Easter Fishing - What did you get up to? Me? BREAM!

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Easter Fishing - What did you get up to? Me? BREAM!

Postby arpie » Thu Apr 05, 2018 4:04 pm

Hi guys

I got back from my radiation treatment at Port Macquarie on Thurs, just in time for Easter ..... I wasn't sure if I'd be a bit tired from it ... so went out in the yak to test myself, on the Fri, Sun & Mon! :gu: I was definitely tired at the end of it tho! :lol:

This is my FAVOURITE time of year for Topwater fishing in Forster/Tuncurry ..... from about Feb thru to April - the fishing can be just SO HOT! I really like the 'crystal' coloured ones - so much so - I take a bottle of crystal coloured fingernail polish out with me, in case it gets too badly scuffed (or I lose it & have to use a different coloured one - I can change it! :wink: )

Just metres from putting in - I put the topwater lure towards The Colonel's (who usually abuses anyone who casts anywhere NEAR his establishment!) and the water erupted! I thought it had missed, until i saw my line snaking across the water towards the Cafe!! Striking hard, I had to try & steer the fish away from the oyster covered poles..... whilst it pulled me towards it!! I had a bit of an audience .... and was rewarded with a nice 35cm bream! When I put it back - some patrons were amazed!!
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I got another couple of small ones ,..... then the whiting came in on the game!! A couple of smaller ones, then a nice elbow slapper!
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It was really windy on the Sun, so I headed off to the Keys to see if I could find somewhere out of the wind & fished a few hours there!! I had a HEAP of hits - I just couldn't get them to hook up! grrrr But I did manage one nice 35cm one!
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Heading back to the car, I had a massive hit and the rod was bent double! This was either a serious fish, or I'd hooked a cormorant - it was going so hard!! Nup - it was a nice flattie that went 50cm!! He came home for dinner!
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On Monday, Dave/Huggy and I hit Taree St & I headed to some submerged racks & rubble/mangrove areas. The tide was coming in but was still filthy dirty from all the rain - so I was amazed when the bream were hitting topwater immediately! I'd always had success there with my Damiki Umpa Popper - it is smaller than most - so is a lot more 'subtle' in it's 'popping'! Matter of fact - I rarely 'pop' it - I 'skitter it' across the surface quickly, then stop it suddenly! It has gone past the face of numerous fish & the bigger ones usually chase it aggressively! I missed SO many hits, but still managed to land about 20+ bream - the biggest going about 35cm (AGAIN!) At least I didn't get busted off this time (as has happened there the last few times!)

The start of the Umpa Fest! :gu:

I even landed another flattie on the Umpa too!
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This one had a nice set of dentures - a blue nose in the making
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They were slowly getting bigger ....
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By Mid Morning .... the 'in tide' was finally making it's mark in Tuncurry - and I could see this 'ridge of water' (which I thought was a reef!) It was where the 'clean water' was hitting the 'dirty water'. I tried to get a pic of it - but not sure if it really 'shows' the 2 waters ..... so, clean water on the left and dirty water on the right of the 'ridge' in the middle!
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I was virtually getting a hit on every cast & a hookup on every other cast!! :wink:
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I love it when a plan comes together!
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Earlier in the day, I'd done a particularly 'hard' cast - and unknowingly, hit an oyster covered pole behind me on the back cast ..... and the Umpa 'popped off' the leader! :beye: I was devastated!! I pedalled around looking for it - working out that the tide should have taken it 'over there' ..... and blow me down, I found it! :glad: YAY! WIN!!

Heading back to the car across the flats, I just continued casting to every 'deep bit' - and something exploded from the water & grabbed it ... leaping out of the water twice (not a long tom - wrong shape ....) and the braid busted about 10ft from the leader & I lost the lure AGAIN! BUGGER!! Then, I thought - I may as well have a good look around, cos sometimes the fish will throw the hook as the 'whip effect' of the line busting can eject it from the fish's mouth! Once again - blow me down, I found it!! This lure is like a cat with 9 lives!! :lek:
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I hope everyone had a great Easter & got into some good fish!! Show me what ya got!! :lek:

cheers

Roberta

(Hope to get out with Dave/Huggy again tomorrow.)
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Re: Easter Fishing - What did you get up to? Me? BREAM!

Postby Aussie54 » Thu Apr 05, 2018 9:16 pm

Gee Roberta that bigger bream has some serious teeth.

I tend to throw the larger bream back too, actually rarely keep one. I feel sorry for the bigger ones cause they are so old, feel guilty about ending their life so they go back, I' keep a flatty in the 40 to 55 maybe 60 cms though, all the rest go back and I sometimes keep the bigger whiting above 30cms or so.

Nice fish, thanks for the report, hope your treatment works out well.

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Re: Easter Fishing - What did you get up to? Me? BREAM!

Postby wongus » Thu Apr 05, 2018 10:03 pm

Nice effort.. some quality fish there as usual. Well done!
Cheers
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Postby rocketV » Thu Apr 05, 2018 10:45 pm

Good to hear you are doing well and back into the surface action! :cool:
Gotta love finding a lure that you have given up for lost :grin:
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Re: Easter Fishing - What did you get up to? Me? BREAM!

Postby nigel » Fri Apr 06, 2018 10:02 am

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Re: Easter Fishing - What did you get up to? Me? BREAM!

Postby pdfarrell » Fri Apr 06, 2018 3:13 pm

Some great photos of some great fish Roberta.
Going to have to invest in a few of those Umpa's!

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Postby justforfun » Sun Apr 08, 2018 9:53 pm

glad to see you out and about.cheers Justforfun
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Postby flattyakker » Sun Apr 08, 2018 10:10 pm

Great stuff Roberta

Good to hear you are back doing what you love!

Great fish and keep them coming!!
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Postby ytumer » Thu Apr 12, 2018 4:59 pm

Wow Roberta! You're a rear inspiration.
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Postby Snapperpaddy » Thu Apr 12, 2018 6:01 pm

Love ya posts
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Re: Easter Fishing - What did you get up to? Me? BREAM!

Postby arpie » Thu Apr 12, 2018 9:17 pm

Thanks for the kind words, guys ... I've had a couple of 'dud' outings as well - where stuff all has been caught ...... but hey! Shit Happens! LOL

You've gotta get out there & give it a go!!

As you know - I just LOVE my fishing - it is 2nd only to my Ukulele playing - and on Sunday I head off to Norfolk Island for a week of Ukulele playing - they have a uke festival next week!! I have ONE free day on the following Sunday - so perhaps I'll be able to line up a charter boat for some fishing! Silly NOT TO, I reckon, going that far & NOT going fishing! :roll:

I hope you are getting out just now - looking forward to reading your posts & showing pics of your fish! :wink:

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