BACK COUN­TRY BASS

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There are few bet­ter ways to chase Aus­tralian bass than by ca­noe, cruis­ing down rapids from pool to pool and throw­ing a line in along the way.

Fa­mous for its white­wa­ter raft­ing and 50-cen­time­tre-plus bass, the Nym­boida is one of my favourite rivers. It snakes its way through the Great Di­vid­ing Range in north­ern NSW and with rugged coun­try on ei­ther side, it’s near im­pos­si­ble to ac­cess for all but the most ad­ven­tur­ous an­gler.

The lo­gis­tics of get­ting there aren’t easy but in Jack­adgery, the Mann River Car­a­van Park (man­nriver.com.au) takes care of that for you. It rents out ca­noes and runs an in­valu­able pick-up and drop-off ser­vice.

NOW CATCH ONE!

Even in re­mote, rel­a­tively un­touched wa­ters, bass can be chal­leng­ing. Don’t ex­pect to hook up on every cast; in­stead, be pre­pared to work for them. Small sur­face lures such as Halco Roosta pop­pers are best dur­ing the warmer months, while soft plas­tic or hard­bod­ied lures are pre­ferred as the tem­per­a­ture cools. Light bait­caster out­fits and ac­cu­rate cast­ing are es­sen­tial to get your lures tight in against the snags or un­der the over­hang­ing trees where the bass lie in wait.

(From top) Writer Al McGlashan with a mighty Mur­ray cod; a bass about to be re­leased

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