Good old flush will excite fish
AT last! A good dump of rain into the catchments is going to shake up fishing conditions just nicely.
Freshwater running into the creeks and streams is going to be driving insects and all sorts of food into those waterways, which means mangrove jacks and the like are going to getting excited. it not only looks like Christmas, but a proper Wet Season – at least for now, as the rain continues into the weekend.
It does spell the end of that cycle of inshore nannygai though, as the fresh water means will they head further offshore. it was great while it lasted. But first, to the streams. As Troy at Bransford Tackle reminds us, when targetting your jacks etc in the streams, look for that colour change in the water, where dirty water is running off into cleaner water. That’s where the predators are going to be hanging around, where little creeks and run offs run into bigger ones.
Cods, jacks, barras (though still under a ban), and fingermark are going to be in the action.
Live bait will work best, with a float, unweighted. You don’t to be fishing with sinkers, as they’ll just snag a lot of debris from the run off water.
Troy recommends lures – “something with a bit of rattle to it. Because it’s dirty water you need to get fish’s attention. A lot of shads with a bit of a wobble in them are going to work well. And then early morning and late afternoon, I use a popper, if that surface clutter allows.”
Soft plastics can be useful here too. They tend to only have small hooks so don’t get fouled too much. “It’s less hassle in all the debris and they still get bites,” Troy said.
Off the beaches, he said, there are a lot of catfish around at the moment.
“They go hand in hand with salmon.
“If the salmon have been biting before, they are certainly going to be biting now that all that food has been washed out to the ocean.”
Another product of this rain is likely to be the start of the prawn cycle. So given a little time, the fishing action is really going to step up.
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