Dams getting low
  |  First Published: July 2006

Tamworth area dams are getting very low because we haven’t had any rain for months and it is taking its toll on the water levels.

This makes it difficult for those out boating and to help, dam rangers and Waterways officers have been hard at it and putting out buoys to mark hazards like snags and small islands just under the surface.

Cori Abra, of Attunga, has been doing quite a bit of fishing off the banks of Split Rock and Keepit dams. Because the dams are so low we can now see snags appearing that we didn't even know about and Cori has been taking advantage of this opportunity and has been fishing new snags and drop-offs that have hardly been touched.

Early one Saturday Cori and a mate went for a drive to Keepit for a fish. He saw a spot on the bank that looked perfect and decided to set up his gear there just after dawn.

Cori told to me that he mostly likes to use lure but this day he had decided to give bait a whirl. He used a 15lb Fireline on a little flick stick, a 2/0 Mustad hook and a fat wood grub. He estimated the depth of the water to be 5m.

He flicked the grub out and let it slowly sink to the bottom and in no time was getting some good hits. He waited until he could feel some weight, then set the hook and after a strong fight, a great cod surfaced, bigger than he had caught before. He told me that once he saw it on the surface, his heart started racing and he just kept saying, ‘Stay on! Stay on!’

Cori’s fish was around 7kg, a good fish on a little spin stick, and he decided to keep it for a couple of feeds over the next week. The lads also managed to catch some smaller fish and released them.

I have been hearing a lot of stories in Dad’s shop at the moment from people about cod taking a liking to ultra-slow cranked lures that stay in the strike zone for the longest time possible, and just fished with the odd twitch. Good lures to try apparently are Strike Pros, Hydro Bugs and Down Under lures.

Cori Abra with the 7kg cod he caught at Keepit Dam on a wood grub.

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