As we approach the middle of summer and the days lengthen, so do the opportunities for the light tackle lure fisherman keen to have a cast in our local estuary system. It can prove difficult around peak holiday periods, especially when the weather at this time of year screams watersports, but being on the water early and being persistent can be the key to success and avoiding the dreaded donut.
One of the best things about summer is being able to knock off work with enough daylight to put the boat in to go chase a feed of fresh whiting for the table. Targeting whiting on ultra light tackle and surface lures has to be one of the best ways to spend an afternoon. For a standout session, you will need to tick a few boxes; a low light period combined with a run in tide, an expanse of sand flat, a Bassday MB16 Sugapen, and some assist hooks like those from atomic or ecogear to help with those short strikes. Just remember to only take what you need that day as they are best eaten fresh and stocks can easily diminish due to recreational and commercial pressure.
Another bonus about this time of year is the confidence the high water temps can give an angler chasing the trophy mangrove jack that reside all through the tweed and its tributaries. By now, stories of massive bust offs and a hundred dollars worth of lures gone in a session are not uncommon. With all the storm activity we have had lately, the sharp drops in barometric pressure as storm fronts push from the south west and tower over Mt Warning, anglers brave enough to wave a graphite rod around have had success.
In the middle reaches of the Tweed, slow rolling paddle tail plastics like zman swimmerz or trick swimz around rock bars and bridges, and hard bodied suspending jerk baits such as lucky craft pointer 78 xd or jackall squirrell 79 hank tunes along rock walls and lay downs can put you onto some trophy fish. It will require quick reflexes, good knots and a touch of luck to get them on the deck. Surprisingly, even with the clear water conditions we have had, gold plastics and hardbodies are making up the majority of lure caught jacks in the Tweed.
For those pushing up in the fresh, the surface bite on bass has really fired up in the upper arms of the Tweed, double figure sessions are the norm when conditions are right and a few 50cm fork length unicorns have either been landed or lost, don’t discount any skinny water as there was a big migration this year and the fish a definitely heading up as the temperatures begin to soar.
So for all the lure fishos out there, have a safe and enjoyable holiday period and for all your lure and tackle needs check out www.anglerswarehouse.com.auReads: 271