Hard Fishing, Soft Lures
  |  First Published: July 2005

Strong winds, massive seas and rain aren't exactly what you would associate with good fishing but believe it or not they all play their part in making the fish bite.

The beaches all have new gutters after the recent heavy seas. The rivers along the coast are bursting their mouths washing sand out to sea. This is great for salmon anglers who now have more defined areas to fish from the beach. The salmon love the stirred up water that brings plenty of food to hunt out. The beach at Johanna has been giving up plenty of fish when the swell has not been too big, while Wild Dog Beach has been hot some days and cold on others. Don't be put off though because the salmon should hang around for a few months yet and the fishing should only get better in the next few weeks.

The boat harbour is still producing good catches of warehou around the high tides on pipis while a few locals have taken them on soft plastic lures too. The key with soft plastics is to let them sit in front of the fish without movement, if you twitch the lure then the warehou will shy away from it. This is best achieved with light jigheads so the lure doesn't sink too quickly.

I was giving the warehou a try one morning when a school of what seemed to be mulloway swam past. Now these fish are sighted here every year but nobody seems to catch them. I'm sure that with a concentrated effort and some luck someone will crack the jackpot very soon.

The Barham and Aire rivers are both fishing very well for bream. The Barham has also seen a few estuary perch taking lures around nightfall. Slow retrieves and small twitches are the way to tempt the estuary perch and this method will see plenty of bream have a go at scoffing your lure as well. Bream have been taken on scrubworms in both rivers but again soft plastics have taken the biggest fish. Atomic 2” Fat Grubs have been working the best when used with a 1.5g jighead. Josh Lee has got this technique down to a fine art and seems to be the one taking the biggest fish from both rivers. If you want to learn more about his methods then give him a call at Surf-n-Fish on (03) 5237 6426.

Josh Lee with a thumping Aire River bream that took a small soft plastic lure.

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