Having time off over Christmas gave me a chance to reflect on the year I have had in fishing and set new goals and achievements for the year ahead.

My most memorable achievements from the past year all started with a trip at Christmas to South West Rocks achieving a marlin out of the tinny on light tackle.

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I then went on a solo road trip to Mallacoota achieving Big Bream in the ABT Bream Tournament.  From there I stopped to fish the Bega River and Brogo Dam with good friend Paul Hare.  We didn’t catch much but we did save a Kangaroo from Brogo Dam.

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It was then a quick stop over into Jo and Steve Starlings for a bream battle off, guys versus the girls.  This was a heap of fun; unfortunately we had to hand it over to the boys.  Next time Jo!

Then there were some afternoon/night sessions walking local creeks with good mate Ben Murphy catching bass on surface.

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How could I forget the trout season this year?   It was unbelievable.  I managed to achieve my personal best brown trout from Eucumbene River; it gave me a big fight too.  I got to share this with Tani Konsul whom also lost her trout virginity.

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It was from then Tani Konsul and I dabbled in the fly world and attended the Trout Summit to get casting lessons from Peter Morse, Matt Tripet & Co.  This was a fantastic experience.  We also got to cast a few conventional lines into Lake Crackenback and we both caught and released some nice sized rainbow trout.  This put the girls ahead of the boys in a little “in house” fishing competition.

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From here it wasn’t long before I landed my first brown and rainbow trout on fly from a dam at Moonbah Huts, beautiful little spot.  One I would like to re-visit.

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It was then time for my birthday weekend for the close of cod season.  I was able to share this with some good friends and a top weekend was had by all.


got some time to go and chase some mud marlin and successfully got my first one on fly.  That was an adrenalin rush.

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Before I left for Darwin I managed to get in a fly fishing lesson with April Vokey, that was a great day meeting her and another keen lady angler Amber Gygi.

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Off to Darwin I then went to cover the Secret Women’s Business Barra Challenge.  It was great meeting up with friends again that I had met in the last 2 years competing in the tournament.  I got a ride out with 2 marshals and the funniest fellows I have ever met Colin and Miro, it was like spending the day with the odd couple.  From there I stayed a few extra days and got to fish with my fishing buddy Elaine Sanderson and her husband Shane.  We landed some small barra from Darwin Harbour and then Elaine and I went on a charter and hooked some sharks, GT’s and Queenies.  I was also fortunate enough to get back on to Corroboree Billabong and land a few saratoga.

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Coming back home it was snapper time.  Had a fantastic fishing session with Ivan Maric whilst my poor husband lay sick at the front of the boat.  We had rods on both sides buckling over with fish.  I was fortunate enough to land my personal best snapper this year.

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The salmon then started coming through in plague proportions but every time a weekend would come around the wind, swell and what ever you could throw at me would be really bad.  Finally I got a small window of opportunity and landed my first salmon on fly, another achievement I am quite proud of, as it was not easy.

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I then started to wind down as we were buying the boat and I had a few things to catch up on.

This is not all the fishing I have done but certainly some of my most memorable catches for the year of 2013.

I would like to achieve a couple of things for 2014: –

  • Achieve a marlin from the new boat
  • I really would love to catch a big kingfish – at least above 80cm
  • Try some new murray cod locations
  • Get more practice on my fly fishing and hopefully add another species to the list
  • Do a little more kayak fishing
  • Fish more if that is possible
  • Tangle with some drummer off the rocks

That’s about all for now but I am sure I will add to it as the year moves on.  What’s your New Years Resolution?

5 responses to “Reflections

  1. Mine would be to do 10% of what you’ve done! Ha Ha!. That’s an awesome amount of fishing done Vicki. Mine though are more modest – to get a legal king and get my FIL onto some yellowbelly this year (he had two donut sessions last year)

    • Goodluck with your quest Peter, I am sure if you put the time and effort into those 2 species alone you will be successful.

  2. I loved reading about all your fishing adventures for 2013. You are an inspiration…Born to Fish 🙂

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