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  1. Morning / evening all Haven't been putting a lot up in the way of reports of late.. So just thought I'd pop a quick little post up highlighting a couple of my recent trips... Nothing special, but my sight fishing journey is coming along nicely, and the northern pikey bream here in NQld are a great place to learn important techniques wrt spotting fish and leading fish, and also honing my precision casting.... I've been focusing lately on 3 flies as well... The shrimp fly I tied for the 2nd annual redfish swap, a bms hammerhead style pattern, and also as of last week a cool zonker patterm, tied in a similar fashion to a tarpon leach or a bunny fly.... It has been a little quiet, depending on where I visit, but the good thing is, that patience and observance really pays off.... So... first.. I had a guy up from Sydney who actually usually fishes for Australian Bass and trout in the freshwater down there... His mission was to put a bend in his 6wt. Mission accomplished... Although he only boated one fish, he put a bend in his rod a couple of times, and also managed to sight enough to be enthused about re-aquainting himself with his own local saltwater estuaries when he got home Caught on an unweighted bucktail streamer Of course I managed a couple, and am really loving the fishability of the shrimp pattern I tied for the redfish swap... and of course my marabou thing simply drew fish from miles away... Then I went on a semi-solo mission to the south... exploring some water I don't usually fish.. It was tough.. But I managed to add a new species to that shrimp I tied. This weekend just gone was really no different... We would usually have had a club trip shceduled, but with 20 knots forecast we decided to postpone until this weekend (the chop on our bay can be real short and sharp... and definitely uncomfortable). One of the guys was still keen to fish, and so we headed North to Hinchinbrook so I could show him how I go about targeting the bream. Looking back towards the boat ramp cruising in my tinny Didn't take long for old mate to connect to something.. although first fish to the boat was a nice baby giant trevally that ate a pink over white clouser minnow. The second fish boated also ate a clouser minnow... by this stage we'd sighted a couple of fish.. but had not been successful in hooking up to a bream.... So.. it was with great anticipation that I ventured deeper into the mangrove lined creeks.... The fish weren't as prevalent as they cane be... BUT, there were enough around to keep us excited... especially when every good cast to a fish was rewarded with an eat.... I had tied six of my #2 zonker flies in a range of colours, and in the end it didn't matter which it was that I threw at them.. and I only brought one of them home with me (all lost to fish). The best thing is,... that now we have entered Spring.. These little blighters are going to continue schooling and being viable sight fishing options right up until we get our first flooding rains....
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