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Presented from Issue 100

How it was

Shore based angling

Over 20 years ago I was lucky enough to be taught to fish lakes like Arthurs by the great angler Shayne Murphy. One of the great lessons that I learnt from Murf was that in many cases you should simply use your boat to get to the best shore fishing locations quickly and efficiently. In those days we would pick the eyes out of the best locations then quickly move on to fresh and similar waters.

A few years later I started my guiding career and I bought a beautiful tri hull boat. For many years, just like Murf had taught me, I used this boat for transporting my clients to the best shore fishing locations for the weather and wind conditions. I well remember many times when my wading clients were ‘catching the clappers out of them’ as other anglers and guides drifted by flogging the water for little obvious results.

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When you have finished for the day, why not have a brag about the ones that didn't get away! Send Mike an article on your fishing (Click here for contact details), and we'll get it published here. Have fun fishing - tasfish.com

2017 10 17 Medium size river brownI had a quick trip over to Merseylea in what was cool, windy and wet conditions. When I checked the river levels online I thought the Mersey river would be low enough for a good wading session but when I arrived I could see it was a little higher that I expected. We had some heavy rain during the morning and I doubt that was enough to raise the water level. Any way I sat in the car and waited for around twenty minutes while a heavy rain shower passed over before I hit the river. There certainly was some water coming down so I was making sure I stayed in water no higher than my knees most times.

The North Westerly wind was pretty strong which was making casting a bit on the tough side. I started off with a #0 Mepps gold bladed black fury and used the cast and drift method in the first long fast flowing stretch of river before changing over to a Rapala gold/black F3 hard body lure. It took around fifteen minutes before I finally had my first take on the lure, it was a nice well conditioned rainbow that went 490 grams. A quick photo and it was back in the river and on its way. Three casts later I picked up a small 230 gram brown and that was it once the wind picked up and so did the rain. I did fish on for another twenty minutes before I called it a day as it was just too windy and uncomfortable for fishing on any longer. Both fish were released as always..

Adrian Webb


 Mersey River and cattle crossing bridge

2017 10 17 Mersey River and cattle crossing bridge

 

Mersey River and dull weather conditions

2017 10 17 Mersey River and dull weather conditions

 

Mersey River wild bow

2017 10 17 Mersey River wild bow

 

Mersey still running a little high

2017 10 17 Mersey still running a little high

 

Medium size river brown

2017 10 17 Medium size river brown

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