Well it has finally happened. The water temperature has finally plummeted.
The water has dropped to a cold 12C. This has had an effect on the warmer water species making them much quieter. But it’s not all that bad as some of the cold water pocket rockets have turned up.
It has been a bit quiet but some good catches of southern sand flathead have been taken along the coast towards Badger Head. Kevin Shields of George Town had a trip after reading my last report. He was saying that he did have to pick through the flathead as some were undersized but at the end of the session he managed to land a few good keepers. Kevin also landed two nice gummy sharks while fishing for the flathead.
It’s been a bit quiet but the arrival of some snotty trevally (blue warehou) schools have razed up some local anglers. They have just started catching a few good ones near Garden Island and the odd one in Pipe Clay Bay. Hopefully numbers should increase during the coming weeks. There are still quite a few mackerel around the area.
Fishing is very similar to what it is here in George Town with a few snotties turning up. The best spots seem to be around Shag Rock and West and Middle arms. The most productive water depths seem to be around 10m. Mackerel and garfish have been making up snotty anglers’ by-catch. Those die hard flounder anglers who are braving the cold have been doing really well in the shallows at Beauty Point. The run-in tides on the moon are the most productive times to go.
It is a little bit out of my George Town area but it is one of my favourite fresh water fishing locations. Inland fisheries stock it every year with adult ex-brood rainbow trout and Atlantic salmon. The lake is one of the few waters that remain open to anglers all year around.
Fisheries have had their first liberation for the winter, releasing over 500 Atlantics up to 8kg. This will provide inland anglers some fantastic sport through the winter months. All methods are productive ways to catch the salmon and trout but as the lake is nearly 16km in length, and can be up to 50m deep in some spots, trolling tends to be the more popular method.
Trolling covers more area which in turn gives you a better chance of a hook up. Brightly coloured lures seem to work the best as the water is very tannin stained. Deep diving winged lures and soft plastics are worth a shot.
Lake |Barrington is a very picturesque spot with beautiful rain forests which run right down the steep banks to the lakes edge and water falls that run into the lake make it a nice spot to fish even if you don’t have any luck catching a fish.
Jack Sherriff with a 4.5kg Lake Barrington rainbow trout.Reads: 1492