By Tom Deer
While not being an expert on catching Australian native fish such as yellowbelly (callop, golden perch) I have found that my partner, Bridget, loves the Murray river, and although she is a novice at fishing she loves the atmosphere of tournament fishing.
So, last weekend we headed up to the little known town of Ramco in SA for a Callop teams tournament organised by the Lower Murray Lure Fishing Club. It is great to support these regional fishing competitions whose often volunteer members are responsible for keeping local waterways clean and fish friendly for us to fish.
It was a great weekend away with fine weather, although a little windy on the Sunday, however the Callop proved to be elusive. Water temperature was 16.5 degree celsius and the barometric pressure dropping, probably contributing to the slow bite.
Bridget and I fished a rocky bank using our favorite Deep X 100 lure (unfortunately Bridget lost hers) and adopting a straight out cast and retrieve technique against the current flow we managed one small Callop. Although it doesn’t sound like much it was enough to get us into eight position.
Bridget is already looking forward to the next comp in October and I’m sure that the reason for this, apart from the beautiful river environment, is that she is getting to use some quality balanced gear which makes fishing all day a breeze.
She was using a Samurai Reaction Rod 302 (6-12lb), Daiwa Luvias 2500 reel, Unitika Aorika II Braid (10lb), Unitika Aiger III leader (14lb), with a Gamakatsu hyper ez snap (size 2). The snap makes it easy for her to change lures herself when she gets bored with the colour!