Kurwongbah Saratoga - The Myth. The Legend.

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Kurwongbah Saratoga - The Myth. The Legend.

#1 Post by Cubits » Sun Jun 17, 2018 5:57 pm

For the last few months i've been targeting the toga in lake k to try and get some read on their population. The upper reaches of that lake are prime real estate for the species, but it's hard to tell if they're thriving with the environmental and nutritional aspects.

After dropping many, many fish, resorting to all kinds of finesse hooks to try to keep them on the line, one just jumped onto a stock ecogear sx40 today, and that's that!

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The launch was glassy calm, but a wicked westerly kicked in just as we got to the spot. Made it difficult to cast along the lily beds without being IN them!

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Cool spots!

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The little Ecogear was demolished, but it found the much softer parts of the toga mouth!

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Didn't have a big enough measure on me, but it was over 70cm. A proper slab.

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Little ancient teefies.

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Finally!

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#2 Post by Ads22 » Sun Jun 17, 2018 8:42 pm

I know that feeling! How awesome are they!?! I'm my very brief experience, the sticky trebles seem to grab the soft lining in their mouth quite well. Congratulations on an awesome catch!
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#3 Post by Jamie D » Sun Jun 17, 2018 9:18 pm

Jesus ,it’s a donkey to , wow :shout:

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#4 Post by rocketV » Sun Jun 17, 2018 9:37 pm

That is one species I have yet to catch. I would have thought you were more likely to get one on a humid summer day, not a chilly day like today!
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#5 Post by Paulioq » Sun Jun 17, 2018 10:39 pm

that's great, targeting a species till you get one and crack the code. I have heard there a fish of a 1000 cast

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#6 Post by Paulioq » Sun Jun 17, 2018 10:43 pm

forgot to ask there not native in there or realeased from hatchlings???

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#7 Post by Cubits » Sun Jun 17, 2018 11:04 pm

Paul, a few are released in to provide genetic diversity, but they've established a breeding population in the lake. They seem to be going fairly well, too. I guess they may have been native to the area way back when, but they were added to the dam after construction.

Rocket, fish gotta eat! Probably not as showy in winter, but there's only a couple of months in the year when they really shut down for breeding.

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#8 Post by hillbilly » Mon Jun 18, 2018 11:06 am

Well done. All the photos were great but my favourite is the last one. Your grin tells it all. Bill :grin:
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#9 Post by Paulioq » Mon Jun 18, 2018 6:00 pm

cheers cubits I thought they were native just thought they were more down south I guess with flood events they get around shame we dont have fishing licences in qld to help pay for more hatchling release's and buy back commercial trawler licences as well as pay for more fisheries officers but that's a whole other thread and am of topic now.

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#10 Post by RAD » Mon Jun 18, 2018 9:25 pm

Sweet Toga Cubits,

I have heard of guys targeting these guys on fly around the back parts of the dam with good results and now after seeing your fish I will defiantly be heading out for a fish very soon, to have the chance of getting Bass and a Toga on fly in the one day what more can I say.

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#11 Post by dinodadog » Fri Jun 29, 2018 5:01 am

Well done,I just found out from an expert that they do feed all year round, its just not worth throwing surface during winter, better off with hardbodies or plastics.I have caught heaps out of there from the bank but find them hard to find since the yakking started.

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#12 Post by arpie » Fri Jun 29, 2018 10:13 am

Well done, Cubits ..... terrific Toga!! They are still on my list!! :wink:

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