Post-rain rumble
  |  First Published: May 2017

What a change a month makes! After the wrath of Cyclone Debbie ravaged our northern regions, our inclement weather was actually a great blessing in disguise. The sudden weather change was welcomed by many, as the sustained humidity was not only having an effect on the land, but also the sea.

Constant high water temperatures started to plateau the fishing, especially in our estuaries and rivers. So this seasonal change combined with an impressive rain flush out, should kick-start the northern bay as we head towards the cooler part of the year.

Expect to see flathead numbers increase in Pumicestone Passage along with tailor and snapper appearing as the water cools. Flathead numbers should also increase in the Caboolture River and Burpengary Creek region with the Bakers Flat being a good starting point on the run-out tide.

Bream numbers should be constant in these areas with the cooling nights being a good time to chase them. On the Redcliffe Peninsula, the cool weather is like a switch that clicks in many northern anglers’ heads as this time of the year, and it brings a good snapper bite. Reminiscent of the 2012 flush out, we had a good snapper season on the peninsula that year after the rains flushed out a lot of bait into the bay. The impact of this years’ late dose of rain will hopefully bring a similar result, as our summer was relatively dry on the greater scheme.

The change has seen a decrease in northerly winds, with the fresh southerlies occupying the forecast radar more frequently. I have mentioned many times over the years that the northern bay region has commonly fished better with a higher frequency of southerly breezes, rather than northerlies. We’re keeping our fingers-crossed for this year, as we are well overdue for a good winter bite.

With pushing southerlies, the baitfish make their way to the mouths of our main rivers, making predatory action in those areas and around the peninsula more abundant. The slowing of our annual prawn run has left room for hardiheads to make their way from down south, with Shorncliffe Pier being littered with baitfish all through last month.

For those chasing bream, numbers have been great, with the past month’s prawn run really lighting up the numbers. Windier days have been the prime time to chase bream, as they tend to be less skittish in the less favourable boating conditions, as it gives them the opportunity to feed with little fear.

Hardbody lures on light leaders have been the right combination for this time of the year, with a lot of anglers showing favouritism towards Pro Lure cranks, Jackall Chubbies, Atomic Crank 38s, and Daiwa Rolling Presso Cranks. For the soft plastic fans, ZMan GrubZ are still showing their dominance with Pro Lure Live Yabbies also being a big shaker and mover. Anglers favouring 1/12oz jigheads in size 1 as a good all rounder.

In Pumicestone, Ningi flats and the canals have been fishing really well, and kayakers have been reaping the rewards of their stealthier approach. Newport Canals have been on fire with Cranka Crabs working brilliantly when fished up tight against pontoons and rocky corners, ensuring the crab is worked back nice and slowly.

For the land-based breamers, the southern side of Woody Point has fished well over the last month for those wading in knee deep water. Slow rolling shallow diving cranks have been the crème de la crème of techniques with the odd flathead also being landed in the process.

The Pine River has slowly started to fire after recent rains with flathead, bream and occasional juvenile mulloway being caught mostly in the lower end of the system. Following the recent post cyclone rains, the upper reaches were heavily affected by constant freshwater run-off making fishing concentrated downstream of Deepwater Bend. Fresh baits and soft plastics were the choice of most anglers, with a can of mosquito repellent being a must anywhere in the system!

Tip of the Month

Sharp hooks can make or break your day. Be sure to always use new hooks as regularly as your budget allows. Sprinkling an absorbent material like rice in your tackle box amongst your hook collection, can ensure moisture doesn’t cause premature rusting affecting hook sharpness and effectiveness.

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