Upcoming & Past Weekends

Clayfield College Father & Daughter Fishing & Adventure Weekend 2016 Review

Sports Tuition hosted a group of 45 fathers and daughters from Clayfield College for a weekend of adventure on 27-28 February 2016. The group fished from tinnies powered by electric motors, using live shrimp as bait, but they also went canoeing, participated in archery, and had some fun with the sugar glider and flying fox courtesy of Camp Kokoda. 

The first day of the Clayfield Father & Daughter weekend was blowing a gale. And when it comes to wind, freshwater fishing is not too different to the salt. If it’s really blowing, you’ll struggle to land large quantities of fish. Over the years, I’ve found wind is definitely the element that can shut down a freshwater impoundment. 

The best option in windy conditions at Maroon is to stick to the far upper reaches around the timber area. This region is the most protected. Unfortunately, not totally protected. It was still tough going during the Clayfield weekend. The group ended up catching 10 good size bass during the day, with a lot of smaller bass and spangled perch, but nonetheless, it kept the girls excited.

However, it is amazing what a difference a day makes and on the Sunday we were greeted with much better conditions with the wind really dropping off. Fishing in similar areas resulted in much better catches, both in quality and quantity. 

The program also provided the opportunity to teach the fathers how to fillet a fish, which was followed by the girls breadcrumbing the fillets. So fish were kept for Saturday night’s dinner. The Sunday morning session saw the group employ catch and release tactics. The group got to taste what Australian bass is like to eat. So often you hear people who say that freshwater fish are muddy, but I can tell you they aren’t at Maroon. The water is pristine and the flesh of the fish is white and clean. Children actually love the flavour. It’s not an over-empowering fish taste. We never get any complaints, mainly just surprised people who never thought bass would taste as good.