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Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Tarpon in the Fresh with the Kids

Yesterday was the last day of the school holidays for us, back to work for teachers today! So what better way to fishing off the break than to take the family for a bit of a drive and fish. So 3 spin rods were put in the car along with a handful of small lures and off we went.

We were only gone for a couple of hours, but saw heaps of wildlife around the freshly risen billabongs. Kids got to see a frill-neck lizard, wallabies, turtles, all sorts of water birds, a beautiful red finch and an assortment of fish life. 

With water now running off the flood plains and into the billabongs the Tarpon were going crazy. They were 'boiling' from the time we arrived until the time we left. The first fish came first cast and the action was crazy for the 30mins or so we fished for. It didn't seem to matter what was thrown at them, as long as it was small and moving quickly it was fair game. We used small squidgie wrigglers, squidgie fish and 3in prongs, all with great success. 

It just goes to show that there is still lots to do in the freshwater while the Barramundi are off limits. Using lighter outfits these fish, which can reach 2kg or so in the billabongs, are a whole lot of fun. Doubly so for kids! 

Here is a bit of video of the highlights of the afternoon.