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About fenelious

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  • About Me
    Canoe/kayaking, wading, lure casting, lightweight camping...
  • Occupation
    Ex Army, ex Cop, now livestock transport home business and Army Reserve.


  • Fishing Types
    Freshwater and Impoundment Fishing
    Estuary and Coastal Fishing
  • Fish You Target
    Mangrove Jack
  • Lure Types Used
    Hardbody Lures
    Softplastic Lures
    Other Lures
  • Favourite Lure
    It changes way too often!
  • Favourite Bait
    If I have to - freshwater shrimp
  • Best Catch
    85cm Mary River Cod, 92cm Murray Cod, 68cm Saratoga

Personal Bests

  • Tailor
  • Bass
    50cm river, 51.5cm impoundment
  • Bream
  • Yellowbelly
    49cm river, 52cm impoundment
  • Cod
    85cm river (Mary Cod), 92cm river (Murray Cod)
  • Flathead
  • Saratoga
  • Mangrove Jack
  • Snapper
  • Barramundi
    45cm river
  • Trevally
  • Whiting


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  1. I lost my Stradic Ci4 2500F, and I have 2 spare spools for it, so am now selling them. They're in excellent condition, no scratches or damage. Cost me $60 each, selling for $30 each.
  2. Pflueger Patriarch

    No, not at all.
  3. Pflueger Patriarch

    I bought a Pflueger Patriarch size 30 spinning reel, online, it arrived today. I didn't realise until I unwrapped it, but it doesn't have an anti-reverse lever?! (the little switch to allow the reel/handle to spin backwards) I've never seen this on any other spinning reel - I thought they all had one? Even all the cheap and nasty reels I've seen have an anti-reverse lever. Has anyone else used a reel like this without one? If so, how do you find it? Is it better or worse? Should I try to swap it? I do use it quite often on my other reels - e.g. to manage the line if I get a snag, to lower the lure to get weed off or clip it to the guide/hook, to let out more line once I've landing a fish etc... Thanks, - Steve.
  4. Fishing Trip To Harrietville/ Ovens River

    Oh also, about the bait - it's not necessarily prohibited to use, just in some popular and regulated Trout waters. If so there may be signs at the bridges or parks (access areas), or you may need to Google the waterway to find out. I think I've heard a bit about Trout fishing in the Ovens River, so I wouldn't be surprised if it's a regulated no-bait zone, but I'd check. Otherwise it's no problem to use bait, I just don't like using it on Trout cos it's not as fun or challenging.
  5. Fishing Trip To Harrietville/ Ovens River

    Yeah face (and move) upstream, flick them upstream and drag them down. The Trout will see the lure coming towards him as he lies in wait, and he's less likely to be aware of you because you're behind him. Also because if you're wading through the water the sand, mud and noise will not be carried past the fish, warning them of your presence. In flowing streams the Trout will almost always be facing upstream so they can see food being carried down towards them, and so they can hold easily in the current without having to 'paddle' backwards.
  6. Fishing Trip To Harrietville/ Ovens River

    Hey mate, I get onto the Trout usually once a year. In NSW, not in Victoria. I don't know the Ovens River. If you're a novice at Trout my best advice would be to get a couple of (I call them) inline spinners, such as the old Celta brand of lure. These have one treble at the back, with a wire body usually with steel or plastic beads, and a single spinning blade near the front that rotates around the wire body. They are a very old style of lure, tried and tested, and still very reliable on Brown and Rainbow Trout. They also work fine on other natives such as Bass. You can get varying quality ones - there are some cheap and nasties where the blade doesn't spin as fast or only spins at high speeds. Blue Fox are my favourite - excellent quality inline spinners IMO. Mepps make good ones too. Get some various weighted ones. A size 1 and a size 2 would be a good start, and maybe a size 0 (smaller). The other good thing about inline spinners is they're cheap. Enough on spinners. Hard body (bibbed) lures work on Trout also (Rapala make some of the most famous Trout lures), as do soft plastics and blades. Bait... I wouldn't use bait to catch Trout, and in many places it's prohibited. Always try to move upstream as you fish (relevant in faster running water), because the Trout face upstream and you'll spook them otherwise. Watch the water closely and use polarised sunnies to see through the water. Good luck. - Steve.
  7. south+queensland NPD 30/8/16 Still On Fire

    Was a top day. Double thumbs up. -Steve.
  8. Nth Pine Dam Boating Permit Question ?

    I'd love to thanks Ray. My mate will be very keen to swap my canoe for your boat too! He'll be excited to see how a guru like yourself does things. I've got your number still, I'll give you a call or text. -Steve. P.S. Bring my own lunch, no bananas, NPD rules and regulations, 50cm+ fish go back, right?
  9. Nth Pine Dam Boating Permit Question ?

    Thanks Dennis, good to know.
  10. 2 Trips, 4 Pbs

    I know! See the dodgy cod photos, they are stills of a bit of video footage I took with my phone propped up on a rock!
  11. 2 Trips, 4 Pbs

    A couple of weeks ago I ventured south over the border into Cod country. A fair bit of exploring, a fair bit more walking, and enduring of sub-zero temperatures, was all rewarded when I landed my PB 92cm Murray Cod. I was pretty excited considering most cod around here average around 50-55cm, and my previous PB was 66! I also landed a 55 and a 54cm cod in the session. Then yesterday I went out on the yak to one of my local estuaries and landed 4 fish, of 4 species - My modest PB 57cm Flathead: My third ever and PB Estuary Cod (32cm): A 29cm Bream, and my second ever and PB Mangrove Jack (46cm): The Jack pulled like a train!! Pretty decent result for my last two trips :-) -Steve.
  12. My Latest Murray Cod Trip

    My mate Scott got two on surface I think. They were biting more readily underneath, I don't think their diet comprises a lot off the surface in this country. Yeah we did get a couple of tiny little tackers, which I think is a good sign.
  13. My Latest Murray Cod Trip

    Here's the video package I made of my latest Murray Cod trip. It's a long one, so not as high resolution as I'd liked to have used, but it still looks ok.
  14. south%2Bqueensland Wednesday Arvo Fish Anyone?

    Went out in the bay with Sam Steele, we got a couple of little bits and pieces... Sam got a black tip reef shark.