Club Trips 2016
About 7 or 8 members were interested for
Saturday 20th February, but only 3 of us made it.
Some dropped out due other arrangements, family matters
and a surprise medical opportunity.
Gary M and Nick P arrived at my (Steve’s) house at 0830
and we climbed into Gary’s Cruiser and headed down to
Lake Alexandrina including the compulsory bakery stop.
Arriving at the boat ramp the conditions didn’t look too
great, pretty cloudy. Anyhow we launched Gary’s
new boat and made our way to the fishing ground.
(Luckily he had already christened the boat on the
mullies the previous weekend or might have had to take
my boat J). Not very long after we started fishing
the cloud mostly cleared away and it wasn’t too long
before the fly rods had a pleasing bend in them.
Nick busted off the first 3 using 9lb tippet and too
much excitement, (must the British coming out in him),
standing there in less than knee deep water surrounded
by loads of 10-15lb carp. It was pretty much all
sight fishing, some gold, some with black backs, dorsals
and tails breaking the surface, huge bow waves if you
spooked or pricked one. I had the fly come back a
couple of times with just scale about the size 50c
piece. There was no shortage of fish and the time
passed quite quickly.
Best flies included bead head Woolly Buggers, Swimming
nymphs, a black/green chenille thingy with a black tail
with a hint of red were the flies that did most of the
damage. I was watching my fly get inhaled by couple fish
but not connecting, then I realised the bend and point
Gary & I have had quite a bit of fun on the carp
during summer when the water warms up too much to harass
the trout. Its a real shame that the water could
not be a bit clearer, but as long you don’t want
to fill the esky for a feed it’s a great way to spend
the day. Normally I would fillet a few as Meg’s
cat loves them, but Gary didn’t have an esky in the
boat, (I think that may have been deliberate). So
find yourself a little backwater and give it a try. Cheers Steve.
To the best of my
knowledge and recollection there was another club carp
trip organised for March from Clayton, but as I have no
photos or report I am not sure how it worked out. However
to keep you keen here are a few images of Steve and Gary
from their recent trip to the Top End of the
Northern Territory with fish from the Daly and Darwin
Harbour. Looks like it was pretty hot as was some of
A trip to the club dam was arranged by
Wayne, with Brad, Mike and Craig having the normal start
to the day at the bakery before having a fish for the
trout. The morning was somewhat windy and overcast
but the wind eased and the cloud cleared during the
day. Best flies were woolly bugger and woolly worm
with only four fish caught for the day. Water levels
are very low in both dams after the very dry and warm
summer. We are hoping that the winter will bring
some good rain to replenish the dams that require overflow
from upstream dams to replenish. There was one early
release at the feet by Brad, Mike had no luck and I'm not
sure who caught the others. Thanks to Brad for the
While this one is not a club trip Matt
went to Perth recently to catch up with fishing in the far
west, timing it perfectly with the Australian Salmon
run. Chasing big salmon on fly ranging from five to
seven kilos (about 15 pounds) within a few kilometres of
the coast of metropolitan Fremantle and near Carnac
Island. Using 10 weights they caught more than
they could keep count of. Wish we were there with
you Matt. I think that popper is tied on a 4/0 hook.
While no club trip was
held this month some of our members attended Peter Morse's
casting clinics, for conventional and spey and switch
casting assistance. Included were variations like 5
there,single, double, snake roll and snapT. Many
fish were caught on salt water by individuals and Wayne
went up the Murray for callop (yellowbelly) and cod.
In early July the club
trip was to Thomsons Beach to try for salmon trout and
perhaps some out of season
yellowfin as there had been reports of both. Four of
us braved the cold weather and rugged up and into the
waders and on the water about 10am. Low tide was
forecast for 9:30am but in this location the turn seems to
be delayed by two to three hours. Gary caught the
only fish of the trip, a small salmon trout, but there was
no other activity. Craig and Lee went for a long
trek south to the channel marker and Gary and I stayed
local. Even when the tide turned there was no more
sign of fish moving in. A local mentioned that there
had been plenty of salmon trout two days previous.
The tides were ideal and while overcast with some sunny
patches it was not too windy, with about 10 knots from the
northern quarter being the worst of it. It looked
good but was pretty sterile.
The only fish photo I have is of a small bream I caught in
the Onk recently.
There was no club
trip in July but I have included a few fish photos caught by Keith at the Onk, a 45cm bream
In August no trips
were organised due to inclement weather.
Alley, Andrew, John, Wayne and Craig missed out but
Brad managed two fish for the day
Steve Crowley, Mike Phillips and Gary Mead fished
the Windmill Dam from 1.00pm. Weather cool, cloudy
10knot breeze, slight drizzle on occasion. Dam full,
very clean and running across the spillway.
Fished wets for two 1-2lb fish, one from west side,
the other near the inlet.
From around 3pm moved to the pump house dam, which
was also full and clear. Saw 1 fish cruising and
Steve was casting to a sporadic riser in the centre
the dam. Gary managed to catch one from this dam so
all members caught one for the day.
attended the Lake Fyans ﬂy-in. 7-9 October.
Anglers entered the comp for a total of 6 ﬁsh landed.
Allan lost one, Steve and
Gary saw ﬁsh but no takes. Lake was very full after
recent rains, ﬁsh were seen
but could not be enticed.
Snapper trip cancelled on the
6th due to strong winds but
Casting day was held as planned. 8 club
members enjoyed a sunny and calm morning on the Pat. Nick
and Allan brought along some two
handed rods for a bit of spey casting practice. Although
it was meant to be a casting day, Craig had
to impress us all and catch a fish, a beautifully
conditioned 3 inch Tommy. Was also great see our
esteemed ‘El Presidente’ with rod in hand testing out the
On 27 November our club trip was to have been to Price or
the club dam. The tides looked too big for clear
water and the timing was too early for the high tide which
would have meant a very early morning to be sure of
getting out of the creek. So instead some of us
headed out to Thomsons Beach to see if the yellowfin had
arrived yet. The low tide at Outer Harbour was about
10:30am so we thought 1pm to start would give us good
water but the tide was still going out. It was not
until about 2:30 or later that the tide started to run
in. Hank, Nick and I walked down to the south to
meet the incoming tide while Alan and Lee stayed at the
northern end. We got lucky and ran into some small
schools up to 38cm, caught on size 8 poppers and Hank got
some sub surface on a small crazy charlie or something
similar. There was a fairly firm south wester of 10
to 15 knots and it was a bit cool, but ok to wet wade but
some chose waders. It should get better from now on
as more fish move into the area.
Thompsons beach Sunday
afternoon, six members kicked off at 1pm. Tide took longer
than anticipated to move, could
have delayed start until 2pm. General view is a low of
around 0.7m and high around
2.0m is a preferable variation.
10-12 whiting up to 38cm caught,
poppers effective and Hank picked some up using a Gotcha