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Launched into Fishing Ck which runs into Corio Bay at about 10 am. Two rods, 6 ft with a bit of backbone with 7kg Fireline and 4 inch blue fish hb, and 8 ft bream/whiting rod, 2.8 kg Fireline and sx40 clone.

Low tide just after 11 am, small amount of movement. Water was surprsingly clear given sea was total yuk. Still nowhere near crystal clear. Wind was up and cloud about, so cold and gloomy. Nearly didn't go as been hoping for a still blue day, like earlier in week.

Started down toward the bay trolling both lures. Away fron launch zone, wind was fierce but managable. 15 min later, the 7 kg rod was thumped. Put down paddle, immediately was blown across creek onto high sandbank, some waves slopping into yak. And I am still in the creek a long way from the bay! Brought in a 35 cm flathead. After releasing the flattie, took time to get trebles out of net. Then, I found spider's web around me. The 2.8 kg Fireline had blown and tangled around nearly everything. Nearly lost my temper trying to sort it out, reel it in, get my lure back. Wind and spray was just not good. Avoided swearing and smashing things up.

Kept paddling with the 7 kg line out. Did a 30 m portage across a dry sandbank which saved me several hundred m of paddling as channel doubles back. Couldn't get anywhere near the bay as waves and wind too much (my favourite spot is across bay on other side) so doubled back and explored an area I had not been far into. I could have paddled into bay but I was already getting too much spray (cold) and I wanted to enjoy myself, not do a marathon. As it was, when wind was coming from left side, I had to turn my face to right everytime left side of paddle came out of water. If I didn't, then I got water across my face.

Saw a fishy looking spot for flathead on other side of channel, cruised up, then back on other side so lure would cross over it. Bang. Brought 41 cm flattie to net. Pulled yak up on shore where I was blown against, and then released flathead.

Paddled along bank which is mud but hard and about 2 m high. Currents run along it and it looked fishy, good channel. Got 25 cm trevally on Sprog (sx40 clone). Continued paddling along mud bank and back but no hits. Think Sprog was not swimming right.

Decided to test out my new anchor (I'll put up a post about it in "Do it youself" another night.) and throw a bait in. Went to shore, changed gear, set up anchor. It worked, anchored in channel. Cast out prawn on 2.8 kg gear. Bang. Seemed slow fish but could feel some head shaking. After minutes of to and fro, landed a catfish, about 45 cm. Let it go. Got a small nick on my foot from spine of which the slight pain brought back memories of other times and places.

Catfish had swollowed hook, so put on a new one but one of those bent shank ones. Had several solid hits on the prawn, rod bending right over then releasing. Missed. Changed hook back to my normal one. Caught 25 cm butter bream and small bream 23 cm maybe. Moved around trying anchor. Worked well. Feeling too cold and worn out by now so started for launch spot.

Back at launch area, after gruelling paddle back through some very choppy water against wind ('bout 2 pm back). Amazed at how quiet it looked at launch area. Pulled yak up out of water, then a bit more to stop it wandering. Cast out prawn on 2.8 kg rod. 30 m cast as I wanted to get into channel just out from shallows. Put rod in yak rod holder. Started packing up gear when rod bent over and nearly hit me. Grabbed it. Solid fish. Brought bream to shore, lay it in yak, raced up to car for camera. Took a phota and released it. Then realised I had not measured it. Would have been a keeper size.

Baited up, cast out. Poured myself a cup of tea from thermos, first one for the day. Another solid hit. Another good bream. Admired it then let it go. Finished packing and headed for home.
 

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Challenging conditions seem the norm at present and good on you for having a go, and deserving of the captures; and seems conditions were a good test of your picks holding abilities.

Bet the cuppa was good, one of my golden rules is to have smoko on a sandbank somewhere on every outing reckon its good for the inner man as you can't beat the great outdoors
 

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Dodge, about the cuppa. Years back I didn't drink hot drinks as too busy and water from the tap was the quickest. Then I realised I had to slow down. So, started drinking tea again (used to drink it as a kid going bush). That would slow me down as I took time out just to make it and sip it. Very healthy. Same with being in the bush. When I have a cuppa, I relax. Otherwise, I could just be go-go-go and not really relaxing and enjoying it the way I should.

I reckon your golden rule will add years to your life. I think it is adding to mine!
 

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Yep, those eastern types were onto something with the tea thing, pitty I don't like the taste of it, coffee tastes goood, but not good for you. Ah well, always the way isnt it.
I hope you have ordered some good weather for next week Troppo, or else I'll be dodging crocs for 2 weeks trying to stay out of the wind. :shock:
 

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hey troppo - good report, seems like you are getting fishing creek sussed out! My brother picks up his yak next week and the week after that we should be floating around rocky/emu park way and keen for a bit of fishing, would be good to catch up if you're around as well. :)
 

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Another top report Troppo, and an interesting session in unpleasant conditions
 

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scotty beefs said:
hey troppo - good report, seems like you are getting fishing creek sussed out! My brother picks up his yak next week and the week after that we should be floating around rocky/emu park way and keen for a bit of fishing, would be good to catch up if you're around as well. :)
Good to hear from ya, Scotty Beefs. When the time gets closer, get in contact, be great to catch up.
 

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Yep, those eastern types were onto something with the tea thing, pitty I don't like the taste of it, coffee tastes goood, but not good for you. Ah well, always the way isnt it.
I hope you have ordered some good weather for next week Troppo, or else I'll be dodging crocs for 2 weeks trying to stay out of the wind. :shock:
Well, YakAtak, you should be on your way up the coast by now, so maybe you won't see this until next week :D . If this dreadful wind would drop, you should have a good time. I thought there was a surprising amount of fish at Fishing Ck, so hopefully other creeks will be just as good and you'll get onto some nice fish. With cold weather, the crocs should slow down so easy to get away from them. 8)
 

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Okay, YakAtak. What sort of vehicle do you have?

Thinking of ya trip up. Are you still calling in to 1770/Agnes Waters? Beaut place to visit. Some good fishing for dart off the beaches and from the estuary banks ya might pick up a flathead.
 

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