BACK COUNTRY BASS
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