GREAT TAKE: Dylan Price with an excellent black mulloway caught recently.
GREAT TAKE: Dylan Price with an excellent black mulloway caught recently.

Rain stirs up bit of activity for fishers

WELL it was certainly nice to see the rain.

Brief as it was, but it has stirred things up a bit, with a few of the coastal streams and drains running some fresh water into the system right along the coast.

With the Discovery Coast getting the most rain the river and creek mouths have been quite active with both pelagics and bottom feeders picking up bait which have swam out away from the cover of the mangroves looking for salt water.

This weekend the tides are building towards the new moon which occurs on Monday with the four metre high tides commencing tonight and each night right through until Wednesday next week.

For those chasing muddies this time of the year can be awesome, as you get those pots right up into the tops of these mangrove systems in the morning high tide and pick them up the next day.

Always a key to remember with the pot placement though is to have the openings facing up and down the drain channel.

The Johnny Mitchell film on mudcrabs gives excellent insight into their behaviour and life cycle, and every novice mud-crabber should have a copy of this. 

Yas “Hilux” Hishneh caught a whopping 91cm barra on Monday at about 2.30pm from the hot water outlet in Gladstone.
Yas “Hilux” Hishneh caught a whopping 91cm barra on Monday at about 2.30pm from the hot water outlet in Gladstone.

On shore there are still good numbers of bream and fingermark being caught around those rocky outcrops or structures.

Plenty of excellent grunter are on the areas of gravel bottom and the whiting are thick as, up the top of Colosseum inlet.

They just love live yabbies and eat them like lollies.

The whole area in Colosseum has various yabby banks with good stocks if you look hard enough and your yabby pump is up to it.

Having a spare washer kit on the boat is also very handy in case it's not sucking much up. Change it.

Those chasing the barra will be reasonably happy as the system is yielding some excellent barra on soft and hard-bodied lures and also live baits.

Poppers and bibles lures like the tango dancer can produce some awesome surface strikes, so if you know there are fish there have one on your boat on standby with a camera.

Looking out to sea this past week we have seen some excellent black mulloway being landed around Rundle Island, along with plenty of Spanish, which are still hanging around.

Elise Wilson with a nice trout caught recently.
Elise Wilson with a nice trout caught recently.

This time of the year we do have a number of juvenile bill fish migrating south with the smaller ones, around the 20-30kg mark cruising around the bait fish school reasonably close to the coast.

Live pike, and gar or even a fresh bonito swum behind the boat will bring a lot of success with these fish and if you are lucky enough to hook up with one of these missiles make sure you log it down in your fishing diary where, when, how big the bait you were using, the moon phase and the time of the tide.

All these components matter, as it's never one single thing which attracts a hook up, but the right presentation of the bait is the very first thing, plus they do need to be there.

We'd love to know about these fish so that we can build a picture of when and where they cruise through, so make sure you share it with us or email me the photo to darryl.branthwaite@rh.com.au.

The weather for getting out to the reef without beating yourself and your boat to death doesn't look all that flash, but Sunday morning could present itself as an opportunity to nip out before the early morning high tide, and return after the low tide.



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