Flathead at Hen and Chicken Bay

Flathead at Hen and Chicken Bay

After a very successful first trip to Hen and Chicken Bay (read about it here), I decided to take advantage of the fact that fishing was still an allowed activity during the Coronavirus lockdown (as long as social distancing guidelines are followed), and headed out for a second session. Amazingly, the park was still relatively …

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Yellowfin Bream at Hen and Chicken Bay

Yellowfin Bream at Hen and Chicken Bay

On Saturday afternoon I was itching for a fish, but didn’t have the energy to load my kayak onto the roof. Instead I threw my fly rods into the ute and headed for Hen and Chicken Bay, to spend a quick hour or so wading the banks, in the hopes of picking up a few …

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A Dirty Manly Dam

A Dirty Manly Dam

On Saturday afternoon I made a sneaky dash for Manly Dam, eager to flick a fly for a few Aussie bass. After months of drought, Sydney had finally had a week of heavy rain, and I was interested to see the state of the dam. The water level was significantly higher than on my previous …

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Fly Fishing Middle Harbour on a Hobie Outback

Fly Fishing Middle Harbour on a Hobie Outback

After a few still water, bass outings, I decided it was time to take my kayak out onto the harbour in search of some larger saltwater fish. My plan was to spend the early hours looking for pelagics, specifically kingfish, in deeper water, and then to hunt a few bream or flathead if the going …

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A Rainy Weekend at Ocean Beach

A Rainy Weekend at Ocean Beach

Since it was granny’s last weekend in Australia, Kerry flew over from Perth and we headed away for a long weekend at Ocean Beach. Sadly the weather was not in our favour, and heavy rain was predicted for the majority of our stay. This was bittersweet, as the bushfires continued to ravage a drought-ridden Australia, …

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A Weekend in Budgewoi

A Weekend in Budgewoi

After a long and painful journey back from the USA, including a lost bag and a delayed flight, I was happy to climb into the ute and head north for long weekend at Budgewoi. We’d booked a deluxe cabin at Budgewoi Holiday Park, on the banks of Lake Munmorah, and were ready for a weekend …

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Fly Fishing Manly Dam – Take 2

Fly Fishing Manly Dam – Take 2

On a lazy Friday morning, I decided to take advantage of the fact that granny was staying with us, and took her and the girls down to Manly Dam, to show her one of my local fishing holes. It was the first time I’d tried to load my Hobie Outback onto the roof of my …

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Aussie Bass at Manly Dam

Aussie Bass at Manly Dam

After months of deliberation around which fishing platform would be best suited to my use cases, having considered multiple options from boats to float tubes and paddle kayaks, I bit the bullet and purchased a 2019 Hobie Outback. Surprisingly, even after I’d narrowed my choices down to the pedal kayaks, the decision was still far …

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