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Superb fun on all rivers
  |  First Published: February 2008



Plenty of new fishing goodies were under the Christmas tree, courtesy of the fat man in the red suit, bless his whiskery chin. The kids had a ripper my daughter receiving her first tackle box and that was a hit. The young bloke was very happy with several new lures and other fishing paraphernalia and now all we need is a chance to get out on the water and put some of this new gear to use.

The fishing so far this season has been superb. All the rivers are fishing well with lures and bait. Spinnerbaits, Mumblers and bibless crankbaits are doing the damage on Murray cod and golden perch while those fishing baits have found yabbies, grubs and worms most productive.

The Murrumbidgee, Wakool and Edward rivers are all producing fish, as are most sections of the Murray from Swan Hill right through to Wentworth and beyond.

No one spot seems to be fishing better with reports of large cod and good bags coming from all around.

The biggest problem with catching a fish is finding the time to go fishing. Be aware that most sections of pool water host the majority of water skiers over the Summer so keep this in mind when you choose a destination.

If there were one complaint with our rivers at present besides the obvious lack of water, it would have to be the inconsistency in size limits pertaining to Murray cod.

It seems bloody stupid not to have a uniform size and bag limit on these fish. In Victoria, the minimum size limit for Murray cod is 50cm; in NSW it’s 55cm and South Australia has just changed to a 60cm minimum.

This is not only confusing but it allows those with an underhanded nature the opportunity to flaunt the regulations close to these borders.

It’s already happening in places like Swan Hill where a minority of shifty critters are taking Murray cod of 50cm out of the Murray River and claiming they were caught close by in the Little Murray, classified as Victorian waters.

If there were a uniform size limit on these fish, it would put this type of underhanded behaviour to rest. Why is it that simple things are made so complicated by morons? Who hands these jobs out and may I please have one?

FISHO FURNISHINGS

If you’re anything like me, when it comes to fishing equipment then you’ll no doubt understand the moral dilemmas faced on where your rods and reels should best be stored.

Often worth a small fortune, it seems only logical that such expensive and highly prized possessions be stored under the safety of one’s own roof. This, of course, is all well and good from a male perspective but when it comes to She Who Should Be Obeyed, fishing equipment does not rate as furniture.

Most often, prized rods and reels valued at more than $1000 are banished to the back shed where spiders use them as fastening points to spin their webs. Meanwhile, a $50 vase takes pride of place centre table for the entire world to see, with not a spider in sight.

Logic would say that a vase worth fifty bucks used to hold flowers is far less important than a grand’s worth of fishing combo that has become the cornerstone of a spider’s house.

But logic is often lost in such gender-related matters and to find common ground we need to go down the road of mediation.

Enter Mark Kingston. Mark’s mediating skills are 25 years in practice and are projected through his work as a cabinetmaker.

Fraught with the same problem, Mark sought common ground through a range of finely crafted pieces of fishing furniture used to hold rods, reels and tackle.

He has developed four different models each holding up to 10 rods. Two models come with a built-in reel and tackle cupboard on the end of the unit.

Depending on what species of fish takes your preference, each piece can be engraved with a Murray cod, snapper, tuna or a trout.

Such a simple idea has bought bliss into many households and adds new meaning to the words furniture king. Everybody’s happy, the lovely wife gets some new furniture, the man of the house has a spot indoors to store his beloved fishing gear and the only ones missing out are the spiders.

I wonder if they’d mind living in that vase that used to take pride of place before the real furniture arrived! For your fishing furniture mediation, visit www.fishingxfurniture.com.au . or contact Mark on 03 9727 3269.

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Gus Storer with a typical Murray river Golden – and there are plenty for everyone at the moment.

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Fishing furniture means the rods can now live indoors, rather than create spider furniture in the shed.

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