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2013

Early April and we have the return of Eric Wood, Nev & Mike.

We start with Jacky Jacky trips with Barra. Salmon, cod, trevally & queenies, some nice Fingermark & grunter. The sessions on the salmon were great fun Then Lots of fun GT’s & queenies, more salmon, golden trevors, cod etc

We all caught some good barra with Nev getting the best and also some big Queenfish, while Mike got a cracker Mangrove Jack and a couple of big Cod together with a beaut Coral Trout. But we started the year with just the most hectic salmon session, just crazy. Just try and get that lure back without being molested. You couldn’t do it.

Eric was indeed unlucky when he hooked up a very big Barra (1m ) only to see her do him in a snag eventually bad luck mate but it was great to see her just the same. We had a good time and many a laugh as usual, thanks boys take care and behave yourselves until next time.

Newcomers Mike & Ingred Park and Richard & Rebekah Bassano arrive at the same time.

The Parks had the same fun with the salmon, GT’s & queenies, Fingermark, cod, Tarpon Jack etc. But it was popper Beck that stole the show with her continual casting of that monstrous popper which I thought you’d needed a licence for, it was that big, she did gets things stirred up when all the others of the group were getting some big queenies she just kept casting only to get smashed by several big GT’s  40 – 65lb well done Beck.

Richard had some fun with the fly with queenies. GT, salmon, giant herring etc, while Ingred caught some big queenies and we both had a tug of war with a groper while netting one, the fish lived my net “not”. It was great to have you all here and look forward to next time.

Next up John Darbyshire and friends Jamie & Peter the mad fly fisherman) we had good catches of Barra, Fingermark, Queenies GT’s, Cod, Tarpon, salmon etc. But it was the Queenfish madness that stood out with millions of them all around 1m in length, you could not cast out without getting slammed unbelievable!!!!!  Peter had a great time on fly (not that John & Jamie didn’t)

We continued to catch our share of Barra to 72cm, good fingermark, great sessions on salmon, some really good Saratoga But the blue water and the Queenfish, Tuna and a very large GT stole the show. Peter was into everything on fly so much so he ran out of fly’s so grabbed some white horse hair off its Maine (main??) and made some more up which went off as well)

Thanks fella’s we had a great trip you were a pleasure.

May see’s Phil Newton’s Group return, Phil, Max, Rob, Manny, Joe & stretch. A fun group off we go into Barra, Fingermark and some good ones to boot, cod, nanny’s, tarpon, Jacks, Stripy’s, golden trevally’s but again it was the Queenfish that stood out with many coming in over the metre. We had a day early in the trip with 34 Barra and also a good session on Salmon was enjoyed by all with some good quality fish being caught.

We were unlucky and did manage to lose a few very nice fish though, barra in particular “BUT “we also had another Cyclone warning around, which did send us some winds, but all OK.

Always enjoy this trip boys take care until next we see you

Peter Kynnersley arrives with son Adam, son in law Dan, Good friend Scott and Brent with his father Gerry.

We start with the usual catches of Barra, some good fingermark, big cod but we had some ridiculous sessions on the blue salmon just fantastic, with Brent’s grunts and grown’ s very funny indeed ( sorry mate )  with just fish after fish coming in.

Again the big Queenfish were there with some over 110 – 120 cm both Brent & Dan come to mind here, also with some good Tuna too heh Pete! I also remember Peter getting a very nice Jack and fingermark, we scored a couple of nice Saratoga lots of fun size GT & Queenie’s as well. I remember getting a hook out of Adam that took some doing, well done mate.

Thanks again lads look forward to next year.

May / June see’s Ben Bremauer with Dad Bert, Brother Ron, good mate Glen Wood alias Dave, another Father & son Joe and Peter Alexander return for the third time.

The first day or so was a little tough due to winds and dirty water but we still managed to get Barra, queenies, cod, GT, Jack, Good fingermark , sweetlip etc. Then things got a bit better and catches of 24 odd Barra and a lot lost, a great time with golden’s ,  Ron had a cracker Groper fight, Bert and his salmon, Bert & Joe with the shovelnose shark, some big queenies for everyone,  a big GT that just kept going, Glen getting a 50cm Jack fantastic site.

We had plenty of fun GT’s and Queenies mixed in with Fingermark, Jack, Cod, groper and then had a silly session on salmon which went off and we left them biting.

Always a pleasure gentlemen hope to see you again next year.

Lee Stevens with mates Dean, Brent, Luke, Chris & Matt arrive to some big queenfish action  with many over the metre, then off to the estuary where we got about 17 Barra with two big girls lost. We continue to get amongst the barra’s, Jack, Cod, Fingermark, Salmon etc

We had many a session on smaller GT’s & Queenies not as many salmon this time but still had some winds, it has been an unusual year for winds.

Last day produced 14 barra, Fingermark, Jack, Cod, the usual GT & Queenies, some tarpon and 4 Jewfish

All in all a good trip boys we all enjoyed your company and hope to see you again in the not too distant future, thanks fella’s.

Mid June see’s the Jindabyne lads return, Garry, Alby & Ardy. The first day was a cracker and made things very hard to follow with 16 Barra, 10 Fingermark, 30 + salmon to 12lb, King Salmon 14lb, Plenty of GT & queenies, Cod etc.

Over the course of the next few days though we still did very well with a total of 63 Barra, Heaps of fingermark, some big cod, more salmon sessions some of these were silly the hard part was trying to get your lure back to the boat without a fish attached.

Blue water and Good Queenies again, some nice Tuna, I remember Alby saying “ you forget how hard these things pull “ so true especially with a great big noah on their hammer !!! Also some golden trevally and one moment where a big school of huge GT came pass only to knock the poppers out of the water for no hook-ups, very big fish scary.

We almost got away without getting any hooks in us this year, almost, we’ll try again next year. Thanks fella’s look forward to next year.

Late June early July and we have Jeff Robinson from the USA return for the 4th Time, Jeff’s first love is fly fishing and we did very well starting off with 5 barra, 3 fingermark, King salmon 13lb, Grunter, the usual GT & queenies, Bream.

Over the next few days we had a go at everything with some very nice barra to 78cm, and lost some beauty’s two around the1m mark, (I remember Jeff’s face when the big girl just rolled over put up the pectoral fin and said bye, he just turned to me and had a look of, did you see thatttt ) but still great to see, heaps of queenies and GT’s, the good old tarpon sessions. We had some crazy sessions on the salmon where we also tried metals, plastics etc which Jeff had not tried before. I thought we had a terrific week and then finished the last day with a relaxing successful birding day.

Thanks again Jeff enjoyed our time together as usual take care until next we meet.

Over this same time we had Russell Townsend with sons Mitchell and Hayden and grandfather Peter out doing battle, all good casters and on the hunt.

Peter quickly became the cod king with some beauty’s and the boys started the Barra count, plenty of Queenies and GT’s unfortunately there were not a lot of big queenies on offer for them    disappointing but that’s the way it is sometimes )

They did get some nice golden’s and diamond trevally, together with heaps of cod, fingermark, nannigai, sand bass, big bream and had the odd battle with some small groper which pull like hell back into the snags heh boys. But it’s always back to the barra where they love the visuals and strikes.

Well done and thank you Team Townsend until next time.

Mid July and from NZ we have the return of Mike & Mon Craig who had a great week with all sorts of catches. The wind played a major role and kept us in the estuary until late in the trip

The Barra were good Mon getting her first and then we couldn’t stop her, well done finishing up with a 1 metre beast. Some days we saw plenty but not interested, I think the wind played it’s part here however, we continued to get good catches of fingermark, cod, big bream on lures, crazy archer fish, Jack, Grunter etc. We had some very funny lunch time sessions where we struggled to eat anything, until the call don’t put that rod out!!!

Mike tried the fly in saltwater for the first time with success with a memorable 1m queenfish and also had not caught a Tuna before, well he has now!! We had some great fun Mon also knows the feeling.

I think we had a very enjoyable trip and had a lot of laughs thanks Craig’ies !! Hope to see you soon.

A very good start to 2013

Thanks all who have participated so far.

65lb GT
65lb GT

Big Queenfish John
Big Queenfish John

Diamond Trevally
Diamond Trevally

Eric and nice Barra
Eric and nice Barra

Lee and good Queenie
Lee and good Queenie

Manny and good Queenfish
Manny and good Queenfish

Mike and Mon
Mike and Mon

On Ya Gazza
On Ya Gazza

Ron with a very strong Groper
Ron with a very strong Groper

Scott and Tuna
Scott and Tuna

Very nice Peter
Very nice Peter