Very Very Very Memorable Easter/Anzac Trip

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Rory222
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Very Very Very Memorable Easter/Anzac Trip

#1 Post by Rory222 » Tue Apr 30, 2019 11:01 pm

G’day all

Hope you all had a happy and safe Easter!

I managed a little bit of time off and got in a quick trip to Forster followed by a camping trip on the Edward River in the Riverina over the Easter and Anzac weekends (with a few days of work in between.

I’ll get a Estuary post up as well but will focus on the Fresh chapter here.

Headed out Thursday before Easter and spent the day getting set up and settling in with a beverage or two. Managed a couple of small cod off the bank that evening which got the trip off to a positive start.

Got on the water on the Friday morning keen to catch a yellow belly for dinner. I hit quite a few spots for not a lot of action - there were heaps of boats on the water and it was a bit of a tussle to get to the “good” spots. Anyway I eventually snuck into one of my favorite snags and it wasn’t long before I had a smile on my dial. First fish bobbing a shrimp down through the sticks was a chunk of a yella at 53cm. He pulled hard but I just worked him steadily up through the timber and got my prize. This was a new PB for me :grin:
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After happy snaps and measuring I dropped another juicy shrimp back down in the same spot and bugger me if it wasn’t walloped again. Up comes another fantastic yella at 52cm :glad: :glad: :glad:
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I did half think I was a chance of the trifecta when I dropped the next shrimp in but it was not to be so I moved on to another likely spot. With a bit more effort bobbing away in amongst the sticks I eventually landed a perfect eating size yella at 45cm. That was dinner sorted :grin:
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Back to camp after that as my brother and niece were getting close to arriving and it was Beer oclock :lol:

Well to say the fish shut down after that was an understatement. I think I got one bite on Sunday (which he bricked me :?: ) and that was it - oh and maybe one carp.

We then got drenched on Sunday afternoon and the bardi grub moths came out in numbers and I mean serious numbers...
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My poor 5yo niece was terrified and spent most of the night barricaded inside the tent :lol: I shouldn’t laugh... Anyway I did get a 58cm cod off the bank at about 3am Monday morning - no pics as was too dark and I was too tired to bother.

Had to head back for work Tuesday but intended to head back Fri evening and fish the following weekend.

Got back to camp at 8pm Friday and by 12.15am my fishing dreams had been realised . Fishing from the bank while enjoying the campfire the rod went off (baited with shrimp again) and I was now trying to bring a fish in that had wrapped around a dead tree in the river. I worked on it for a few minutes and eventually felt the fish come free. He surfaced momentarily and I gasped with excitement as I saw its size. It took off again down under another log. Now with the pressure right on me not to lose this fish I steadily worked him out of the snag, whilst yelling to the old man to get the net!!!

He came free of the snag after a few minutes and I eased him up on the sandbar. Dad scooped him up in the net and called him for a metre. I wasn’t game to make a call - he’d be close though.

On a wet bag we moved him up into the light and made the official measure. 102cm - you bloody beauty!!! Woohoo! Was pretty happy with that.
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Now I know he wasn’t caught on the yak but I’m pretty comfortable you’ll all be happy to appreciate the big boy for what he was - so here he is...
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I was a pretty happy camper :grin: :grin: :grin: We eased him back into the water and he said goodbye with a big slap of his massive tail. Absolutely awesome :glad:

The rest of the weekend was spent sitting on cloud nine. No other fish to report except one stinky carp. So Sunday evening it was home to reality again but with some extra special memories on board.
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Hope you enjoyed and thanks for reading!

Cheers
Rory222
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Murray Cod - 68cm
Trout Cod - 58cm
Yellowbelly - 53cm
Flathead - 91cm
Bream - 43cm
Whiting - 40cm
Tailor - 45cm
Trevally - 43cm
Redfin - 25cm
Blackfish - 34cm
Tarwhine - 36cm
Carp - 74cm
River Blackfish - 15cm

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Re: Very Very Very Memorable Easter/Anzac Trip

#2 Post by dinodadog » Wed May 01, 2019 6:26 am

Epic weekend great report.
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Re: Very Very Very Memorable Easter/Anzac Trip

#3 Post by Ads22 » Wed May 01, 2019 7:52 am

I agree, that's a very memorable trip. Now to land a metre cod from the yak. 🤣 No doubt it was a huge thrill seeing that beast surface and land it. I'm sure it'll stick with you a long time!! Oh yeah, the Yellas were 'ok', too. 😁
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Re: Very Very Very Memorable Easter/Anzac Trip

#4 Post by WayneD » Thu May 02, 2019 9:15 am

Nicely done! The big ones are always exciting when you see them for the first time. Then the panic kicks in. Please god, please god let me land this, that's all I ask. The only time I ever pray :lol:
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Re: Very Very Very Memorable Easter/Anzac Trip

#5 Post by Mackayak » Thu May 02, 2019 3:09 pm

Great weekend you will remember it for a long time well done :love:
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Re: Very Very Very Memorable Easter/Anzac Trip

#6 Post by Rory222 » Fri May 17, 2019 12:56 am

Thanks guys for the replies. I’m still smiling. :grin:
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Murray Cod - 68cm
Trout Cod - 58cm
Yellowbelly - 53cm
Flathead - 91cm
Bream - 43cm
Whiting - 40cm
Tailor - 45cm
Trevally - 43cm
Redfin - 25cm
Blackfish - 34cm
Tarwhine - 36cm
Carp - 74cm
River Blackfish - 15cm

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Re: Very Very Very Memorable Easter/Anzac Trip

#7 Post by mAx » Sun Jun 02, 2019 4:43 pm

What a story! Re-lived that big one with you :cool:
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Re: Very Very Very Memorable Easter/Anzac Trip

#8 Post by Ozzybass » Sun Jun 16, 2019 10:56 am

Wow! Great trip, great report and great fish!! Congrats.

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Re: Very Very Very Memorable Easter/Anzac Trip

#9 Post by arpie » Sun Jun 16, 2019 11:31 pm

CRACKER session, Briana!! I am jealous of your massive Cod!! How good was that?? Well done.

FAT Yellas, too!! Amazing shape!!

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Re: Very Very Very Memorable Easter/Anzac Trip

#10 Post by Rory222 » Mon Jun 17, 2019 7:40 pm

Thanks guys! Was a good trip :grin:
Yak PB's
Murray Cod - 68cm
Trout Cod - 58cm
Yellowbelly - 53cm
Flathead - 91cm
Bream - 43cm
Whiting - 40cm
Tailor - 45cm
Trevally - 43cm
Redfin - 25cm
Blackfish - 34cm
Tarwhine - 36cm
Carp - 74cm
River Blackfish - 15cm

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