Well not a lot has happened since last week the only thing that is consistent is the rain unfortunately.
The fishing is being greatly affected by this latest lot of rain as the local creeks and rivers are flooding this time. This means a lot more fresh water is flowing into the system. This will mess up the waterway for a few weeks, that’s if the rain ever stops. If you really want to brave the conditions there are a few places that you can go.
The Woorim side of the island doesn’t have a lot of inflows into it so should stay a little cleaner than the passage. This area should produce whiting and dart. There are a few drains that flow into the surf, one of the main ones is Boyd St lookout. This is a storm water drain not a sewage drain so the water coming out should be cleanish. This will cause a distinct dirty line in the surf where it mixes with the sand. This in turn creates a great place for fish to feed and makes a great place to throw in a line. The bottom of the island, Red beach to Skirmish Point, also doesn’t have too many inflows. This area will also fish ok in these rains.
You can also use these conditions to your advantage if you want to target flathead. Flatties are a bottom feeding fish so they are always swimming and living on the bottom under all the fresh water. They will be actively feeding at the mouth of any inflow into the passage eg. Ningi creek, Pacific Harbour canal and Bongaree canal. Fish heavier than normal to make sure you are on the bottom and have a pilchard or a fish bait of some sort and do a slow retrieve. This should entice these tasty fish to bite. They are also one of the easiest fish to get on soft plastics. Cast down tide and pull the plastic back up with the occasional twitch should do the trick. The same can be done with a hard bodied lure, when the lure is retrieved into the current it will swim at its maximum depth which should be right of the fish’s nose. Jewfish can be caught in this way too and they also love dirty water conditions.
Mark from Tackleland Sandgate reports much of the same down his way with mainly bream and flathead being taken from the waters in the area. So let’s hope the rains ease and conditions improve because the fishing always fires up after a flush out. Bring on the sunshine.
Bribie Island 4x4 & beach report
4x4 report can be summed up in one word CLOSED. The Bribie Island National Park is closed to all vehicles until further notice. I can’t even give a rough estimate as to when it will reopen at the moment as Mother Nature drops her load on us.