Well the long weekend has been and gone and while Saturday wasn’t the best in the morning, the rest of the weekend’s weather was fantastic, perfect for a bit of fishing, which is what I did so I’m going to be a bit self indulgent this weekend.
I was lucky enough to go fishing on all three days. I didn’t go on a three-day fishing trip, I just went fishing on all three days.
Saturday after work I grabbed the Riv Jet and put it in at Wagga’s one and only boat ramp and headed down stream. The river height on Saturday was 1.13 so pretty low but not for the Riv Jet.
After the four-knot zone (about 100m downstream from the boat ramp) I pretty much pushed it up to full throttle ... OK I went flat out and didn’t slow down for about five kilometres.
For those that know this section of river, it is extremely shallow at the Gobba Bridge and you have to navigate the deeper parts of the river on the northern side of the bridge.
Not in this boat. I travelled at speed on the southern side over the gravel beds without an issue to get away from the lobster pots and have a fish.
I didn’t slow down for about five kilometres and for those who are thinking this is just Harro being reckless, it’s not the case - after lots of trialling I know the attributes of these boats and motors, and I was wearing a PFD.
Anyway started fishing in some nice looking water with a couple of yabby tails, had a couple of bites, pulled in the line and low and behold I caught a lobster.
My days of lobstering are over after knowing how few of these critters are left in our systems and this one was oversized anyway – they are still cranky buggas, so quick picky and back in the water.
Fished for another couple of hours to no avail and headed back, once again without any worries.
Sunday I gave good mate Craig (Sausage Fingers) Ceely a call, and went back down. Same as Saturday, travelled downstream about 12 kilometres and this time the river was 1.03 so a bit lower. Still never hit bottom or any structure with Ceels regularly closing his eyes waiting for a bang that never came.
Unfortunately neither did the fish, but we did find what I can only assume was a stolen dual cab ute in the middle of the river. No idea how long it has been in there but apart from the bashed in front was in pretty good nick. Had a quick look to make sure no one was in it and kept going to drown some more worms.
We were back before 3 o’clock, no fish but spent some time with a good mate.
Monday I decided to have a red hot go and by that I mean some proper cold-water fishing – no bait, just lures – so grabbed another mate, yes I have more than one, Jamin (Fabio) Forbes and headed off to Pipers Reserve this time.
Today was not just a fishing trip; it was also to get some footage as how well the Riv Jet goes in shallow water, but it was mostly about fishing.
Put in at the boat ramp which used to be an absolute crap ramp, but someone has fixed it right up. Whoever did, cograts to you, but would still recommend a 4x4 as it is black clay but it is easy to navigate now.
Put the boat in and headed down river about 15 kilometres making sure no dogs followed (and I was determined not to throw the rod in this time, but did take a spare one just in case).
First cast I was about 30cm short from where I wanted it but the second cast was spot on and bang on a nice cod of around 60cm. I love fishing.
After about 20 minutes Forbsey gets one of similar size, and another 40 minutes later I hook another one, this one taking a bit of line, similar size fish maybe a bit smaller, but big guts like mine.
Forty minutes later Forbsey gets another one same size. Now Forbes and I are NOT the competitive types – yeah right - so every new snag fished it was a race for the first cast and as always, Forbes pipped me at the post on another cod around the 60 to 65cm.
The fishing slowed a bit so we got the footage required, uploaded it to social media straight away, packed up and were back home before 5pm.
All fish were released, no damage to boat or motor and good time had by all.
I know I sell these motors and it will sound like a sales pitch, but I and anyone who gets in it are extremely impressed by these motors and the capabilities of them.
I don’t understand why there aren’t more around.
Anyway, I had a great weekend, hope you did as well!