THE FISHING has been on and off recently. With neap tides, crystal clear water and freezing cold mornings (well, it was cold to us – about 6-8 degrees) the fish shut down for a while.
The major scuttlebutt for the area was the sighting of a massive school of mackerel by an ultra-light plane. The school was apparently 1km long by 300m wide!
Also reported was good school of blue salmon in the Murray River. They weren’t there when we went to fish the Murray, but we managed to snare some good jacks, cod and GTs on Prawnstar Juniors and Leads deep divers.
For those of you interested in the whale sightings, they have been out front of Eva Island towards the shipping channel in good numbers. There have been some good sightings of dugong in the Missionary Bay area, so please stick to the marked channel where possible.
The bay has been fishing well, with some big golden trevally boated off ‘Secret Spot 29’ and good barra off the rock bars near Cape Richard mixed in with some lumpy estuary cod and a few good jack. Plenty of good barra are in amongst the mangrove roots on the island side of the bay. If you find a gold B52 in that area it probably belongs to me – it was connected to a decent barra at one time!
Damper Creek was the saviour in the neaps with some plate-size trevors readily taking lures, although schools of small queenfish have been a nuisance.
For the southern end of the channel, Glen Coward had a good session catching barra around 65cm on live mullet, jacks, pikey bream and some excellent grunter on dead prawns. He was fishing a small feeder creek off Conn Creek on a run-out tide.
Best lures for us have been the B52s, the Leads Lure in a pink variation (my favourite) and a blue Mad Mullet.
With the warmer weather fast approaching, things should also hotting up in the fishing department. The fish will be a bit more active and subsequently eating more. The best fishing should be in the middle and end of this month, with the drains being the best areas to concentrate your efforts. We have been getting some good fish from the drains but not as many as we’d like. I like to fish the small boat passage when the low is around 70cm about an hour before and after the low. Look out for the drains that have some bait activity with the occasional barra ‘boof’. Some nice flathead are to be had out of these spots as a bonus.
That’s it for this month. Safe boating and I’ll see you on the water, and remember – fish for the future, practice catch and release.