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Fishing rigs in local Canberra lakes?

By 5 January 2013 6

I have done all of my fishing in saltwater so know nothing about how to rig up to cast a line in any of the local lakes.  I have a bit of time on my hands at the moment and was thinking of sitting on one of the lakes for a couple of hours every now and again. It gets me out of the house and what I catch is not important.

When saltwater fishing, depending on the type I am doing, if using bait I generally use a running rig (with the sinker either above or below the swivel), a pasternoster rig with one or two droppers or a ganged array.  What should I be doing around here?

For casting lures I usually just attach them with a loop giving them free action.  Can I do the same here?

What about float rigs? Are they worthwhile?

Any advice from Riotanglers?

Babylonian Proverb: “The gods do not deduct from man’s allotted span the hours spent in fishing. “

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6 Responses to Fishing rigs in local Canberra lakes?
#1
kumadude11:07 am, 05 Jan 13

Don’t worry, the density difference in the water will not alter the action of your lures too much.

I prefer to use the weight of the bread as a sinker when fishing for the carp, just like when fishing for bream.

Try tacklebox.com.au, they have a large canberran forum section.

#2
Antagonist1:10 pm, 06 Jan 13

Short answer: 2-3kg main line, running sinker rig using the lightest sinker you can get away with. Small hooks are the go, with something big enough to hold 2-3 corn kernals (or some bread squeezed over the hook). Any urban lake will do. Water around 4-6 feet deep is fine, near reeds or similar for bonus points. Rest the rod with 3-4 feet of slack line in it. Look for the ‘V’ forming in the water as the Carp runs off with your bait. Set the hook with a nice firm lean as the line almost comes up tight with your rod. Kill Carp humanely and repeat. Late afternoon is always a good time. Kids love it too.

Longer answer or more specific questions: tacklebox.com.au as suggested above.

#3
KB19715:47 pm, 06 Jan 13

If you want to have some fun with Redfin, get yourself a red and black lure, they love it. The noisier the better too. Just a small one & once you find a school they are a bunch of fun.

Redfin are also one of the best tasting freshwater fish around so you wont be wasting your time there either although I would not eat them out of the town lakes, Googong or Burrinjuck are the go.

I have been hitting Googong in my boat for some fun.

#4
460cixy7:55 am, 07 Jan 13

KB1971 said :

If you want to have some fun with Redfin, get yourself a red and black lure, they love it. The noisier the better too. Just a small one & once you find a school they are a bunch of fun.

Redfin are also one of the best tasting freshwater fish around so you wont be wasting your time there either although I would not eat them out of the town lakes, Googong or Burrinjuck are the go.

I have been hitting Googong in my boat for some fun.

The red/black celtas are definitely the go on Redfin but I find the larger ones are more keen on a bit of worm. Yellow belly and cod I. The river if your keen too

#5
Pitchka8:32 am, 07 Jan 13

The Euro Carp have been known to rival the great white shark when to comes to aggresiveness, so id suggest 3 gang hooks with a large pilchard, perhaps even a lead trace as their teeth are known to be razor sharp.

#6
KB19719:10 am, 07 Jan 13

460cixy said :

KB1971 said :

If you want to have some fun with Redfin, get yourself a red and black lure, they love it. The noisier the better too. Just a small one & once you find a school they are a bunch of fun.

Redfin are also one of the best tasting freshwater fish around so you wont be wasting your time there either although I would not eat them out of the town lakes, Googong or Burrinjuck are the go.

I have been hitting Googong in my boat for some fun.

The red/black celtas are definitely the go on Redfin but I find the larger ones are more keen on a bit of worm.

Yellow belly and cod I. The river if your keen too

I have bought myself a red spinner bait to try and entice some bigger ones. When the temperature drops a bit I will head out to Googong again and give it a try.

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