I was time to hit the flats and weed beds of Bribie Island. The weather forecast was pretty much perfect – no wind or rain and we would have a low tide at about 4.00 am.
I set out at about 4.30 am. The moon was full and, with a clear sky I did not need the headlamp, as I waded out under the bridge at about 5.30 am. This is a great time of year to be fishing. The mornings are crisp, but not too cold and the sunrises are fantastic.
I started on the mainland side under the bridge. Now I am not a ‘tree hugger’ but like any serious fisherman I care about the environment. Just recently, a large area of woodland has been flattened just behind the old oyster jetty – huge gum trees, pines and mangroves all torn down. The area now looks like a bomb site. Apparently, a new ‘eco’ resort is on its way. I would have thought it could have included some more of the beautiful old trees. I am glad it will provide jobs and I hope what they build will invigorate the area – but I am not convinced.
I waded down out under the bridge cast around in the rocky area, just to the south. I was using a GULP 2” Shrimp in the Banana Prawn colour and my first customer was a Pike. There were plenty of prawns jumping and I presume that is what the Pike and Moses Perch were feeding on, under the bridge lights.
I carried onto the south. I swapped to a GULP Jerkshad in the Lime Tiger colour, but the bigger plastic did not get the fish going. After about 15 minutes I swapped down to a GULP 3” Minnow in the Pearl Watermelon colour. This produced results – on the first cast I felt a solid bite, but could not connect. Three slow retrieves later, in the same spot, I got the fish. It was a small Flathead about 35cm long.
I kept going south and picked up 7 more fish on the flats on either side of the Oyster Jetty, over the next 2 ½ hours, but unfortunately only one was over 40cm. I swapped plastics between the bright and dark colours, big and small. I certainly caught more fish on the 2/3”plastics, I could not get a bite on the bigger ones.
They may have been small today but where there are small fish, there are big mothers – so I will be back out looking for them again soon.
I tried out the 3inch banana prawn/ green prawns at the Toorball boat ramp and managed to get 10-12 for 3 days in a row between two of us. Keeping only 1 or 2 to take home each day. Nice sandbank that runs just in front of the weed beds and fishing an hour on each side of low tide.
HI first of all great blog!!! So my question is do you wade then stand still and cast out over an area? By this I mean say you cast at 12 o’clock from where you are standing, then 1 o’clock and so on?
Thats exactly what I try to do. I always try to wade against the tide, so I can retrieve my lure with the current. I also try not to fish ground that I have walked over.
“Eco Resort” …lol……considering the destruction you described for them to put it there, the irony abounds in truck loads ……Still lovin ya blog Landangler….thanks. 😉