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ca new south wales fishing report with compleat angler
Compleat Angler
Dated: 24 May, 2006
Country NSW
Report supplied by Rod's Custom Rods The Compleat Angler

Eucumbene Dam
Well what more can I say – How good do you want it?.
Great catches of trout almost every day at the moment. The majority of fish are Rainbows and it does not seem to matter greatly what type of lure you are using.
Most reports still indicate that most fishos still prefer Tassie Devils.

Jamin Forbes
19.0KG Cod from the Murrumbidgee recently

Talbingo Dam
Talbingo is putting a smile on anglers faces this season – it has been very consistent for months now. Huge catches of trout are not common for Talbingo but lately most fishos seem to manage 5 or 6 fish each day with the quality way up there.
A few Redfin can be caught jigging around the timber with small yabbies.

Blowering Dam
Blowering Dam continues to produce quality Redfin and some very nice trout. Trolling Tassie Devils in pink and blue are still producing the best results on the trout.
Jigging in 50-70ft of water with ice jigs has proven to be the method for big Redfin.

Tumut River
The Tumut River has had a reduction in flow which makes it a very good proposition for a nice bag of trout. Lure, bait or fly fishing are all productive this time of the year in the Tumut River.
The chances of picking up a few large trout are very good, especially as river access is now very good.

Murrumbidgee River
A few good reports are still coming in with a few excellent quality Cod and Yellowbelly having a go at lures. Best lures have been medium Hammerheads and the AC Invaders for the trolling scene.
For anyone walking the bank Bassman Spinnerbaits have produced great results.
The water temp is starting to drop and this will slow fish activity down in the next couple of weeks. On the bright side this drop in water temp will see an increase in Murray Cray catches.

Staff member Tony
Nice Yellowbelly taken on a spinnerbait

Old Man Creek
Old Man Creek has slowed a bit, with low water temps and low flow this is to be expected. Angling with Scrub worms will see the odd Yellowbelly and Cod but the Murray Crays will steal most of your bait.

Report supplied by Mason's Compleat Angler
Lake Mulwala
A few reasonable cod coming in. Trolling still seems to be producing most reasonable fish on Hammerheads & spinnerbaits , both in water under 2 mtr                               

The Murray River below Lake Mulwala as mentioned last week, a few crays are showing up but I think another week or two of cold weather is needed for them to really fire. There has been the odd leagle cod coming in but generally a little quiet.

Lake Hume
Scott Brown of Albury caught a very very small trout on Saturday but was still very very excited as it was the first one he has ever caught in his new boat. There has been the odd report of a trout or two coming from the lake but , like the crays , another week or two of cold weather will do them the world of good. The lake has risen slightly to just under 14% and luckily this has’nt affected the Redfin too much as there are still reasonable numbers coming in,mainly on worms or bobbers

Dartmouth Dam
Good numbers being reported from last weekend. These fish, both brown & rainbow, are generally being trolled on the surface using a variety of lures with the most popular being the ever reliable tassie devils in a variety of colours. A few of the keener fisho’s have been getting into some of the larger bays and creek mouths around daylight and doing well casting small Rapalas and other minnow style lures such as Mcgraths or Merlins.

Pretty low around the place due to the lack of wet stuff falling from the sky. Quite a few fish have been taken though with most reports indicating a few spawners are on the move. Small bladed lures are accounting for most of the ones I’ve heard of with scrubbies being the next best thing

Another spot that seems to need a little time to pick up. A few nice fish have been reported but you certainly have to work for them at the moment. Anyhow I hope you pick up one or two this week.

Report supplied by The angler's Art (Phillip) & Pratt's Tackle Box (Greenway, Belconnen)

Game Fishers Strike Gold In Offshore Waters
The news for game fishers is all good this week with reports of massive numbers of Yellowfin Tuna schooling out wide on the south coast. Anglers at Bermagui reported finding large numbers of fish, feeding near the surface, all the way from the 12 Mile Reef out to the 1000-fathom line, with particular concentrations around the 300-fathom mark.
The fish are mostly larger specimens and numerous 50-70-kg fish were boated during a game fishing competition held at Bermagui last weekend. The winning fish for the tournament weighed in at 88.6kg and was caught by Geelong angler Trevor Rawson fishing with 15kg tackle on Southern Aurora. Fish of these weights and numbers have not been seen on the south coast for many years and anglers have described the fishing as "just like the good old days" ---meaning the 1970's and 80's when numerous Australian and World Record fish were landed at Merimbula, Bermagui, Narooma and Batemans Bay.

The fish have been taken on live baits, cube baits and both skirted and bibless minnow lures. The best of the lures was the River To Sea Killer Vib and the larger Starfire.
In addition to the yellowfin, the tournament anglers tagged and released one marlin and a number of sharks, mostly blues and makos. The exciting game fishing is expected to continue for some time with predictions of favourable water temperatures and currents for at least the next couple of weeks.

Light Tackle Action
There was plenty of action off Ulladulla also. One crew uncertain whether to venture more than a few kilometres offshore in less-than-favourable weather suddenly found themselves in the middle of a frenzy of feeding fish and screeching birds. They tossed out a series of small lures and trolled around for a tally of 40 bonito, five kingfish to 82cm and large numbers of Striped Tuna

Crayfish And Trout Combined
There was plenty of action also on the freshwater scene.
At Blowering anglers chasing Murray River crayfish got a feed of crays plus some nice redfin and four Brown Trout to 2kg.

At Burrinjuck a 52cm Golden Perch was caught on a flatfish and 53cm cod took a deep diver in the Main Basin.
In Canberra 10-years old Bradley Skillin from MacGregor caught a nice 36cm redfin on a soft plastic lure at a secret spot in Ginninderra Creek on a rod he "borrowed" from his sister, even though it was a less-than-appealing pink colour.

Mountain Action Aplenty
In the mountains the big lakes Eucumbene and Jindabyne again fished well, with lots of rainbows from the bank on Power Bait and scrub worms and more rainbows and some browns on fly and trolled lures.
Best locations at Jindabyne were East Jindabyne and Kalkite although there were the usual stories about giant browns spotted near the mouth of the Thredbo River heading for an eventual spawning run. A near-one metre brown in for smoking at a Belconnen butcher shop lends some credence to the stories.

At Eucumbene the best locations were Cemetery Point and Seven Gates and although the shoreline was crowded most anglers reported catching fish. Boat launching was difficult because of the mud but most boaters got in okay at Anglers Reach and Old Adaminaby. Trollers fared best with lead core line right through the day. Fly anglers landed a few fish from the Yabby banks and out in the wind lanes.

Tip Of The WeekTwo small lures have been outstanding at Eucumbene and Jindabyne this week. Well worth a try are the Ecogear SX40F minnow and the Strike Pro Pygmy II. Both resemble small bait fish and have been excellent fish-catchers on flat line and lead core line worked at relatively slow speed.

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