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Canberra Visit
« on: April 12, 2011, 07:37:35 PM »
Had a work meeeting in Canberra last Friday so booked my return flight for Monday morning to get the chance to catch up with family friends and revisit a few old local haunts to see how the fish and the habitats are tracking after the major droughts, fires and floods that have occurred since I lived there 10 years ago.  Set my self a tick list of five fish cod, golden, redfin, brown and rainbow to attempt over the weekend and only managed 2 (goldens and redfin), thouigh missed a few cod and realy didn't travel far enough afield for the trout as my local trout honey holes were still a bit dirty and warm to produce - though I did see a few brownies rising and predict a couple o fthose spots will go off in a month or two when the temps drop and pre breeding feeding goes up a notch. Was lovely to see the ol place, if it wasn't for winter minimums I could of lived there a lot longer than I did - still great to revisit though. The Murrumbidgee was looking really flushed out and I'd reckon next season's native fishing is looking good!


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Re: Canberra Visit
« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2011, 09:59:43 PM »
No doubr about it Jim, you're a man on a mission, PNG one day, Canberra the next. I'll bet the town founded on BS was big yawn after PNG. I'm betting you didn't use the same gear in both places.
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Re: Canberra Visit
« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2011, 11:52:04 PM »
Yeah JD I'm on a mission to fit as much fishing into my life as opportunity presents and I'm fortunate that work overlaps with that mission on occassion :thumbsup, but I don't find Canberra fishing a yawn - it actually gives me a buzz and I miss it a bit as I had some real great experiences when I lived there years ago i.e. pet 30 and 40 lb cod caught and released few times, 50cm + brownies, big goldens and Murrumbidgee Bonefish (AKA Carp) on fly and coming across rare jewels like Macquarie Perch (see pics), and while I didn't break out the Black Bass rig on this trip ::), you'll see in the photos that the spinning gear I used on Golden Mahseer in PNG is the same as what I used on Golden Perch on the Murrumbidgee ;D
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Re: Canberra Visit
« Reply #3 on: April 13, 2011, 12:18:14 AM »
G'Day Jim,

Nice images, thanks for sharing.  :thanks

That country you fished at Canberra, was that area affected by the bush fires a few years back?

Last time I went through there alot of country still looked badly affected from those fires.

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Re: Canberra Visit
« Reply #4 on: April 13, 2011, 12:43:58 AM »
RE: Bushfire affected, the Molonglo River catchment wasn't affected Fitzy and the reach of the Murrumbidgee I fish wasn't directly burnt but had filled up with bushfire derrived sediment, the latest peak flood early this year (biggest in ages) has completely rheemed it out though and re-instated the deep holes :thumbsup

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Re: Canberra Visit
« Reply #5 on: April 14, 2011, 09:07:37 PM »
Jim,
The Murrumbidgee looks to be in good nick; nice clean water by the look of it. Things never looked that good when I lived there, but that was back in the '70's and I shot rabbits near Molonglo.
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Re: Canberra Visit
« Reply #6 on: April 18, 2011, 08:13:30 PM »
JD,

I used to shoot rabits near the Molonglo as well. Property owner 20 mins out of town gave me permission to hunt bunnies and foxes on his place. For a capital city with all the urbane and metropolitan BS - still had a great outdoor life there from home in Downer I could be in 20 minutes in 3 different directions - trout fishing, cod and yella fishing or fox and bunny chasing  :thumbsup - even the city lake produced a few good goldens and plenty of redfin for me - just too cold... and the BS in the working environment  ::)  for anyone working in natural resource management - you need to experience how the BS works and doesn't work and then get out of the place :o - back to warmer climes 8)

 

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