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Boyne Barra On Surface
« on: March 25, 2011, 11:00:55 AM »
Well after a few days fishing the Boyne with Nath and Shaun, we had mixed results, many opportunities missed however fish were caught in between thundery rain and electrical storms but most of all we had a great time exploring new ground thanks to Trev (Awoonga) who was kind enough to show us some nice spots along the Boyne to fish and to keep our boat in one piece avoiding unseen rock bars. Thanks a mint Trev, it was great to catch up. We also ran into Paul having a quick chat before a spot of fishing in the rusty stuff and it was great just to put some faces to some names over the time we spent there.

What we witnessed over these short days I will most probably never see again and I'm sure Nath and Shaun would probably agree. We had front row seats to a specticle of feeding Barra less than 5 metres in front of us, not just in the slack water but in extremely fast moving water too where we were tied up in the current to a tree as they continued to smash Boney Bream within 6 inches of the bank. This would have to be a definate highlight of my trip actually seeing them at their natural best undetered by our presence which was extremely exciting to watch. We were extremely privileged to witness these moments and won't be forgotten for some time.

We wanted to see if we could get a few on surface which was a first for Shaun and myself using Rapala WXR 13's and Lucky Craft 115 Sammy's and we weren't disappointed.

Here's a few shots of some of the fish we caught and the results of some of the fish we missed including one wrecked rod. Awesome fun!

I'd also like to take the opportunity to also thank Kurt for his offer to catch up and take a look through the Hatchery. Unfortunately my week was cut short due to various reasons including work committments and wasn't able to get there which was quite disappointing. Thanks Mate!

Cheers Dave



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Re: Boyne Barra On Surface
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2011, 01:05:02 PM »
If you ever get to PNG, it'd be a good idea to pack the Rapala in the piccie.  And a few of his twins.  They don't all make it out alive!!

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Re: Boyne Barra On Surface
« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2011, 02:17:30 PM »
Cheers Dale, I'll keep that in mind! :thanks

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Re: Boyne Barra On Surface
« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2011, 02:36:00 PM »
smash Boney Bream within 6 inches of the bank.
that would have been a real hoot to watch  8)
well done Dave. Looks like those fish are starting to silver-up nicely, wonder how long it takes till they taste like salt-fish.  ???

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Re: Boyne Barra On Surface
« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2011, 04:18:47 PM »
Good question Doug, JM might be better to answer that question. I'm really kick'in myself I didn't take any footage to share, by the time I did think about it, the show was almost over. I hardly fished and just watch. It was pretty hard to cast a lure where they were chewing. Nath managed to teabag a Hollowbelly from a small branch which was about the only way we had a chance as the current was extreme.

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Re: Boyne Barra On Surface
« Reply #5 on: March 26, 2011, 08:50:39 AM »
great read and pics mate,good to see you all a great week

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Re: Boyne Barra On Surface
« Reply #6 on: March 26, 2011, 12:31:30 PM »
Awoonga barra that hit the straps and went seaward early on after the 12 Dec flood event went from a fresh water taste to an unquestionable salty barra taste in less than 7 weeks.

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Re: Boyne Barra On Surface
« Reply #7 on: March 26, 2011, 03:57:18 PM »
salty barra taste in less than 7 weeks.
very interesting Johnny ...... thanks for that info.

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Re: Boyne Barra On Surface
« Reply #8 on: March 26, 2011, 07:20:15 PM »
hi doug
i accidently banged one around in the bottom of the shytty tinnie the other day, and i dont waste what i kill, it was passable as a saltie. 98cm fish too.

cheers kurt

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Re: Boyne Barra On Surface
« Reply #9 on: March 26, 2011, 08:43:36 PM »
A storm cloud with a silver lining?

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Re: Boyne Barra On Surface
« Reply #10 on: March 27, 2011, 05:48:39 AM »
A storm cloud with a silver lining?

It certainly has Dick, well on this occation anyhow.

Here are a few more shots from the weekend, the first two is where we saw the Barra feeding on one occation in the early parts of Sunday morning, as you can see it was tight country trying to cast a lure in fast flowing water 6 inches from the bank where they were feeding which was about 6 feet back from the front line of those trees, the Boney Bream were holding up behind all those trees in that dirty water line however as soon as your lure landed it was swimming downstream faster than you could retieve it, hence snagging up constantly. Nath managed to teabag his lure casting purposely over a small twig and at times was very close in getting his lure amongst the action. Which ever way or angle we cast them we would get snagged. The dirty water line was from a tributary creek 50 metres upstream.

The next few was from the mouth of what I believe is Machine Creek, a tributary of the Boyne. I fished here on an ebb tide, plenty of bait, a few fish and some great country to fish for them. It had everything, a shallow entrance with a deep drop off, plenty of structure from rock bars to mangrove lined shores, bait in all sizes, a massive eddie pool downstream of the entrance and deeper water nearby. As you can see by the pictures the storms that surrounded me, however they don't show their true colours, I was shatting bricks for a while as with every clap of thunder the bait fish would scatter on the surface. Something told me I shouldn't have been there waving graphite rods around and left it for another day.

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Re: Boyne Barra On Surface
« Reply #11 on: March 27, 2011, 08:24:28 AM »
Should have broke out the handline Dave  ;D

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Re: Boyne Barra On Surface
« Reply #12 on: March 27, 2011, 09:32:07 AM »
I left the cast net at home AK and my hand lines, a few liveys swimming around could have been very effective. It would have also been great fun hooking up to one using a handline.

Note to self, make sure they're packed for our next trip. :youbeauty

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Re: Boyne Barra On Surface
« Reply #13 on: March 27, 2011, 09:32:54 PM »
Good session mate, good to see the numbers that are making it into the briny. THat's a very serius current.
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Re: Boyne Barra On Surface
« Reply #14 on: March 28, 2011, 02:13:57 PM »
A good reward for a good effort Bracey, top stuff.

Interesting you said the surface bite was so intense and within inches of the bank. was up there a few weeks back fishing a seriously hot surface bite with queenies, tarpon and barra and witnessed a mid 70's barra launch itself into some bait and beach itself on the bank at the highway bridges...it got hassled by some ibis' for a while then and eventually died when it couldn't flick itself back down as the tide dropped....something you don't see every day :camera

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