Paddle out for a trout
  |  First Published: June 2006

With June long weekend fast approaching, many anglers around Tamworth have been targeting rainbow trout with considerable success.

The weekend marks the end of the trout season but the cooler weather has really brought them on the bite.

Dad has been relaying to me to heaps of great stories from customers of his shop, North West Fishing Tackle and Archery Supplies, and these motivated me to get out my kayak and hit the water.

We headed about half an hour from town to a little impoundment called Sheeba Dam, near Nundle.

Sheeba is a prefect spot for camping and picnicking and a perfect location to launch the kayak and go for a paddle. I’d heard a heap of stories about stacks of just undersize trout being caught there which gave me an even better reason to go.

Even though the nights have been cooling off a bit, the days here have still been ideal to head for a paddle in my stable Koastal Kayak. I took a light spin stick and a handful of hard-bodied lures and headed out.

Because the dam isn't too deep, I mostly just trolled my lures at about a metre depth.

I had a very relaxing day paddling around, soaking up the warm sun and catching plenty of fish. Although I didn't catch anything to write home about, I certainly had excellent fun catching and releasing about a dozen just undersize rainbow trout and a couple of legals.

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