A little bit of Bass'n

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A little bit of Bass'n

#1 Post by allane » Wed Feb 20, 2019 3:44 pm

Monday afternoon I decided to head up to the upper reaches of one of our pristine waterways. The rivers are suffering somewhat from a lack of rain, so hopefully there will still be some flow. On arrival, though only just flowing, the river looks pristine, just hope the fish will oblige. Barometer is down to 1006 so possibly a problem.
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I set off at round 6.30 pm and using surface lures, begin peppering the edges with numerous casts. The sun disappeared round 7pm, just as the near full moon, rises above the hills. An hour on and not a touch. The slight breeze has dropped and the river is mirror smooth. Finally round 8.15pm the surface is broken by numerous herring, splashing the surface. Still not a touch on the lure, I decide to cast and let the lure sit for a prolonged time. Little splashes are happening all around and after 30 seconds or so finally a Bass has a feeble slurp at the lure. I twitch it a couple of times and another small slurp. Twice more before the lure reaches the kayak, but no hookup. Another cast to repeat the process and finally a take and the line comes up tight. First fish of the night, but the line catches around the spool of the reel. Finally free and then twisted numerous times around the top guides. Eventually clear and amazingly the fish is still connected. A nice fat 37cm f/l Bass is in the net.
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The Herring now are going berserk, one even jumping twice and nipping the tip of my rod. Using the same let it sit process, another 3 quality Bass come to the net.
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They show no interest on a moving lure. Now 9pm and all goes quiet, the river again is like glass and not a Bass or Herring in sight. Amazing, why do they do this? After another 15 minutes or so I get my only real smashing hit for the night and after a good battle a nice 42cm fish comes to the net.
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I fish on till 11.30pm for not another touch. I head back to the camp for a small nip of port and off to bed.
I arise to a beautiful morning but too lazy and a little late for serious fishing.
After breakfast, having brought my snorkelling gear and a Sony actioncam, I decide to check out whats happening down below. First I find what I thought to be schooling Bass, turn out to be Carp, note the gold speckled one!
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Not sure what type of Carp as I haven't seen them here before.
I did find quite a few big Bass and even a Cod or two.
Great to see these magnificent fish. Just goes to show, just because nothing is biting doesn't mean theres nothing down there. One thing for sure, I will be back. Underwater pics saved from video.
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Yak PBs: Bream 38cm FL, Bass 46cm FL, Estuary Perch 36cm FL, Flathead 61cm, Whiting 43cm, Luderick 41cm, Silver Trevally 47cm, Mangrove Jack 44cm

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Re: A little bit of Bass'n

#2 Post by lantana » Wed Feb 20, 2019 4:54 pm

some nice bass there and great underwater shots
Lantana.

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Re: A little bit of Bass'n

#3 Post by Ads22 » Wed Feb 20, 2019 11:50 pm

Some great shots and a good session. Figured them out!
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Estuary Cod 50cm; Mangrove Jack 49cm; Barra 108cm; Flathead - dusky 62cm; Flathead - bartail 51cm; Flounder 28cm; Forktail Catfish 60cm; Bream 32cm, Sand whiting 30cm; Striped Butterfish/Scat 20cm; Barred Javelin 47cm; Bull Shark 80cm; Queenfish 103cm; Tarpon 60cm; Golden Perch 47cm; Estuary Perch 33cm; Saratoga 72cm; Leathery Grunter 43cm.

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Re: A little bit of Bass'n

#4 Post by Mackayak » Thu Feb 21, 2019 8:09 am

Some great fish and some good photos. :wink:
PB's From yak:
Fresh Water: Saratoga 51cm YES; Barra 110cm; Murray Cod 78cm; Golden Perch 45cm; Bass 44cm;EP 38cm
Salt Water: Snapper 62cm; Jew 83cm; Flathead 71cm; Mangrove Jack 37cm; Whiting 35cm; Bream 37cm; Trevally 38cm; Tailor 34cm;

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Re: A little bit of Bass'n

#5 Post by Kareless1 » Thu Feb 21, 2019 8:13 pm

Great photos of all of the fish, now to get rid of those horrible carp. When I first saw it I thought " oh god not those bloody goldfish." Les
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Best fish; Aust Bass 51cm, Bream 30cm, Barra 65cm, Flathead 49cm, Whiting 27cm, Trevally 35cm

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Re: A little bit of Bass'n

#6 Post by allane » Fri Feb 22, 2019 9:32 am

Actually I saw the Carp as I was paddling along and thought they were big fat Bass. Then I saw the gold one. These were in the Upper Clarence and it's the first time I have seen them. Not sure how long they have been there. Biggest one would be round 1kg. The silver ones do look similar to a Bass, just a bit thicker.
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Yak PBs: Bream 38cm FL, Bass 46cm FL, Estuary Perch 36cm FL, Flathead 61cm, Whiting 43cm, Luderick 41cm, Silver Trevally 47cm, Mangrove Jack 44cm

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Re: A little bit of Bass'n

#7 Post by Pollycraft » Sat Feb 23, 2019 1:08 pm

Awesome underwater shots :)
Cheers,
Brad

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