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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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Fishing in/near Canberra?
Katietonia 12:53 pm 08 Nov 11

Spykler said :

Watson said :

2.0 said :

what are the ‘obvious reason’ you don’t want to catch carp?

they are great fun to catch, put up a good fight and you don’t have to go far.

Because ideally, we’d like to catch our dinner! And I am put off by the fact that you cannot throw them back.

Perfect for dinner! stick them in a bathtub of tepid water for a week, let them get all the lake gunk out of their system, terminate, de-scale, and then spend the better part of 4 hours de-boning them.Delicious!!

I did eat carp over in the Czech Republic recently just for the hell of it, wouldn’t do it again blergh.

Katietonia 12:51 pm 08 Nov 11

I recommend you get some handlines instead of spending money on actual fishing rods if you aren’t seriously into it, my partner and I often throw in a handline or ten down at the lake near the NLA and have great success carp fishing. There’s a technique to casting a line out which is pretty easy.
This weird kid can teach you: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YsQUa6oj7uU

You will need sinkers as well as hooks which is also cheaper than buying bait and lures. Ask at the shop what size and how to rig them. We have success leaving a bit of a tail, (sorry I don’t know the fishing terms) after the sinker so the corn floats around a bit freely just off the surface of the bottom, about 30 cms.

Use corn soaked in apple juice as bait. Nothing wrong with catching carp, they are sought after game fish in europe/UK. If you want to catch natives then you are more likely to catch nothing, even seasoned fishermen/women don’t have luck with that all the time.

OR if you have fishing rods, there’s always the good old redfin to rely on down at the lake too, can be great fun when you find a school of them. I’d prefer to catch a carp though. Pulling one in on a hand line is a lot of fun and no putting them back is NOT illegal in the ACT (only VIC & QLD). Can’t be stuffed with killing them as I believe it has no effect on the population. Don’t forget to bring pointy nosed pliers too, if you do actually catch a fish getting the hook out can be hard without them.

http://www.environment.act.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0015/152043/carpinfosheet.pdf

http://www.environment.act.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0006/152079/Recreational_Fishing_in_the_ACT_24Nov09.pdf

blowers 12:41 pm 08 Nov 11

Three spots I can recommend for youngsters. 1. Yerrabi Ponds, 2. Just off the bridge behind government house (watch out for passing bike riders) 3. Off the National Museum pier. All three will provide small to medium redfin on rods baited with garden worms. I’ve often taken friends and their kids to each of these places and never failed. If you head off to Wee Jasper etc you will still see Carp but the odds of catching anything for the little ones might drop.

Disinformation 12:36 pm 08 Nov 11

Redfin Perch can be found in most of the lakes around Canberra. They taste just fine and some think better than trout. They will take worms and even corn, but are better on lures like spinners.
For small children, carp are ideal introductions to fishing, but if you’d like to eat what you catch (and presuming you know how to fillet or prepare fish, then worms are your best option as they’ll catch a range of fish. No need to go above a size 10 hook either.
No license needed in the ACT, great access to water and plenty of options.

Caractacus Potts 12:34 pm 08 Nov 11

I have taken my kids of a similar age fishing under the bridge at Lake Ginniderra. Plenty of tasty redfin lurk next to the pylons, it’s close and shady. The only disadvantage is traffic noise, but as Bramina at #7 says, you won’t be there long…

dvaey 12:20 pm 08 Nov 11

Watson said :

2.0 said :

what are the ‘obvious reason’ you don’t want to catch carp?

they are great fun to catch, put up a good fight and you don’t have to go far.

Because ideally, we’d like to catch our dinner! And I am put off by the fact that you cannot throw them back.

Hang on, do you want dinner or do you want to throw it back? Do you know what sort of fish youre after for dinner? Do you prefer a river fish like trout or redfin or do you prefer a sea fish like flathead or snapper? Do you want to fish from a dirt bank, sand, boat, rocks, etc? You seem to have cast a rather large question but already have some ideas in your mind of what you want. Sometimes you may spend all day fishing and catch nothing, other times you might catch your bag limit in 15 minutes.

One thing to be mindful of, if youre fishing in NSW is ensure you have a fishing licence, they only cost a few dollars for a 3-day licence, and contribute to the fisheries. Getting caught fishing without a licence is a rather hefty fine. Also ensure you have a fish identification book or chart which tells you the legal size and type of fish you can keep. These books (and stickers, complete with ruler) are available for free at most tackle stores and maritime offices.

Spykler 12:19 pm 08 Nov 11

Watson said :

2.0 said :

what are the ‘obvious reason’ you don’t want to catch carp?

they are great fun to catch, put up a good fight and you don’t have to go far.

Because ideally, we’d like to catch our dinner! And I am put off by the fact that you cannot throw them back.

Perfect for dinner! stick them in a bathtub of tepid water for a week, let them get all the lake gunk out of their system, terminate, de-scale, and then spend the better part of 4 hours de-boning them.Delicious!!

qbngeek 12:11 pm 08 Nov 11

Watson said :

2.0 said :

what are the ‘obvious reason’ you don’t want to catch carp?

they are great fun to catch, put up a good fight and you don’t have to go far.

Because ideally, we’d like to catch our dinner! And I am put off by the fact that you cannot throw them back.

IS here a reason why you can’t eat carp? Are you Fishist?

I eat them regularly, just not from any of the man-made lakes in the ACT because I am scared of what might actually be in the water and been eaten by the Carp. However I still catch them in LBG and then dispose of the little bastards.

Bramina 12:08 pm 08 Nov 11

The most important thing here is that your daughter is 6. Firstly, she almost certainly won’t have the patience to sit around watching a line, and she will have no idea what is going on.

You could catch a carp, chuck it in the bin, and give her fish fingers for dinner.

But since you haven’t fished before, there’s a good chance you won’t catch anything.

If its not too far, consider going to the trout farm at Jindabyne. You will get a bite within seconds of throwing your line in, even if you don’t bait the hook. Your daughter will catch a fish, have a great time, and you get your dinner.

2.0 12:04 pm 08 Nov 11

Watson said :

2.0 said :

what are the ‘obvious reason’ you don’t want to catch carp?

they are great fun to catch, put up a good fight and you don’t have to go far.

Because ideally, we’d like to catch our dinner! And I am put off by the fact that you cannot throw them back.

In the ACT you are allowed to throw them back.

Holden Caulfield 12:01 pm 08 Nov 11

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

Watson 11:53 am 08 Nov 11

2.0 said :

what are the ‘obvious reason’ you don’t want to catch carp?

they are great fun to catch, put up a good fight and you don’t have to go far.

Because ideally, we’d like to catch our dinner! And I am put off by the fact that you cannot throw them back.

Thumper 11:39 am 08 Nov 11

2.0 said :

what are the ‘obvious reason’ you don’t want to catch carp?

they are great fun to catch, put up a good fight and you don’t have to go far.

Yep. If you just want to have some fun fishing then carp are the way to go. Easy to find well.

StenzOne 11:32 am 08 Nov 11

Go to any of the spots around Yarralumla Yacht Club, Yerrabi Ponds in Gungahlin or on the way out to Fyshwick, those carparks along Morshead Drive.

2.0 11:20 am 08 Nov 11

what are the ‘obvious reason’ you don’t want to catch carp?

they are great fun to catch, put up a good fight and you don’t have to go far.

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