Fishing on the Cooper's at Innamicka

Submitted: Sunday, Jun 21, 2009 at 21:17
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Just looking to buy a couple of cheap rods,but what size line and do you fish on the bottom or use a float,what size hook and best bait,just tyrin to keep the kids entertained if any one has brought a cheap little rod package deal, what was it called,cheer's GREENDOG
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Sunday, Jun 21, 2009 at 21:26

Sunday, Jun 21, 2009 at 21:26
Gday Greendog,
Don't need rods. Handlines do just fine. I just go down to GotOne, tell them what you want and they will sell you a couple of cheap handlines already rigged up. Can't remember hook sizes but if they are about an inch long, they are fine. Use the local yabbies as bait. Don't use meat - you'll catch too many tortoises.
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Follow Up By: Madfisher - Monday, Jun 22, 2009 at 09:45

Monday, Jun 22, 2009 at 09:45
Yeah but handlines are the pits, tangles and even when you get a fish not much sport. You can buy cheap med rod and reels for $50, with 12lb line . Teach the kids the right way from the start.
Cheers Pete
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Monday, Jun 22, 2009 at 17:58

Monday, Jun 22, 2009 at 17:58
Gday Pete,
Didn't realise you can have sport with the yellowbelly in the muddy water!!
Handlines suit my camping style. Can cast a few of them and come back an hour or two later to see what's there.
Cheers
phil
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Follow Up By: Member - GREENDOG - Monday, Jun 22, 2009 at 19:24

Monday, Jun 22, 2009 at 19:24
Thanks Phil and Madfisher i'll look in to it, you have given me some thing to go on.cheer's GD
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Follow Up By: Member - Ruth D (QLD) - Monday, Jun 22, 2009 at 19:56

Monday, Jun 22, 2009 at 19:56
Greendog, I use a rod sometimes but mostly handlines when I'm fishing out there and going after yellowbelly. Handlines are easier for the kids on the creek banks and then when they get a bit bored with it they can tie it around a stick and Dad can check it later! I find that with the handlines we can pull the nice big fish in a lot more easily than I can with the rod (and I'm not a novice fisherman). Bait - use local yabbies (fresh not frozen) - we find if we use meat we tend to get black bream rather than yellows.
Have fun - it's great.
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Follow Up By: get outmore - Monday, Jun 22, 2009 at 20:41

Monday, Jun 22, 2009 at 20:41
just a reminder if your using opera house nets for yabbies to check them regulary for tortoises
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Follow Up By: Madfisher - Monday, Jun 22, 2009 at 22:11

Monday, Jun 22, 2009 at 22:11
I guess the diff is I fish for maximum sport rather then max food. But big Goldens(Yellowbelly) do put up a good fight on light gear. It just a matter of tiring then out a bit before trying to land them. We have landed Murray cod up to 50lb on light baitcasters, just takes patience and about 30 to 50 mins.
But the piont I trying to make badly I guess is in the future all forms of setlining will be banned. This is already the case in most of NSW. So it is better to educate kids about sportfishing ethics while they are young
Cheers Pete
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