The best laid plans
  |  First Published: November 2014

You start to notice it gradually. It’s getting lighter earlier, it’s slowly getting warmer and that lovely sound of the birds chirping at daybreak just seems to be that much louder. Bugs start appearing on the surface of the river, the bat colonies seem to be on the move… everything is coming to life after the winter hiatus.

It’s not just the wildlife either. Last Friday arvo I was at work plodding away when I noticed that the temperature started to change rapidly from rather cool to hot and humid. And I’m talking hot. Straight away I thought, “This is it! Jack time!”

It’s pretty funny because I wasn’t the only one thinking along these lines. Within about half an hour my phone had rung three times.

“How’s this weather? Wanna hit Boyds Bay Bridge at midnight?”

It’s exciting to get home and start to get the heavy gear ready. At the moment I’m using a chunky tournament Ian Miller T-Curve teamed with a 4000 Shimano Biomaster loaded with 30lb Daiwa multi-coloured tournament braid topped with 30lb flouro leader. It’s a weapon alright.

Here’s my dilemma though. My fishing buddy Ric Creighton recently went on a barra safari up north and bought an overhead combo (I’ve had little experience in using them). Even more recently he upgraded to an Omen 13 rod and overhead reel, awesome piece of equipment. I was very jealous because I had noticed that all the serious jack hunters use this kind of rig, so I asked Ric for a loan of his older one and he said yes.

I had a few casts. The first few landed near my feet (luckily there was no one around to watch) but eventually I was getting in a good metre cast. Obviously it was going to take some practice.

The next time Ric fished with me he showed me all the different elements to the Shimano Curado that you could customise to suit your casting skills. It helped a lot, so now with the tax return in sight I’ll be looking for an Omen with the lucky number 13 written on it.

Back to the jack fishing.

I had the alarm set for midnight and when it went off I jumped out of bed all ready with my FishWreck mangrove jack shirt on, champing at the bit! Then I opened my veranda door and it wasn’t good. The cold had returned with wind and rain.

What! I sat there scratching my head, thinking this wasn’t supposed to happen. What can you do? I flicked on Rage, cooked an early brekkie and waited to see what would happen with the weather. Come daylight the storms departed and the cold and mist set in. Oh well, grab the light gear, turn it all around and go chase some bream. Tthat’s fishing and that’s fun.


• Bream - big ones off either rock wall out the front and off Fingal Beach.

• Trevally - Late night/early morning around the bridges and rock walls.

• Flathead - starting to move into the river entrance, try around the golf club.

• Whiting - I’m struggling to get these puppies on lures but live worms should see you get a nice feed, again around the golf club is a good spot to try.

Now is one of the best times of the year to fish the Tweed. Good luck and happy hunting.

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