Upcoming & Past Weekends

Clayfield College Father & Daughter Fishing & Adventure Weekend 2017 Review

After seven years of fishing Maroon and Moogerah Dams, it was great to recently return with a group to Hinze Dam. Hinze is certainly picturesque and located at Nerang on the Gold Coast, it’s just an hour’s drive from Brisbane. Hinze Dam is now also included in the stocked impoundment permit scheme, so purchasing a permit is much easier than it used to be. Hinze is also an electric motor only dam, making it a very peaceful dam to fish.

The group involved in Sports Tuition’s fishing weekend program was from Clayfield College, an elite Brisbane school. This particular weekend was a Father & Daughter get-a-way. The ultimate objective of the weekend is to catch fish for dinner, but at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if you catch a fish or not with these types of weekends. Spending quality time in a beautiful setting with a family member is priceless; for both father and daughter. However, this group managed to catch plenty of fish. The catch comprised of all Australian bass. The best fish measured 51cm, and there was also a 50cm specimen landed. There were also some big ones that got away. Maybe they were Saratoga? It’s hard to know when you’re fishing around snags, but a few proved to be too good on the day. It makes for some exciting fishing though.

The group ventured out from the Western boat ramp, which puts the angler in prime fishing territory straight away. The group didn’t venture far before they started landing quality fish. Working the points of the inlets and around Ian’s Island produced the goods.

The group managed to catch enough fish for their dinner, so once the dinner quota was reached, it was all catch and release. Back at the campsite, it was time for the girls to peel all the potatoes and for the dads to chop them up into chips. The next job for the girls was to breadcrumb all the fillets. Dinner definitely tastes better when everyone’s involved.

The weekend also saw the group involved in canoeing the upper reaches of the dam as well as firing some arrows in the archery range.

Special thanks to Wayne Cross from Clayfield College for coordinating the weekend. I’m looking forward to the father and son group next month.

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