Fight on the Fin­niss


ONCE again the last set of neap tides pro­duced some great barra from all the reg­u­lar haunts.

Shoal Bay fired along with the mouth of the Ade­laide River and Lead­ers Creek.

I heard of some re­ally good fish landed at the mouth of Lead­ers in­clud­ing 108 and 119cm spec­i­mens.

Both were landed slowly re­triev­ing vibes along the bot­tom on the cast.

The Fin­niss did not fish as well as ex­pected mainly due to the north­west winds that pum­melled the mouth most of last week dur­ing the neaps caus­ing the wa­ter clar­ity to de­crease.

How­ever, this did not de­ter a few an­glers from mak­ing the trip and one of my mates in par­tic­u­lar did rather well land­ing a few nice barra.

Si­mon Chap­man fished the Fin­niss River last week with his son Harry. Si­mon said he rocked up at the mouth of the Fin­niss right on the turn of the high tide and started trolling.

Harry had his favourite clas­sic 10 foot guns and roses lure on when it was crunched al­most straight away by a big fish.

The big girl fought hard but luck­ily for Harry they were well out from the mouth on the flats and so the big fish had no struc­ture it could run to.

14-year-old Harry fought the fish well and soon had it near­ing the boat. They knew it was a big fish as it had jumped many times dur­ing the fight.

Si­mon fi­nally net­ted the big girl and they both cel­e­brated as he lifted it into the boat.

Harry’s pre­vi­ous PB barra was a 101cm spec­i­men that he landed in By­noe Har­bour. They lay the big fish on the brag mat and it mea­sured 105cm — Harry’s sec­ond me­tre-plus barra and new PB.

They re­leased the big barra af­ter a cou­ple of quick pho­tos and it swam away strongly.

They con­tin­ued trolling for a while and landed one more barra at 75cm be­fore chang­ing tac­tics and fish­ing some coastal rocks.

This pro­duced a few smaller barra be­fore the wind started to blow strongly from the north­west shut­ting the fish­ing down along the rocks.

Si­mon said the af­ter­noon was poor fish­ing with the strong wind dirty­ing up the wa­ter even more so they waited for the tide to come back in be­fore head­ing back to the ramp just on dusk.

This week as the tides start to build I would look at tar­get­ing Dar­win and By­noe har­bours.

Tar­get the flats and drains us­ing small shal­low div­ing min­nows such as bombers and B52’s.

Small plas­tics and vibes also work well.

Con­cen­trate your ef­forts around the last of the out­go­ing and first of the in­com­ing tide.

They knew it was a big fish as it had jumped many times dur­ing the fight

Pic­ture: SUP­PLIED

Harry with his 105cm barra

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