I HAVE been absent for a couple of weeks, if you hadn’t noticed, not because I have been away fishing or any sort of good stuff like that, but because to be honest, I just didn’t have a hell of a lot to write about.
A lot can happen in a couple of weeks, but one thing that didn’t change - we still have the same prime minister, which is pretty unusual for either side of government lately.
There is some very good fishing around the Riverina at the moment, major impoundments are fishing extremely well, as is the river.
I was lucky enough to attend the Lockhart Anglers Club Buckingbong fishing comp a couple of weeks ago. It was very well run with an emphasis on family participation and Terry Mildren, Jamie Anderson and the rest of the crew should be highly commended.
There were a lot of fish caught and released, even I managed a couple.
Speaking of the river, a mate of mine (and he is also the Garmin man) came down from Batemans Bay to say g’day and he also bought his mother along – isn’t he a good boy – so I took him and Mum to the river for a little jaunt and a little fish.
We put the Riv Jet in at Wiradjuri boat ramp and headed downstream, under the Gobba bridge and after a couple of k’s pulled up at a nice little spot which I thought looked fishy.
We threw a line in the water and I said, “it’s not like the ocean where you get a bite as soon as the line hits the water” and then, the rod buckled over nearly hitting the water, and after a short but spirited fight, one of the biggest carp I have ever seen in the river was bought to the side of the boat and quickly dispatched.
This went on for another 20 minutes; we were catching fish, albeit Murrumbidgee mud suckers one after the other with none being below 50cm.
Mrs Mum kept commenting on how beautiful the river was. I suppose living here we, as locals take it for granted, but yes it is a beautiful area and we, Waggaarians – new word, watch it take off - do not sell it enough.
All the impoundments are fishing really well with a lot of yellas recorded at Burrinjuck, it’s pretty much like Pitt Street on Blowering with the amount of big cod.
Tantagara has had good numbers of trout and surprisingly enough, so has Eucumbene even with its water levels at a very low state.
Hume Weir is going pretty good on yellas; just remember with all the water traffic, Maritime, Fisheries and Police officers will have a greater presence and be happy to see them as they are just doing their job so you and your mates are kept safe and our kids can keep fishing.