Plenty of fresh in river systems

Zane Selby with a quality bass.

After last week’s amazing rainfall totals, big seas, and some solid breezes it seems the fishing gods don’t want us to play.

With the winds this week still up there around that 20 knot mark the offshore scene has been quiet. If you want to get the big boat wet, you may be better off heading north into some of the sheltered part of Hervey Bay and Fraser Island. Reports from these areas have been varied with plenty of options, from the surface there have been some nice tuna, spotted and spanish mackerel and a wahoo. From the bottom trevally, snapper, sweetlip, coral trout have all been taken. Just a reminder to keep an eye on those weather forecasts as conditions can change quickly at this time of the year.

For the beach anglers the prevailing wind has been coming from the Southeast making the more exposed beaches a little harder to fish. If you have a 4×4 the inside of Double Island has been worth look with plenty of nice whiting and bigger dart on offer. There is also a bit of flathead activity in the same area. For the whiting a freshly pulled worm or freshly pumped yabbies are the perfect baits. For the flathead try smaller fish baits like hardy heads or whitebait.

As the winds drop in the evening try slipping over to the North Shore side for those more predatory fish like tailor and jewfish as they move into the gutters. Normally at this part of the moon phase the jewfish are a little quiet but with all the cloud cover you should see fish. Best baits have been mullet fillet, bonito fillet, live baits of legal whiting, and larger local squid.

With all the runoff in the creeks and rivers you will really have to time your fishing efforts around the incoming and top of the tide. Fishing areas around the mouths will be your best bet as baitfish move down stream in search of more saline waters. These baitfish attract the more predatory fish like trevally, queenfish, flathead and mangrove jack. Live baits will be your best bet so if you can collect some herring or poddy mullet you will be in with a good chance. For those that love to throw a lure the Rapala Long Cast Magnum prey are ideal, at 100mm and a cast weight of 41grams they are easy to cast and if you retrieve at speed, they will skip the surface just like a fleeing bait fish.

If you are looking for a feed of big whiting fishing the start of the run out again in those river mouths is your best chance. It always seems to be when we have had significant rains these fish come out of hiding and feed on all the worm and small crustations brought down on the tide. Yabbies, soldier crabs and worms are the ideal baits and adding that bit of red tube just above the hook will also help.

Crabbers are on fire at the moment and if you are boating around the Tin Can, Rainbow area it seems all you see is crab pot floats. Anglers have been reporting full pots with plenty of jennies on board, there are a few bucks around, but most are just making size. At these times of fresh in the systems it is key that you set your pots in those deeper area near mangroves. Make sure you use quality baits of mullet or chook frames and try to let them soak for at least one tide cycle. Remember your bag limits of 7 per person or a total of 14 per boat.

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