Fishin' with Fitz - by Jason (Birdy) Bird
Fitzy calls late on a Friday evening there is usually only
one thing he wants to know and this call was no different,
a seat in his boat on Lake Wivenhoe for the next day was the
reason for the call and as I had a spare day and I am allways
keen to learn about Wivenhoe with Fitz the answer was predictable.
chill in the air to start the morning had me thinking it might
clean up to be a warm clear day on the dam but as I swung the
cruiser into Fitzy's driveway and opened the door I noticed the
air temperature had dropped a few degrees from when I left the
Redcliffe peninsular,this was a precurser for the whole day. We
hooked up and made our way over the hill towards to Big W and
what many have come to know as the 'Hoe and while I am a salt
water fisho at heart it is good for the gear to give it a wash
in an impoundment from time to time.
8 a.m. saw us in the middle of the paddock somewhere near Platyduck
cliffs slow trolling and looking for schools of bass on the sounder.
For anyone who is not sure how this is done I recommend contacting
Fitzy through this website as I still watch in amazment as Fitzy
finds and decifers active and passive bass schools on one of the
biggest bass lakes around and I have watched him find barra in
Awoonga in the same mannor.
We trolled a variety of lures around the place while we searched
for some bass to vertical jig.
We were trolling two lures, the first was just run from a rod
in holder through an E-grell S1-7 rod and happened to be a collectable.The
lure was one of the original purple Blitz Baga lures and while
Fitz was trying to convince me to hang it in the pool room I reckoned
losing it to a rampaging bass would be more fun for all.
The second was run from a Cannon Easy Troll 2 downrigger,we had
one to play with for the day and were both keen to see how we
could use one to improve our effectivness on the dam. Many impoundment
fishos use them in our southern states in the colder dams trolling
for trout and such ,we are of the oppinion they have a huge future
in SEQ impoundments and not only for bass fishing but also for
barra in our northern lakes. The lead weight comes up as a solid
red line on the color sounder and the Matrix 97 Fitzy runs easily
kept up the weight and we could then make the necessary adjustments
and raise or lower the lures to co-incide with the depth our quarry
was holding at. Brilliant idea!
downrigging adventures were soon cut short as we found a reasonable
school of bass and while we could have trolled through them we
decided to try and jig them, just for our own amusement. Fistly
we both jigged with large metal slugs and while Fitzy is argueably
the master of fishing metals in Wivenhoe I soon changed to a bettle
spin accompanied buy a Saltwater Gulp on the jig hook, after all
you can take the boy from the salt but
you know the
At this stage it was cold,very cold. We had a 10 knot wind blowing
through the high clowds that had formed on the hills surrounding
the dam, wind that would cut through sheet iron was howling down
the lake and while I usually don't wear a beenie all day this
was an exception.
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bettle spin was in the drink for not long when I got belted
by a good fish that had my little bass rod bent to the grips,
this saltwater fisho was all smiles as the bass headed for
home on more than two occasions but after a bit of better
luck than management soon had a plump Wivenhoe bass on the
deck for a few quick photo shots and back into the drink to
fight another day.
soon lost that school and speaking to Fitzy he commented this
'06 winter season has been strange as the big schooled bass have
been very spooky and on more than one occasion this season he
has seen schools of bass several thousand strong dissapear into
thin water, this was to be repeated later in the day.
We spoke at length about that topic as we then trolled around
a little longer looking for more bass and Fitzy explaned the lack
of water may have the bass under some pressure and they are not
behaving as they have done in times of higher water levels, it
all sounded feasable to me.
little while later we came over a school of bass 40 feet deep
with fish and went for over 200m, this was a school of thousands
of fish. We had our first drift over the school and as the
wind had popped up a little more the drift was fast but not
unfishable. Fitzy hooked up to a nice fish on the ol' metal
slug while I was wondering what bad Karma I had encurred to
catch a forky in school of bass that was as large as the one
we were fishing.
Soon enough I was lining Fitz up in the view finder to get
a few happy snaps of another very fat Wivenhoe bass.
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school vanished after one drift over them, maybe these fish are
becoming educated but in a school of thousands I am of the opinion
that Fitzy may be on the money with his theory of low water levels
unsettling the bass for now.
The day then got colder and as I zipped my jacket right up to
the neck and as the fish were not really in the mood we decided
to head for the hills and the comfort of the car looked better
than the impending rain that threatened to fall on a dam desperate
for the attention.
I have never spent a colder day on a dam in my life and while
the fish were hard to find that day I/we learnt plenty about using
the remarkable Cannon downriggers in a real time situation and
for me another great day on a dam with one of my good mates.
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Metal Bass Fishing
2006 Jason Bird. Sweetwater Fishing Australia