Gone fishing with Craig Harris, march 17, 2017

GREAT DAY ON THE WATER: Greg Dyde with a dolphin fish caught at Bermi. Pictures to craig@waggamarine.com.au or 0419 493 313. Picture: Contributed

GREAT DAY ON THE WATER: Greg Dyde with a dolphin fish caught at Bermi. Pictures to craig@waggamarine.com.au or 0419 493 313. Picture: Contributed

IT NEVER ceases to amaze me, and all for the wrong reasons, how people continue to fish, and I use the word “fish” very loosely, illegally or with illegal intent.

These people are damaging fishing for all and sundry and they obviously don’t have kids or grandkids as they are removing the opportunity for the next generation to have as much fun and love for the sport.

Following is a snippet from DP and, unfortunately, it is only the tip of the iceberg. You only have to go to any waterway and you will find illegal set lines, evidence of people harvesting undersize fish and other aquatic life.

“Three men face serious fisheries charges after they were allegedly found in possession of a combination of threatened species of fish and prohibited size Murray Cod during an inspection of their boat on the Murray River approximately 20km upstream of Barooga.” 

They are opening the door a little bit wider for the so called do-gooders to approach the government to further restrict our fishing areas. The government, and it doesn’t matter who is in charge at the time, seem to listen to all the small minority groups instead of main stream people like you and I, I suppose it’s because the squeaky wheel always gets the grease.

On to something more cheerful. The full moon during the week saw a lot of anglers taking advantage of the better conditions and there were some nice catches of metre-plus fish, especially in Blowering.

Towards the middle of the week the wind picked up and was not conducive to good or comfortable fishing. The east coast was also copping a battering from the wind, only allowing the larger boats to get out and chase bigger fish.

I spoke to a customer from Tumbarumba early in the week and they were lucky enough to get out and hooked a nice marlin, fought it for three hours only to lose it before getting it to the boat.

Dr Jasmin and a couple of mates – Dydey and Patto - were also lucky enough to get back to Bermi last weekend, raised four and landed zero. (I reckon it was because I wasn’t there, but we will never know.)

Caught some nice dolphins – not the mammals - and a big angry tiger shark.

I do know that I was checking the line on my Tiagras and found that it broke at 22lb and for what I thought was 50lb line, that’s not good, especially when we had the drag set at 16lb. So off with the old and on with the new.

Going to be able to put the acid on them biggies now, with 80lb braid with a top shot of about 150m, of 80lb mono.

This also means I can put 18lb of drag on now. Isn’t that going to hurt? Better start doing some bench presses.

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