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Chew Croc Hunt 30 Aug

 
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2017 10:48 am    Post subject: Chew Croc Hunt 30 Aug Reply with quote

Yesterday saw Alan (Allrounder) and myself afloat at CVL after the Pike.
Water clarity was better than our previous visit at 5 to 6 feet, but the temperature was a tad warmer than we expected at 20.5 degrees C.
Cloud cover for the better part of the day was the , for once, accurately forecasted "overcast" . But the wind was a different matter - All over the shop if at all - being my most accurate description. Rolling Eyes Embarassed

Information from the lodge told of Pike being caught "around" the Roman Shallows area the previous day, so that's where we commenced our hunt.
Despite numerous changes of flies, depths, retrieves I managed only a couple of tentative taps all day. Embarassed Whereas Alan hooked and boated 2 Pike Cool

So here's a few pics to enjoy

No net required for his first - but as Alan put it "At least its Green" Laughing

His next showed straight away that my McCleans net needed readying.


A massive swirl beside the boat hinted at her true size


A totally engulfed fly required careful dentistry


16 pounds of teeth and muscle - A magnificent Girl


Quickly and carefully released - she soon recovered.


Unfortunately, that was our total catch for the day - the almost, at times, none existent wind not helping our cause.

Early evening saw our boat covered in small brown Long Horn Sedges which the birds were avidly chasing and scoffing.
A "last few minutes" spent in Villace Bay as a last chance for a Pike surprised us both, with the sheer number of rising trout all over the bay, on an almost flat calm surface.

A very enjoyable day in great company - I'm always delighted when a good friend has a memorable catch - but must admit to being ever so slightly jealous Laughing

Till the next hunt Wink ........ Tony Cool
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2017 12:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great report and pics as always, Tony. Very Happy

The only thing Tony forgot to mention was that it rained on and off for most of the day so we got pretty wet! However given the choice of strong wind and sunshine or no, or very light, wind and rain then I would take the latter every time. Having said that the lack of wind was a real pain and it was a case of moving to an area, fan casting until we felt we had covered it then moving on because for much of the day the boat was static. As the pics show the smaller fish took in a flat calm and its possibly no coincidence that the better fish took when we had a bit of wind to move the boat. Smile

I just had the two hits all day (which fortunately for me both hung on) which gave me an opportunity to spot this deer having a mooch around near Moreton. Apologies for the very poor pic due to maximum zoom ...


You also didn't have to be too observant to note that the water levels have dropped considerably over the last fortnight which has now made a lot of bank available around the lake ...


The only disappointment of the day was that Tony didn't have any of his taps develop into proper takes and fish, but that's pike fly fishing for you. Prior to the last couple of sessions I have had numerous consecutive blanks and I really do mean mean BLANKS with no follows, no taps, no anything while Tony got follows and hits resulting in fish to the boat. Then the moon and stars realign in your favour and suddenly its you that gets the hits and fish while your mate suffers before it all goes back to square one again. Rolling Eyes

Many thanks to Tony for his great company. I'm looking forward to the next time already. Cool

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2017 1:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That looks like a bear Alan! Shock Shock

I thought all the bears got eaten by the alligators Laughing

Well done though - I am itching to get out again!
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BristolFlyer wrote:
That looks like a bear Alan! Shock Shock

I thought all the bears got eaten by the alligators Laughing

Well done though - I am itching to get out again!


You need to look at it the other way around.

The bears head is the deer's backside I think. Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 01, 2017 11:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So you're saying that the deer has a bear arse? Laughing Laughing

I really need to get out more... Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 01, 2017 12:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think you do, Dave. Rolling Eyes Laughing

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 03, 2017 9:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Laughing Laughing

Good report, thanks for sharing as always.
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