Afternoon delights
  |  First Published: February 2006

Over the past few weeks Summer has really hit Tamworth, with temperatures up to 40°, which makes the fishing side of things heat up as well.

The Murray cod have really started to fire up on the surface, which is the ultimate way of catching these beautiful fish.

Late in the afternoon is the best time. The fish seem to fire up as the sun goes down but I have also had a bit of luck in the early mornings.

These times are also great because it’s not too hot and it makes fishing much more comfortable when the temperature is around 26-degree mark.

With daylight saving it’s great to duck out for a quick fish and what better place to go than Chaffey Dam, only 25 minutes’ drive from my home.

One afternoon I hit up my Dad, Barry, to come and chase a few golden perch after he shut up shop. The boat was starting to get a few cobwebs on it so this was also a great reason to duck out!

We left home around 5.30pm and the boat was in the water by 6pm and we headed straight to one of my favourite spots near the dam wall.

Our weapons of choice were Strike Pro lipless crankbaits and within about 10minutes of casting Dad was on the first fish, a nice golden perch around 30cm.

We fished there for a bit longer and then decided to try a bit of trolling, unfortunately with no luck.

We went back to casting and I punched a nice cast towards the back of a small bay and my lure got absolutely smashed on the sink. It was another yellowbelly and after a few snapshots I let the fish go to fight another day.

By this time it was getting dark but we thought we might as well try a few more casts.

Dad landed another golden near some snags. He had to really stick it to the fish with his new Texalium rod and TiCA Sculptor reel which did their job on a nice 38cm yella. It's pretty rare for us to keep any fish but this one ended up on a plate and tasted fantastic.

Barry Stubbs caught this nice Chaffey Dam golden perch on a rattling lipless crankbait.

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