The post Christmas period on Teewah Beach is always interesting to observe.
The seemingly endless traffic flow of all varieties of off-road vehicles and their methods of beach negotiation can keep the deck chair expert amused for hours. Boggings in particular are great entertainment for those not bogged and can be relived at length around the camp fire later on.
Fortunately at this time of year when a vehicle does get into trouble or is in a simple bog, there is always someone nearby with a snatch strap to help with a quick tow. However, when the vehicle has a large caravan attached and the tow vehicle is in soft sand, then it’s not a simple tow. And with the number of caravans that are now being towed along Teewah Beach, there is a fairly constant supply of not so simple tows being required of the good Samaritans out there who like to help in these situations.
Large numbers of people on the beach also means plenty of lines in the water and can often result in somebody finding something out of the usual. Species such as Spanish mackerel, cobia, yellowtail kingfish, GT, golden trevally and snub-nosed dart are occasionally taken from the beach during the Christmas holiday period and are well worth targeting.
Flesh baits of bonito, mullet, dart or pilchards used early morning, late afternoon or after dark in the deeper gutters are always in with a chance for Spaniards and cobia along with tailor and jew. Pipi and worm baits during the day will certainly work for the bread and butter species of whiting, dart, bream and tarwhine, but also have the potential for snubbies, jew and trevally.
Metal lures retrieved around baitfish, feeding fish, deeper corners of gutters and over coffee rock structure can find mackerel, queenfish, tarpon, tailor, kingfish and trevally. Keener anglers would adopt all approaches and tend to be the ones beaching the unusual captures.
Catches of late however, haven't been all that wonderful. Those anglers fishing long hours are taking home a few dart, the odd tailor, bream or whiting with flathead still in reasonable numbers. And for those not putting in the time, a feed is a somewhat rare commodity.
Several long term Teewah landowners who have fished the area for many decades are saying that they have never experienced such poor fishing here as this year. I don't doubt that this is most likely the case, but for me to fish here is now a once a month event, when it used to be every day.Reads: 1344