Happy Australia Day from Kim Bain-Moore!
Hi everyone – as promised here is a small collection of fun and interesting facts about Australia, along with some information about of the fish I like to catch alongside my family in Oz. I hope you enjoy… HAPPY AUSTRALIA DAY to all my E-Nation mates & don’t forget if you have any questions, be sure to post!!!
TRAVEL TIME TO AUSTRALIA: A flight to Brisbane, Australia is approximately 13 hours from Los Angeles. You can fly through a number of destinations to break up the trip – Hawaii, Fiji, New Zealand just to name a few.
POPULATION: Around 22-23 million. The population in my hometown of Brisbane is approximately 2 million.
Did you know?
* Australia is the world’s smallest continent and the sixth largest country in the world.
* Australia is approximately about the same size as the combined 48 mainland states of the USA, but has the lowest population density in the world.
* Australia has 21,262 miles of coastline
* The Australian states and territories include: Australian Capital Territory (ACT), New South Wales (NSW), Queensland (QLD), South Australia (SA), Western Australia (WA), Tasmania (TAS) and the Northern Territory (NT).
* Australia is located in the southern hemisphere so interestingly our seasons are opposite. So instead of a white Christmas – we have an extremely hot and humid one.
* Australia is approximately 18 hours ahead of Los Angeles, USA. So technically when I call home, it’s essentially tomorrow : )
This was really hard to narrow down. If it were up to me I’d list the whole dictionary – but here of some of my favorite words and expressions. From time to time, I may add a new one : )
Tucker – food
G’day – good day (hello)
No worries – No problems
Arvo – afternoon
Digger – soldier
Fairy Floss – Cotton Candy
Give it a burl – to have a go
Hooroo : Good Bye
Mate : friend
Postie : mailman
Ridgy-Didge – Original genuine
Thongs : rubber flip flops (not underwear!)
Yewy : A u-turn (“I need to chuck a Yewy”)
Yakka : work, hard yakka (hard work)
Trackie dacs : tracksuit pants
She’ll be right : It’ll work out
Rellie or relo : relative
Rip Snorter: great, awesome
Bloody oath – that’s certainly true
Fair dinkum – true, genuine
Loo – toilet
True Blue – patriotic
THE BEST MOVIE EVER: Crocodile Dundee of course! How could you forget the ol’ “That’s not a knife line?”! CLASSIC!
SOME AUSSIE FISH!
Australian Bass: In Oz, we don’t have North American strains of bass (largemouth, smallmouth or spotted bass), we have what is known as an Australian Bass, which is similar to a white bass. While Australian bass naturally occur in our freshwater rivers (where they’re only able to spawn in the brackish waters) in the southeastern part of Australia, they are continually stocked into our impoundments/lakes (as they don’t breed in the man-made lakes). While the Australian bass do not jump, they are exceptionally tough fighters. Many of the techniques you would use on spotted bass and smallmouth are very effective on Australian bass. Spinnerbaits, topwaters, crankbaits, vibration baits, small jigs, t-tailed Slider grubs on jigheads and ice jigs are all great choices. Watch out for their sharp spikes and razor sharp gill plates!
Barramundi: Ahhh, Barramundi! My favorite! These tropical dwelling fish are ridiculously powerful (with their oversized paddle tail) and acrobatic shows. They love structure and boy, do they now how to get back into it – especially with their bulk! With a bucket mouth (almost big enough to stick your head in), these worthy opponents can inhale just about any lure you throw at them. Anglers chasing barramundi regularly opt for braided lines of 30-60lb, fluorocarbon leaders of 40-60lbs and locked down drags on baitcasters! Trebles and split rings also require upgrades – with anglers using 4X trebles and 4H split rings. Interestingly, barramundi can live in freshwater and saltwater environments which enables anglers the opportunity to target them in the saltwater estuaries of the northern part of Australia as well as the freshwater land locked lagoons and lakes (where they have been stocked). Ranging in size from manageable to ‘nearly pull you out of the boat’ big – barra are not for the faint at heart! Imagine throwing a walkbait beside a laydown, as you fall into a trance with the gentle cadence of the lure’s action – out of the water erupts a 50-60lb barra making a sound like a car backfiring and all of a sudden your lure disappears into a hole big enough for a VW to disappear! OH YEAH! That’s barra fish and I’ve been completely enamored with them ever since I caught my first one with my dad. Jerkbaits, swimbaits and topwaters are dynamite on barra. I think the closest native species in the USA is if you crossed a snook and tarpon together! If you visit Australia – this fish should be on your wish list! My largest barra to date is a night-time lure caught 55lb model – I still dream about that fish jumping in the moonlight!
Bream: Bream are a popular saltwater estuary fish in Australia. They love structure, often schooling around mangroves, manmade structures like docks, oyster beds & reef (they have ‘peg’ shaped teeth which they use to annihilate oyster shells and nibble on reef), as well as shallow sand flats (which is super challenging and fun – it’s almost identical to bone fishing!). Bream are most fun when targeted with artificials including small soft plastic grubs, small topwaters (like poppers, walkbaits & wakebaits) and small crankbaits. Bream are extremely predatory and are tough fighters (knowing just how to break you off in the gnarliest of structure). I grew up catching these guys and just love them! They’re really good to eat too – especially bakes whole! YUM!
Flathead: Flathead or “lizards” as they’re affectionately known are a really popular species to chase in the saltwater estuaries of Australia. With a unique mottled pattern and both eyes of the top of their head, Flathead behave much liked a flounder. My dad and I would target flathead on the shallow sand and mud flats of our local estuaries primarily using small crankbaits (the Rebel crawfish is dynamite) and soft plastics.
Murray Cod: Murray Cod is the Australian species that most resembles a largemouth due to their colorings and big mouth. This freshwater species is a highly prized Aussie icon (strong catch and release ethic is practiced) – found in the rivers and impoundments of the eastern side of Australia. They love structure and can grow to huge sizes, capable of growing over 3’ and 100lbs. What is really interesting about these cod is that sometimes these huge fish can come from the smallest little creeks/streams. It’s truly amazing. Some of my best fishing trips have involved floating along in a canoe and casting the bank side willows or even just walking the bank pitching crankbaits, spinnerbaits & topwaters to the various laydowns, shadowy pockets and undercut banks.