Truedogz wrote:Yes bm, they are not stupid and wise up pretty quick to fishermen.
A few years back myself and a mate were fishing up at Lakefield (Cape York) trolling up and down the Normanby River and nobody was catching much. Everybody thought it was fished out. Sick of catching nothing the two of us as a joke put on surface poppers and trolled them across the top .... barra emerged from everywhere!!!!
For those that have not caught a barra, one thing that is amazing is the underwater "boof" sound they make when they hit a lure - quite distinctive, as well as their red eyes at night.
Another tip, even in freshwater impoundments they are influenced by the moon/tides. In places like Tinaroo peak activity coincides with a full moon. This also relates to their reproduction which occurs around full moon in the warmer months.
And a good thing about Hazlewood ..... No crocs!!!
Thinking about Lakefield, there are great campsites on the river but you have to book a long way ahead - and it is the same in most other places that haven't been shut up. Bush camping as we enjoy along the Murray or up in the high country down here is nearly a memory in North Queensland. This was a key factor in me deciding to return to Victoria to retire - plus the freshwater fishing down here is really excellent - the cod fishing in particular is the best its been in my lifetime. Queensland is a big place but it is often a long way to permanent freshwater rivers!
Our camping is superb and we do have some great sportfish that compare favourably with those up north.
I'd suggest to everyone, particularly young people, to go bush and enjoy the freedom to camp we still have - don't assume it will go on forever.
very true again....we have amazing freshwater fishing down here