Diamantina River

Submitted: Monday, Feb 23, 2004 at 16:04
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On Sunday we walked across the floods to the bridge near the racetrack - the bridge was out of the water but a couple of spots the water was still 400 mm deep and rushing. Today we drove over there and east as far as Gumboree Channel and Yards (about 5 miles), and can drive south for a couple of miles. It won't be long now and we should be able to get in and out once again. Last night there was a big storm and our TV had Police advice that Kulgera has flash flooding and the Stuart Highway was cut. Today the SA Roads advice is that Oodnadatta to Mt Dare is closed due to rains. We had a cool change come in yesterday (after the dust storm) and this a.m. the temp was 25 degrees and has been very pleasant. There is green coming up everywhere. There is some damage to our bitumen road from town over the bridge to the racetrack - due to the force of the water when it came so quickly - rolled the bitumen up in some places (minor really). Innamincka has had a number of visitors down there and it won't be long and we will have some also and hopefully a supply truck (with fresh milk and vegies and apples & grapes).These are Diamantina Barra
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Reply By: Member - Wim (Bris) - Monday, Feb 23, 2004 at 16:21

Monday, Feb 23, 2004 at 16:21
Ruth.
Like many I have been watching your reprots with great interest.
(after the dust storm) ? You get some very interesting weather.
Can you get to the dingo caves and if so is that part of the country flooded? If so it much be a great view.

All the best
This 4WD stuff is addictive,
time consuming & expensive.
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Follow Up By: Member - Ruth D (QLD) - Monday, Feb 23, 2004 at 16:55

Monday, Feb 23, 2004 at 16:55
Yes, Wim, we went to the Dingo Caves last week - there was only a bit of water covering the road to Bedourie, just near the Council Depot. The view from up there was spectacular - water, water, water.These are Diamantina Barra
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Reply By: Member - Willie Sydney - Monday, Feb 23, 2004 at 16:53

Monday, Feb 23, 2004 at 16:53
Hi Ruth ,
What are the Diamantina Barra ? catfish ? I can't tell from the photo . Your place sounds a bit more interesting than Bankstown where I am sitting now .
All the best ,
Willie .Wishun I was fishun
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Follow Up By: Member - Ruth D (QLD) - Monday, Feb 23, 2004 at 18:21

Monday, Feb 23, 2004 at 18:21
Ah, puke, wash your mouth out Willie!!!! Catfish - yuk. No they are fair sized yellowbelly. Easy caught too, eh Mr Toonfish? We hope to be fishing again in about a week - the floodwaters are going down so we should be able to start again. Those in the photo were caught last October in about half an hour. Bankstowns probably alright - but it is nice here. Cheers.These are Diamantina Barra
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Follow Up By: Willem - Monday, Feb 23, 2004 at 19:51

Monday, Feb 23, 2004 at 19:51
Funny thing about Catfish...........

Eastern Australians are reviled by just the thought of Catfish.

Western Australians regard Catfish as a delicacy and the fish are named Silver Cobbler in the northern latitudes of WA..............strange??????Willem
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Follow Up By: bruce - Monday, Feb 23, 2004 at 20:09

Monday, Feb 23, 2004 at 20:09
The story that we got re the catfish was that they could not sell them , so changed the name to silver cobbler and ..presto ..everyone wanted them...similar to a fish called snotty nose..yuk...but change it to Tasmanian trevally and people buy it..nice too cheers
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Follow Up By: Member - Ruth D (QLD) - Monday, Feb 23, 2004 at 21:54

Monday, Feb 23, 2004 at 21:54
Is it alright if I do this here, Willem? Sorry everyone but I have never caught, seen or heard of being caught - an adult catfish in this River.These are Diamantina Barra (Yellowbelly)
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Reply By: Member - Andrew & Jen (Melb) - Monday, Feb 23, 2004 at 22:35

Monday, Feb 23, 2004 at 22:35
That Ian is a pretty good fisherman - he must have made a few good catches in his time. Half an hour and a dozen fish - "Mr Irresistible." What is the secret!
Sounds like it will be perfect by Easter.
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Follow Up By: Member - Toonfish - Tuesday, Feb 24, 2004 at 01:07

Tuesday, Feb 24, 2004 at 01:07
ahh alwayswith the secret?

we never tell mere mortals.

may involve a feather?
lol
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