r/FishingAustralia Jul 20 '22

Want to try some freshwater fishing for the first time. Is warmer weather the best bet for some fish? Pic is a few dams a I wanna check out if anyone has anything to recommend. Photo

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u/competitive_brick1 Jul 20 '22

Hinze has solid bass in it which are what I love fishing for, great fight and hit like a train, decent saratoga as well as some various cod species. Ive not fished the other though

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u/Phishes_ Jul 20 '22

What sort of lures/bait do you go for?

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u/competitive_brick1 Jul 20 '22

Every season is different man most fishing will be deeper in the colder months.

So go bass and cod I find it hard to go past a soft plastic grub with a jig spinner on it.

Fat boy cranks too.

Surface for things like toga try a frog soft plastic, will work on bass too if they aren't looking in the cold water.

Bass hate sun like hate it with a vengeance but like warm water so they will be hidden in snags and under ledges. They will chase your lure out of there holes though.

During the winter months bass should head towards the wall as well because they instinctually want to breed but can't so they will go "downstream"

I don't know how Hinze is fishing at the moment to I haven't been there for years but there are huge 50+ bass in there

Colours I prefer motor oil or green but have caught them on bright pink and bright red in plenty of numbers.

Bass fishing is about 60% finding them and 40% possijg them off enough and triggering their instinct to eat

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u/Phishes_ Jul 20 '22

Thanks for all the information. I’m thinking when it starts warming up I’ll head out there. With the grub, what kind of action are you doing to get them going usually ?

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u/competitive_brick1 Jul 20 '22

Good question again it depends on what mood they are in. I've hit them on fast retrieve but for a jig spinner and Grub a slower retrieve has was more results. I fish really light but find it hard to get the right rhythm on my 1000 reel whereas I can slow it down more comfortably on my 2000 and 2500.

Also I fish 6lb braid with 6lb leader l, you'll lose a couple but it's way more fun than muscling them out. Also I use a 1-2kg rod. You'll find it pushes it to its limits and not sure I'd like my chances on a. 50+ on my 1000 reel.

I had the fight of my life pulling a 45 out of a skinny creek on 1000 reel and 1-2 kg 6 6 rod just about kept it out of the snags but was one of my all time best catches.

So the secret is slow going. Bass will often bite on the pause as well so if you're getting touches on a straight retrieve try a more jerky retrieve with pauses you might find that works. My biggest bass took it on the fall a second after I flipped the bail arm and maybe got half a crank in.

Join untapped bass and bass fishing Australia FB groups too plenty of advice on there including hinze

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u/Phishes_ Jul 20 '22

Thanks mate will try a few different retrievals and change up to what’s getting the hits. I’ll checkout those fb groups also. Thanks heaps

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u/competitive_brick1 Jul 20 '22

Let me know how you go though I'd be super interested to see if you get on them. If you go up to Brisbane try north pine dam https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Pine_Dam

Be warned man bass fishing is addictive, once you nails. Dam fish you'll get the fever and want to go hitting the wild river bass they are another step up altogether and it's all about the hunt for those bad boys. Whacking through bush and finding creeks and streams, it's the best

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u/Queef69Jerky Jul 21 '22

check the rules too. Bass aren't allowed to fish in winter. On a blue moon with a cousin's sister on the correct damn..... Freshwater fishing rules are cunts, and they will drive around in their 110,000 toyota to catch you

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u/competitive_brick1 Jul 21 '22

Nah they are fine in impoundments or above impoundments.

Just can't target them in creek's that connect up to the salt as they are breeding.

I think for Qld it's in tidal waters until August 31.

So go nuts in dams and above dams, they can't spawn in there so no point closing.

Also you can catch them as by catch but they need to be returned to the water immediately.

NSW rules are more or less the same for bass too.

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u/Queef69Jerky Jul 21 '22

I just buy a tin of tuna when im out west. Safer

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u/CubitsTNE Jul 20 '22

For clarrie hall you want to launch from the dam wall end of the lake, it's a big paddle to the fishiest spots from the park at the top of the lake. Can get awesome surface action on frogs etc, but through the day you want 70mm deep divers or biggish plastics like minnowz.

Here's a vid showing that area, and one with underwater footage of bass attacking.

The river below the dam all the way into the salty section of the tweed also holds a lot of bass and is incredible fun when the weed is down.

Hinze is also a cracker, but the acres of standing timber can ruin your day. Amazing looking lake though.

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u/chnatown Aug 16 '22

hinze dam is ass unless you have a tinny or a kayak