HAWKESBURY RIVER BASS

What fish am I?

 

Last week we saw some warm winds, clear skies and most importantly, a lull in the wind. A spontaneous trip up the Hawkesbury River was well overdue. With reports that the bass were in full flight, we packed the fly gear and one spinning rod (just in case).

 

 

Fly rods were out in force.

 

A good mate and I made the hour-long highway voyage to a quiet little patch of water near Windsor; we deployed the stealthy three-man canoe and switched to polaroid sunnies. On the water by around 3pm, we explored the river, cast a few flies into the snags and snapped the local wildlife in anticipation of the usual 5pm sunset surface activity.

 

 

Stalking bass around the snags.

 

 

Camouflaged Water Dragon.

 

Most of the action we encountered was during broad daylight, the fish were taken on flies and spinnerbaits.

 

 

Healthy Hawkesbury bass.

 

 

Only the small fish seemed to appreciate the flies.

 

Although the sunset was nothing short of spectacular, the bass couldn’t be convinced to even sniff our surface lures.

 

 

Floating fly line at sunset.

 

 

You can’t complain with conditions like these. 

 

 

Is there a fish you want me to attempt to catch? A location I should fish? A photographic challenge? You tell me. Either email fishfingers18@yahoo.com or leave a comment below.

 

Until next Wednesday,

 

JM

 

© JackMurphy Fishing and Photography

 

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