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fenelious last won the day on May 24 2016

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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
    57cm 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. south queensland Longer Rods

    I couldn't agree more with Kendaric. I was about to post my own (much less detailed and informed rant) suggesting that I personally don't see the great advantage in long rods. Yes longer rods give you a better casting distance - but only if providing that the lure weight matches the power/action of that rod. If you have a super long but light weight 'floppy' rod and you try to chuck big heavy lures with it, it won't cast as far as a short rod that's well matched to the lure weight. And as Kendaric said, even when the rod is well matched to the lure/weight, the extra distance you get with a 7' to 8' vs a 5' to 6' isn't that hugely significant in my experience, unless you're using big beach rods. I usually look for shorter (5' to 6') rods, (in BC and in spinners), because I find them to be more accurate for pinpoint casting, closer control of the hooked fish, and because they're just easier to manage when walking through the bush/along creeks or in a kayak/canoe. There's absolutely no point in having a long rod when fishing from a kayak/canoe (or probably boat as well), because the yak/boat gives you all the manouverability and changes of angle that you need, and for that reason also super long casts are rarely required. All you need is a rod that's long enough to manouvre around the front tip of your kayak. I do like a 6'6'' or a 7' rod when fishing on foot from open banks like dams or big wide rivers. Also when walking, when vegetation or steep banks prevent easy access to get your rod near the water then a long rod gives you the extra reach to get around that bush, branch or rock etc... But then on the flip side that long rod is harder to cast when there's vegetation/branches above or around you getting stuck on your rod tip. Also you'll want a two-piece so you can carry it easier through the bush when you're walking along. For all these reasons I've never understood why it's so hard to find shorter rods, why most seem to be at least 6'6''+. Kendaric's post seems to explain this. -Steve.
  2. victoria King Parrot Trout

    Is that King Parrot Creek in Vistoria? I don't know the area, but I've been getting a few Trout near Canberra and the Barrington Tops. What technique/lures were you using? -Steve.
  3. northern nsw Overnight Kayak Trip - Bass

    Maybe I will next time if you're keen!
  4. northern nsw Overnight Kayak Trip - Bass

    Hey man thanks
  5. I took the kayak down over the border into NSW over the weekend to see if I could seek out some new wild Bass country. It was a successful trip, I landed 18 Bass, hooked up and lost another 5, and got a few hits and taps as well. Best fish were 42, 41, 40, 38cm. Average was about 35cm. Lures that I was using were soft plastic worm on a weighted worm hook, trolling a shallow chubby crank, surface popper, and a rubber bibless vibe. Hope you enjoy the video, it was a lot of work making it, but I'm getting better at editing... let me know if you have any tips on making it better. -Steve.
  6. Hey guys, I'm chasing about 2 or 3 Tandans to put in my small dam at home. I went for a look around my local creeks but the water levels are very low and there didn't seem to be any around. Does anyone have any advice on a reliable location on the North side of Brissy River where I might be able to catch a couple? I thought of going to Nth Pine Dam but am a bit hesitant about the possibility of floating around dangling a worm for hours without knowing where to go... Maybe someone knows a hotspot for them on NPD? And what baits do they like the best? I've caught them on all sorts of different stuff, but don't really know what is ideal. -Steve.
  7. Sundown National Park Photos For Dad's Day

    Any fish? -Steve.
  8. Very nice video Brandon. Was this just in the last week or two? -Steve.
  9. 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.
  10. Pflueger Patriarch

    No, not at all.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.