The river is starting to settle into its cooler season fishing. Under the bridge after dark, just as the tide starts to run out good estuary perch are holding over the weed beds on the southern side of the river. Z-Man TRD Bugz on Ned Headz jigs worked well, landing three good EP's to 35cm before Mr Australian Fur Seal decided he was going to lurk underneath and end the session. Any 2"-3" soft plastic on a 1/6oz - 1/4oz will work to tempt these scrappers. With some high tides coming well after dark this week, some late night bridge sessions could be on the cards.
Reasonable numbers of flathead are still being caught in the river, with the lower, cleaner sections producing best results. Good numbers of tailor are also being caught from the local wharves, keeping the kids amused and providing a lesson for life. Never put your finger in a tailor's mouth whilst trying to remove a hook, the buggers have razor sharp teeth!
This was learnt the hard way by one of the local jetty rats this week, a lesson that will not be forgotten any time soon.
Good numbers of yellow eyed mullet have been reported in the back waters around the airport also.
These make great baits for the beach or river, now might be a good time to stock the bait freezer, they also eat ok. Being a sea-run mullet, they don't have the muddy taste that river mullet do.
This system is also starting to settle into its cooler season with the fishing starting to slow up. Unless of course you happen to be an Australian Fur Seal with a taste for fresh water conga eel. One of our customers was out chasing bass above Bumbo creek when he saw the large seal dispatching a large eel before swallowing it whole. Danny Robinson was kind enough to share the video, CLICK HERE to watch. Most fish being caught, are towards the front of the system where the waters are still cleaner and clearer. Flathead and bream are making up majority of catches, with a few anglers starting to target mulloway. No reports have come to hand.
Graham and Jack did well around the Turlinjah racks with a few bream on Jackson 70mm Athletes and Z-Man motoroil TRD Bugz.
Rock and Beach
Sharks, mullet, tailor and salmon are the words on everyone's lips at the moment. With the annual yellow eye mullet run in full swing, everything that eats a mullet is following the schools around. Tailor to 70-80cm have been reported on the beaches, with big salmon also in the mix.
Those that like to target the Mulloway on the beaches that also follow the mullet are having a hard time getting through the abundant numbers of shark that also like a feed of fresh mullet. Fresh mullet, beach worms or a salmon or tailor fillet will all tempt these ghosts of the surf. Drummer continue to provide tasty white fillets, for those who like to fish the rocks.
As predicted, the flooding rains we had a few months back post fires, have kicked the inshore fishing into overdrive. Blue spot flathead have been described as in plague proportions at the moment, with one angler getting flathead that would normally be in 20-30m of water, swimming in his burly trail on the surface in the same 20-30m of waters. Snapper have kicked into drive with baits as well as 4"-5" soft plastics. This time of year, in my opinion, really makes for great fishing. The winds for the most part are settled, the days are still warm with cool crisp starts, and the fishing can be excellent.