Our Fishing Mate Rick Hunt

It is with sadness and a heavy heart that I advise our good friend and fellow member of ESFC
Rick Hunt passed away 07/12/2016
His wife Angie was by his side as he passed. Our thoughts and prayers are with Angie and the family at this very sad time.
Rick will be remembered as a kind hearted man who loved his family and fishing and loved to have a chat over a beer. Discussing of course those most important aspects of life, boats, bait and tackle.

RIP Rick, you will be missed mate.

All our sincere and deepest condolences to Angie, Jordan and all the family.

With sadness
ESFC Members and Families

Lake Macquarie 2016

Xmas 2016 is almost upon us and our last outing for 2016 was at Lake Macquarie, a special thanks to Phil and Wendy for organising the venue, the Inner Reel Ladies for the food and Jnr Inner Reel for there help with the prizes. The weather  conditions were pretty good for a day on the water chasing the mystery fish. Phil and Mick had ventured out on the Friday afternoon to test the lake with a nice whiting caught and released. the next day with 3 boats on hand and a low tide to launch on 2 boats went and launched from Swansea and 1 boat launched on the lake side and had to navigate a very shallow channel to the lake. The fishing could be classed as hard as the bites were very timid until the tide change then it became a bit of fun with plenty of species but no keepers from tailor to bream , whiting to pinkies. Grant had a miss with an decent fish, by hooking a small tailor and then something much bigger decided to take that and missed the hook, that would have been interesting. The trip did have a sombre feel to it when we learnt that a club member had been admitted to hospital on Friday our thoughts were with him and his family.


Oberon Dam

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9 Club member’s ventured over the mountains to try their luck trout fishing Oberon Dam, with all the rain the dam was full, with water flowing over the spillway a great sight for the dam. Our camp grounds were two Silver Train Carriages that had been converted into 4 Cabins each having there own Bathroom and Kitchenette with fantastic views of Oberon Dam. We had great weather for us to fish by, so we set out to target the trout. With Oberon Dam being open to kayaks it certainly opened up the amount of dam area we could try, club members tried fishing from their kayaks, trolling throwing soft plastics and bait. Other members tried there luck walking the banks using lures, soft plastics and bait, then there were our dedicated Fly Fisher persons. Even though there were only 2 fished hooked and 1 landed a very healthy Rainbow Trout 42cm approx 1.2 kilo. General consensus for the trip “We’ll be back”.

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Parsley Bay

chrisk-flatty-sm2 Club Members and possible new member headed to the Brooklyn for a day on the water. Left Parsley Bay approx 6.30 headed to Lion Island. Landed a few rock cod so made a move. Trolled for a bit but nothing then went a bit wider and landed a few small flatties. Thinking we were on a good thing and the big ones are there we persisted. Beautiful day on the water probably too good water was like a mirror, water skiers were out and about there. However at the end of the day only 1 legal flattie but must have been 30 under size. Them’s the breaks, but the day was awesome, catching fish a bonus. Chris had a real arm straightener workout with this flattie

Lake Jindabyne


Early Morning Fly Fishing Lake Jindabyne

June long weekend, 4 mates headed south to Lake Jindabyne for a weekend of trout fishing before the season closure of the trout streams. After a very reasonable run south, we arrived at our accommodation at Kalkite, with lake being at our back door the views were awesome however the wind was very strong across the water with heavy gusts, during the night it just got stronger.
IMG_1370-smIMG_1353-smWe woke to a cold morning with the a bit of discussion we decided to launch the boat and head across the dam to some small bays, fish the bank and troll the bays. Trolling around the fish were all sitting down deep and in amongst the underwater structure. After trolling in out of the bays we finally hooked up on a 33cm healthy Rainbow – Congrats to Grant on his first landed Trout, and he was pretty happy about that.  In the afternoon we headed towards the Thredbo River to try our luck, with no joy the trout just were not interested, in anything tried fly, lure, soft plastic, even bait didn’t get a look in. With the wind picking up again it was a slower trip back to the boat ramp and then a hearty meal at our lodgings.


Lake Ecumbene 2nd Series

20160527_170646-webSteve a relatively new club member accompanied by family and friends headed down to Buckenderra to try there luck, with some very good results. Thanks to Steve for the report and photos. Steve caught a brown 33cm, only small but 1st Trout so happy with that
Congrats on your first Trout.
Largest fish was 48cm, over the long weekend there were a total of 9 trout caught, 3 of the bank on power-bait, the rest by trolling, surprisingly the biggest trout was caught in the middle of the day. The Weather was great during the day, early morning and nights were cold but had a good size fire to keep us warm. Fresh smoked trout on a mates smoker, tasted awesome.
A couple of mates heard of some good trout being caught by fly fisherman at Denison Camp ground, so went up there and had a crack at fly fishing, they didn’t manage to land one, however saw a couple of big trout being caught by experienced anglers.

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Lake Eucumbene

Eucumbene weekend, turned into the Snowy Mountain’s weekend, the weather was kind to us, although we did burn a lot of wood on the fires, (thanks to Mick and friends for the wood collection detail). We all had the fortune to watch a spectacular moon rise. The food and the company were great and the fishing, well that was really good practice. With the lake water level dropping the water temp warmer than usual the fish were out in the deep water, making the fishing hard work which took its toll on some of our seasoned fisherman. Steve managed to land a couple of nice rainbow trout unfortunately lost a good fish just on dusk, Sue while walking the bank hooked a little Brook Trout which was caught on a fly and safely released, apparently the photo doesn’t do the trout’s colouring justice, Sue’s quote “a very pretty fish”. Brook trout have a white leading edge on there reddish lower fins, while brown trout have olive lower fins.
So the ESFC target fish again was elusive to members maybe next time. Thanks to all who joined us for this trip.

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Club President Bruce Stewart

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“It is with great sadness that we advise the recent passing of our President, Bruce Stewart.
Emu Sports Fishing Club would like to offer their sincere condolences to his family.
Bruce was elected the first President of the Emu Sports Fishing Club in 2003
a position he held on two occasions 2003- 2005 & 2010 – Dec 2015.

Bruce was a great supporter of the Club, not only as President, but also over many years with his work
on the committee and also as a friend to all at ESFC.”

He will be greatly missed.

R.I.P. Bruce

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XMAS 2015

Well another year is quickly coming to an end, the ESFC has had a great year, our small club has grown with new members joining thru the year and our club trips have been very successful ( maybe not with quantity of fish caught ) but friendships we have made.
Our grateful thanks to the Ladies of the “Inner Reel” who organised the venue and the catering for our XMAS party and our thoughts to club members who could not be there with us, thanks to Tonnie for the Xmas Piñata the Kids had lots of fun.
To our ESFC president Bruce and family for their efforts with the ESFC end of year raffles and prizes
Congratulations to Mick who was the winner of our major prize a Light Spin Combo Daiwa Rod , Abu Garcia Reel and Braid
Thanks to our Board Members Bruce, Chris, Bill and the Club members who make the club, the success we are.
Merry Xmas to all , Happy New and stay safe over the break, for those members who will be wetting a line – Pictures and reports for 2016

Lake Mcquarie

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This being our last club trip for 2015, I would like to say what a great way to finish off the year, thanks to all for  joining us on the Lake, we had great weather with it getting a little bumpy on the lake due the the afternoon wind getting stronger as the day progressed, target fish – largest Flathead, Congrats to Annette for her 49cm Flattie, a nice bream to Chris, and a mixed bag of fish to to Steve trying for one of everything, Tailor, Snapper, Whiting, Bream , Flattie – Congrats to Chris on his 65cm caught the next morning what great way to finish