In August the almost non-existent winter continued with warm
water and not much rain. There were lots of mullet and small flathead in the
Brunswick River. I fished around with soft plastics and light leaders and
occasionally snagged some of the mullet. Even the smallest flathead seem unable
to resist a soft plastic, pulled across the sandy bottom in front of them.
The river is a beautiful spot but is best fished at dawn or dusk, mid-week. The rest of the time it is quite busy with boats and swimmers and the fish tend to settle in the quieter areas. Of course, there is always one inconsiderate knobhead who decides to put his jetski in (they are prohibited in the river). I console myself in the knowledge that karma being what it is, jet skiers will be reincarnated as baitfish in the next life, and give them a wave.
Ok, I once again apologise for an ancient report on last winters’ fishing at Iluka, but better late than never.
I managed to get down there for a few days with my kayaking friend, Andre. Conditions where prefect with a very light swell and not much wind so we managed to spend plenty of time out fishing in all my favorite spots. Andre fished in his Kayak while I focused on the rocks.
I caught a range of species from the usual dart, bream, tailor, trevally and flathead, to the less usual tuskfish and what looked like a small queenfish. The jewfish/mulloway were hard to find but I eventually caight a small one off the rocks at Frasers Reef.
I was mainly fishing with light leaders and soft plastics and then switched to a heavier leader and slug or lure, around dawn and dusk. As usual in this spot there were a few big runs, bent jigheads and straight bite offs.
Andre managed some good fish out front in his kayak, including a decent snapper that grabbed a big deep diving minnow hard bodied lure. This spot never ceases to amaze me!