Clear skies and 10 knot south-westerly winds – it would be cold but quite reasonable fishing weather. Low tide would be 4.17 am, about an hour before first light and the moon had been full the day before.
I decided I would start on Bribie Island at the Seaside Museum drain at Bongaree, again. I waded out into the shallows at about 5.30 am and the big moon was still high and bright. There was a cold breeze and a bit of chop on the water.
There were some cormorants swimming around and there were a few surface bust ups, as the sky gradually lightened. I started with a big soft plastic – a GULP 5” Jerkshad in the Lime Tiger colour. The water was already running fast – it would be a powerful tide, so close to the full moon. I was back to 8lb fluorocarbon leader, as I genuinely believe fishing light can make a difference when chasing bream – which were the main target.
It did not take long. At 6.15 am I had a solid bite and the fish ran with the lure for about a metre, but then I lost it. A few casts later I hooked another. It must have been sitting just below the edge. It grabbed the lure and ran off to the north, with the current. After a few runs, I got it over the ledge and walked it back to the sand. It was a good bream – over 30 cm. I have not caught large numbers of bream in this spot, this year, but almost all the fish I have caught have been over 30 cm.
The tide was getting too high to fish over the ledge so I opted to switch locations. I grabbed a hot cup of coffee at Scoopys and drove up to White Patch. This time I went up to the north end to fish around the weed beds.
The water was clear and it was well past dawn so I opted for a natural coloured, 2” GULP Minnow in the Banana Prawn colour. I chose a fine wire 1/8th ounce, #1/0 hook jighead and stuck with the 8lb leader. It was now about 8.15 am. I was casting into the incoming tide and hopping the lure back towards me. I would put in about three or four casts from one location, then move a few metres south and repeat the process.
At about 9.00 am I connected with a flathead and got a look at it, but it wriggled off before I could land it. I stayed in the same spot and methodically covered the area with casts. At about 9.15 am I hooked another fish and this time I set the jighead firmly. I pulled it up to the shoreline – it was a keeper flathead at 45 cm. Using the same plastic, same technique, in the same area, I caught another bigger flathead, about 50cm long, ten minutes later.
Five minutes later, I thought I had another small flathead but it was pulling very hard. It put up a tremendous fight and as it came into view I was surprised to see it was a whiting. It was probably the fattest whiting I have ever caught and measured 36cm.
At this point I had the makings of a good fish pie in my bag, so I gave up and went off to clean my catch.
Look, i was wondering if you could go do some fishing (when you can this year) in the Tweed river, but not off the rocks. My family and i head up to Coolangatta every summer, and i go for a fish in the Tweed. BUT… I would like to catch something in the river (Not off the rocks at the mouth) on soft plastics. I need help. Do you recon you could do this, and wright an article on your blog about what happened, etc please. I’m sure there would be other people out there that would like you to do this too. Thanks, Jacob.
Ok. Thanks for the advise Landangler.
Is 8lb Berkley Fireline Braid to heavy for chasing Bream and Whiting, with soft plastics?
No its fine – you could go a bit lighter but with 8lb you will be safe if you hook in to something a bit bigger
Great post. Keep the coming mate 🙂
Hey landangler, I was wondering about your strategy to use such a large SP to begin with when targetting Bream? Is this the “big lure, big fish” thing, or some other reason? Do you ever encounter any Bonefish in your area? Enjoy reading your post.
I have found that at this time of year – when they are spawning – a big sp can often entice a big (and hence) wary fish to attack. A few of the bream pros I have talked too, also say that if you know its a regular Bream spot – start off big and work your way down.
Great to see you at Bribie, Land Angler! It certainly was a beautiful day to be out, but a bit on the cold side. Good luck with the fishing. Julie