Got the Trifecta but dropped some good fish

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Got the Trifecta but dropped some good fish

Postby arpie » Mon Feb 26, 2018 10:09 pm

Hi guys

Further on to my recent reports - i've had another outing this week (before the rain came down!) and had some good fishing, altho not really landing any 'whoppers' that I often associate with this time of year!

February is my FAV topwater time! :gu: I was fishing an area that I usually find lots of bream on topwater - so was surprised when my first fish landed was a decent flattie on topwater!! :lek:
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He went straight back ... under the kayak when I released it - how good is THIS camouflage?
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A couple of small bream were hooked ....
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Then I found an 'Upside Down Jellyfish' in a totally new area! NOT GOOD! :cry: I will be advising the University of this 'new site'.
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I had a very nice bream on, taking line - then just as I was winning the battle - it spat the hook! :beye: The smaller ones managed to stay on tho!
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I actually managed to toss this lure away 3 times thru busted knots ..... and was VERY lucky to actually FIND it again all 3 times!! LOL

Changing to a diving lure & toss it around the 'clock face' I hooked up most casts ..... many of them getting off tho! I was really surprised when a nice whiting jumped onboard tho! This one on a Crackjack in R60 colour. Very next cast hooked another one, but it fell of as I landed it & it flipped out of the yak with no photo taken! :beye:
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Lots of smaller bream too .... GG working it's magic
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I was having a heap of fun - tho the wind was a bit annoying when it picked up, then a bit of rain as well ...... tho I can't really complain as we seriously need some! The fish continued biting & I had another nice flattie on, temped with the Crackjack in R60. Next cast, another flattie jumped onto the lure & as quickly jumped out of the net as the lure got stuck in the netting!
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The R60 is a terrific lure - I was busted off on it last week too & always carry a spare in the yak 'just in case'! :wink:
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Heading back to base, I had another terrific hit on topwater that took off at a rate of knots - and I assumed it was a big bream with lots of blistering runs .... just when I thought I was winning - it spat the hook!! :idiot: Damn!!

SO - a lot of fun was had & all fish were released to grow bigger!! :lek:

Until next time - TIGHT LINES!

cheers

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Re: Got the Trifecta but dropped some good fish

Postby rocketV » Mon Feb 26, 2018 11:38 pm

Sounds like good fun with just enough fish landed to make up for the frustrations of dropped fish and broken knots. I like the look of that R60 :cool:
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Re: Got the Trifecta but dropped some good fish

Postby RWD » Tue Feb 27, 2018 7:34 am

Nicely done Roberta.
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Re: Got the Trifecta but dropped some good fish

Postby arpie » Tue Feb 27, 2018 8:41 am

Thanks guys

.... I like the look of that R60....

I was busted off on a very nice flattie last week on it too - hence the nice new shiny one! :lol: I am pretty sure that Rob has them on special just now for $10 (all the shallow dive Crackajacks) and I rate them as highly as GGs!!! Check out this well chewed beauty!
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Free delivery for orders over $100 (WELL WORTH getting it up to $100!) and you get a free lure chucked in as well (usually the same one you've just bought - so effectively an extra 10% off!) Check out the rest of the clearouts as well .... some real bargains there! Even Megabass & Sugapen lures! And still got some GGs for $10 as well (use a black, pure or red marker to turn them into a 'real' bream & bass killer! :wink: ) ...... tho they do VERY WELL in their original colours as well! :lek:
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....Nicely done Roberta.....

Looking forward to Seeing you at the Forster Gathering! Bring some strong leader - we'll be hitting the racks, I reckon!! :wink: Possibly on fly too! :lek:

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Re: Got the Trifecta but dropped some good fish

Postby MrFaulty » Tue Feb 27, 2018 4:38 pm

I was up that way a few weeks back (fishing in a mates boat). It was pretty ordinary weather but caught my first top water bream - am hooked now!
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Re: Got the Trifecta but dropped some good fish

Postby arpie » Tue Feb 27, 2018 5:29 pm

.....It was pretty ordinary weather but caught my first top water bream - am hooked now!.......

Cool! Forster is one of the BEST places for topwater bream, flatties and whiting ..... as it has SO MANY shallows!! That is the secret! :wink:

Let me know next time you are up!! :lek:

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Re: Got the Trifecta but dropped some good fish

Postby Mackayak » Thu Mar 01, 2018 8:06 am

Looks like a great day well done wish the water would clear up her :?:
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Re: Got the Trifecta but dropped some good fish

Postby Mr T » Thu Mar 01, 2018 9:58 am

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Re: Got the Trifecta but dropped some good fish

Postby hillbilly » Thu Mar 01, 2018 6:08 pm

Hi Roberta. Some great photos there. Re the Upside Down Jellyfish. For half my time I live on a canal at Pottsville where there were plenty of those Jellyfish but after the floods in April last year I haven't seen any of them since. I remember their real name was either ??????? Cassiopea or Cassiopea ????????? and were named after the star constellation of Cassiopea which has a great story to it. I'll let you and others do the research on that and you'll see the relevance of the name. Some in the canal were 20 cm plus in diameter. Maybe they washed down your way after the last year's April floods or blew down in a strong Northerly. :lek: Regards Bill
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Re: Got the Trifecta but dropped some good fish

Postby flattyakker » Sun Mar 04, 2018 10:00 pm

Great to see you out smashing the topwater Arpie!
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Re: Got the Trifecta but dropped some good fish

Postby flattyakker » Sun Mar 04, 2018 10:00 pm

Great to see you out smashing the topwater Arpie!
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Re: Got the Trifecta but dropped some good fish

Postby arpie » Wed Mar 07, 2018 11:32 am

Thanks guys.

....Maybe they washed down your way after the last year's April floods or blew down in a strong Northerly.....

I've been tracking them here for some years now - probably 6 years or more - but i first round them in big numbers & size back in 2009 in Pipers Creek. The Australian Museum has sent their Collections officer up a few times over the years to gather specimens & I still advise them when I find new outbreaks ..... and this is the first time I've found them in this particular spot. :cry:

You can read the paper the Museum put out a couple of years ago - they were quite excited when I contacted them about them .... I get mentioned in the paper a few times for bringing it to their attention - but if the Fisheries officer I gave samples to way back in 2009 had contacted them THEN ...... it would have been a much better history of them in the lake. They've been in plague proportions in some areas, but in the last year or so, been very sporadic.
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Yep, they've identified a few varieties of the Cassiopeia family here - showing this one in the water, wrong side up.
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And in the net, wrong side up
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In the water, they look quite white (like mini sand holes) so are easy to spot, the closer you get to them
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But OUT of the water, they are a dirty brown colour!
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This is what they look like at a distance
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I will let the Museum Aquatic section know of your find up Pottsville way! They may be keen to visit!!

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Re: Got the Trifecta but dropped some good fish

Postby hillbilly » Wed Mar 07, 2018 5:41 pm

Do a Google search on Greek Mythology of Cassiopea Constellation and you will see the relevance of the upside jellyfish naming. Bill
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Re: Got the Trifecta but dropped some good fish

Postby Freewily » Tue Mar 13, 2018 9:06 pm

Nice session Roberta! :grin: Good on you for getting out. :wink:
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