My apologies for taking so long to post this report but standing waist deep in cold water finally took its toll last week and I caught a miserable man cold. At least 50% or more of my readers will be aware that this is, typically, far more serious than the milder colds that women contract. Frankly, I was surprised at my own courage and resilience. I battled my way out of bed to the sofa each morning and kept operating the remote control with no fuss at all. After about four days I had run out of fishing videos to watch and I realised I was better.
The weather has been very poor through to the end of July but the fish have been around if you can brave the elements. Hopefully things will settle down soon.
On the Friday in question, I decided to see if there were anymore bream or jewfish lurking around the mouth of the freshwater creek drain, at Bongaree, on Bribie Island. I arrived just before dawn. Unfortunately, there was another fairly strong cold south-westerly breeze blowing. Once more, nothing happened until the horizon started to glow behind me.
I was looking for bream so I started with a GULP 3″ Minnow in the pearl watermelon colour on a 1/8th ounce, 1/0 jighead. I was fishing with my Loomis GL2 light spin rod and using 12lb fluorocarbon leader, in case the jewfish were around.
As the sun came up I felt couple of hits but could not hook a fish. At about 6.30 am, a fish grabbed the lure, as I pulled it over the edge of the drop off that runs parallel with the shoreline. It was a good one – over 30 cm long. I released it and went looking for more.
The wind was bitterly cold from the south west and it was building up. Low tide had passed at 6.03 am and the tide was running in slowly. I fished for another 2 hours, but all I managed was one more small flathead and at about 9.00 am I gave up.
Too cold and windy!
Good to see you back on the fish mate.
I stumbled onto this site and would really appreciate your opinion ass to whether or not you think its predictions are accurate: http://www.tides4fishing.com/au/queensland/bongaree
I put in the bongaree link as i reckon your knowledge of that place is second to none.
Let me know what you think mate 🙂
Interesting site – I have never really paid much attention to the solunar peaks but I am sure they are influential, Nugget likes to use them and he catches plenty of fish! . I will have a look the site and see what happens on my next few trips.
Good to here that you are well again.
For a moment there, I thought you may have gone on another holiday.
Been enjoying your blog & the little tips you give. You helped me land my first flathead the other day, 62cm.
Walked the bank, found the drain, fished the drain.
I am off to Toorbul in September, so hopefully there will be some action around that area then.
Good work – now you come to mention it a holiday is overdue!