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I headed off to NE river today to prefish :wink: for the next months comp. Today alas i was on foot but could access the area I wanted to target in the kayak. the high tide was around 3pm and I was fishing by 9 am before the sandbank was flooded. It looked promising when I was getting ready and I could see the fish jumping. I walked about 1/2 a k to the sandbank and saw thousands of little red crabs that would make good bait next time. the first cast of the day saw a salmon around the 50cm landed and thrown back to appease the fishing gods. Over the next 2 hrs I caught and released 30 salmon all averaging mid 40's and on 6lb line with 10lb leader and the trusty 1-3 kilo stick. the challenge next time in the yak is to land them without being towed up the river. The results today were heartening after a bit of a slow spell. I did hear the salmon were running and a couple of weeks ago watched masses of birds bust the water a couple of hundred meters off shore and they did this for a couple of hours and i had nothing with me that day that would throw that far and did not even see the stray one near shore.
A couple hours of catching salmon left me tired and sore, I was bracing the rod with my arm to put a bit more pressure on the fish and this also acted as a rest for the butt of the rod. We will be looking forward to the next comp and hope the weather is favourable.
At the end of the day over 30 salmon were released and one happy and tired yakless fisherman headed home for a well deserved beer and the right to brag to the wife :lol: :lol: .
I just hope i dont get outfished by her when we both head out
 

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Unfortunately, due to the change in ownership of this web site and the lack of response by the owners to my requests to remove my email address from all administrative-level notifications and functionality, I have decided to remove my posts on AKFF. Thank you for the great times, the fantastic learning experiences and the many many fish. If you are desperate for the old content of this particular post, it is available below base64 encoded and bzip2 compressed.

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Hi Shane,
Nice report, have the big Salmon shown up on Flinders yet? If so you might find yourself getting dragged back to the Tassie mainland :D
 

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I'm not sure sam60, but if your chasing salmon on a high tide I think we can claim ya as Victorian :shock: :shock: When the tides at a low I reckon I've read somewhere Flinders Is goes back to being a part of Tassie :wink:. Who says attempted poaching is confined to abalone :?:
 

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great stuff shane. Sounds like you'll have great fun being towed around when you get the yak out.
Cheers
Col.
 

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A top session Shane, and hope the comp goes as well for you
 
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