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.
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Tench Reserve Boat Ramp, Penrith Sunday 29 April 2018 2pm – 6pm
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
Congratulations to Paul Riley the first winner of our ESFC memorial Trophy club competition held at Lake StClair for largest Bass caught
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.