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March lure munching madness
  |  First Published: March 2017



After a big week of rain for the region earlier in the year, there has been nothing but hot, dry weather. This is not all bad, as it has certainly put barra back on the hit list.

Local freshwater areas have been getting many decent fish. Looking for those brackish run-off spots where the barra are sitting is quite productive. There have been some good numbers of prawns and heaps of decent mullet in all the systems. The wind has been fairly consistent around the 10-15 knot mark.

Fitzroy and the Narrows

The heat has certainly raised the temperature of the water and the barra have been sitting in the cooler pockets. Anything with good shade is a great start. Lures that produce great action while working slowly have certainly landed quite a few decent fish.

Lures have accounted for a great number of fish and are stocked in most stores. Lures like the Live Target Swimbaits have been making a big name for themselves lately. There has been a great number of threadies in the river lately also. Many fish have been landed using prawn imitations or live prawns if you get a few in your net.

Rivers, Creeks and the Beaches

The local rivers, creeks and beaches have been bustling with activity lately. There is just so much bait around at the moment, from crustaceans like crabs and yabbies, to many varieties of fish. All of these bait sources are very easy to obtain with the right tools, like yabby pumps and castnets. Some great places for fish lately have been Coorooman Creek and the Causeway Lake.

The Causeway Lake has had great run throughs producing cracker mangrove jack, barra and the common smaller estuary species like flathead and bream. Coorooman has been going great for crabs, threadfin salmon and barra and has been fishing very well from mid outgoing to mid incoming. There have been huge crabs coming out of that system lately.

Freshwater
lagoons

The freshwater lagoons are fishing very well, due to all the heat. The Roope Road crossing made from culverts is a very good place to throw a lure. The water flows through very easily and the baitfish are all amongst the snags around the crossing. The crossing generally holds many barra that make their way up from the salt in flood times and then get locked into the lagoons as the water recedes.

Along with the barra, there is a plentiful supply of tarpon, which are great fun to target on surface lures, as they are very aerobatic and not hard to find. Using smaller lures, you’re able to match the baitfish. The lures easily pick up fish when slow rolled back along a snag line or twitched and left in front of snags.

Crabbing

The crabbing is red-hot at the moment, and if you want to get into it, tackle stores have some ripper deals on crab pots lately. The crabs should be full to the brim with meat, as the recent rains and run-off brought lots of nutrients and dead matter off the land and freshwater areas. A pack of mullet heads will always do the trick for a day out crabbing. With some good winds about and reef trips plentiful, reef frames make some great bait.

Rant for
the month
Catching fish is great fun and we all enjoy getting a happy snap of them. However, there are many times anglers are still holding big fish up by the jaw, injuring the fish’s spine. It may swim away fine, but it has been given a death sentence. There have been a few cases recently of large fish washing up against the bank and with no markings on them. This is the likely cause. To those few anglers who hold fish up by their head or don’t know this is injuring the fish, it looks much better holding the fish horizontally with support anyway!
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