After the unusually cold weather of the last couple of months, things have finally begun to warm up and the local fish have decided to come on the bite.
Some nice barra were caught in late September in the channel and at various secret spots. However, as of November 1, barramundi are off-limits and must not be targeted. If you do catch one, make sure you release it unharmed immediately.
Grunter have been on the chew in good numbers, mainly on the edge of the drop that leads to the Dugong Channel. Pilchards have been the best bait. Morrissey Creek has also produced good grunter on the run-out tide, mostly on the edge of the creek entrance.
The sand spit out the front of Damper Creek has had lots of flathead and GTs feeding in the small run-offs that form as the tide runs out. Some locals have been getting out of their boats and walking, casting into the drains. Because of the crocs around here, this is quite dangerous and not for the faint hearted.
The flats in the channel and Missionary Bay have been fishing well, with good barra and jack hook-ups on the run-out tide. Even the beach front has got in on the action with some thumper whiting hooked on squid.
The smaller creeks of the channel have been fishing really well at the top of big tides, with good bream and a few big jacks thrown in. The best bait has been peeled prawn. The creeks in the bay have been slow for big barra but have made up for it with plenty of variety: jacks, trevally, fingermark, cod and some blue salmon are all on offer.
The best lures for us have been a chartreuse Leeds and Flatratz in green and pink. The B52 has worked well in shallower water and the gold Bomber has pulled in a few jacks on the flats.
Next month should continue to fire as the water gets even warmer. I love to fish the flats during the incoming tide on cooler evenings. Bait gets smashed and a well-placed lure usually means a hook-up. Don’t forget to give those drains a work over, casting well up into the drain and working slowly to the deeper end.
Safe boating and I’ll see you on the water. Remember, fish for the future by practising catch and release.
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