THIS past week I have had quite a few people asking about our annual “Freeze Your Bum Off” trip. I can confirm the dates are June 12 to 14.
It will be at Eucumbene, yet to confirm where we will be staying, but I will say that wherever we will be staying, it will be warm.
As usual it is NOT a fishing competition, it is a gathering of well mannered man folk (and women folk if they want to participate) that love to fish and generally have a good time.
There will be a “onesie” that will be worn to tea on Saturday night at the Snow Goose Hotel in Adaminaby for the person who catches the smallest fish, or doesn’t catch a fish, and that photo will also be in the paper.
The prerequisite to participate is that you have to bring your sense of humour – no grumblebums allowed – pay you own accommodation, food, lemonade, and abide by all the local rules and regulations.
The past few years have seen not many fish landed, even by those that consider themselves good fishermen, BUT, we have all had a great time with bucket loads of mirth and joy.
Kids are more than welcome to come.
It will be cold, so make sure you take your winter woollies if you want to come.
Drop into Wagga Marine on Hammond Avenue or give us a call on 6921 2646.
I HAD some pictures sent to me of an inexperienced fisherman crossing the Narooma bar – one of Australia’s most dangerous bar’s.
I could say that that it is only dangerous if you don’t treat it with respect but I do know professional fishermen who have fished all their lives out of Narooma who have been caught out as well.
I would say that these pictures would now be on social media so if you see them, it is how NOT to cross the Narooma bar.
If you have never crossed a bar before, especially Narooma, the first time go with someone who has had experience in this water, then when you are comfortable in crossing the bay you can attempt it.
There are a lot of Riverina fishermen who fish Narooma, have their own accommodation in Narooma and travel there regularly, a lot are mates of mine, and all have stories to tell of this bar, whether they are near misses (an oxymoron if ever I heard one, a near miss is a hit isn’t it?) or just not comfortable going out.
Whilst fishing is a great pastime and in some cases a religious experience, it is not worth your or your mate’s/family’s life.
A few cod being caught, not real big ones with most being around the 60cm to 70 cm mark and mainly on the troll.
The yellas are still down deep making trolling difficult.
A couple of fishermen said that there was a mad 10 minute bite prior to some showers and all you had to have in the water was anything, but after that, nothing.
Good numbers of reddies and a lot of carp from the Hungarian fishing comp.
Couple of cod on the troll, once again nothing overly huge, a couple of yellas on the troll and the obligatory small reddies in numbers.
If you can get below the smaller reddies there is a good chance of a predatory reddie or good cod as well.
Still good numbers of reddies especially around areas where there is water going into the dam, a couple of small trout but still a nice place to go.
Bit light on in the water stakes making getting on the water a bit muddy but worthwhile with some nice fish being caught, mainly rainbows on hard bodies.
A few nice rainbows being recorded with the odd brown. Most fish up around Seven Gates at the moment and even though the water is a little discoloured towards the Providence end the fish should be heading that way to start their spawning run in the not too distant future.
Bit windy up higher making it uncomfortable in smaller boats, the colder nights will drop the water temperature and bring the fish up, yellow wings might be the go when the waves flatten out.
Haven’t had any reports from the actual Hume, but the river below has produced some good cod and the Mitta is still firing for the trouties.
A couple of half decent cod until the wind picked up and made it not nice, the river channels have been the most productive trolling hard bodies.
Haven’t had any reports from the river.
The South Coast
Some nice Albacore and Yellowfin still being caught, good salmon on the beaches and bream and flatties in the estuaries.
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