Predator Prowl
  |  First Published: November 2010

November is my favourite time of the year. It traditionally marks the end of cold snaps and as the days get longer and hotter the water temps rise and the predators start moving.

The sun rises earlier and there is often a mist over the water as the sun breaks through lighting up our creeks and rivers; this is truly the best time of year to be on the water at day break.

I often get up a couple of hours before sun up so I can be slipping the boat in at my destination at first light. I usually get in a few hours before there are any other boats on the water disturbing the peace. Those first few hours can be very productive fishing surface lures.

I like to try both a popping lure and a sliding lure, by that I mean a lure that walks across the water surface rather than splashing in it, like a Zipping Ziggy or Tango Dancer. These lure are subtle and on a still morning in low light their quiet movement across the surface without too much noise will get those better quality fish to strike.

Baffle Creek

The mighty Baffle has had a good fresh running down it most of the year and this has seen the very upper reaches stay a little cooler and not fish as well as it could. This month the water temp will rise and the fish will move further upstream, fish like mangrove jack, barramundi, trevally and bream will all eat a well presented lure.

Fishing the incoming tide in the morning is my pick and concentrate on the smaller looking snags and shallow fast moving water. The upper reaches can be a bit daunting from the ferry up so the best thing to do is drop in at the crossing at low tide deploy your electric motor and start casting.

Using this method you will eventually find some active fish but you will also do a lot of casting. Even if you spend a whole day on the electric moving with the tide casting, you will still only cover a fraction of the potential fish holding areas in the upper reaches of this system. However, do pay attention to what your drifting over as there is rock everywhere in this waterway.

As far as lures go stick to what you have confidence in. You will usually fish better when you’re fishing with a lure you have belief in. I still fish my trusty Tilsan barra and I will cast it all day. It doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try anything else; fish make the rules and if they want a $30 Japanese lure that day then a $5 copy the next you will only find out by trying them both.

Spring Rains

Our wettest start to spring for a hundred years will probably have a bit of an effect on the fishing. Some of our creeks are still running pretty dirty and our dams are rising when they usually would be falling due to heavy irrigation.

The fresh will have an effect on the prawns, which in turn will effect whole systems that rely on a good prawn run. I cannot say whether we will get an extended or shorter prawn run because, as I said, this is not the norm for this time of year.

I guess it’s for the best as now all our dams are nearly full and the creeks have seen a good flush. I am sure this will have an impact later in the year as if we have a big storm season the ground is soaked so all that run of water will end up in flooding. So here’s hoping for a nice average rainfall for the next few months…

Kayak Caper

My Malibu kayak will be getting introduced to some prime jack country this month including the tops of some of our local creeks, as long as they have cleaned up a bit. These will include the Baffle, Burnett, Littabella and the Elliott creeks as these spots are prime for a kayak as they have limited access so don’t get fished by boats.

I should have some jack yak pics for you next month with a bit of luck and I am also planning on some back water barra dam stuff, you have just got to love Google Earth.

Enjoy your month chasing the big ones.

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