Di & Terry's Winter Holiday 2012/14 travel blog

Lightning Ridge camp

Old LR opal miners home

The BIG Emu

3 fisher persons on the bank of the Barwon River

The "River"

When the stubby holder becomes the Rod Holder

The "Carp Fishers"

What a campfire

Dinner is nearly served


And the next night

At the weigh-in

Out the Back O' Bourke, a "Fishing Reserve"

Tonights Lamb Roast

Have been without internet for the last few days, hence the late post.

I don't want to get ahead of myself, so back to Lightning Ridge.

We did play bowls in LR. Harry managed to skipper a team to runner-up, while Diane played in the winning team.

We left LR heading for a place on the Barwon River that Harry thought might be a good place to have a fish.

We arrived in Brewarrina around lunch time and went to the info centre, where we found out that there was a fishing tournament on Frid, Sat & Sun.

10 minutes later we were all signed up with a set of rules and away we went. Out to a place called the 4 mile campground. Pulled up by the riverside and by 2.00pm the lines were in the water.

Longest Cod, $1,000. R/up, $200. Longest Yellow Belly, $1,000. R/up, $200.

They gave you a tag and a measure and you had to photograph the catch (these fish were catch and release) and take it in between 5.00pm & 6.00pm on Frid & Sat, and between 12pm & 3.00pm on Sun.

Presentations were at 4.00pm.

All the Carp that you caught had to be taken in to the local RSL club to be weighed and scanned (there were some tagged fish released that were worth $500 ea) and mystery weights that had prizes as well.

The fish (Carp) were then disposed of.

A great way for a small town to try and keep the numbers of Carp down in their river.

There were 413 registered competitors at $5 each. On the Sat there were 500 odd Carp bought in for weighing and I really don't know how many were bought in on Sun.

We happened to sit next to the chap who caught the longest Cod. He nearly wasn't going to bother because the min length is 600mm and his was 601mm. But he won!!

Probably the only legal size caught. He was fishing about 30kms South of where we were.

The 2 Yellow Belly prizes went to the same guy.

We won nothing. Or I should say that Harry and Ann didn't win anything.

I caught zilch as did Diane. Lost a lot of rigs on the snags.

A visit to the tackle shop is high on the list.

So 3 nights camping out in the bush alongside the river with a nice big fire, a few beers, wine, champagne and Baileys - you can't get much better than that.

So who would have thought that a quick stop for a fish would lead to that.

Packed up this morning and moved on to Bourke, where we checked into the Kidman Campground

to have a good cleanup and a long hot shower.

We did win a leg of lamb at the RSL and that is in the Turbo-Cooker at the moment.

Roast lamb and vegies tonight.

Harry just called out beer'o clock, so I'm off.

Catch up with you again soon.

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