2002 2003 2004
Greensborough angling club fished Jindabyne over the Melbourne
cup weekend with plenty of fish caught and released. We had 11 members and 1
visitor. 13 browns and 25 rainbows caught with the heaviest going 1.71 kg cleaned.
A great time was had by all.
Greensborough club also fished Port Phillip Bay from StKilda against
Police angling club and most members caught their bag of fish within 3 hrs.
Members also hired a charter boat for those without a boat to fish the comp
and they all done very well.
Member Allan Moore fished Bemm River 2 weeks ago and landed Bream,
perch, trevally on hard body lures and soft plastics. The entrace is closed
but the fishing is excellent.
REMINDER OF BOAT LICENCE DAY 30TH NOVEMBER @ 10-00AM 161 PARA RD GREENSBOROUGH.
Greensborough Angling Club has had several guest speakers over
the last 4 meeting with names like Mathew Hunt, Lee Rainer, Charlie Micaleff
and Neil todesco. These guys were fantastic in their teaching of techniques
to the members and guests. We will be having other guest speakers next year
so keep your eyes on the website for details.
Members of the club report catches of snapper off Carum in 18
meters of water
Reports that Yellowbelly to 3kg are being caught on lures at Eppalock
Bream are going well in the Tambo river on lures close into the
bank and snags
The club had a trip to Khancoban with 17 members attending from
the Friday to the Monday with people coming and going during that time. Most
members measured in fish with the biggest going 58cm caught by Mark Hall on
a lure casting amongst the islands. Quite a few fish were in the 50cm+ range
with most in the 40-50 cm range. Agreat trip was had by all and will look forward
to next year and tackle it again.
The following is a story from one of our members on our trip to
Hello, the Greensborough and District Angling Club
is 82 years old and currently lists around 80 members, I am Secretary of the
On 28th March, six members in two 4WD each towing
a 4.5 metre boat left Melbourne for the start of their third biannual visit
to the Northern Territory.
Travelling via Hay,Bourke,Charleville,Longreach to
Mt Isa,they rendezvoused with another couple who had left a week or so previously
in their Winebago, The Dash.Provisioning for the trip was carried out at the
Isa, this being the last major town, and we had a heap of laughs at the supermarket
while filling eight trollies with tucker.The lady on the register reckoned we
had made her day and she deserved to be Checkout Chick of the week after a couple
of metres of receipt to the tune of $1500 was produced. Not without some difficulty
as the Fund Manager continually checked to see why it was taking so long.
From there we moved on to Barkly Homestead and Heartbreak
Hotel at Cape Crawford to meet up with seven other members who had flown to
Darwin and driven across towing another boat.
After an enjoyable reunion over dinner and a few
drinks, the group adjouned for an early start next day for the final leg to
King Ash Bay on the McArthur River. We refer to Borroloola because it is a major
place name on the map but we actually bipassed it by about five kms. On arrival,
we picked up the liquid refreshment which had been ordered and commenced ferrying
everything on to the two houseboats, the Lady Carrington housing four
and the Pellew Explorer carrying eleven.
From here we cruised down the river to turn off into
Crooked Creek ( which makes the Murray look like a drain) and laagered the boats
up together about 40 kms down and four kms from the mouth into the Gulf of Carpentaria.Because
many of the group were very experienced it wasn't long before we were settled
in and eagerly looking forward to getting amongst it.Some of these blokes have
fished together for 20 years or more and they are very good at it. With their
local knowledge, our own boats and four solid tenders of 30hp, we felt well
equipped for the mighty Barra and whatever else came along.Little did some of
us realize what was in store!
The next morning began as good a fishing trip as
you could ever imagine.Amazingly beautiful sunrises ushered in the days and
several keen photographers got up before dawn to motor away and capture the
silhouette of the boats framed in the blood red sky. Wonderful sunny days followed
and it can get mighty hot, you must drink plenty of water and the old hands
made sure we did just that.We explored numerous creeks and rivers casting into
the mangroves and moving out into the Gulf to catch Barra,Threadfin Salmon,Fingermark,Mulloway,Mangrove
Jack,Tarpon,Golden Trevalley,Queenfish,small sharks and many other odds and
ends.Every day bought a new experience and the hours just flew by. Each
night the pots were set for the giant mudcrabs and these provided a lot of fun
and excitement bringing them in and tying them up.(I think Richard still has
all his toes)
Sunsets were equally magnificent and with the night,
the river comes alive,you cannot comprehend the activity in the water around
the lights, it's extraordinary.We were surrounded by everything that bites,jumps,
splashes and goes bump! Castnets for Prawn and livebait provided some fun
and you never knew what would belt the heavier baited lines.One bloke didn't
even need a line as a blinkin fish ( suspected to be a Milkfish) actually jumped
into the tender he was fishing out of at the stern.We all roared with laughter
watching him wrestle with a metre of muscle thrashing about in a small boat .
(naturally a fine was incurred, this is just not
Other wildlife observed were the beautiful Jabiru
and Brolga, seasnakes,turtles and sharks in the Gulf as well as flying Rays
about four feet across breaking the water. Obviously we all wanted to see
a Crocodile and there was one in residence in a deep hole that was often sighted
50 to 150 metres from the houseboat.Some of the crew were lucky enough to get
some snaps of a rather large unit basking on the bank.The biggest fish bought
to the side of the houseboat was a giant Cod which had to be four feet long
and was estimated at 100lbs.He had a huge mouth and looked like a barrel coming
up, Mark was exhausted but happy to cut him off after we got pix.
This yarn would not be complete without mentioning
the wife of one member who is an extremely good cook and prepared food for everyone
every day.Dinner at night was memorable as we sat down to a well presented table
to great three course meals. We ate like kings,everyone enjoyed a drink and the
small wine appreciation group had some interesting sessions. The night when
we each had a whole Mudcrab bigger than the dinnerplate for an entree was a
Thank you Sandra and also Heather and Dianne for
helping out, it wouldn't have been as good without you. The blokes did the dishes
and cleaned up so everyone did their bit and pitched in.This all contributed
to the cameradie on board which was very special, fifteen people living in close
quarters for ten days, just good mates enjoying each others company, having
a beer and catching fish - does it get any better than this?
As always, the time to leave came all too quickly
and we cleaned up and prepared for the trip back to King Ash bay, this was memorable
for the bombing of the Lady Carrington from the the bigger boat with water soaked
bread rolls.Good fun and typical of the stuff we got up to.Back at base we enjoyed
a good drink at the Angling Club before a final dinner on board.
Next morning it was back to Heartbreak where
the people going to Darwin left us, then on to Barkly where we seperated
from The Dash, they going on to further explore more of the Top End. The trip
home via Tennant Creek, Alice Springs, Coober Pedy, Port Augusta and Mildura
was just as absorbing and another story in itself, we arrived home on 20th April.
No amount of reading can ever substitute for actually
travelling the Northern Territory, it really is an eye opener of this wonderful
country we are lucky enough to live in.All up we covered 7500kms and none of
it was boring.Each day is special in itself, it's not just about the fishing,
it's the whole package.The characters you meet in the pubs, roadhouses and parks
are unique and if you are pulled up for a break at roadside people pull up to
check out if " you are alright Mate?" It's bloody good to feel "Hey True Blue".
Do yourself a favour and try it one day. If you can
get a crew together like we had I assure it will be an unforgettable experience,
one that I feel priviliged to haved shared.
15 members of GDAC headed to King Ash Bay near Borroloola NT 1000km
from Darwin chasing Barra and anything else that we could catch. Following are
some photos of our trip and some of the great fish which we caught.
Con, Richard & Don Casting Tim with a Trevally sight casted Tim with a Tarpon caught on a popper Al & Greg with a fish that JUMPED
into the boat
Heather with a nice Barra Al with a Threadfin Tim with a Fingermark Terry with a nice Barra
Bluey with a good Threadfin Tim with a 83cm Barra Threadfin Closeup Al with a Threadfin
Our 2 house boats tied together Our little boat (4 berth) The large 12 berth houseboat A local with big teeth
It has been a while since our last report with many of our members
fishing all over Victoria, northern NSW and even Tasmania
Currently the reports have been good at Mallacoota for large flathead
on the outside reefs and some good bream inside.
Bemm river has fished well with bream to 39cm in swan lake and
good perch up the river on live prawn. The salmon to 3 lb are going well on
the surf with the gutter in very close
WesternPort has been going well on the whiting out from Rhyll
as well as alot of Elephant fish showing up.
Port Phillip bay has been good for whiting off Werribee, Rye,
Members had a trip to Lake Mulwala on the border of Yarrawonga
and Mulwala. We camped on the lake and had a great long weekend for Australia
day. Following are some photos of the guys with some great fish