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
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.
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.