Club Trips 2018
trips reported. Joe Csortan had a go and here is
the result. Joe's report "Great day ....caught my first
Blue fin tuna at Victor Harbor on one of my pilchard
flys that I tied two days before. One hell of a
fight on the ten weight rod with the tip often touching
the water. Tuna were everywhere and birds feeding
madly but only one other hookup on lure and lots of
disappointed people back at the ramp with no catch at
Sunday 4th saw seven
members meeting at Yankallilla Bakery for the regular
coffee and pastries before setting off on the hunt for
trout. The dam looked good and weather was nice, not
too much wind but a very bright day. We had started
a little later than
usual to see if the later afternoon fishing would be
better than the normal time. It did not work out
that way. The only fish caught was Nick's lovely
rainbow, in good condition and with plenty of
fight. Unfortunately I couldn't get a good
picture of it as it was a bit stressed and Nick rightly
got it back into the water for a well revived release. Wayne hooked one and had a
very early release. We tried both dams and saw a few
fish but they were definitely not in an eating mood.
Thanks to all that came, but apologies for the poor
fishing. This was the hardest day at the dam that I
have experienced, normally most people catch at least one,
but not this time.
John N, Craig and Mike
headed to Corny Point for the 28/29 April weekend.
We will post a trip report on the website
but we all managed 50+ cm Flathead on fly.
Thanks to Craig for providing his faithful chariot for the
trip and John for all things food including a great
Nothing organised in May but
Several trips this past month with 6
members heading north for the Weipa smorgasbord. Josef was
first up and managed over 20 species on fly. Following hot on
his heels was Gary, Steve, Keith,John and Matt who scored 30+
species. Fishing was hard some days, several rods lost but
based on the photos there were many memorable catches.
Highlights included 2 Permit (sorry Matt), several solid Cobia
and Josef lost count of the Tuna caught.
Craig, Mike, John P and Pierre
headed down to the Brighton CP area for fish. Target species
were Flathead and Salmon. Neither species were caught however
a good 20 minutes of some solid mullet on fly entertained all
but one member. Craig went back the following day for a couple
more mullet and a salmon then a quick run up to the hills for
a couple of small redfin on an orange wooly bugger.There was a
club trip to the dam somewhere here and here are some of the
A trip to
the Riverland produced this nice cod for one of our
trips to the club dam in late August and early
September to fish out the larger fish. Only
three fish caught on fly and one brown on lure by
three anglers on one trip, and one fish with eight
anglers on the second trip. The fishing was
tough with only a few follows. The three dams
were restocked in late September with 60 in each of
the existing dams and 30 fish in a new dam.
caught a nice trout on the recent trip.
recently from Steve in Tassie, "Fished
a local dam last Sunday, about a 30 min drive from
home, and landed 4 nice rainbows. Not too bad for a morning
flog." Nice fish Steve.
also the possibility of a trip to the Onkaparinga
later in the month.
Three of us made it
to Thomsons Beach for an early crack at the yellowfin on
the 21st. Mike, Pierre and I arrived before 10:30
with perfect conditions and tide still falling (Outer
Harbor low at 10:33 am of
0.89m, high at 4:32 pm of
2.01m). The tide continued
to fall until after 1pm and started in after about
2pm. Winds were almost non existent - too good
really, it was warm with very clear water and only small
fish around, stopped for lunch at 12:15 and went back
out. Lots of walking, I managed to sink into a good
mudbank and fell over getting out which is not much
fun. Pierre caught the best yellowfin of about 30 -
35cm and Mike and I only caught tiddlers of about 20cm,
with Mike also getting one mullet. Maybe a bit early
in the year but we wanted a look anyway.
On 17 November
about five of us met at Webb Beach for a go at the
yellowfin, it was windy but fishable. On went the
poppers and while there were quite a few small fish they
were generally unwilling to take the poppers. Pierre
and Craig saw some solo large fish but in the main they
were only 20-27cm. With fairly cold water fish were
tracking but not hitting the poppers so a shift to
#6 white bonefish flies stripped smoothly and slower
across the bottom started to produce a few fish.
It was fairly windy. Good fun and experience but
hardly shooting the lights out. It pained me to
hear that someone else went to Thomsons the next day and
bagged out on fish up to 45cm on poppers. Ah well,
went down to the Coorong to show Pierre around. Got
a small fish of 49cm but put it back, it was a beautiful
day and we had a lot of fun but the fish were hard to
We had a christmas barbeque at the Patawolonga for about a
dozen members and partners, good food provided by the club
and cooked by John, Wayne & Mike, and members brought
along some nice salads and sweets, no one went
hungry. It was a fairly mild day but luckily no
rain. Mike brought along a new Sage X 10wt for a
cast, and its very nice and very fast action.
There is no club fishing trip organised for January, next
meeting is in February. If you are going fishing and
want company, then email all members and invite them to
meet at your destination for an impromptu club
trip. The Coorong is starting to fire so keep
that in mind.