The fish have moved to the lower lake! :)

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The fish have moved to the lower lake! :)

#1 Post by arpie » Mon Jul 30, 2018 9:54 pm

Hi guys

FINALLY, the fish have made it down to the lower lake ... it has been slim pickings in the last few weeks .... then BINGO!!!

I headed over to Tuncurry & met up with ClintonYakker .... visiting from South Australia ..... it was a quiet morning - my 'usual spots' didn't fire & only after Ross had returned to camp, did the fish start to fire! :roll:
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THESE are the sort of racks you want to fish - all coated with old oysters ....
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My first legal bream on a Crackjack that I'd coloured up red - the bream LOVED IT!!
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Another one fell to the Crackjack
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Ad another one
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The Permanent marker 'red' was running a bit 'thin' .... so I used the Spke-it Garlic Scented marker Pen from http://www.MasterAngler.com.au to colour it again ....
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Boom!!
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And some smaller ones came thru, then a nice flattie!! He came home for dinner! :lek:
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Then back to the bream again!
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Did I tell you that these were all caught in the racks?? They fight DOUBLE HARD in the racks!! :gu:
BOOM!!
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Then over to the Paddock next time ..... and the GGs were riding high this time!! :gu:
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Another one ...
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I was almost getting a hook up on every cast!! It was just amazing! And the fish were averaging low to mid 30s!
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Another fat one ... and I dropped 2 'whoppers' when they busted barbs off the very fine hooks on the lures!! :beye:
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A DTSCO came to the party too
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Then a nice blue nose ....
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He deserved a selfie
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I also dropped two quite big tailor (at least 50cm ... I saw them as they pulled away time & again when they saw the yak!) They straightened the barb on my GG! :?:

Last decent fish of the couple of sessions ......
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And another flattie ...
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(and this was after dropping 2 nice bream - one yak side & the other jumped out of the yak when he fell off the lure & I hadn't used a net! :oops:

All up - an awesome couple of session!~ :lek: Can't wait to get back again soon!!!

cheers & tight lines!

Roberta
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#2 Post by Ozzybass » Mon Jul 30, 2018 11:34 pm

Amazing effort Roberta! I've just come off 2 donut sessions in a row blackfishing! Devastated.

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#3 Post by rocketV » Mon Jul 30, 2018 11:48 pm

I can see why you love that area. Such quality fish! :cool:
Fresh is best, but I don't mind some salt every now and then!


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#4 Post by Brendon » Tue Jul 31, 2018 10:10 am

Great report Roberta.
As you know i am a big fan of the red crack jacks as well. That Garlic scented red pen is cool.
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#5 Post by arpie » Tue Jul 31, 2018 11:14 am

Thanks guys

Hey Tham .... I've not done well on blackfish recently either! :roll: 2 donuts for me too. I can see them everywhere but they are not eating. Even the boaties are complaining as well! And decent weed is very hard to find! :( A local fishing guide is now taking people out on black fishing tours ($100 each) and he reckons he drove 7hrs to get HEAPS of decent weed!! Check THIS OUT ..... this was ALL OVER a beach in Hastings (south coast UK) .... shame I couldn't vac pack it & send it home! :?:

SUCH A WASTE - just growing on the baffles along the pebbly beach of Hastings - not a grain of sand there!
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Hey Rocket .... I have a few spots that often 'produce' ..... and with the fish moving in now - it's been fun! :lek: Shame the 2 whoppers busted the barbs! I didn't chase them, as I didn't want to spook any fish still there .... so my gear REALLY got a hard workout as I was staked in the shallows!!

Grab one of the pens, Brendon and just leave it on the yak - they give a deeper, darker red that lasts longer & are heavily garlic scented as well. Rob has about 7 different colours ..... I want to get the yellow one as well! :wink: The CJ in the pic is the Trheadfin

I'll be heading out next week (weather & wind permitting) with fly fishing guru Brian Henderson! I'd LOVE to see him lock onto some of the beasts that I know live there! My current BC medication has aggravated my arthritis something SHOCKING tho & my R/H thumb area is incredibly sore now .... I can barely hold a cup of tea - I can't grind pepper with it - I am trying to work out different methods of approaching all sorts of things - as it DOES affect my 'reeling in' a bit too! :?: Even slinging my shoulder bag onto my shoulder or adjusting it (usually using that thumb) almost kills me! :cry:

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#6 Post by Rory222 » Tue Jul 31, 2018 1:55 pm

Gees I need some time off. I'm so salt deprived and your reports have me drooling :idiot:

Fantastic effort Roberta as always. Hope to get up there sometime soon.
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#7 Post by clintonyakker » Tue Jul 31, 2018 2:05 pm

Well done!! I should have hung around. Got out several times after fished up further near the red and white poleand raised some flatties . Caught bream near the pipes where i met you on the first day. Unfortunately no camera. Great to meet you. We are off to coffs tomorrow tight lines clintonyakker

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#8 Post by Kareless1 » Tue Jul 31, 2018 8:28 pm

Gday Roberta if you're still having trouble grinding your pepper go out and buy an electric s n p grinder. We had one and it worked really well until it was dropped one too many times. Les :egrin:
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#9 Post by Snapperpaddy » Wed Aug 01, 2018 8:28 pm

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#10 Post by wongus » Wed Aug 01, 2018 10:56 pm

Wow... What an awesome session. You really have your local sussed out. Great trip report!

Do you use certain lures in different spots or just what you feel like tying on at the time. What then prompts you to change lures if you are having success with the lure you already have on?
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#11 Post by arpie » Thu Aug 02, 2018 9:12 pm

.....Do you use certain lures in different spots or just what you feel like tying on at the time. What then prompts you to change lures if you are having success with the lure you already have on?.....

I am a creature of habit, Danny ..... if I've caught fish there before on a specific lure - it is usually the first one I try there. If they don't bite on that one - I'll try one of my other 'go to' lures - so I often rotate between GGs, CJs, DTSCOs, Umpas and Saemis! Yeah, I know, it sounds like a plug for Damiki & Pontoon 21 .... but that is because they are my GO TO lures!!! :gu:

I really SHOULD start using more plastics (WAY cheaper when you get busted off!!) But I just don't have much confidence in my own SP technique just now ...... tho I keep meaning to trying again! :wink:

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#12 Post by flattyakker » Wed Aug 22, 2018 9:52 pm

Awesome stuff Roberta

Don't you love a great day after a lousy break? I'm itching to get back on the water soon and give the flatties a go:) Maybe even get another squid session in first:wink:
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