Mingara Fishing Competition March 2013
The Emu Sports team headed off for the annual Mingara FC Tournament on the weekend 1-3 March keen to get into the fish. However as luck would have it the weather did not cooperate.
Very thankful though that we went for cabins with Rick, Angie and Jordie in one and myself, Bruce & Paul in the other… better than tents . The wind blew and blew and the rain fell, reducing everyone to fishing the banks around the Two Shores Caravan Pk
Bruce got off to a good start landing a nice 27cm Bream, but it was downhill from there. So we headed into the Entrance and tried a few other spots either side of the bridge. Firstly near the boat ramp and surrounds, this started promising with some small Bream and small Flathead, alas that was it. The other side of the bridge didn’t fare any better and the wind kept blowing. Oh well, nothing really to weigh in Saturday, however it was time to head off for the dinner and this was again a great spread put on by the Mingara Club. Lucky door prizes, raffles, good food, cold beer and a well orchestrated night all went to making a very enjoyable evening.
We woke Sunday morning to more of the same, wind & rain, so unfortunately we are land locked again. The fishing didn’t fare any better, small Bream being the only catch with some of us now turning to bait rather than lures. Some excitement late in regular hours when Chris hooked what seemed a decent fish but it turned out to be a Long Tom with no great weight value.
At the final weigh-in it was immediately apparent everyone struggled in the conditions with many species not caught and those that did were on the smaller side. Largest Bream was 850g, Salmon 1.5k & Leatherjacket 220g, these significantly less that other years.
Apart from the weather a good time was still had, dry accommodation, good company and plenty of laughs. We will be back !!!
I cannot close without mentioning one very sad moment when one of our competitors from the Seven Hills FC fell very ill and was rushed to hospital. It is with much sadness that I advise he has sinced passed away. Our deepest sympathy and condolences go to his family and all the members of Seven Hills FC.
Lake Eucumbene December 2012
“Three of us camped for four nights on the shores of Lake Eucumbene between Christmas and new year. The lake level was at 55% and the fishing reports in the weeks leading up to our trip had built up our anticipation of some great fishing. For the duration of our stay a slow moving high pressure system brought calm near windless days with temps in the high 20’s (though the nights still turned quite cold!!). While the conditions were perfect for day time polaroiding only one fish was spotted for the entire trip.
The higher temperature and glassy surface obviously sent the fish down and only those trolling with downriggers to 20-25ft had any real success. Fortunately the fish moved in closer to the shoreline after sunset and stayed around well into the dark. Caught browns sub-surface on mudeye patterns and rainbows were happy to rise of an evening to small dry’s (caddis and parachute adams variants working best) but for some reason they proved frustratingly difficult to hook.
Walked the Eucumbene river upstream from the portal for 3-4 klms one afternoon – plenty of platypus out in the sun but again the fish were obviously tucked into the shaded bank undercuts – zero spotted. Fished four solid hours around Kalkite at Lake Jindabyne one morning for one brown.
Final score: 6 fish between the 3 of us over 4 days – hard but nonetheless still very enjoyable work.”
Devlins Road Castlereagh
Club Day Out – Kayak and Bank fishing for carp a small group of emu fishos ventured down to Castlereagh to try there hand at the target species Carp. The fish were very scarce. Fish caught small mullet , sprat and eel tailed catfish. It had been along time since i wet a line at Devlins , could not believe hows it changed since may last visit many moons ago, bitumen road and small parking area and a nice sandy area. Other fisho’s down at the river in kayaks and canoes. Great relaxing morning on the water. Thanks
Colo Fishing Day
Club Day Out – Kayak fishing on the Colo River – Beautiful day on the water unfortunately the fish were dining out elsewhere, still a great way to spend a Sunday