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Archive Date: 21/08/2006

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Great weather over the last weekend has brought some very nice fish in for the polaroiders at Jindabyne. The soft plastic spinning in Eucumbene continues to produce some excellent fish and Powerbait still reigns supreme for the bait fishers! So don't think about it do it. 


*New ramp shots as at the 2nd August C-Col Sinclair from the Adaminaby Angler .

GOOD NEWS  :- Snowy River Shire Council & Snowy Hydro have upgraded and cleared off the silt from the old Denison st at Old Adaminaby and added gravel to the top turning/parking area as well . This ramp can now be used to launch larger boats with out too much trouble. This ramp will now be cleared regularly to keep access for launching boats open on lake Eucumbene.Snowy Hydro are also looking at improving launching area's at Anglers Reach and the Dam wall - so we'll keep you posted. More details on Lake Eucumbenes levels @


Rivers:- NOW CLOSED Until Saturday the 30th of September 2006

Lake Eucumbene:- Still some very nice rainbows averaging .800 grams to 1kg being caught at present. Look for the steeper shale banks around the dam wall area as it's easier to stay out of the mud. There have been some nice browns being spotted through the day in these areas too. You can also target that trophy fish right through winter around the mouths of the main river tributaries so long as your not fishing in flowing waters well below the first set of rapids

Lake Tantangara :- No reports this week.  

Lake Jindabyne:-  Greater numbers of browns are back from spawning and cruising the margins, with some very nice fish being seen over the weekend. It will now be worth a wander every time we get a big high presure system on the map over the next few months. Seeing them and catching them can be two very different things when polaroiding - which is half the challenge. Make sure you walk slowly well back form the waters edge as you'll be surprised how close they will swim at times. As you want good light starting on the Eastern side of lake Jindabyne in the morning is often best with the sun behind you. The best light is between 9am and 3pm , switching to the Western shore line after lunch to again get the sun from behind. Fly paterns worth having in your box for palaroiding include , Bushy's horror, woolly buggers, scruffy's, Rosella's , Jindy buggers , sand cased caddis and black & peacocks. If you get refusals on these I like to throw a rock at them - you'll atleast feel better ! Feel free to ask us how to best have a go at polaroiding as it can be some of the most exciting fishing of the season and is generally at it's best over the next two months. Area's worth a look include Stinky Bay, Sid's bay, Hatchery Bay, Creel Bay , Snowy arm and Kalkite.You can also target that trophy fish right through winter around the mouth of the Thredbo river at Waste point/Creel Bay, so long as your not fishing in flowing waters well below the first set of rapids


Eucumbene:- The great trolling continues, just stick to the main launching area at Old Adaminaby for the moment. Both flatlines and leadlines at 3 colours have been producing the goods. The rainbows are in peak condition and averaging around the 1kg mark, feeding heavily on yabby's with the falling water  levels, while some better browns have also started to show up as they get itchy for spawning. Consistent lures include Tasmanian Devils in Cols 36,89,55, 72,S12, Y82 & Y62. Our own Alpine Cobra's in the Alpine special,Pink Wings and Pink Bits patterns, Rebel minnows and crawfish,ultra deep Merlins,Stump Jumpers,Rapala minnows and jointed shad raps , RMG Scorpions & Poltergeist. 

Jeremy Kaye (top) and Kevin Raine sent these photo's and report this week.

*Tom, As promised, a couple of photos from our weekend at Eucumbene.  Totalled 7 fish between 2 of us over the 2 days - with a few more missed.  Biggest 4.25lb taken on a squidgy, but most of the fish caught on Rapalas, 1 on a tassie devil, and 1 on bait.  The mud was fun!


*G'day guys, Craig Dawson from Canberra here thought you might like a few of picks of a couple of nice browns which my brother Darren and I got in a 2 hour fishing trip on Sunday arvo at Tolbar. All fish were caught on fish shaped squidgies and it didn't really matter what color, the main thing was the retrieve speed and the jig head weight. The small dart shaped head seamed to work the best. It was the first time for Darren on the squidgies and I'm quite sure he is now hooked. The best brown weighed 2.7kg but in poor condition for he was 67cm ( I tried for 15mins to revive him but unfortunately he didn't make it). In total there were 2 browns and 4 rainbows.
*Hey, my name is Scott Butler from Canberra I was in there on Saturday the 12/8 and I was speaking to Tom.
I was telling him about my day fishing I had with soft plastics and he told me to send a report and photo's of some of the fish.
Fished out of Eucumbene on Saturday around Tollbar in the little bays filled with old trees etc and caught over 20 trout for the day.
Caught 6 browns all over 60cms ranging from 6lb to my biggest which was 81cm and I estimate weighed over 5 kg. Also caught some good rainbows between 2lb to my biggest witch was over 4lb. Spotted over 50 fish the whole day and every fish I caught I saw first.
I was telling Tom how much trout like these plastics, as I do a lot of bream fishing ABT comps etc, today's fishing would match any day bream fishing with some of the best action I had ever had trout fishing.
I was using Berkley gulp 3 inch minnow grub pumpkinseed colour , with a 1/12 nitro jig head running 4lb fluorocarbon 3 meter trace with 4lb fins braid .
Talk to you later
And the big brown I caught the 81 cm one I only got his head with the plastic in his mouth as the other photo did not come out good.

LURE SALE :- We have just received a new indent order of Rapala lures including the fantastic new "Glass" shad raps, jointed shad raps & long tail minnows. These are sure to be great trolling lures on the trout - and I will be giving them a swim myself later this week. As a special winter offer - buy ANY 5 Rapala lures and we'll throw in a 6th Rapala of your choice FREE !!!!

NEW:- Storm Wild eye rippin shads and jig heads now in-stock. If you liked last weeks soft plastic - trout report ( Report for 17th July 06 ) these are the lures we used. Drop in next trip and we'll show you how to rig them for best results.

Jindabyne:-  We have had some great reports back in from Jindabyne over the last few weeks. The best area's have been in the main basin out around the islands in front of town & Sid's Bay over at East Jindy, up around Waste Point and at the top of the lake around Kalkite. Fishing a mixture of small minnows like RMG Scorpions, Merlins , Rapalas & Attacks along with Tassies in just about all the "Yellow Wing",as well as our own Alpine Cobra's in the Alpine Special & Pink Wings patterns producing the goods.


* Aaron Kerr from Merimbula with two lovely Brook Trout (1.3 and 1.5kg) he caught at Jindabyne last weekend. One took a scrub worm the other Powerbait. Seven Rainbows ate powerbait also.


*Hi Lads, didn't have time to stop in on the way home, but took your tackle and advice to eucumbene cove over saturday and sunday and picked up a couple of 2 pound and a nice 3 pound trout over saturday and sunday.  fished in the middle of the day under cloudless skies (should've taken sunscreen) but even that didn't stop them from taking the powerbait.

cheers for the tips - see you next time.


*Twelve year old Jack Hay with his 1st ever Trout which he caught on Powerbait at the Eucumbene wall. Well done Jack.

*Brent and a mate fished Buckenderra over the weekend and caught 8 Rainbows all on Pink and Sherbet Powerbait.

The baitfishing has been unbelievable over the last few months with incredible catches coming in from Eucumbene. Just about all the main baits have been taking fish with scrubbies & Power Bait accounting for the most captures. Make sure you pick an area with plenty of weed and some structure like rocks and tree's. The most popular rig is to run your main bait with a Powerbait dropper ( Pictured below ).Power bait naturally floats, so the distance you make your dropper is the distance you can expect your Power bait to be above the bottom. This means that fish will find your bait a lot quicker even if you have cast into weeds. If they don't eat the Power bait they have found your main bait a lot quicker. The hook is important when fishing with Power bait and we have a special NEW  "circle hook" pattern from Mustad just for the job - which hooks them for you ! Feel free to ask us to go over the rig next time your in if still unsure.

 Powerbait Dropper Rig 

Best areas on Eucumbene include: Rushy Plains Bay, Seven Gates, Yens bay, Breamar bay ,Providence around the Eucumbene River Mouth down towards Anglers Reach and along the dam wall at Eucumbene Cove.

Best area's on Jindabyne include: The clay pits in front of town, Hatchery bay, Hayshed bay , creel bay and Kalkite.

Jindabyne Dam Wall project Up-dates :- For detailed information regarding the work being carried out on the Lake Jindabyne Dam wall, including road delays etc go to :-

Lake Levels

Eucumbene 24.6% Falling 

Jindabyne   57.7% Steady 

Tantangarra  7.1% Falling

Cheers Tom

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