Current water level: 93.6 per cent.
Current discharge: 3560 ml per day.
Current inflow: 2500 ml per day.
Water visibility: improving but still dirty
Forecast: possible showers over the weekend, with temperatures ranging between 2 and 12 degrees Celsius
New moon: May 21
Full moon: June 4
Water temperature: 17 degrees Celsius.
Murray cod: very quiet over the last week with very few anglers reporting captures. Certainly no quality big cod were caught as in previous weeks. One angler managed some smaller fish on small AC Invaders. Most anglers are sticking with the fluro colours that have been working over the past month. The super moon over the weekend most probably played a part in the fish being quieter through the day.
Yellow belly: not a lot of joy for the lure fisherman again on the weekend. Some success trolling Stuckey lures and small AC Invaders. The bait fishing remained steady with worms and shrimp are still doing the job. Fishermen are encouraged to target shallow water, around three metres or less. Some good fish up to 55 cm are still being caught off the bank at Carrolls Creek. The Murrimbidgee River, around the tea trees from Macey’s Bay to Scrubby’s, is still producing good yellows in close to the banks.
Redfin: a lot of smaller redfin are being picked up on lures and worms. The area in front of the netball court and off the bank at Carroll’s creek within the park provides a bit of sport for the kids, with redfin up to 25 cm being picked up regularly.
Park news: camp fires can now be lit in the park. Fires must be in a drum or fire ring located throughout the park. You may bring in your own wood but it must be pre cut. Some drums are provided. Fire wood is available to purchase in the park. Cutting down of trees and use of chainsaws is prohibited.
Soldiers Club fishing
Around 20 members went to Greenwell Point at the start of April for the annual trip hosted by the Smithfield RSL Fishing Club.
The weather was great and the sea was flat on the Saturday. Everybody managed to catch a couple of fish but still had to work pretty hard.
Sunday was a little choppy on the water but the flathead were on the bite and everybody who went out enjoyed the couple of hours before it was time to head home.
I met my good friend, and former Yass resident, Peter ‘The Ulladulla Eel’ Payne, down there and along with John Brooks we managed to boat about 30 flathead.
Most boats reported around the same numbers of fish on Sunday.
The trip to Bermagui is happening as I write this article, some members will be staying on for a few days to enjoy the pleasures of this great little town.
On May 26 the annual ‘Bowlo vs Fishos’ bowls day is on so anyone who wants to play please put your name on the sheets at the Bowlo or Soldiers Club as soon as possible.
This is always a great day with lots of laughs and some pretty good bowls being played.
Presentation night will be held on July 21, only a couple of months away, so put the date on your calendar. Only two days after presentation night is the AGM and the club will be entering it 50th year, so all you young blokes and ladies have a think about becoming a committee member.
It is not a difficult job and it would be great to see some new young faces around the table.
I will finish this little article with a recommendation for a movie called ‘Salmon fishing in the Yemen’. I recently watched this great movie with my wife so do yourself a favour and go and see it.