LBG update

Lake Burley Griffin is looking great at the moment - good water clarity, surface temp has reached 20 degrees, and the yella's are on the move!

We'll be commencing tours from 1st December - get in touch via, or give me a call on 0421 368 567 if you'd like to find out more. 

Tight lines,

Brett Richards

National Capital Sport Fishing


National Gone Fishing Day!

Hope you have a chance to get out on the water and enjoy National Gone Fishing Day!

Water temps on Lake Burley Griffin generally 17-18 degrees, and 19 up the Molonglo. Ryan and I had an enjoyable little session yesterday afternoon on LBG with Fishing World writer Ben Caddaye on some reddies, and Ben scoring a nice little Golden on a lipless crank bait. 

Burley Griffin Update

Surface water temp on Lake Burley Griffin ran from 16.5 to 18.3 degrees on Saturday afternoon, so things are warming up nicely. I understand that there were some golden's on the bait schools in deeper water early on Saturday morning; we picked up the fish in the video on a hard body in five metres during an afternoon session. 

If you watch the clip you might get some insight as to just how much my son Ryan loves fishing ;-)

Tight lines,

Brett Richards

National Capital Sport Fishing


PFIGA engagement in the National Carp Control Plan

I participated in an interview today conducted by University of Canberra researchers as part of the research and stakeholder engagement being undertaken in developing the National Carp Control Plan (NCCP).

The interview covered a range of topics, and I was asked to provide my views on the effects of carp on Australia’s waterways, the potential positive and negative impacts of different carp control measures, and the types of information that I thought were important to be shared about the NCCP as it’s developed.

I think there’s little doubt that removing carp from our waterways could deliver an enormous benefit to the ecology of our waterways and particularly for anyone who enjoys catching our inland native fish on a rod and reel.

I also think that there’s little doubt that this will be an incredibly complex project with some unique challenges and risks that will need to be considered and addressed if it’s to produce the potential outcomes. What’s really pleasing at this stage is the level of active engagement that the project is undertaking with bodies like PFIGA and rec fishers generally – great work NCCP!

Link to the NCCP web page follows:

Tight lines,

Brett Richards

Lowrance HDS 9 Gen 3 Software Upgrade

Lowrance have just dropped a software upgrade (V 5.0) for the HDS 9 Gen 3 that I'm currently running on the boat. The upgrade has a number of features; the one that I'm keen to put to use is the Heat Map function (refer screen shot below).

Looks like it offers an overlay allowing you to monitor trends in water temperature, based on where the boat has traveled - that's going to be a really convenient way to keep an eye on water temp as you move between bays, wind blown edges, etc.


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Appointed as president of PFIGA

Feeling very honoured today to be taking on the role of President of the Professional Fishing Instructors and Guides Association of Australia (PFIGA). I've been a member of PFIGA for two years now, and taking the helm from past President Steve Williamson is pretty daunting after all the great things Steve has achieved over the years! 

Thanks also to outgoing Secretary Melanie Nash for her tireless work for PFIGA, and a warm welcome to Wayne Cooke, incoming Secretary, and to Mick Pottage as our Recruitment Officer.

If you're looking for a fishing guide somewhere in Australia, check to see if they're a PFIGA member, or check out the link below.


Brett Richards

ACT Government closing access to southern end of Googong Dam?

Very good interview by ABC Radio's Adam Shirley on what the ACT Government are planning in relation to limiting access to the southern end of Googong Dam...very non committal in providing any assurance that access to the southern end will not be closed off into the future.

Listen to the interview from the 1:02:00 mark at the following link: