Club Trips 2020


The club fishing trip organised for late January was at Clayton, to try for mud bonefish.  We had four boats, and set out to follow in the footsteps of Steve and Gary.
Josef & John, Mike & Matt, Craig Lee and John, and Brad and Adrian.  A bit of manouvering through shallow water saw us spread out over a couple of lagoon areas with a few soft spots but mainly knee to thigh deep water.  Conditions were good and I think everyone caught fish although they were not easy.  Visibility wasn't great and the fish were mostly sub surface and able to be spotted in shallower areas.  Followed up by a sausage sizzle organised by Mike and the day ended well.


The club fishing trips were not organised for March or April due to Covid 19 restrictions.



The club fishing trip for May was the club dam. 
- Matt, Lee, Craig and Mike arrived at the main dam around 10.15 am. Cloudy skies, light winds and some drizzle. Dam was very low (see pics) with a layer of green algae across most of the bottom. Edges were very muddy in places and we all had that sinking feeling at some point. 5 trout were hooked with 2 landed by Matt and Lee. All healthy rainbows of around 1-1.5kg. Fishing slowed so we stopped for a sausage sizzle around 1pm, another short session after lunch but no fish caught. Successful flies were Woolly Buggers and a Tom Jones. Dam needs a significant increase in water level before the end of winter






The club fishing trip for late August was the Onkaparinga River.  We had five or six early nominees, but as time wore on work, family and weather reduced numbers until there were just three.  So Axel, Matt and I met near New Rd, had a fish in the lower reaches to start.  The tide was high, weather cool with one or two showers and a fair breeze to start with, but easing later.  With no luck in this section we headed to Old Noarlunga and spent a fair time here.  Finally a reward for Matt with a nice bream of about 30cm, seeing it was his birthday this was a fitting result.  We had a few tail nips but nothing more so we headed downstream below Main South Rd for a final session, but again there were no happy endings.  It was a pleasant fish, and we hope to see a few more people at the next club fish.  Thanks to Matt and Axel for making the long trip south, next time maybe a northern beach to get the start of the yellows.
Matt's birthday



An impromptu club fishing trip for early October was organised by Mike P, venue Thomsons Beach on Friday the ninth.  Start time was a nominal 2:30 but a few of us got there a bit earlier.  Beautiful weather, clear sunny sky with little or no breeze, it looked like an aquarium and was a bit too good.  Sometimes a bit of breeze helps make the fish a little less wary.  Lee and I worked over the bay but did not see a fish so went to the channel while the tide was up.  Scored a few toads and salmon trout in the deeper holes.  Keith, Axel and Mike turned up and started hunting.  The low tide was forecast for just after 2:30 but at Thomsons it usually lags by two and a half to three hours so we fished a dropping tide.  Keith stayed in the bay and was straight onto a school while the rest of us trekked wide and south before finding a few.  Poppers seemed to be the best fly to use, but it was still hard going for most.  Mike caught the fish pictured.  I had to leave about 4pm and as I was wading in (noisily) spooked a good fish of about 40cm, last seen heading south at a great rate of knots.  A good day, but as Lee and I found out it can be a bit boggy near the main channel, and after sinking below our knees in the quicksand and having to crawl out, it means we had a good bit of exercise.  But as is often the case the yellowfin only need about ten cm of water and the area within 20m of the shoreline is worth a good look.

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  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.