Brisbane River – Pinkenba – Boggy Creek – 13 March, 2013

Wednesday

I did not have time for a real fishing session but I wanted to do a recce of some local spots. You have to keep your eye on things so that when the weather is difficult, or you only have limited time, you still have a few locations to try.

Boggy Creek, at Pinkenba, is a shallow muddy water way that runs along next to the oil refinery, near the mouth of the Brisbane River. It is not a particularly picturesque spot, but it has produced some great fish for me and it is always fun to catch stuff so close to the city. I have caught bream, tailor, pike, flathead, cod and even a 6 kg jewfish. I have also seen a few good size mangrove jacks pulled out of the water.

I had a couple of hours around lunch time so went down to have a look. I arrived about 11.00 am, just after a big high tide. I started by casting soft plastics under the bridge. The water was very murky, as it often is here. After a few minutes, a big school of bait (looked like small mullet) passed under the bridge. They were being harassed by something from underneath. A few minutes later a big school of bigger mullet passed through.

The bait came and went and there was plenty of it. The occasional prawn skittered past. I lost a few jigheads to the rocks, shopping trolleys and car tyres under the bridge and did not get any strikes, so I move towards the mouth of the creek and cast around from a gap in the mangroves. I had a few double tap strikes from small bream or perhaps tiny tailor, but I did not hook anything.

The GULP minnow range matches the bait profile

The GULP minnow range matches the bait profile

The GULP minnow profile is a pretty good replica of the real thing

The GULP minnow profile is a pretty good replica of the real thing

Boggy Creek bait - a good copy of the GULP minnow

Boggy Creek bait – a good copy of the GULP minnow

Boggy Creek - a great Brisbane River fishing spot

Boggy Creek – a great Brisbane River fishing spot

The mosquitos where thick and were pretty successful at biting through my long sleeved fishing shirt. After all the rain, don’t come down here without a head to toe covering in Aerogard. After a couple of hours, I gave up. By now there were a few keen anglers using their lunch break to chase a few.

The bait was everywhere and I would think this spot is definitely worth a fish at dawn and dusk when the bigger predators will be around. I’ll be back.

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3 responses to “Brisbane River – Pinkenba – Boggy Creek – 13 March, 2013

  1. Brilliant for us ‘newbies’ great information and detail. Thanks for taking the time.

    Once again out of interest, how often do you use fresh / live bait?

  2. Hey mate, a friend of mine and I were at boggy this weekend. Got in early and drop shotted bits of prawn and squid along with some plastics on jig heads. We got some bites, but nothing solid. Then went on to pine river and had much the same, more bites, but we didn’t catch a thing. As it is we have caught not much other than roadies and one small whiting in 3 trips out to different places. We are fishing land based. Any advice for a frustrated angler?
    Thanks Mate. Oh and I think your blog is awesome. 🙂

    • The earlier you can fish,the better – so stick with it. Start an hour before dawn if you can. The Pine is a tough spot from the shore. If you get the chance, try to fish the higher tides, as they run out of Boggy Creek.

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