Putting in the hard yards
  |  First Published: December 2004

Lurefishing over the past month has been relatively quiet, with most of the fish being caught on dead baits.

Delachy Creek has been OK, with some nice grunter and barra taken on mullet strip baits. Speaking of barra, Kevin Milson (father of media star ‘Lumpy’) was fishing for grunter in the southern end of the channel but could only hook barra. 0ne was over 80cm, one was barely legal and he lost another one at the boat that was about 90cm. He also was using dead bait (herring).

Gayundah Creek has been on and off, with some nice grunter being caught on the run-out tide in the mouth. Some really big fingermark were boated early in the month from the deep hole off Haycock Island.

Grunter seem to be the flavour of the month. I managed to hook one on a lure out of a snag in the Channel, which has been fishing well of late with some nice grunter to 2kg. Little Damper has also been giving up grunter, with some nice jacks thrown in.

Missionary Bay has been a bit slow, but on its good days it has been producing plenty of jacks. Most of them have been undersize but there have been a few keepers thrown in.

All in all, it’s been pretty slow lately – but anglers who worked hard still caught fish. The best lures for us have been B52s, medium Prawnstars and Flatratz. We found using the smaller lures worked and we had to really work the snags. One or two casts just wasn’t getting it done!

Let’s hope January is better! We’ll hopefully get some good rain, and if that happens you’ll want to fish the run-off and dirty water around the creek mouths, especially the small feeder creeks. I like to use a dark lure for the dirty water. I had this dirty brown Flatz Rat that never failed me in that type of water, but as usual the bib finally fell off and I haven’t seen another in that colour.

If you’ve had no luck with the drains in the past, keep at it. They usually fire up this time of year – just make sure they’re running. Keep at the snags but give then time; maybe anchor up and flog it for 30 minutes or so. If you happen to hook a barra by accident, please release it carefully.

Safe boating and I’ll see you on the water, and remember: ‘Fish for the future, practice catch and release!’


1) Dallas Hilton with his first ever barra – a respectable 60cm fish.

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