It doesn’t matter what river, creek, passage or open water you are fishing on this week, your chances of catching something is pretty slim. There is so much fresh in the rivers, logs and other floating debris are snagging hazards and the current is flowing at a cracking pace as all the excess water tries to escape towards the river mouth.
Technology has allowed many people to share their experiences of the Queensland floods across a variety of mediums including social networks and the likes of Youtube. The team at Swan Boat Hire has been watching the water levels closely and in doing so have captured some great videos and photographs of the local flooding. They can be found on www.youtube.com/swanboathire and on www.facebook.com/boathire along with information relating to the Maroochy River.
Fishing the dirty water line is what I would normally suggest after a storm or wet period, but there has been so much water, that more patience is required than normal. The dirty water lines are created when clean greeny-blue salt water meets the brownish fresh water. When these two water bodies meet they hold food that kicks off a small food chain. Small bait fish feed on the nutrient, these attract bigger predators and so on e.g. trevally in the river feeding on prawn and small baitfish from upstream, tuna and mackerel feeding on small frogmouth pilchards and herring out around the dirty water mark between Maroochy and Mooloolah river mouths.
Mullet are notorious for feeding on the froth build up, that is common on dirty water lines and this can be good for anglers wanting to cast net some live bait. Try your luck over the weekend with big lures and baits around schools of mullet that are feeding along dirty water lines in the lower reaches. If you are like many angler’s and prefer to have the weather, local knowledge and luck on your side before you head out, then consider a crabbing trip.
The fresh in our rivers will most definitely have the crabs on the move right through to next weekend. Flood waters, no matter how devastating always have the one upside of filling pots with big mud crabs after they’re washed from their hiding spots in the upper reaches. Also big territorial buck crabs should be moving around over night in the usual haunts and with the abundance of food being flushed out of the creeks and canals the crabs should be fairly full. It is good to see the true spirit of locals who were dropping pots out as soon as the rain eased on Wednesday!
If the rain stays away, the hot and humid afternoons (when the barometric pressure drops and right before a storm), are the best time to work snag country up the creeks, upper reaches and around bridge pylons for mangrove jacks. Smaller 3-4” poddy mullet aka Jack Snacks are prolific in the creeks, canals and drains at the moment after becoming disoriented by the surging floods. As the river starts to let the flood waters reside, mangrove jacks will venture away from the snags at dawn, dusk and over night, giving anglers a chance of hooking up a quality jack.
In all situations, whether off the bank, on the edge of the islands or along a jetty or bridge – play it safe. Remember flood waters are very unpredictable and have many hidden dangers. Watch all children like a hawk and avoid swimming as the water will be full of all sorts of nasties which have been swept downstream. And you can see first hand on our Youtube page – www.youtube.com/swanboathire exactly how the flooding is affecting the river.
If this article is nothing more than a pep-up and encouraging look at how there are still a few positives which have come with the rain. Our thoughts do go out to everyone who is struggling to survive now and are still enduring the devastation of this unpredictable weather pattern.
Noosa: Flathead and grunter bream in the frying pan. Mud crabs in the canals ,Weyba Creek and throughout the middle reaches of the river.
Maroochydore: Grunter bream and mud crabs throughout the middle and lower reaches. Bream and the odd whiting around the river mouth on high tide.
Kawana: Bream and tarwhine in the wash along Kawana Beach. Bream, Grunter bream and a few mud crabs in the middle reaches.
Caloundra: Flathead, golden trevally and bream from the bar. Mud crabs throughout the passage.
Trevor Westerman was fishing off the beach at Mudjimba with flesh baits when he hooked into some quality bream with the biggest weighing in at just over 1kg.
Zhane Currie was crabbing in Petrie Creek when he potted a nice sized buck crab.