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Saturday, 23 August 2014
life is crazy busy - worse still no fishing happening!
A friend and long time Darwinite tells me, he never goes fishing in the month of August due to the winds
Now I understand him, every morning lately 5-10 knots of wind and rising in intensity through the day
That is except when I can't take a day or even a few hours off and wouldn't you know it - the wind dissipates
- uuurrghhhh! -- Soooooo frustrating!
Still there is fly tying.......
I have so many flies tied as the wind howls outside, that I may not need to tie anymore till Christmas
I may have to donate a few to local fly club again for door prizes - so I have the excuse to tie some more
These ones are one of the very first saltwater flies
The main ingredient is bucktail
BUCKTAIL BAITFISH - catches most SW predator species
I tie a little flash at bend of hook
Over this I tie some polar fibre - pink or white but mostly white
From hook bend to half way along shank tie some ice chenille - I mainly use pearl ice chenille
Then reverse hook and tie on a bunch of white bucktail with the tips point past the eye of the hook
Put hook right way up then tie on contrasting bucktail colour
wind thread all the way to the eye of the hook being careful not to tie last few wraps of thread too tightly as it may flare the bucktail too much
Ensure all fibres are flat on hook shank, then on front quarter of hook shank apply a few wraps of lead wire up to eye of hook
Apply a few wraps of thread over the lead wire - then apply a little super glue to hold it all in place
Place thread at start of lead wire
Fold bucktail back over the hook shank
Wrap thread at this point to form head of fly - you want the head to bulge a little - the lead wire helps do this
Again be careful not to tie last few wraps of thread too tightly as it may flare the bucktail too muchTie off thread - optionally I have tied on a band of red thread here to form gills
Give head a lite coating of epoxy - place on drying wheel
Once dry (better if still a little tacky), place on a prism eye on each side of head
Give head another lite coating of epoxy - place on drying wheel
Tie twenty or so or more, and go fishing!
Ok, I have been a good father and husband this week and even though I have time constraints due to a an essay that is due shortly...
I have earned a 'hall pass' to go fishing this Sunday - but where to go?
Option One: Darwin harbour
The tides are ones I like - neaps tides working towards spring tides with Sunday's high of 6.4 just before sunrise at 5:55am, low of 2.4 m at midday.
This is good as I can fish first light at Weed Reef or other rock bars like Lee Point for pelagics as the tide starts to drop then fish the harbour arms for some flats species - be home just after lunch time - but hopefully action continues and I can fish the rising tide and the current lines for more pelagics till late in the afternoon.
The only minus is the wind forecast - with 5-10 knot winds first up with patches of higher and lower wind speeds varying through the day - thinking about it its not too bad of a forecast if it stays true.
Would be on the water 6:30am with the predawn light and out to Weed Reef by 6:50am, We would choose actually location we fish first by wind speed and direction and time of tide.The next decision would be which boat ramp and that depends on where I choose to fish first up to target pelagics like queenfish and trevally - so the first fishing location is down to two places - Lee Point (as too for the bonus of possible Broadbarred Mackerel and Longtail Tuna) or Weed Reef and its usually dependable species.
If Lee Point it would be from Nightcliff but you need a 2.5m tide to retrieve the boat - so that's a mid-afternoon ramp return option with this tide which can also be a problem if wind increases and I cant put in till tide rises.
Otherwise - its East Arm ramp which is good in all but the lowest spring tides - and to take advantage of the low tide flats and other locations to fish on the way back into the harbour as the day progresses.
So option one is looking OK
Option Two: Corroboree Billabong
Tides are not the issue but water temp is - its been quite cold nights recently, down to single digits in the rural areas last week but day time temps at in low 30's. Plus it is a long drive (am I talking myself out of this option already?).
In the positive wind is less of an issue as less intensity in an inland wind and lots of curves in the billabong to find a point get out of wind. Plus the wind can help with some very good drift lines along the edges of the lillies and weed beds
And I do love my Saratoga fishing, and if we left home at 6am we could be on the water by 8am just as the sun is warming the water. We might miss out on dawn topwater fly action which always worth a long drive but the fish will get quite active between 9am-3pm on sub surface flies and the warming water.
Option Three - Vernon Islands.
Still trying to get here again!!!!
But my inexperience and possible increasing wind have me scared off this option. It can be pretty intense wave action here due to wind and tide in between the islands - especially in my low profile boat. I might wait till the calm weather returns at beginning of the wet season for this much longed for trip. (What an old and soft wuss I am becoming!)
I will chat to my 'deckie', and a friend who might bring his boat, to decide what option we will take.
Fishing report in next blog - hopefully with some fish in it!
Friday, 22 August 2014
But Nathan still wet a line in Katherine and found the fish...
Saturday, 9 August 2014
Well, along came the 'Legend of Bynoe', and with apologise to 'Superman' he was 'faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, disguised as a mild mannered pizza cook from Sand Palms' ......TOMMY.
|The Mild Mannered Legend|
|It's out there somewhere, make sure we are crocsafe!!!!|
|Are you sure that bloody croc is not around, or did that big shark eat it?|
|I can feel it with my feet!!!|
|Yep, there it is|
|Don't drop that rope|
|Here it comes!!|
|The Diesel decided to leak|
|Keep it coming|
|Now for the trailer|
|Got it too, the safety chain held|
|Its a bit messy, but its out.|
|Relaxing with the 'mob'.|
|Lamb (shaun?) shanks|
Shaun the sheep will make a special appearance at the BSSS on the 20th and 21st September after his long trip through England and Scotland with the Triple J mob.
After being marinated in beer and whisky for a few weeks, I'm not sure if it will be in the form of part of a 'meal' or other type of appearance. But I'm sure it will be appreciated. Bring the mint sauce?.
Here is the tide for the 23rd August which is almost identical to the 21 Sept. and we will send out the tides for the stakes later as it gets closer.
IT'S JUST FOR FUN
**more to follow over the next few weeks
and because it should be warming up....
Friday, 8 August 2014
Thursday, 7 August 2014
|Typical Spot X fish.|
|Forgot the sink but took the office!|
|Where there is a will there is a way.|
|View from rear deck.|
|Always something going on.|
|Home Billabong Barra.|
|Home Billabong Sooty.|