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|Off they go - yeww!|
|Trip opener for JC on Megabass Garuda|
|The grind - it kicks in long after the light disappears!|
|The Lowrance HDS9 lights up - really pleased with the Fish Reveal update.|
I kinda looked at the Saturday morning as a chance to look around and suss out the lake level and find some bait hopefully, a fish would be a complete bonus. I have not seen the lake at this level (29%) before. It's fascinating to look at where you have pulled fish at higher levels and perhaps get a perspective of why they were there, it really is a chance to go to school on habitat and ambush points. Every time I have gone to Copeton the lake level has been the major factor in determining where I will fish, it's never been the same each time I go.
|A low lake means time to go to school|
The afternoon session was to a new area at the other end of the lake and we liked what we saw with a lot more bait in shallower (sub 8 meters) so we decided we could work with that. At about 9 p.m. when most boats had exited the lake for the night we broke the ice so to speak, with an obese 91cm cod slamming Megabass Garuda. Nothing quite like that first fish hitting the net is there! Despite several hours more of grind put in that, was it for the night. A beer, feed and probably most importantly a sleep was in order.
|Cish on the board - Megabass Garuda again.|
|Cish with the oddly shaped mid 70. Garuda on fire!|
|Not often you get to be part of a double hookup on solid cod! Megabass Magdraft|
Monday morning promised much with many campers exiting the dam and no doubt heading back to go to work, good news if you like a quiet waterway which I do. The prime time came and went with Cish and I both having a 'kill' bite without hookup. Bait was absolutely everywhere and it was hard to believe we had potentially missed when it looked so perfect. With the sun now up the morning bite window was closing but that was the cue for Cish to hook up tight on what was the best fish of the trip, a 97 (not quite the meter!) that destroyed his DRT swimbait. Having netted the fish, my attention was drawn to a large swirl next to an exposed rock in the middle of the bay we were in, leaving Cish to deal with his fish I was up casting right at the rock while Cish secured the net in the water to do the same but I beat him to it, hooking up on Magdraft on the third cast, got him!
|Set the hook like he owes you money! Megabass Destroyer TS 'Baccarat' in action|
|First part of the magic double! 97cms on DRT Clone|
|The boys... Adam and Cish|
The final morning was agreed would be a short one as we had to make tracks for home. Luckily for me the third cast of the morning produced a mid 80's cod on Magdraft, happy days and promising much more that morning that did not eventuate, we were to finish with 7 fish between us from 12 bites. Not too shabby from 3.5 days fishing, great time and great memories, time for the 1500km drive home.
|Final fish for the trip, bonus on the 3rd cast - Megabass Magdraft.|
What we thought worked well;
Pushing well into the evening (most bites were after dark)
Fishing sub surface swimbaits as slow as possible - mixed with short fast burns to attract attention.
I don't usually whine but I reckon a few things are warranting a mention on Copeton as the lake has become more popular over the last few years;
I never understand boats buzzing around at dawn (anywhere), surely we all know that this is probably THE best bite window and yet boats are still launching or moving from spot to spot? I'd sooner persist at dawn even if I think i've made the wrong decision.
Spotlights! seriously once you have seen a boat there is no need to constantly illuminate it!
All lake users have equal rights to fish the lake how they like, but what is the etiquette with trolling while most others are casting? To me, if someone is casting a bank, if you are trolling the same bank you should go around and 'give way' to the casters (or bait fishers for that matter), not cut inside them and running over the very water they were targeting - what's your views?
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