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