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Fishing a flooded Awoonga
« on: December 26, 2010, 08:23:42 AM »
With the lures having some final upgrades added before we head off for our annual trip to Awoonga, there certainly are a few questions on my mind due to the ab normal weather conditions at present!
In the event of a major flood is it still worth the 13 hour drive? Is it likely the impoundement will be simply too dirty for lures for the next few weeks? Is there a chance that it might be the best time to go and the fishing will be amazing???

I'd say we will go rain, hail, fire or flood, but I just wanted to bat this one around and get your thoughts on it.... Matt Hansen


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Re: Fishing a flooded Awoonga
« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2010, 12:38:10 PM »
Matt,
The answer to that question, like many questions about fishing can only be answered after the event. At the moment, a small creek passing under the road to Awoonga comes up and down like a yo-yo, blocking anglers in, or out for a while. I'll be there for the next 3 days guiding- that's if the rain really doesn't hit it's straps, as predicted, and lock us out, or in!
I'm currently in wait, for a friend who is stuck on the highway between Gladstone and Rockhampton- flooded creeks. He needs a boat ride back to his island home as the roads in are cut in numerous places. There's dogs tied up and generators that'll run dry if he isn't home tonight. Nature- it controls us all.
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Re: Fishing a flooded Awoonga
« Reply #2 on: December 26, 2010, 03:58:30 PM »
Hey JM,

Yep... Pretty much typifies our thinking... Rain, Hail, Fire or Flood we will be their. Barra or no Barra it will still be a learning curve. We can only benfit by putting the hours in, and besides, im lucky enough to fish next to a couple of fella's who make the most of it- fish or no fish-  Bound to come home with a sore laugh muscle and a severe case of cast-ritess.

Spoke to Harro this morning (Who has been busy thinning out a few feral goats in our neck of the woods) and confirmed our visit.

Looking forward to a few quiet beers around the camp fire with Lyndon, Harro, yourself and the crew. 

Just spoke to the rest of the Dubbo Codgers crew who are making the journey, and passed on your info re: the creek thats blocking/trapping anglers in and out... They said they hope we get stuck up their for a month....
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Re: Fishing a flooded Awoonga
« Reply #3 on: December 26, 2010, 09:40:56 PM »
*currently about 2.5 m above the dam wall and pumping hard.

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Re: Fishing a flooded Awoonga
« Reply #4 on: December 26, 2010, 11:26:03 PM »
Matt,

As Johnny has stated, need to watch creek which goes up and down like a yo-yo plus there are numerous other places where the water was across the road.  Nearly didnít make it back out this morning as the water was across the turn off at the Bruce Highway, mind you I have a low slung sedan.

All the best, will be out tomorrow if the rains lets up.
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Re: Fishing a flooded Awoonga
« Reply #5 on: December 27, 2010, 06:55:48 AM »
Best of luck Matt and safe travels :youbeauty

Look forward to reading your reports on your return.

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Re: Fishing a flooded Awoonga
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Re: Fishing a flooded Awoonga
« Reply #7 on: December 27, 2010, 09:00:57 AM »
check this out!!!!!!!

http://www.bom.gov.au/fwo/IDQ65391/IDQ65391.539050.plt.shtml


Yeh Kurt ..... the 4 major feeders were absolutely pumping yesterday  -   so no doubt this is over the major flood status

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Re: Fishing a flooded Awoonga
« Reply #8 on: December 27, 2010, 09:03:10 AM »
when we rocked up with the barra fingerlings last week, we thought that there was a heap of water then, be keen to see it next week when we deliver the remainder of the fish.  if it stops raining.

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Re: Fishing a flooded Awoonga
« Reply #9 on: December 27, 2010, 08:25:15 PM »
Hey Kurt, how's look for the fishing downstream on the Kolan? I went to Miara once and only caught Tarpon.
Cheers mate,
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Re: Fishing a flooded Awoonga
« Reply #10 on: December 28, 2010, 09:17:26 AM »
The lake is closed for the moment- running about 4 metres over the wall.

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Re: Fishing a flooded Awoonga
« Reply #11 on: December 28, 2010, 10:23:07 AM »
Was wondering when they'd close it, You'd feel that pull mid lake I'd reckon

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Re: Fishing a flooded Awoonga
« Reply #12 on: December 28, 2010, 04:56:03 PM »
I know it probly depends on how much more rain hewey sends down from the heavens, but any guesses as to a re opening date?? Matt

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Re: Fishing a flooded Awoonga
« Reply #13 on: December 28, 2010, 05:55:22 PM »
Matt, I'd guess a day or three, four, rather than ten.
Check out the last picture in the link, and compare it to the other in the blog, same page.

Dick, there was a large log, mid-lake, yesterday, travelling against the wind toward the wall.

http://fishawoonga.com.au/blog/?p=459

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Re: Fishing a flooded Awoonga
« Reply #14 on: December 28, 2010, 09:48:05 PM »
Have they closed due to debris or the flow to the drop?  Maybe not likely but they may only let twin powered craft on the lake to reduce the risk of any one going over the falls.  If any rubberneck takes the plunge the the GWAthingie would cop it good and proper for not keeping craft off the laske.

What's the flow rate over the wall now?

 

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