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    Freshwater and Impoundment Fishing
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  1. The ACT is a bit different to most states, we don't have to kill carp or redfin. I think every other state you can't put them back. Apparently the wirrah is common on rocks and breakwalls down on the south coast. It's the only one I've every caught as most of my fishing has been in rivers or lakes. Certainly was a cranky character and full of spines. glad I had my gloves for getting him off.
  2. I haven't kept any yet. They have all been pretty small. Maybe if I get a 30cm+ one I'll give it a go. Might be able to get some decent little fillets off one. I've heard they're pretty tasty too.
  3. Hi All, Here's some of my catches since starting with lures and freshwater: My first lure catch, an Eastern Wirrah: Some of the Redfin I've caught in the local lakes My only Native so far
  4. Thanks for all the perspectives. I've also started watching some videos about fixing up old boats, so may head down that path (I have a bit of a thing of resurrecting old pushbikes, so this is a bit of an extension of that). Still a little over a year until the 40th so plenty of time to think.
  5. Thanks Ellicat, I have a box trailer so that may work. It all depends if I want to take the kids out as well I guess....
  6. I've been looking at the tinny vs kayak debate and trying to decide which to go for. Around Canberra a yak would let me access more of the lakes as there aren't may with boat ramps, but not sure my back would cope with lugging it around and lifting it onto the roof racks. Unfortunately I haven't been kind to my back in the past and it's already catching up with me. How do you find the yak, lifting etc?
  7. Hi Ellicat & Hamish Kids are still small, just now past the baby stage (youngest is 4). I've mostly caught redfin (european Perch) but have caught one 40cm Yellowbelly. That's my only native so far. I've started to fish with bigger lures hoping for a Murray Cod, but no luck so far. Might have to head to one of the rivers or try some different spots in the lakes. Time is still short but I'm generally getting out once every 1-2 weeks, which is a vast improvement on the recent past. We also head down to the coast a couple of times a year so I get some saltwater action from time to time. I'm only new to lures after growing up baitfishing, so I'm always learning as well. With the 40th coming next year, I figure I'll ask for a tinny again so I can get on the water and troll for the natives to shake things up a bit. Cheers.
  8. Hi All, Getting back into fishing more regularly after kids. Mostly hitting up the freshwater lakes around Canberra, with mixed results. I just found the forum today so I thought I'd join up. No boat at the moment (1st boat went to help buy the house), but hoping to get another in the next couple of years.
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