Here's a brief trip report from my last adventure about a week ago. Each winter I go over to Elliston. A small seaside town on our remote Eyre Peninsular. Its about a 7.5 hour drive so we tend to spend a few days fishing there. Our target fish is the Australian Salmon. They grow up to 6kg (rare) but they're mostly found at around 2 - 4kg. Pound for pound they'd be one of the best fighting fish around. And if you're casting lures (I use a 100g blue coloured Laser lure) they fight even better. Mostly we use a heavy sinker with wire botton, a grappling or grapnel sinker as the tide and rip can be very strong. Then its a whole or half pilchard on ganged hooks. I'm been adding a "Surf Popper" the last few years and they seem to out fish bait most of the time, so when Snatcher, on his recent visit to Oz, gave me some of his hand made flies and poppers, I was keen to try them out. Well, they worked a treat. I'm bummed that I didnt get more photo's of them but its always a little dodgy having the camera on the beach PLUS my spare batteries were flat so I only have a few pics to share.
Anyway, here's my trip in Photo's.
Here's the beach we fished most of the time. Sharinga Beach.
Here are a couple of fish caught. My mate Neil with a few (we got about 30 or more but only kept 2 each).
And me with a couple. The one on the left went 3.1kg and won me $200 for that weeks "Mystery Weight" in the comp. Leading fish is 5.2kg though. I bet that one take it out. Oh, comp is for all of winter. June, July and August. Each week there's a mystery weight and biggest fish at end of winter wins $3000 (i think).
After an early start (about 5am) we're keen for something to eat. So its bacon and egg's and beer for breakfast just behind the dunes. I'm the guy sitting ;-).
Here's a shot of one of the other beaches we fished. Looks great and there's some awesome deep gutters to fish but the fish were elsewhere.
One of the locals.
And a Salmon with one of Snatchers flies. Funny thing happened here. Neil was ready to leave the beach so I said as I cast. "I just want to get one more on a fly so I can get a pic for Snatcher. The bait hit the water and in about 5 seconds I was pulling in this guy.
Many thanks Snatcher. I'll be giving to a yell when I've run out of these mate. They work a treat mate.