Tempting torpid fish
  |  First Published: August 2005

A month of extremes has made fishing spasmodic to say the least! We’ve been getting average temperatures one week and then below average the next. We’ve enjoyed good fishing on the warmer days when the water warmed up, but it has been slow during the colder weeks.

Some nice barra were caught in spite of all the weather difficulties. The best barra for us was a good fish at 89cm with a much larger fish disappearing off into the sunset. Most of the good fish were hooked in Missionary Bay on shallow diving lures.

The Bay creeks produce small barra and jacks on the incoming tide and the fish in the drains were only flashing at lures, not really keen to grab on. Good fingermark were still on the recognised spots but once again the boating percentage was five lures to one fish. Livebait and plastics were the most successful. We used plastics for a while but cod and bream were a problem; they just can’t get enough of plastics.

Close to home Meunga Creek is still giving up bream and whiting for the table fishermen, with undersize fish thrown into the mix. Mary Creek is still producing some good catch’s of jack, keeper barra and bream.

Young fishermen James Lamen had a surprise when he hooked and boated a metre-plus black kingfish in the mouth of the marina on a windy day.

Dalachy Creek has been working OK with good grunter and barra on dead baits, but a lot of sharks and catfish have been hooked in between.

And that’s about all I have to report for a strange month. The best lures for us were any Flat Ratz with some pink on them, the ever-reliable gold Bomber and B52s in the rainbow trout colours.


So what’s the go next month? More of the same. You’re not going to catch fish worrying about moons and tides, just get a lure or a bait in the water! I still like the rock bars for next month, as they are continuing to produce good barra. For those who like to some trolling, try around Garden and Gould islands. They have a habit of giving up some nice golden trevally.

And if you’re not into trolling, always remember to keep that lure moving slowly and try some repeated casts into the snags. In this cool weather the fish need waking up. And fish shallow!

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


1) A good cold-weather barramundi caught by Alistair ‘Grub’ Macintyre.

2) Alistair’s partner Hiro with a healthy Hinchinbrook jack.

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