb braid under full locked drag was ripping off through the snag across the other side of the feeder creek unloading off the 4000 in massive spurts. .. I added a bit of extra weight to my already heavy drag settings with the ol' palm on the spool move panicking slightly as it jumped whilst in the middle of some really nasty stuff. :shock:

The single weedless hook in its jaw hinge held solid and I luckily steered the fish back into the open after a few more nervous moments around the timber . It was far from being beat though and after several more powerful runs and a few jumps i eventually held the 45lb schnider leader in my hand and lifted it up onto the bank. my sunnies got flicked off mid chaos in the landing sequence and tumbled down the bank stopping just centimeters from falling in off the deep edge. ...phew.. :sweat: got lucky on that one.

Quickly I unhooked the fish and rolled the bragmat out .. 72 cm was the verdict but it had fought well above its weight in the current.
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I got the whole thing on GOPRO and was prety happy with myself especially as I'd nearly lost my MAKO sunnies too. . I returned it back to its favourite creek and clambered out over into position again. Gotta love it when your lures are the only ones the fish have seen for the year... proving once again effort put in is directionally proportional to potential rewards most of the time.

I cast out again and was only a few metres into the retrive on the 2nd twitch and pause when it was smashed again...
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more action followed as the sun dissappeared below the horizon. I continued to hook solid barra every few casts and didn't change lures at all. 7 keepers and a fair few just undersized ones rounded off the evening. The 72 at the start was the biggest today and i reckon I'd hooked onto a possible 80 but it didn't jump at all before pulling the hook :bonk:

The bigger prawn lure was great not allowing the smaller fish too hook up saving a fair bit of time aswell as minimizing spot disturbance.
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Soon it was nearly dark so hiking back to the bike was the next move . Tackle was hastily prepped to reduce gear damage by the muddy sections, dense grass and plenty of small trees that make up the mission of a track back out of here. I slapped wildy at my legs between tying things down and making sure all my gear was accounted for as my board shorts and thongs were not doing a great job with the crazy numbers of mozzies in the jungle edge where I had left the quad. It roared to life and I gently headed out of the river bed over the big logs and knarly washouts and back out onto the floodplain. The trusty lightbar lit it all up like daytime and i casually ran the 20 minutes back up to the ute almost cleaning up a suicidal wallaby enroute.
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I arrived in the full darkness and dug through the backpack for the keys.

This is the best bit.....

Nope I didn't lose the keys ... that'd be silly. :rofl:

Even better.... I'd sat the wallet and phone on the front rack while digging out the keys and then after pulling the ramps out I decided to run through the crossing to rinse some of the blacksoil out of the bashplates .. clever as. . I chucked it in 4wd and Low and tore out through a lap of 150m of water mostly 500mm but up to 700 deep out the end where I'd turned around. I drove back out and soon was loaded up rod and backpack all packed away and even just had a shower with the water onboard the ute as well as changed into fresh clothes, had a feed and opened up a roadie then I hopped into the cab then started it up. I cranked up the tunes and almost immediately figured out my wallet and phone weren't in there ... spewin. ... searched the backpack, nothing, thats odd.. checked the box on the bike still nothing then I looked down with the Led Lenser and saw that my wallet was in the footwell of the bike . . . OH SH!T. :|

My phone will be in the crossing for sure I thought immediately thinking of all the pics i hadn't downloaded ... I grabbed the LED LENSER H7R.2 HEADLAMP in my hand and walked out into the river surveying the area intently for the croc that is always nearby. At this stage the phone would've been in there for 15-20 min. at least. About 30m into following the tracks i saw it on the bottom the volume button on the case had recently cracked on its seal so its not waterproof and the phone is only 60 sec immersion rated so I wasn't holding much hope for the ol faithful GALAXY S5 Samsung when I picked it up. The LIFEPROOF case had some big scratches on it as it'd gone under the rear wheel of my 750 but looked intact.. I pressed the power button and it lit up.

Winning... :mrgreen:

Immediately i removed the case and its pulled out its battery and put it on the floor of the ute for the trip back home I sat it right where the extractors run close to the body creating a heat bed effect. It now is typing this report so looks like it survived it's swim . Gotta love that .. 8)

yeeeeeeewwwww. !!!

Must've been my lucky day. :D
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Re: Landbased adventure.... Quad fishing.

Post by MR126 » Fri Apr 13, 2018 10:20 pm

Great report mate,

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Re: Quad fishing the runoff again...

Post by Eman » Fri Apr 13, 2018 11:20 pm

Brilliant mate.

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Re: Quad fishing the runoff again...

Post by theodosius » Fri Apr 13, 2018 11:27 pm

Great report and great luck with the gear!

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Re: Quad fishing the runoff again...

Post by Tap'n'Zap » Sat Apr 14, 2018 1:39 am

Great read mate, thanks for sharing.

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Re: Quad fishing the runoff again...

Post by NBN » Sat Apr 14, 2018 2:57 pm

Mate looking forward to 2019 when your bet finishes and you can get the serious gear back in action. Going well on the light stuff.

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Re: Quad fishing the runoff again...

Post by Flickin4em » Sun Apr 15, 2018 12:06 am

You tube clip ...


[youtube]https://youtu.be/DZhvh42N5hlA [/youtube]

[youtube]barramundi fishing : sample of the freshwater action around darwin [/youtube]

First attempt at trying to link it to a post

Now 3 edits in.... still no joy with the link. .. :banghead:


https://youtu.be/DZhvh42N5hlA perhaps this is the go ?
https:///youtu.be/DZhvh42N5hIA

NOPE. :bonk: .. will have to ask. ... Any pointers on this somebody? ?
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Re: Quad fishing the runoff again...

Post by balou » Sun Apr 15, 2018 8:44 am

Good report thanks for posting

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Re: Quad fishing the runoff again...

Post by Flickin4em » Sun Apr 15, 2018 11:34 am

Top stuff thanks for that Jack you're a bl..dy legend hope u enjoyed the clip. But it's still got me stuffed why i couldn't get it to work??. ..
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Re: Quad fishing the runoff again...

Post by Flickin4em » Sun Apr 15, 2018 12:53 pm

Yep ... wrong link to a vid I'd already deleted. Noticed the link I'd loaded up had 42 not 2 ..in amongst it. ..

U GET THAT ON THE BIG JOBS ..

Damn u technology !!!!! It can be both good and bad sometimes...

but theres no way that I'd go back to horse n cart days if u paid me a million bucks. :rofl:

Just turn the settings on the you tube vid up to 720 for a clearer image on the clip first too ...

:banghead: :banghead: :banghead: :drinking28: :D
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Re: Quad fishing the runoff again...

Post by Eman » Sun Apr 15, 2018 2:59 pm

Great clip mate

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Re: Quad fishing the runoff again...

Post by RedDevil » Tue Apr 17, 2018 9:45 am

Great report and clip mate!

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