Toppy met me at the boat ramp at 4am and after applying bug spray and loading the gear, we put the boat in the water. Our plan was an early morning session to chase GTs and other trevally with surface poppers.
We edged our way out just as the dawn was breaking and cruised down the river looking for surface activity. As we came up to one of the big sandbars close to the mouth, we saw a pack of fish smash into some bait. I gunned the motor towards them and as I stopped the boat, Paul and I shot out casts.
I started to retrieve my popper with an erratic action and then it disappeared in a big splash. The reel screamed and I let out a whoop. Paul’s reel was also screaming as he battled to control his fish.
A double hook-up of GTs before the sun had risen, who could ask for better? We landed the fish, both around 1.6kg, and after a few quick pics they were released.
Sessions like this on the Tweed have been fairly regular over the past two months and the action should get better as we get closer to Easter, with a few larger trevally species making their way into the system. I really enjoy chasing them as they go really hard on light gear and when they are in an aggressive mood, will hit just about any lure with a small profile.
Around tidal rips seem to be good areas to chase them with livies or poppers. Jigging softies around the bridge pylons or dropping small slugs down and ripping them up are consistent producers as well.
The heavy rains over summer have played havoc with the consistency of the river fishing but once they start to clear up, the Tweed will fish very well. Although the lure fishing has been taking a knock each time the water in the Tweed has muddied, baitfishing has still been producing the goods.
The mangrove jacks have still been coming out, with regular catches reported in the lower reaches. The bream fishing has been a bit slow with all the rain and the hot water in the river but it should slowly pick up towards the end of the month.
Whiting catches have also been hot and cold with all the rain, with anglers doing extremely well one day and then drawing a blank the next. Persistence seems to be a key factor to secure a good feed of these tasty fish. Thankfully there will be a lot less boat traffic on the river so the flats closer to the mouth should start firing again.
I have been fishing the new E-Grell range of rods from TeamXstream and I am amazed at their casting ability. They are built around the Woomera blank and have very little of the whipping effect experienced on most rods which often retards the length of the cast.
I have been using them for chasing the trevs because of this. If you get too close to a school of GTs or other trevally with the boat, they normally disappear.
With the E-Grell I can make a long enough cast not to have to be right on top of the fish. The 4kg to 6kg model is a top all-rounder for casting softies around the flats or chasing GTs and jacks with poppers.
With the current having moved right in close, the inshore reefs have been producing good catches. At the time of writing there were quite a few yellowtail kings and cobia being caught around Nine Mile and Fidos on bait. These fish should still be around in numbers this month.
Trolling minnows around this area will also produce a few pelagics. The marlin season this year seems to be a bit later than last year so there should still be a few small blacks around this month.
If you are keen to chase a big blue marlin, this is a good time to head out to the canyons to look for these fish. Just make sure that your gear is up to standard because these fish are often referred to as a black marlin on steroids.
March is still a good month for chasing all the summer species so get out there and have some fun.Reads: 501