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25th Borumba Toga on the chew

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Well I couldnt let a spare day off go unfished now could I ;-) ;-) the weather wasnt great for much else so i decided to hit a dam, and my Favourite dam is probly borumba cause I just love targetting the Toga there.

Didnt head off till after lunch so got on the water about 2pm, but it didnt take long before the first action of the day, I was casting a Mazzy pop on my 4-8lb Loomis DSR820 BC with my pixy on it loaded with 6lb braid, into some timber not far fromt he ramp and boof im on a spirited little fight and some nice jumps later I land the first Toga for the session :)

Just a little feller but good fun on the light gear, didnt bother measuring but would have been mid 50's id say

wow what a start only 20 mins in and the first one landed :) and most of that time was in travel.

Worked my way up to the first arm on the left nothin much happening, then i see the slightest little disturbance hard up against the bank, cast the Mazzy pop in landing it right on the money, and as i wind to engage the reel Boof, splash all hell breaks loose. BIG toga screams 5m or so of line off and heads skyward thrashing his head and throwing the hooks :shock: Bugger bloody good fish probly close to 80cm and a possible PB :( oh well back to casting.

I swapped over to my second outfit, my Loomis IMX with alphas R loaded with 8lb, chucked a Cultiva ZipnZiggy on it and started pounding away cast after cast but no luck for quite some time, then as always dreamin away in your own little world when Boof out of nowhere a massive surface hit, but the bugger missed the hooks, left the lure sitting there a couple of twitches but nothing, so i quickly switchbaited him with my other rod and as soon as i cranked the handle he smashed the mazzy, another good fish too not quite as big as the first but good none the less. but once again he threw the hooks on his second jump :twisted: :twisted:. that was all the action i got for the next hour or so until I headed further up the back of the dam I picked up 2 fish in quick succession

this little bass on the zippnziggy

followed by another SMall toga on the same lure

HAd another hit from a good toga but the hooks just didnt stick 5 mins later. that was all the action I got till I was headin back right on dark into a stiff breeze, I saw a nice swirl in a bay to my left I headed in and landed the Ziggy right on his headed and he nailed it

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:) I couldnt see too much as it was fairly dark now, but i knew it was a good fish with the amount of splash it was making, then line goes loose and the lure comes flyin past my head :shock: :shock: another dropped fish

It was a great day out on the water, The hooks just didnt stick today but hey thats Toga fishn for yah

Lee

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Angus wrote:

Well done mate. Ill have to head up there and give it a crack. My one and only Toga session was fun, but admittedly like shooting fish in a barrel!!

Angus

Mate anytime u want to invite me to shoot fish in that barrel let me know :woohoo: :woohoo:

Lee

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Lee I love that close up pic of the toga's head; it is a work of art. You can even see your reflection in the fishes eye! If your head was over a tiny bit more, you would be able to see your face!

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