I could fish for a few hours early on Sunday. So I drove up to Bribie. The tide was not ideal. It would be a 2.1 m high at about 6.30 am – which is just about sunrise, at this time of year. I arrived just after first light, at about 6.10 am and waded out under the bridge. There was no wind and conditions were perfect for boating. There were a few boats out already, collecting live bait under the bridge lights.
I heard a few big splashes and could just make out a dolphin putting on its best ‘Seaworld’ display, out in the middle of the Passage. Miraculously, I caught its silhouette, clear of the water, in a photograph, but there was not enough light to make it a good shot. The boats anchored close to the bridge would have had a fantastic view of the show.
I headed for my usual fishing zone – to the south of the old oyster jetty. But as the tide was in, I would be fishing the shallows, close to the foot of the mangrove roots, rather than the edge of the weed beds, further out.
I started with a GULP Jerkshad soft plastic in the Peppered Prawn colour. Someone asked me what has happened to my favourite – Watermelon Pearl colour. My problem is that I cannot seem to find them anywhere, at the moment. It is still my favourite colour, but a lack of stock in Queensland is forcing me to try different things. So Berkley Australia – http://berkley-fishing.com.au/company/berkley-australia/ – if you are reading, time to re-stock the retailers with the Watermelon Pearl 4” Minnow soft plastic!
The Peppered Prawn Jerkshad did not let me down, however. I was slowly hopping it along the bottom, in less than a meter of water, when I felt a fish grab it. It was a 45cm flathead. I released this one and moved on. About 10 minutes later, I had reached the gap in the mangroves, just before the shoreline turns west, towards Sandstone Point. There is a drain in front of this spot and a few deeper hollows in the sand. I cast towards these and soon found another flathead – a good size this time – just under 60 cm.
Things went quiet as the tidal run slackened, so I swapped to a small hard bodied lure – the DUO Realis Shad 59 MR. I fished this around the same area and had a couple of grabs and knocks – which could have been bream or the long toms. At about 8.00 am I caught another 45 cm flathead on this lure.
Then things went quiet. I fished for another 2 hours without a touch. It was a perfect day and so there was a constant flow of boats heading out into the bay, which may have slowed the fishing down a little. Beautiful morning but once again, fishing the high tide had been hard.
g’day mate, firstly love the blog, i look at every week and drool with envy.
i south of you in the Cleveland area, and i’m lucky enough to have few choice spots to work for flathead from land. however i have been having trouble with my consistency. often going 3 or more trips without a fish. i have been using a mix of soft plastics and hard bodies. hard bodies i’m used to,but i’m a bit novice at plastics. could you give an explanation on your retrieve technique, and what size of jig you are using (i think you have mentioned in your blog before).
would love to have a chat to you about a few other things. if you can swing me an email etc.
I let the plastic hit the bottom, then pause for 10 secs. Then I lift the rod tip up about 1.5 m, fairly slowly, but I give it a little jerk at the end of the lift. Then I let the plastic sink back down for about 5 to ten seconds, wind in a little slack line and repeat. I generally fish the estuaries with a 1/8th ounce , size 1 or 1/0 hook, jighead.