Orty Crosses the Ditch to catch Aussie fish! Tuncurry near Forster

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Mon Nov 12, 2012 10:45 am

Hi guys

Justin/Orty did a flying trip to Sydney last weekend & was able to drop in on a 'social' that we were having in Tuncurry/Forster, 4hrs north of Sydney on Wallis Lake - which is a large tidal saltwater system with about 5 rivers feeding into it. A magic Spot - about 4-5 times bigger than Sydney Harbour!
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Forster is on the left & Tuncurry is on the right. The campground we were staying at is right of the bridge - at the little bay that is directly to the right from the right hand end of the bridge. It opens up to a huge shallow area with deep channels & lots of oyster leases.

My Perception Minnow (small sit in yak) was perfect for Justin to zip around in - a very responsive yak, totally different from the big offshore yaks that he uses!! :D

I took him over to some floating oyster racks but with the wind blowing BIGTIME, it was really difficult to get the accuracy that you need when fishing these snaggy waters
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In snaggy territory - this is where he tied up to cast to the right to target the whiting in shallow water where they hang out.
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In the racks, normally you would get into flathead & bream but with the wind as relentless & strong & just too tricky - so we settled on doing topwater action instead, hoping for bream or whiting. Justin's lightest rod would have been similar to our bigger snapper rods - tho one DID have a nice light tip which enabled him to cast a popper nicely. After showing him my topwater technique (half turns of the reel, stopping abruptly,) he quickly picked up the technique and was getting nice 'bloops' from the popper, resulting in hits from whiting! :clap: His first whiting spat the hook before he could land it but the next whiting held & was brought to the yak! YAY! I hooned over to get a photo of Justin & his whiting - which was covered in sand (from my dirty yak floor), so I suggested that he rinse it in the water & oooops! It got off! Damn! No pic!! But we remained friends!
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We then headed over to camp & Justin met up with many of the KFDU members. He couldn't get over the size of Scott's PA & took stacks of pictures!
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Heading back to the car, to meet up with Buj & Jools for the trip back to Sydney, he had a go in the Hobie!
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We may have a convert - even tho he only tried the baby of the fleet! The Sport! I think he could get used to THIS!! I loaned him my rod & he was amazed at the light gear that we use.
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I caught a nice flattie (aussie speak for Flathead, an excellent table fish), so brought it in for him to check out! I was trialling a buddy's rods and blooded it on the flattie! It is a very Nice Rod and I see myself using one for racks fishing and snapper fishing!
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Looking a bit wary of this prehistoric looking fish! They have sharp points around their gills that will surely spike you too!
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Jools & Buj arrived to take him back to Sydney. Buj was keen to hit the water with him on Sunday
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Buj took Justin back to Sydney on Sat afternoon & was planning to hit the water with him yesterday. I hope he got into some good fish. Justin flies back to NZ today some time, so I hope he got another fishing session in this morning too.

More pics coming!

cheers

Roberta
Last edited by arpie on Mon Nov 12, 2012 10:58 am, edited 3 times in total.
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Mon Nov 12, 2012 10:54 am

Some pics taken over the weekend. The flatties that I kept ranged in sizes from about 40cm to 53cm. The biggest caught during the social was 64cm.

Here is a nice whiting that I caught on topwater. It was a nice fish, going to 36cm & fighting well. THey are excellent table fish. We usually use line from 1-3kg when fishing for whiting & bream on the flats & upgrade to stronger when fishing the racks.
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I put him back! Altho they are nice eating, I prefer flatties & Parore (which I actively chase in the yak - terrific cooked in breadcrumbs or smoked.)
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On Sunday, I got into a stack of flatties - all in oyster lease territory! I had one hookup that was a real whopper! Normally flatties will grapple with the Softie before taking off, but this one just went CLUNK & headed for the hills!! It went directly under the closest lease & I had the rod tip in the water up to the reel seat, in the hope that I could stop it & regain some line. This didn't happen! PING! GORN! I then upgraded my leader from 12lb to 20lb & did the drag up a bit more! ;)
Here are some of my fish from yesterday!
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I kept 5 for the table, put at least that many back, dropped quite a few as well.
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Michelle with a fine specimen of 55cm - I am trying to convince her to come over for the East Coast Snapper Comp in April!
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So - a successful weekend of fishing! Fun fishing with buddies & lots of fillets in the freezer! :)

cheerio for now

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Mon Nov 12, 2012 4:41 pm

Excellent report Roberta ..... good to see Justin getting a taste of some Aussie yakfishing ! :y:

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Mon Nov 12, 2012 4:59 pm

yes well done on the TR
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Mon Nov 12, 2012 5:41 pm

lovely fish!, its nice to see a few different species :y: great tr :clap:
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Mon Nov 12, 2012 5:49 pm

Great read, good pics. Looks like a beautiful place, thanks for sharing :y:

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Tue Nov 13, 2012 5:42 pm

Thanks guys - hopefully Orty will add his own comments soon!!

This is the bream that EVERYONE wants when they come up to Forster, fishing. We have some of the biggest bream here in Forster, mainly due to all the oyster leases & the fish love to hang out around the edges & in under the actual lease poles & racks .... eating the oysters (of course) in nice, secure, snaggy areas!! A least the floating racks we fished on Sat only had a pole at each end of the 'floaters' ....... 'fixed racks' have poles every metre! :|

And, BOY! Do they have some pulling power!!

Here is a pic of my biggest bream to date, caught in May this year - it was a tad over 45cm - which is big in Bream Terms!
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It was a very solid fish
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On the measure stick
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So now you see 3 of the most sought after estuary fish in Aussie waters - just the size varies!!!

You can read the Bream TR in full here if you like
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Tue Nov 13, 2012 7:49 pm

Keep him Roberta! :lol:
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Thanks for sharing Roberta :y:
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With all this trans tasman fishing going on surely the powers that be can see the sense in an intercountry bridge now. Imagine the trip reports :y: :y:

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Wed Nov 14, 2012 8:30 am

Yup I can see it now. All the Aussie reports will begin with. Well we packed up the car and begun our 3330km journey to.... hehehe
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Wed Nov 14, 2012 2:03 pm

LOL ..... Well we packed up the car and begun our 3330km journey to.... hehehe....

That's next May, when I go across to Western Australia to fish Wilderness Island (off Exmouth, 1000k+ north of Perth!)

Can't wait!! Lots of BIG fish - new species for me! ;)

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arpie wrote:LOL ..... Well we packed up the car and begun our 3330km journey to.... hehehe....

That's next May, when I go across to Western Australia to fish Wilderness Island (off Exmouth, 1000k+ north of Perth!)

Can't wait!! Lots of BIG fish - new species for me! ;)

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Wow you certainly get around Arpie...
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Wed Nov 14, 2012 2:55 pm

....Wow you certainly get around Arpie.......

Ah well - ya can't take it with ya when ya go!!

My husband has been to Hawaii twice and NZ twice with his Triathlon activities - I reckon now it is my turn with my yak activities! ;)

Going to Wilderness next May is my 60th birthday present to myself! I was going to go to Lord Howe or Norfolk Island, then thought - bugger it - do something REALLY special!! :o

Can't wait!
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