Outfished by the Junior Fishos

Club member Steve, family and friends had their annual run down South to Lake Eucumbene.
Weather was good however the lake was well down approx 28% this meant No boat access  from the park and the shore was very muddy… Only boat access available at that moment was at Lake  Jindabyne.
This did not slow down the Junior Fishos, outfishing the adults, 9 fish caught in total, 2 rainbows and 7 brown trout, the smallest 40cm, largest a 56cm brown. 3 caught on Tassie Devil’s rest on bait or powerbait.

New Tinnie

Steve’s mate wanted to give his new tinny a run, so they headed down to Bellambi for a shot at some snapper, Conditions weren’t ideal but wasn’t too rough so we headed out.
1st drop we caught mainly Sweep and Sergeant Baker and not much else so we moved along, 2nd drop much the same, later on we caught a few Southern Wrasse also known as the Maori Parrotfish. Followed it up with 5 Snapper (3 keepers) and 1 Blue Morwong (catch of the day).
All up we kept 3 Snapper, 1 Morwong, 3 Southern Wrasse, 6 Sweep, and threw back heaps of Wrasse, Slimy’s, Sweep and Sergeant Bakers. A good day out. Upon returning to boat ramp an undercover fisheries officer was checking everyone’s catch, although we were OK, some others were fined. I kept half a dozen sweep, filleted them and made a green curry to my surprise it was delicious! I am going to attempt to smoke a couple of the Southern Wrasse, as I read somewhere they’re OK when smoked so will give it a go! Remainder of catch will BBQ asap.

Lake Eucumbene

What a way to start the day at Lake Eucumbene a spectacular sunrise, A group of ESFC members, families and friends headed down south after a great trip down, they were greeted with this sunrise to start off the break. Weather for us was terrific comfortable days and nights. With a Boat and Kayaks we trolled the dam, fished with spinners and hard body lures and fresh bait. With Bill in his Kayak getting the most fish for the break. Largest Trout went to Steve with a 47cm Brown Trout and a PB for Melinda one our youngest Fishos 38cm Rainbow which she caught and retrieved herself .

Hen & Chicken Bay

An early morning start at Hen & Chicken Bay saw the fish to be looking for cover as the day really warmed up by late morning the ESFC members headed  for the shade of the road bridge where Paul picked up this nice sized Flathead the only decent size for the day.

Thompsons Creek

A few ESFC members headed over the mountains to try for summer trout, with weather and wind conditions good everything was in there favour except for the fish, with a little luck on Paul’s side, landed this nice Rainbow Trout

St Georges Basin

With Club members heading south to St Georges Basin, the weather forecast was not boding well with rain and heavy winds predicted, this did not dampen our spirits for a great trip with mates.
The weather on the water was kind with overcast, cold and mild winds gusting we managed to hit the water. Most of the boats caught fish unfortunately nearly all of these were just under and were sent back to grow a lot bigger, the fish caught Bream, Flathead, Flounder, Pinkies, Whiting, a very large unknown (never made it to the boat) and finally a cockle/mussel
On Mick’s boat they caught over 30 fish between them, but only 3 made the plate. Chloe got a nice size flathead which is pictured, Bill got a bream and a flounder. Bill believes they got all there fish with bait. He did see a boat come in Sunday morning where they had 3 large flathead and a really big snapper which they got on plastics.
With our usual get together BBQ, round a fire pit finished of the day

A good time was had by all

Oberon Dam

Well this was a fishing weekend that also turned into a day playing pool. Friday we arrived at Oberon dam for a weekend of chasing Brown and Rainbow trout, unfortunateley the Redfin were about, with all fishos catching them. After a fishing session friday evening we retired to the BBQ and the log Fire for our usual after fishing get together.
Saturday mornig however brought inclement weather and we were able to get a couple of hours in the morning before breakfast, with the wind gaining strength and a few members heading on a road trip and others playing cards we decided a trip to the club for some games of pool were next. Great weekend for getting together with club members and friends. While fishing Paul was the only one to get a look a Trout a small Rainbow and large trout ( judging by the water boil ) which struck hard in the shallows close to the bank, but didn’t get hooked – “you know the one that got a way”.


Lake Lyell

On Friday, two members Steve and Grant decided to head west to lake Lyell at Lithgow for the day, to fine tune the latest improvements to Grants boat and hopefully catch some fish. After a disappointing start to the day trolling the main basin of the dam near the caravan park, a decision was made to head to the backwaters to see if things improved.
As the boat was performing well on the new electric motor, it wasn’t long before Steve hooked up, and after a great fight with a healthy rainbow trout of about 40cm, the fish was unfortunately dropped at the boat whilst landing.
Although very disappointed at the loss, both mates had a laugh when Steve proclaimed he was going to let it go anyway as it was not big enough to keep.  With new found enthusiasm and the sounder fish alert going crazy, trolling re commenced and within a short distance Grant was on. With an early call by Steve that it was a huge brown trout, and with some expert guidance by him, the fish was eventually landed after giving Grant the fight of his life.

Steve was right. A very nice 54cm Brown Trout.  (A new P.B trout and freshwater fish for Grant).

The back waters were trolled for several more hours after this with no luck. With temperatures rising, the fish had gone deep and were holding below the range of all our lures, with frustration mounting, both anglers wished they had brought the down rigger with them. After much excitement and a beautiful day on the water, we headed for home.

A great day shared between two good mates, who together with their families, enjoyed the spoils of the day at lunch on Sunday.