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NSW Riverina Report - 3 January 2011
« on: January 05, 2011, 12:09:53 AM »
From the Fishers Mouth
3rd January 2011

With the holiday season in full swing there are boats aplenty on our roads and waterways. Many of the boats travelling up and down our roads and on the water are dug out of the shed for an annual holiday and expected to perform on cue.

This isnít always the case as a boat and trailer left neglected for six or twelve months will deteriorate significantly no matter how well prepared it was before storage.

To get your boat ready for holidays, there are a few things to check well before you clip it on the back of the family car. Usually the battery in the boat will need charging (or possibly replacing), wheel bearings in the trailer will need greasing, trailer lights will need repair, tyres will need pumping up, trailer brakes checked, and the engine will need starting to make sure it is pumping water and operating properly.

These are a few simple checks that you can do in advance to ensure that your equipment is less likely to let you down. Once on the road, take the opportunity at every stop along the road to check the trailer. Make sure tie down straps are tight, bearings arenít hot, tyres arenít damaged, wheel studs are in place and nothing else is bent or broken.

I have travelled several hundred kilometres oblivious to the fact that a rear tyre on my tandem trailer was completely shredded so it pays to have a walk around when you stop.

For holiday fishing itís hard to go past the south coast. The flathead in the estuaries and bays are usually hungry and have kept many a family smiling on annual holidays. Using live mullet or soft plastic lures is a reliable method to land a flathead or two.

Freshwater options are tougher but the ever reliable redfin are plentiful in our larger waterways and are easily tempted with worms, small yabbies or small soft plastic lures. Reddies love moving bait so make sure the kids give the rod a jiggle every now and again.

The Murrumbidgee River has finally stopped flooding (in the mid to upper reaches at least) and has cleared up enough for cod to bite on lures as well as bait. A couple of brief fishing sessions this week has seen plenty of small cod nibbling away, so things are back on track in that respect.

Remember to pack insect repellent as the mosquitoes are thick.

Picture: Small Murray cod are starting to bite in the Murrumbidgee as Mitch Carter demonstrates


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