In February our first trip was to
the Club Dam for a casting day. About eight members
attended on a very hot Sunday, with four fish caught, all
were in good condition and probably the fish from the
restocking a couple of years ago. No fish were caught
in the lower dam. If you have any photos of the day
please send them to the Secretary for inclusion.
The third weekend in March looked
good for weather and tides, so we made a fairly late call to
go to the Coorong. Three boats turned up with Gary
Mead and Craig boating four keeper mulloway on bait.
Steve Crowley and Nick Purdue in Steve's boat ended with one keeper, plenty undersize on
bait. Nick dropped a couple on lures with no luck on the
fly. John Pethick and Matt Denton hardly raised a scale
except for a lonesome salmon trout on fly for Matt, on fly
for the day but just could not get a take. The weather
was wonderful, the water looked fairly good but the fish
have taken a bashing by the netters and there seemed to be
mainly small fish and most undersized. Some of the
SAFFA guys were down ther having a go as well, but
with similar results.
Steve and Nick went for a fish
with their switch rods at a private location, Steve caught a nice brown and rainbow and Nick a
Lets hope for good weather over Easter.
The outing for this month was
organised late due to unstable weather, only calling for
interest on the Wednesday prior to the planned Saturday trip
on the 20th. Conditions looked good with light winds
and good tides forecast with the target being snapper on
either the Glenelg Tyre Reef or some shallower inshore
locations. The trip was for fly and bait as we find we
need to locate some fish with bait and berley before it
becomes viable to fly fish. Two other members and
myself were OK to go but by the next morning I had a family
member seriously ill in hospital and had to cancel, sorry
Nick and Allan.
Four club members (including me) were away in Christmas Island (Kiritimati) in pursuit of bonefish, giant trevally and triggerfish with a week at The Villages hosted by Nial Logan from Try on Fly. It was a wonderful week on the Equator and away from the cold winter in South Australia but that is another story that I will put on the website as a separate article. Anyway the weather in Adelaide was pretty bad according to those left behind and general agreement was thet the weather was pretty horrible and inconsistent at the moment so no club trip for July. Wayne will co-ordinate a trip to the club dam sometime in the next four weeks.
John Neeves had been in touch
with the land owner and got the OK to access the
property. Club members at the monthly meeting were
keen on a trip to the dam to see how the trout we stocked in
the last couple of years were developing. Apparently
the level in the upper dam is alright but the pumphouse dam
is very low. The trip was arranged for Saturday the
15th, but no one apart from the organiser was available to
make the trip so it was cancelled. Put this one down
to end of winter blues and everyone being very busy.
Hopefully we will make it down there soon when it warms up a
bit. Even though there has been no club trip some
members have been catching a few mulloway on fly and some
snapper and salmon so the fish are still there, let's get
Craig organised a trip to Thomsons Beach for Sunday 20th September. Four of us made the trip north of the passport line to arrive about 8am and fishing about a half hour later. Conditions were nice with a moderate northeasterly of ten to fifteen knots which was strong enough to cause a few problems into the wind, particularly as it shifted more northerly later in the morning. Good vision with only a few clouds to spoil a clear view. We had it to ourselves, for the first couple of hours not even the fish were there. As the tide ran off from a 2.4m high at about 7am to a 0.6m low at about 1pm we had plenty of water but this location is definitely better from about half tide down so that the gutters can be targeted and that was where the salmon showed up, in the deeper water. I think they were being pushed into those deeper gutters as they were too exposed up on the shallow flat areas. The bottom here is broken weed beds, large sandy flats of which some are gravelly and firm and other areas extremely soft and silty. All of us ended up in the mud at some stage, pulling legs out and trying not to fall over. Some good salmon trout were caught along with a few smaller fish, plenty of mullet on the weed beds and I scared a nice flathead. Craig did well although there were not a lot of fish about. Nick had two groups of early season yellowfin whiting chasing his popper, but they will improve over the next couple of months. Unfortunately the tip of Nick's rod broke so we called it quits just after 1pm and headed home.