At the end of every season fishing on the Bassmaster Open circuit circuit in the U.S I’m lucky enough to be able to come back home to Australia for a few months and see my family and friends, work on getting support for the following season and try and sneak a few of my favorite fishing trips in between.
When I’m not doing 75mph in my Skeeter towards my chosen spot in a Bassmaster tournament, I want to be chasing Murray Cod in a remote location and exploring new water by foot or from a Hobie Kayak.
That’s where the passion for fishing really started for me and is still one of my favorite ways to fish today.
I was very fortunate this year. Having Hobie Fishing as one of my major sponsors, we were able to have access to two, decked out Hobie Pro angler 12s for our three day river trip in Western Queensland. Normally we would only be able to fish this river from a small boat or from the bank but having the Hobies allowed us to cover a huge part of the river and get into spots that would normally be unfishable from the bank or a boat.
I couldn’t believe the amount of gear we were able to take in them. It was like having all the luxuries of my Skeeter in a Kayak so nothing was held back we had spare rods enough tackle to sink a ship, water and food for 3 big days and everything in between.
We set up camp next to the river, loaded the Hobies and soon enough we were on the water and into some nice yellowbelly on the new Bassman Yellaman Series Spinnerbaits. These are a great Mid-size Spinnerbait that yellowbelly can’t resist. We were casting them in tight to the fallen trees and slow rolling them out.
After we had our yellowbelly fix we changed to large hard bodies and the big Bassman Codman DT Spinnerbaits. The Murray Cod didn’t seem to be playing the game to start with – only one small fish came over the side after a big afternoon effort.
On dark we decided to call it a day and get an early start back at them again in the morning. Using the sand wheels that attach quickly to the bottom allowed us to take the Hobies over shallow water and land into the next untouched waterholes.
Once we knew the fishing was going to be a little tough, we slowed right down and really hit the snags hard, sometimes casting at one log for up to half an hour. This proved to be the right technique as we started to hook some nice fish and the ever faithful Bassman DT started to rise above any other lure we were trying.
I got unlucky on a nice fish as I peppered a snag with a very large hard body after 25 minutes of repetitive casts I hooked a nice fish but before I could do anything about it the bib snapped off the lure and that’s all I had left on the end of my line.
Not long after I made a small mistake by only fishing 20lb leader as I would for Cod in the clear small water rivers, but here there is a good chance of an 80 plus pounder smashing your lure
Again after half an hour of casts with the black and blue Bassman DT at one snag I was on to another big Cod only for it to ram me back into its home and breaking my leader. It was a harsh lesson learned. The 60lb leader came out and I hoped just to have that opportunity again.
The further we took the Hobies upriver the better the fishing seemed to get as my two cousins Matty and Kyle started to land some nice fish. There was a double hookup on one small fish and another good one close to 30 pound. These fish came from the boys finding a snag laying in the middle of the river. After several casts, they were both on and Kyle’s hard work was rewarded with his biggest ever Murray cod.
Our last day was coming to an end as it was Christmas Eve and we wanted to be back home to be with our families for Christmas day. We headed back to the two holes where I had lost my two big Cod the day before as they were close together.
I had faith in the Bassman DT in the Boney Bream color so I stuck with it for a final Christmas Eve session. I found a nice laydown that stretched out into the deeper section of the river and I started to work the deep end of the snag sinking my Bassman down and slowly ticking it back and bang I was on. A nice 10 pound cod.
My heart skipped a beat when it first hit as I thought it was a real nice one but in my book any Murray cod is a nice one. With only an hour left to go we hit the final waterhole. Matty dug around in our huge Bassman selection and made a change to a black and red DT but instead of having the curl tail trailer it had the paddle tail style. This proved the difference and saw him smash two nice yellas and a good Cod all behind me, as I had all the best casts.
It just shows to always make adjustments in every way you can if they are not biting. This small change was giving the fish what they wanted rather than trying to force them to eat what you are casting.
We packed up camp loaded the Hobies and were heading home after another successful trip out west and one I look forward to every year.
Thank you to Hobie Fishing and Sunstate Hobie for providing us with the best kayaks around – it really made out trip, being able to have our hands free while we maneuvered the kayaks and cast from snag to snag and having the stability to stand up and cast made it one of the best fishing kayaks I’ve ever fished from. If you love any style of fishing, be sure to check the Hobie range out. I can’t wait for the next trip.
– Carl Jocumsen