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Fishing on the Wild Side

Fishing on the Wild Side

Mike Fry doesn’t only live on the Wild Side of Tasmania, but also goes fishing in probably the wildest boat ever to troll for trout—certainly in Tasmania. 
When your mate says ‘What are you doing tomorrow, want to come up the Gordon for the night?’ it would be pretty hard to say anything else except “you bet” and start checking out your tackle box and packing your overnight bag. But if your mate was Troy Grining and he wanted to give his new 52ft, high speed cruiser a run across Macquarie Harbour, test the new onboard dory with a chance of landing a nice Gordon River Brown you would have to feel privileged. I didn’t say anything about getting on my hands and knees and kissing his feet…just having a lend of ya’ but I did feel very appreciative.

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2017 10 17 Medium size river brownI had a quick trip over to Merseylea in what was cool, windy and wet conditions. When I checked the river levels online I thought the Mersey river would be low enough for a good wading session but when I arrived I could see it was a little higher that I expected. We had some heavy rain during the morning and I doubt that was enough to raise the water level. Any way I sat in the car and waited for around twenty minutes while a heavy rain shower passed over before I hit the river. There certainly was some water coming down so I was making sure I stayed in water no higher than my knees most times.

The North Westerly wind was pretty strong which was making casting a bit on the tough side. I started off with a #0 Mepps gold bladed black fury and used the cast and drift method in the first long fast flowing stretch of river before changing over to a Rapala gold/black F3 hard body lure. It took around fifteen minutes before I finally had my first take on the lure, it was a nice well conditioned rainbow that went 490 grams. A quick photo and it was back in the river and on its way. Three casts later I picked up a small 230 gram brown and that was it once the wind picked up and so did the rain. I did fish on for another twenty minutes before I called it a day as it was just too windy and uncomfortable for fishing on any longer. Both fish were released as always..

Adrian Webb


 Mersey River and cattle crossing bridge

2017 10 17 Mersey River and cattle crossing bridge

 

Mersey River and dull weather conditions

2017 10 17 Mersey River and dull weather conditions

 

Mersey River wild bow

2017 10 17 Mersey River wild bow

 

Mersey still running a little high

2017 10 17 Mersey still running a little high

 

Medium size river brown

2017 10 17 Medium size river brown

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