Jo with a cracking fly rod carp from Burrendong Dam during the Easter Classic.
Jo with a cracking fly rod carp from Burrendong Dam during the Easter Classic.

Hello again from the Starling’s nest! Our plan is to eventually make these blogs a monthly event, but at the moment we’re still catching up and getting into the groove, so this one actually covers what we’ve been up to in April and May!

April for Steve began at the Brisbane 4X4 Show, where he was part of the on-stage team representing “The Offroad Adventure Show”, on Networks TEN and ONE HD. It was a great expo with very good public attendance, despite the flooding rains that had hit Brissie and its surrounds a few days prior.

Starlo hooked up to a big carp on fly at Burrendong.
Starlo hooked up to a big carp on fly.

At Easter, we all travelled to Burrendong Dam near Wellington and Dubbo in central western NSW to be guests of honour at the annual Burrendong Fishing Classic. Run by Matt Hansen and his capable team, this wonderful event raises much-needed funds for habitat protection and restoration in the Macquarie River and other western flowing streams. Attendance this year smashed all previous records and, while the fishing was a bit slow, the weather was brilliant! We managed to sneak out and smack a few solid carp on fly and small redfin on lures between our on-stage presenting commitments.

"Got 'im!"
“Got ‘im!” Burrendong carp on fly.

After Burrendong, Jo headed for Darwin for a family catch up and a quick fish with fellow MadKeen team member, Aaron Walker, while Steve drove north with the boat in tow to Copeton Dam to compete in the inaugural Topwater Cod Classic organised by Joel “JJ” Edwards. This wonderful new event was taken out by none other than new MadKeen team member Glen “Stuie” Stewart and his son, Murray. This pair absolutely blitzed a highly competitive field, landing and releasing no less than 9 beautiful Murray cod on surface lures during the two on-water sessions.

Soon after his Copeton experience, Steve was headed south to hook up with Cameron McGregor of River Escapes and do some filming for “The Offroad Adventure Show”. (We’re also very pleased and proud to announce that MadKeen are now on board as a sponsor of Starlo’s fishing segments on this years series, which will hit our screens in October!) Without letting too many cats out of the bag before the show goes to air, the guys caught some lovely trout and a few small Murray cod, all in amazing surroundings.

Jo in her kayak chasing bream for the camera during an Offroad Adventure Show shoot.
Jo in her kayak chasing bream for the camera during an Offroad Adventure Show shoot.

Filming for the show continued back on the coast after these inland activities and, amongst other things, Jo fronted a great segment about fishing from her Native Watercraft Kayak, culminating with the capture of a couple of lovely bream on light gear. (By the way, Steve has now released a terrific little video he shot and edited single-handed about chasing big, blue-nosed bream on fly gear. If you’d like to have a look, click here.)

Jo produces the goods for the TV cameras!
Jo produces the goods for the TV cameras!

Steve then squeezed in a quick trip to the Eucumbene River west of Adaminaby in the Snowy Mountains to chase spawn-run brown trout on ultra-light tackle. Despite very low river levels and tough fishing, Starlo was able to crack a pattern and land an extraordinary amount of trout in two days. All except two (one each day) were carefully released to do their their thing.

Starlo with a Eucumbene trout.
Starlo with a fat, fit Eucumbene trout.

May was rounded out with some more filming for The Offroad Adventure Show, this time on Sydney’s delightful Hawkesbury River and, as the month drew to a close, Jo was busily preparing for her own assault (with a couple of girlfriends) on the trout of the Eucumbene River… we’ll let you know how she fared in the next blog!

Until then, Tight Lines, stay MadKeen, and remember that you can keep up with us on Facebook, Instagram and via Steve’s dedicated blogsite at www.starlofishing.com  Meanwhile, here (below) are some more images from our April and May… enjoy!

It was a bit chilly at Eucumbene in May!
Frozen whiskers… Apparently it was a bit chilly at Eucumbene in May!
Murray and Glen Stewart blitzed the inaugural Topwater Cod Classic... Nice shirt and cap, Glen!
Murray and Glen Stewart blitzed the inaugural Topwater Cod Classic… Nice shirt and cap, Glen!
Jo, Aaron and co' on the Daly River, NT.
Tough day at the office… Jo, Aaron and co’ on the Daly River, NT.
Offroad Adventure Show cameraman, Shaun Walker, catching the action.
Offroad Adventure Show cameraman, Shaun Walker, catching all the action.
British rock legend and lead guitarist from The Music of Cream, Will Johns, sports one of Starlo's SFF caps and a big Perth red... I guess with Eric Clapton as your uncle it's almost inevitable you'll end up being a gun guitarist!
British rock legend and lead guitarist from The Music of Cream, Will Johns, sports one of Starlo’s SFF caps and a big Perth red… I guess with Eric Clapton as your uncle it’s almost inevitable you’ll end up being a gun guitarist! Steve & Jo caught up with Will at the band’s Sydney gig.
If you're interested in chasing bream on fly, make sure you watch Starlo's video here!
If you’re interested in chasing bream on fly, make sure you watch Starlo’s video here!
KEEPING UP WITH THE STARLINGS: APRIL/MAY 2017
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