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PNG adventures upper Ramu River catchment and Madang Coast
« on: April 01, 2011, 04:47:41 PM »
Hey folks,

just got back from a field trip in PNG doing baseline aquatic ecological studies for a new gold mine proposal. Met some new fish species mostly exotic, that were introduced in the early nineties that are eating/competing their way through the native fish population  :-X however, being a bit mercenary about it - some are great sport fish ;) including Golden Mahseer - basically a predatory carp with a big gob on the front, a yamie 200 tail on the back which live in white water rapids and hit lures :thumbsup Some places we couldn't use any of our sampling gear as the streams were just too fast - but managed to come through with the spinning gear to get some samples for our tissues / metals baseline analysis.

Also found a full complement of lutjanid species - Jacks, black and spot tail bass in coastal streams (albeit with a gill net :P) and plenty places for future reference - just got to organise to get back there for play instead of work! ;)


Stick to fishing instead of fighting - JC

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Re: PNG adventures upper Ramu River catchment and Madang Coast
« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2011, 04:50:17 PM »
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Re: PNG adventures upper Ramu River catchment and Madang Coast
« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2011, 05:28:19 PM »
Luxury, a turbine chopper, you mining mob know how to live it up :thumbsup

Done that life jacket thing in rapids a few times before, some good flows up there I take it, what was the wet like overall?

Some rugged country there  :)



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Re: PNG adventures upper Ramu River catchment and Madang Coast
« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2011, 07:09:00 PM »
Good stuff Jim, glad to see those rough looking mongrels didn't get to go back in the water. Happiness is fly in fishing.
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Re: PNG adventures upper Ramu River catchment and Madang Coast
« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2011, 07:51:08 AM »
Nice work if you can get it. Looks like a wild place

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Re: PNG adventures upper Ramu River catchment and Madang Coast
« Reply #5 on: April 03, 2011, 03:58:48 PM »
A bit jealous.
What is that Cyprinid/sucker looking fish above the Lutjanids Jim ?

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Re: PNG adventures upper Ramu River catchment and Madang Coast
« Reply #6 on: April 03, 2011, 09:06:15 PM »
Steve, Himalayan Snow trout, Schizothorax richardsonii - mainly algivores- but I notice they do chase spinners, probably take a small wet fly I'd reckon - Jim

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Re: PNG adventures upper Ramu River catchment and Madang Coast
« Reply #7 on: April 03, 2011, 09:33:04 PM »
Steve, Himalayan Snow trout, Schizothorax richardsonii - mainly algivores- but I notice they do chase spinners, probably take a small wet fly I'd reckon - Jim

Always amazes me the fish that get introduced into PNG.

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Re: PNG adventures upper Ramu River catchment and Madang Coast
« Reply #8 on: April 04, 2011, 06:46:01 AM »
Nice.  I'd rate the Spot as the best fighting fish out there.

 

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