Rather than going south straight away I traveled north to Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast to stay a few nights so that I could participate in the Ewan Maddock Dam Fish Stockers Challenge organised by Ewan Maddock Fish Management inc This event was in its second year and I have been keen to attend as I missed the inaugural event last year. It was a well organised event held over two days with camping right beside the Dam. I did not fish the dam that well but I did enjoy myself and I will be back next year.
After leaving Caloundra we made our way south with the intention of staying at Nambucca Heads south of Coffs Harbour for five nights, along the way we had a couple of one night stay overs to cut down the travelling time on the road to make it feel more like a relaxing holiday. The first stop was Brunswick Heads, and the second was Yamba. Both of these stops I did not do any fishing, just set aside some time to spend with my wife to explore the towns, the rivers and the beaches and the tackle shops in the area,
After a couple days on the road we arrived at Nambucca Heads, this place is a favorite of mine as my parents used to holiday here when I was a child, I have fond memories of fishing in the river in a small tinny with my father. Straight away when I pulled into the caravan park I asked some campers what the fishing had been like, their response was poor, not what I was looking for. Anyway I was not discouraged thought this would be a challenge and set the van up for the days there.
I fished a few days in a row at Nambucca Heads and yes I did find it extremely difficult to catch fish, mainly as the water was so clear. Sometimes I thought I was on a pacific island with the colours of the water and I could see the bottom in thirty feet of water, By the end of my time there, I was catching most of the fish by throwing popper style lures very close to man made structures, oyster leases, jetty's, pontoons and the like,
Soon we moved onto Forster Toncurry, this is two towns opposite each other on a river joined by a bridge. In my opinion Forster is way better and this was reflected in the amounts of people staying here. Plus it has a huge reputation as one of the better places to fish along the NSW coast with Kayak Fishers, well especially when targeting bream on lures. Foster proved difficult to fish as well, I was amazed at the current and the size of the tides. I managed to catch up with Roberta Pearce who is one of Australia's best female kayak fisher, Thanks to Roberta I did learn how to catch fish in the many Oyster racks there, but I had little success. I give it to Roberta she certainly is an excellent fisher on all levels.
There was a bit of rain while we were there so we had a few drives around checking out areas further south, its amazing just how beautiful these parts are. Lots of untouched rugged coastline with no development. In the end we stayed nine days here and it was time to go home. It was not a trip of many fish but more a trip of discovery and I will definitely be back there soon for some more fishing.
There are lots of pictures below, I'm still to caption some. but time to take a look.