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Fishing in/near Canberra?

By Watson 8 November 2011 28

My daughter (nearly 7) wants to go fishing this weekend! I’ve never cast a line in my life so I have absolutely no clue. I’ll go to that tackle shop in Belco for our gear as I’ve heard they are good with advice too.

I considered driving up to Wee Jasper if we have the time as I love the place and the drive there and apparently there’s quite a bit of perch (yellow belly?) in the river there.

But what other (river) spots closer by would you recommend for absolute beginners? I don’t want to catch carp, for the obvious reasons. Though I think at this stage it is highly unlikely that we’ll catch anything anyway, but my daughter is very hopeful!

What’s Your opinion?


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EliteFishing 4:34 pm 26 Mar 15

Redfin with lures best option for little kids. try off the bridge at the lake.

krats 7:42 pm 10 Nov 11

Holden Caulfield said :

Fishing on RA can be fun. Pretty easy to get a bite as well.

No It’s Not…

poetix 5:43 pm 10 Nov 11

Disinformation said :

Do you think it’s time to have the RiotACT family carp fishing extravaganza?

We could decide on a stretch of lake shore, burley up the spots for everyone a few hours beforehand and then as families rock up they could sit in front of a preprepared spot..
Basic webpage advice on equipment and technique and on the spot instruction and demonstration on the day..

It wouldn’t take much to organise and Bowen park would provide easy access to parking and a good lake channel…

Half the RA would be weeping for the carp, and half lobbing dynamite. And someone clever would be taking good photos.

Disinformation 4:53 pm 10 Nov 11

Do you think it’s time to have the RiotACT family carp fishing extravaganza?

We could decide on a stretch of lake shore, burley up the spots for everyone a few hours beforehand and then as families rock up they could sit in front of a preprepared spot..
Basic webpage advice on equipment and technique and on the spot instruction and demonstration on the day.. It wouldn’t take much to organise and Bowen park would provide easy access to parking and a good lake channel…

dvaey 9:18 am 10 Nov 11

p1 said :

I find that if you don’t use bait (or better yet, don’t use a hook), the beer drinking by the water fishing isn’t interrupted as often.

Ill happily be ‘interrupted’ by the sound of my fishing rod drag taking a fish, no matter what Im doing.

For what its worth, I heard a story of a young girl who caught a carp on nothing but a sinker. Fishing for carp is really dumb luck, as others have said you can clean up in 5 minutes in some places, but in the wrong place or the wrong time, you wont get anything for a whole day.

I really do suggest that if youre taking kids out fishing, you try to find someone with a bit of experience or local knowledge. If for no other reason than to give the kids a bit of an interest in what theyre doing, rather than potentially seeing fishing as just another boring thing they cant do, when with the right time and learning, anyone can master it.

Rangi 8:37 am 10 Nov 11

When I worked at the bike hire on LBG many many years ago, an older Indian gentleman, would come nearly every weekend, and fill a number of big plastic tubs with carp that he caught. It got the better of the boss so he went and asked the gentleman what he was doing with them, and was told that “carp was an oily fish, very good for curry”.

From the amounts he was taking it must of been for a restaurant, but he wouldn’t say.

So if you like a fish curry. and have got it from his place wherever may be you propably have eaten carp and not known it.

Spykler 6:42 pm 09 Nov 11

Oh, also have a look at a “hair rig” on google and youtube. Once you use it with corn threaded through the hair with a notched needle, you’ll never use another type of setup again.
+1..Total fan of the hair rig, simple, but effective for Carp.
Fave spot for carp, 100m down from Kings ave bridge towards the Brod Burger van, can’t miss. Also used to like Yarramundi reach for a reliable carp spot, but after observing several older gents in their shorty short shorts observing me from behind trees, bushes etc..I decided to strike that spot off the list.

p1 5:00 pm 09 Nov 11

I find that if you don’t use bait (or better yet, don’t use a hook), the beer drinking by the water fishing isn’t interrupted as often.

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