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  1. steveb

    Australian Carping.

    Just as a bit of an update, here are a few of my better fish since my original post. It's been tough lately because we've been in the depths of Winter but as you all know if you get it right you can still pull a few. Can't wait for some warm Spring days. Anyway here is a 28.6, and a 32.13, and another by-catch Cod. Keep up the good work guys, love the site. I check in every couple of days, it really inspires me reading some reports on here at times.
  2. steveb

    Australian Carping.

    Andrew I don't believe Carp a really killing off any species as such, but Carp are an introduced fish that breeds well and is displacing native fish (as Carp make up approximately 70-90% of the total fish biomass in the South East of the Country). They could be said to out compete other species, but I think Carp are now probably the major prey item for the Cod also. The real problem is that most of our native fishes can no longer successfully reproduce in most of their former range. Most native fish are river species that require very specific conditions to breed, now that a lot of the rivers are dammed or highly regulated this effects there spawning greatly. A lot of native species are vulnerable or endangered anf rely on stocking to sustain the fishery, but I believe if Carp were gone tomorrow this would not address the cause of their decline. The habitat has changed a lot due to human intervention and as I mentioned the native fishes are not well adapted to this. Carp are well suited to the changes humans have made to our waterways, and are thriving as a result. It's a very emotive subject over here, and there is a lot of misinformation going on. Many people will tell you that carp are eating the river banks and eroding them causing the rivers to become shallow and the trees to fall in, but the speed boats that fly up and down the river creating constant 2ft high waves have nothing much to do with it of course. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions.
  3. steveb

    Australian Carping.

    Caught this 32lb 13oz beast on the weekend, pretty happy considering it's Winter here now.
  4. steveb

    Australian Carping.

    There are some big Carp around Sydney, I don't want to give away too much on a public forum but let me know next time you are coming out and I will try to give you some information. The ponds in Centennial Park in Sydney have produced Carp to 24kg (53lb). Fishing is not allowed unless you register and fish in their fishing program, you have to register in advance, I believe they do tuesday afternoons. They have fairly restrictive rules, but it's still a good day out. Probably a great idea being a tourist with limited gear and time. At the very least take a few loaves of bread and some polarized glasses and go have a look, some really big ones in there and it's only a short walk from the city.I live about 3 hours away from Sydney, but I've done a few days there with the guy who manages the fishing program, here is one of the better fish I had out of there. You would have to travel further out of Sydney for Cod as they aren't found around Sydney, they're mostly in the western flowing rivers and dams over the dividing range. Australian Bass are found in the coastal systems near Sydney though, they are the most popular freshwater fish in Sydney. This isn't a large one, but you get the idea. I think any of your Largemouth Bass tactics would probably work, perhaps scaled down a little. , Cheers Steve
  5. steveb

    Australian Carping.

    Hi Guys First off I would like to say I love the forum, I have been reading for years, especially love the exploits of the Ol Captain and his merry band of followers, there was also a young guy that was doing a blog style post for quite a while... can't remember his name now (Zac? maybe, not sure) but it was great to follow. I thought this might be a good place to put my first post, just to give you a little bit of information on the Carping Scene over here. The attitude towards Carp here is negative in the extreme. Carp have been blamed or implicated in a lot of degradation to our waterways, they have been an easy scapegoat for waterway mismanagement. The general public are fairly misinformed and anything perceived as supporitng carp in the public domain tends to draw a lot negative comments (hopefully they don't follow me here). I can understand that people are upset that the native fish have declined and Carp are filling the void, but Carp are a symptom not the cause. There is a lot of anti carp propaganda that has been pushed for years and it's impossible to see it ever changing, but who knows. The Government have been working on Genetically modified Carp that only produce male offspring, and also testing KHV for release into our waters as control measures. One State that is fairly famous for its introduced trout, has spent over $7 million trying to eradicate carp from one lake. Some States have massive fines for releasing a carp back to where it was caught in the first place, I've been told it's a fairly big fine, but it's hard to prove when the evidence is out there somewhere swimming around, luckily I don't live in one of these States. Anyway it's not all doom and gloom, there are some great Carping opportunties over here, massive waterways that have been largely unexplored by session Carpers. All you need is a licence that is about $25 and alway you go. The scene down here is fairly small, but needless to say is a bit of an underground sort of thing. We tend not to advertise locations or tactics too much as there are a lot of people out there trying to destroy them, we just go about our business not attracting too much attention. Basically all our gear has to be imported, however there are a couple of local dealers you can go through. I've heard of rumours of 50lb fish over here from private waters, and electrofished, but the biggest caught by a Carp angler I've seen is 43lb. Here are a few of my better fish, ranging from upper 20s to low 30s I also get a bit of by-catch of Murray Cod which is one of most highly regarded sportfish over here. This is what the majority of freshwater anglers in the southern States want to catch, they can grow to about 200lb, but are rarely seen at half that size. They are a hard hitting ambush predator and people fish for them with extra large spinnerbaits with quad colorado blades. They don't mind doing a bit of foraging every now and then, and thats when they pick up Carp baits. It's always good to have a bit of variety for a surprise if nothing else but they can make short work of light hooklengths. According to the mainstream view Carp need to be destroyed to promote this fish, but from what I can see they live side by side fairly well. Anyway, keep up the good work, love reading your forum. if you have any questions feel free to ask. Cheers Steve