We went fishing on a charter in the harbour today with Maggie. I don’t love the style of fishing, nor do I ever have much hope of getting good stuff. However she loves it and I want to encourage the hobby while I can. It was ideal conditions but the day wasn’t great. We didn’t get much and the gear was very old and Maggie had a lot of trouble winding it. She still had loads of fun and the guide let her wind in a fish of his.
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Gippsland Trips 2023
Had some reasonable weather when we went down. We managed to get to the beach (in the morning to avoid the wind which was a good move) as well as Stratty bridge and McKinnons.
Seaspray – Maggie loved it but complained about how cold the water was. Eddie was uncertain at first but slowly warmed to it. Flo was there and liked to dig – and eat – the sand.
Stratty Bridge – We actually went twice as it was the kids favourite spot. There was a strong current in some shallow water which let Maggie ride her board down it. Eddie was in seventh heaven with all the rocks and sand and water to play with. He did not want to leave at all. Maggie “rescued” a girl which involved her getting freaked out in the thigh-deep water because of the current and Maggie took her hand and brought her to the shore. She loved it and everyone heard the story as soon as she saw them.
McKinnons – It was interesting as there were loads of cars and tents on the rocks. It wasn’t as kid-friendly as it had been in the past with lots of alcohol going and music pumping. We found a quiet-ish spot. Ed didn’t quite like it as much, I think because of the difficulty he had with moving around on the rocks. Was still a nice day though.
Vernon Fishing Fun
Went out exploring today. Lots of small fish and a few “alright”ones.
Mike got a great Queenie in and two big trevelly nearly in but sharks took them. We found a stream full of life but there were sharks everywhere. Did some shore fishing too – always fun.
Got 10 coral trout on lures all quite small. Probably 30-50 bluebones all small
My best was working for 30 mins to get what we thought was a metre trevelly in… only to find a shark!
Two sad stories of the day was hooking up a decent trevelly and having the hook pull free from my new expensive lure. The other was me filliting the Queenie for dinner… dropped it in the water to give it a quick clean and the fish grippers somehow came out from its jaw! Dropped it right under so no dinner for me.
Mike and I went out fishing in the Adelaide river, launching from saltwater arm. It was extremely windy so we couldn’t repeat the last trip. I sight cast a approx 40cm barra who took it with no hook. Another cast had the barra grab the lure as soon as it landed on the water but no hook up as my bail arm wasn’t even over.
We bait fished for some jewies and got 14 catfish. As we went home we flicked a few interesting things and I got a barracuda. A very quiet day!
We went to Corroborree Billabong on the 6 person houseboat with the Lewis’s. Was a nice day out although not very sunny given the time of year. And we didn’t see a croc!