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  1. Hiya Pitch, welcome aboard. Hopefully the flooding missed you and yours, Pete's cattle had to swim back to high ground after the weekend flood.... Pitch is also known as 'the cormorant', I saw him land around 50 carp @ Burrinjuck a few weeks back. And probably 60-80 redfin chucking lures i9n front of camp last cod opening. The 'juck has recently topped out, 100% full and about 30 megalitres a day going over the wall..... fish are loving it. Chris - you gotta head down for a fish/camp with us - we fished near there in Careys reserve,(which is now flooded) we go down the lake proper on private property. Should be a goer for cod opening weekend (5 Dec?) The 'bidgee flows out thru canberra into the 'juck, so its around 400m+ above sea level opposed to Canberra's 670m or so. Cheers, E.
  2. I looked at getting an underwater CCTV for the tinny, only 169.99 UK pounds with monitor, case, battery etc. But the cold hard truth that most of the fish I catch aren't cameraworthy, coupled with knowing I'd be seeing what I'd missed sorta killed that idea. Google on underwater cctv and you'll find heaps.
  3. You forgot to add - wearing fluoro work shirts Cheers, E.
  4. Ok.... Fry fishing. In front of macca's. With Fries. Mind teh ducks/coots/swans/insane people. Thermoclines exist. That's why they have a name. ..and its called Isabella Pong, not Pond. Try upper stranger Pond (flows into Isabella Pong, which flows into tuggers weir which flows into lake tuggers) Watch the pelicans for fish location, and the fish there are very shy. Lake Tuggers skate park by the boom hard against the weeds will get you 20's. That rig works. A knotless knot across the shank (30 degree angle to hair) lower down also does a good job.
  5. Hey Steve hope to be hitting the juck end of the month. Probably the digbee arm, natives and introduced species, no 4wd required. Private land, $5/night camping fees, free firewood etc. Herb Smoked rolled roast beef with all the trimmings is of course mandatory. (spit roasting 3 18-20 inchers this weekend for a work trip) E.
  6. I'll trade your lack of motivation for my tennis elbow any day of the week.... You can get a car down the river arm without any problems. To get to the lake camping areas you can take a 2wd in if the weather is fine. You'll leave the spoiler and most of your undercarraige behind getting out though. Easy way around that is to just transfer gear to the 4wd before dropping onto the lake bed and leave the car behind (you can still see it from the camping area) Next trip is a work trip, I'll keep you posted on any future trips up there. Cheers, E.
  7. about 1 hour and 12 minutes away on dirt roads from that would be my favourite. Chris, we did a day trip up there with SB, did well trotting the river, go further down to the lake onto private and it fires even more... 30+ in under 4 hours* is a summer score (most are pasties, but striking colouration and the odd bragabout to be found) Be there 17/18 this month, Oct, Dec, and Jan.... so If you are up for a trip you know how to get hold of me. Chances are you won't see a soul (except for the Dec Cod Opening weekend) 75ha of water when you are the only one present can be a bit crowded. (not counting the rivers). Uncaught wild fish. It's torturous pricewise. $5 a night for camping. Includes free firewood and all that other stuff. If the fishing doesn't fire you can always dig fossils from the river bends. Tho you DO have to add your $70/3 year fishing license on top of that. Or you could move to the UK and sell your left nut to fish shoulder to shoulder in a commercial pond with more restrictions than communist Romania. Hard choice. Sorry, please remind me which country who benefits from the Empire of her most gracious Majesty the most. Cheers, E. * 90 mins of that was spent piloting with the leccy around the weed beds catching redfin on lure. Had lunch too.
  8. Spiderwire is crud. Try the Penn brand, though braid and psuedo braid has no place in carp fishing IMO. Stretch and patience. 50lb????? All that will do is cause a hook pull. 3-12lb is the maximum you will ever need. 8-10 is a good all rounder. Heavier/thicker lines result in less bites through line detection. Plus there's no joy in using a rig that could haul out a bogged Pajero. From what I'm hearing i'd say your rod doesn't have much feel to it and doesn't play fish well. Loosen the drag, and slowly work the fish to you. Our waters are snaggy as.... fav trick to it is to use a free running carp controller float to keep the line high and away from danger. Was using the same techniques the weekend gone on trout, 8lb line, float rod, baitrunner, controller, hair rigged power bait off a size 10 mudeye hook. Did the business.
  9. Interesting. The east basin is the shallowest average part of the lake. Recent development work along the Kingston foreshore has pretty much killed the weedbeds. The next two weeks should see a migration of fish back to the shallower areas as lake levels temps decline. If you are fond of walking, you cannot go wrong in the area where the Molonglo enters the lake (river part, not lake part) There is a depth map on www.nationalcapital.gov.au that shows depths and also the course of the Molonglo river, though it is a little hard to find. Its in PDF format, if I could... heh.. found my bookmark.... http://img444.imageshack.us/img444/2659/lbgdepth1ps7.jpg Edges of weed beds are the places, and expect free pain if Westerly's blow in. Link to weather station on www.canberrayachtclub.com.au http://www.mrspokes.com.au/ Hire a bike, quick way around the lake. http://stumpjumper.com.au/catalogue1.html #27 will get you more redfin than you would believe. Remove trebles, add a single or dual opposing gamakatsu #2 lure hooks on the rear and wander the banks. Be away this weekend, but if you want to hit some unreal spots send me a PM.
  10. 1. You do not require a fishing license. The regs are virtually identical to the NSW regs. ACT fishing regs are available here: http://www.tams.act.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/154655/Recreational_Fishing_in_the_ACT_1Jun07.pdf 2. Carp are in all waterways, except Yerrabi pond. The molonglo river before it flows into Lake Burley Griffin is easily accessible and contains good fish. And toilets. And parking. And not too many loonies. It would be easier to advise if I knew where you would be staying. Waterways containing fish are in easy walking distance (or cycling) from pretty much everywhere. Alternatively a green stumpjumper with the trebles removed and a single #2 gamakatsu lure on the rear will get you redfin. Corn (especially corn soaked in Scopex) will get you fish. Scopex is not available in the ACT. Scrubworms are also a good bet. ****DANGER**** All ACT waterways currently have an outbreak of blue green algae. Carrying a small bottle of hand disinfect (Dettol gel)is strongly recommended. 3. You are joking, right? You can get a blackfish rod from any of the local tackle shops which has acceptable feel and action.. Carp specific gear doesn't exist, apart from a few wagglers and maybe some split shot. You have 3 options: bring it with you, import it, improvise. Cheers, Techo
  11. If you want to get that 'must change hooks because this ones gone blunt from too many hookups' feeling that I had this weekend. Float tactics in heavy weed, 4-10 foot of water, was targeting an area where a runoff creek has formed a subsurface channel. Being able to run the boat/sounder over an area really helps with tactics. Scopex. Nothing major sizewise, most were in the 2-5lb bracket, a few in the 8-12 range but strangely all were commons, usually the water produces about 20-25% mirrors, but not one mirror banked. And about 20 redfin perch. Nothing sizewise. Mostly concentrating on trolling lures and drift bobbing worms for natives (goldens, cod) but not a hit those methods.
  12. Up to about 46C. a few weeks of 40plus sorts the men from the boys. Yes, it certainly does affect fishing in a number of ways. - the fishing picks up immensely initially. - algal blooms start to occur as water temp rises. - there is a lot more surface food. - food eventually declines - water flow changes, resulting in food naturally occurring in drops rather than flow deposits. - less flow alters water clarity - warmer water adjusts thermoclines and feeding/cruising patterns. - predators are more active - The fish get scared away due to jumping in the water to cool off every half hour or so. You have to adjust your tactics due to these and other factors.
  13. Nice catches there gents, though I'd say that last one is a wild goldfish. Cheers, Techo
  14. What dates are you around Canberra? Might be able to show you a spot or two. Timing will be interesting, have two trips on late Dec early Jan, coarse for eels and a trout trip. One word of warning - that time of year the ACT lakes tend to get algal blooms and can be subject to complete closure for health reasons. Though with the drought starting to break (november storms back for the first time since 2004) there may be enough flow to prevent the algae taking off. Plenty of other options around including rivers and lakes 10 mins - 2 hours drive away. Or head up the unfished blackberry alley.
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