Presented from Issue 94
After a short drive from home I pulled into the parking area I frequently use adjacent to a bridge spanning the Mersey River, my old friend. The first priority, as always, was to walk onto the bridge to have a look at the river conditions. This revealed that things were looking good with the late afternoon sun revealing a mixture of mayfly spinners and white caddis in the air above the rippling river in the soft October light. The mayfly spinners were especially noticeable with the sun glinting through their iridescent wings as they danced en-masse. Swallows, fantails and wrens were also on the wing taking advantage of the easy meal on offer. A splash or two in the river below indicated that another predator had noticed the insects as well!Read more ...
I woke up Saturday morning not to early, looked outside through the bedroom window and knew it would be a great day to go fishing. I thought Brushy's would be good, try and catch a salmon or two. So my lovely wife made some lunch and a thermos of coffee for me while I hooked the boat up to the car.
I rang my brother Dom up to see if he was keen to go as well, he was so I headed off and pick him up on the way. We arrived at Brushy's around 10am put the boat in and slowly trolled towards the dam wall. There were about eight people fishing off the wall and three boats as well as a couple kayaks working the lagoon.
Had an RDO on Friday so thought I would take the opportunity to get one last fish in at the lakes before the season closes for the year. After heading the the shack at Arthur's Thursday night I had decided to fish penstock at first light in hope of some late season action in the shallows.
We headed out to Four Springs with my son Jacob this afternoon for a bit of a troll around in the hope that we might pick something up.
No such luck, not even a tap. We ran into President Jamie Morehouse on the water and their boat lost an estimated four pounder at the net.
When we left them, they had nothing to show for their efforts as well, but they were still trying,... so hopefully things picked up.
Decided to take Bailey and his mate Nathan Vanderspeck up to Little Lake today for a final fish before the season ends next weekend.
We arrived around noon and we fished till 3.30pm. We caught 18 beaut little browns from 3/4lb up to 1.5lb,caught on softies and hardbodies.
Today Trev, my dad, (Geoff ) and I had a very hard afternoon fishing at Huntsman Lake.
When we arrived it was bright and sunny, not a ripple on the water.
As previously stated, we worked very hard for two (and 3 others on and lost).
A nice big black cloud along with a breeze came and i thought this would improve things,... but that was it.
Not another touch all afternoon.
Dale and Trev (Please Click Read More for Pictures )
Jim and I headed out to Four Springs Lake on Friday, arriving there just before lunchtime.
It looked promising with a bit of chop on the water, but there were only a couple of boats on the lake and they said they weren’t catching anything.
We headed up to Little Lake Good Friday with Mike Stevens for a short and sharp little session.
Fished with Dales "Yep" hardbodies and Berkley T- Tails.
We landed a dozen, keeping ten for Easter fare.
Egg n Bacon rolls, freshly cooked trout, coffee, and a couple of scotchs "onsite", capped off a great afternoon.
Regards - Todd
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As stated in my previous Four Springs Report, I headed back to Foursey's today with the fly rod.
Hopes were high that I would be in for a good day as we had plenty of cloud cover and humidity to spark a hatch.
With today’s weather being as good as it was, I decided to head out to Four Springs for a couple of hours. I arrived at 9.30 am, and to be honest, with it being that late in the morning, I didn’t expect much in the way of any fishing action. Upon arrival, I was soon to realise my first mistake,... I didn’t bring my fly rod.
We headed out to Lake King William 27 March, with Dale and Trev Howard, leaving home at 6.30am. On the way, and since we were going past it, we thought we would have a look at Laughing Jack Lagoon as we had never been there before.
We went up to Lake Crescent today and fished from 12pm to 3.30pm with Bailey.
We had heard reports that some good fish had come out of it in October and November around 2 to 3 kgs , but we also realised that a lot of effort went into catching them.
John Cleary, Mike Stevens and I headed out to Lake King William yesterday, doing "research" on this water for the next edition of Tas Fishing and Boating News. What an underutilised and hidden gem this place is. I cannot wait to head back there again.
Hi all, we fished Lake Augusta West today with Bailey and Jack Shennan, on our way home from Lake King William. There was a S.W wind blowing about 15 to 20 knots with sunny periods. We caught 13 fat trout, one being a rainbow which Jack landed.
Approximately 15 Presidents converged on Lake Leake for this weekend’s get together.
As expected, the fishing was quite hard but the rewards were there for those that persevered and had a bit of luck on their side. It was great to see a few new faces attending and hopefully they enjoyed themselves as much as we did their company.
Hi everyone, Trev abandoned me today, preferring to go to the pictures .
I thought this would give me a chance to ring a couple of mates and sneak to a river for a couple of hours.
After a couple of calls it dawned on me that no one loves me, so off I went on my own.
Bailey and I headed off to Little Lake today, as Bail’s wanted to try out his new “Wildfish” 6 weight fly rod, ... so away we went. We arrived there around 11.30am and fished till 4pm, we had a ball catching 27 brownies on dry’s, beetle patterns and some on emergers.
Huntsmans Lake 18/2/2012
Trev and I spent the afternoon on Saturday fishing Huntsman Lake. We arrived at 12.30 to a perfect overcast day with high expectations that some fish would be rising, after a slow cruise around the lake, not one fish was spotted, so it was away with the fly rods and out with the hard lures.
We started drifting along the western shore of a very low lake, 3rd cast and there was a small fish of about 3/4 of a pound in the boat From then on until “go home time” at 7.00pm it was one hit after another with 19 fish boated for the day, we were getting hit’s every 5 or six casts.
Blue Green Algae no longer present at Four Springs Lake based on most recent sampling results. Meander Valley Council has taken down signage as of 8/2/12. Council will continue monitoring over the next few weeks.
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