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Message started by tadpole on Sep 25th, 2018 at 11:37pm

Title: Redfin bash, Murray River WA
Post by tadpole on Sep 25th, 2018 at 11:37pm
Took my son down to Scarp Pool near Dwellingup to throw a few spinners around this arvo and actually had a win for a change. Got a couple small redfin. Not big enough to make a feed, but with WA regulations saying we have to dispatch of every redfin caught, I've filleted and frozen them. Very tasty fish, I'm really looking forward to getting a couple more and having a feast
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Title: Re: Redfin bash, Murray River WA
Post by mikel on Sep 26th, 2018 at 8:33am
One of the best eating freshwater fish.
But don't try to scale em, near impossible.
Fillet then season with S&P, flesh side down on a hot plate for a couple of minutes, flip over for a couple more and tuck in. Overcook, turns to leather. :o
Up here in the cold country, they emulate their Northern hemisphere origins with plenty caught around 2kg. :)

Title: Re: Redfin bash, Murray River WA
Post by Derek on Sep 26th, 2018 at 8:47am
Only ever caught one decent Redfin and that was at a place not all that far from where Mikel lives called Beardy Waters.

We pulled into a free camp and I pulled out the rod and put on a trout spinner.  Second cast and a really decent fish.

Ate it within an hour of catching it with some steamed veggies and yep, was a very nice eating fish.
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Title: Re: Redfin bash, Murray River WA
Post by TBF on Sep 26th, 2018 at 9:37am
Never caught a redfin.
Must put that on my gotta do list.
I hear they are thick on the New England tablelands.  Is it east or west flowing rivers?

Title: Re: Redfin bash, Murray River WA
Post by tadpole on Sep 26th, 2018 at 9:57am
We've had heaps of rain over here so the rivers are all flowing pretty hard to the west. That's a hefty redfin there Derek. I haven't caught one that size since the 90s out of the Hotham River around Boddington

Title: Re: Redfin bash, Murray River WA
Post by Derek on Sep 26th, 2018 at 9:57am

TBF wrote on Sep 26th, 2018 at 9:37am:
Never caught a redfin.
Must put that on my gotta do list.
I hear they are thick on the New England tablelands.  Is it east or west flowing rivers?


That one of mine was beside the Heritage Park free camp at Beardy Waters about 7 klm north of Glen Inness.

Title: Re: Redfin bash, Murray River WA
Post by mikel on Sep 26th, 2018 at 10:56am
Aart...funny thing is here, smack on top of the Dividing range at 1100m., the river systems appear to cross over, with Eastern streams seemingly originating West of the range and vice-versa Western streams.

Eels, a true native, are never found in Western flowing streams, whilst redfin, an introduced species have never been sighted in streams flowing East off the range.

Travelling North from Armidale, road signs show the New England highway crossing over Macleay/Clarence catchments to the East and Barwon/Darling catchments to the West.

The region is a fisherman's paradise with Murray cod, golden perch, silver perch, trout, catfish and the aforementioned redfin in quality and quantity. :)
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Title: Re: Redfin bash, Murray River WA
Post by TBF on Sep 26th, 2018 at 12:11pm

mikel wrote on Sep 26th, 2018 at 10:56am:
Eels, a true native, are never found in Western flowing streams, whilst redfin, an introduced species have never been sighted in streams flowing East off the range.


Thanks Mikel

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