Life has been busy lately. I’ve started a new job working in fisheries and have just exchanged contracts on a 60 acre property just south of Canberra. Needless to say, finding time for fishing (and writing) has been tough, and is likely to be for some time. I’ve had a few short sessions here and there, mostly a few hours of an evening targeting cod on the surface with Graz and Hamish. While this has been a lot of fun, the bends in the rod have been few and far between, and the seemingly insatiable itch has started to grow. I need to go fishing and these are some of my thoughts.
Option 1: Head to the coast and chase flathead and salmon for the weekend. Cons are that it’s a long drive, I should probably do some more packing for the move and tidying up my shitty rental. Pros are that I’m almost guaranteed some fish, the weather is likely to be a few degrees warmer and d’oh I just remembered I can’t because I have shit to do on Sunday.
Option 2: Go coddin’. Pros are that it’s extremely enjoyable to walk up a river and the rewards are immense…a cod on the surface would be great. Cons are that it has been raining a bit and the river is likely to be high and dirty. Less than ideal. There’s also another low pressure system on the way, which is likely to bring another bout of inclement weather.
Option 3: Carpin’. Pros are that it’s been months since I’ve caught a carp on the fly, and it would satisfy the urge to get a good sportfish on light tackle. Man vs fish. That kinda thing. Cons are that because of the rain, the lakes will be turbid. Same story re developing low…
Option 4: Writing about fishing. Cons are that it’s not actually fishing. Pros are that I can get excited about fishing without actually doing it…
Option 5: Troutin’. Pros: Recent rain is likely to have brought a few early season spawners on the chew. Also get to go to somewhere beautiful in the mountains or on the edge of the escarpment. Another pro: it’s almost the end of trout season and I won’t get many, if any, more opportunities. Cons: zero!
Troutin’ it is! Wish me luck. Cheers