Eight members and five guests fished at the secluded Tannery Reserve on the Maribyrnong River in Footscray. Everyone fished in close proximity making it a very social event. A lot of tips and techniques were exchanged. Most people were fishing with near weightless bait rigs but voracious schools of small mullet often attacked the baits before they reached the bottom where the bigger fish were.
The fishing was tougher than I have seen at this location. Perhaps the change to cooler conditions put the fish off a little. Only three fish over 28cm were caught. Jon won the compettion as his bream of 30cm was spot on the mystery length of 30cm winning him a Shimano Sedona 4000FD courtesy of BCF Coburg! He also hooked a number of smaller fish. From where I was sitting he seemed to be out fishing everyone else and there were five people fishing within 10 metres of him. The secret to his technique - 4 pound fluro carbon and a quality commercial berley mixture. It was either that or luck! Baits used varied from chicken to prawn to worms but none seemed to be superior to the others.
We enjoyed a wonderful feed at 1pm courtesy of Bernie who ran the BBQ - thanks mate. A big thanks to John Deveson for storing and bringing the meat. A special thanks to BCF Coburg who donated a Shimano Sedona 4000FD to the winner.