FISHING IN THE RAIN - THE GUIDE!
If you tell me you've asked Santa for a fine, sunny day or two for Christmas, then you are not alone! I bet that is at the top of the list for many little kids and big kids, Queensland wide. This incessant rain is beginning to annoy even the most tolerant of people, while families with small children may also be finding it hard to explain (over and over again) why it's still raining! Luckily the rain has given me the time to think hard about how we can still fish during this type of weather, especially when kids are involved.
Hire a boat: Yes you may get wet going between car and boat, but once on board the canopy will keep you pretty dry. All boats at Swan Boat Hire have large, solid canopies while the larger BBQ Pontoons even have pull down plastic curtains which will really keep you warm and dry. Fishing spots with coverage are limited in the river as there are only so many structures like bridges and large trees to minimize the rain. In a boat you can also sit in one of the best spots - The Cod Hole, just under the protection of the twin Motorway Bridges. The larger flat pontoon style craft is ideal for children as they've got high sides completely enclosing the deck, big barbeque to feed hungry tummy's and even a toilet onboard (so you won't have to dash out in the rain). Especially for the holidays, we've put some super savings vouchers on our website so check it out: www.swanboathire.com.au
Seek out a Bridge: Let's face it, there's only so much time you can stand wearing a raincoat, unless you are skillful enough to master easy casting in one. The best solution is to find a spot affected the least by rain. Bridges are the best structure do to their solid nature and the fact that their pylons are perfect hiding spots for fish such as bream, trevally, mangrove jack and cod. At Noosa, Munna Bridge and around the Sheraton are worth trying. In the Maroochy River, as mentioned before; The Motorway Bridge, Petrie Creek and even the small bridge over Cornmeal Creek near the M1 building are ideal. Cotton Tree has some pretty big leafy trees very close to the water that will provide some cover as well. In the Mooloolah-Kawana area; try the Motorway bridges by Bridge Seafood, Parearra Channel and parts of La Balsa Park have substantial tree coverage. Caloundra has the Pelican Waters inlet where several bridges are and protected areas.
Head to the Barra Park: What's the perfect way to spend a day fishing where you are pretty much guaranteed a catch with the added bonus of being only meters away for a large undercover area? Suncoast Barra Fishing Park is the answer! Close-by, it's located on the northern banks of the Maroochy River at Bli Bli. It boasts three large saltwater ponds of over 18 acres of fish rich waters. If you've never caught yourself a barra or the king of the jungle of estuaries, then Suncoast Barra is the best option which doesn't involve a 900km drive to the top end! Plus barramundi thrive in muddy waters after plenty of rain. With several sheltered areas, bbq's and plenty of space it's an angler friendly environment. The aim is to provide a relaxing location, ample fish for all plus chances to set new catch records. This park gives all anglers a free tub of pellets for bait/berley on entry, but you can easily use live, fresh or frozen baits, lures and fly gear. For more info give the team a call on 54487514 or check out their website: http://www.suncoastbarrafishing.com/
If you still are stuck for something to do fishing-related by out of the weather, then head to Underwater World with the masses where you can look longingly into the pelagic tank or play mind games with a big Grey Nurse until the rain eases! I would also like to wish everyone happy holidays, play it safe on the water as all kinds of hidden debris will be floating around. And Santa, please bring back some long, hot, dry days so my tacklebox can dry out in time for some serious fishing action!
LOCAL FISHING REPORT
Noosa: Spanish Mackerel 10-15kg and spotty mackerel between the river mouth and Sunshine reef. Cobia and dolphin fish from North Reef. Flathead and whiting in the frying pan. Mud crabs in Weyba Creek and in Lake Cooroibah.
Maroochydore: Spotty mackerel between Old woman island and Currimundi. Mudjimba beach has been producing dart, whiting and flathead. Bream, tarwhine and whiting in the lower river on the making tide. Mud crabs throughout the river, with a few caught near Cotton tree.
Kawana: Spanish Mackerel and yellow fin tuna on trolled baits and lures from Murphy's reef.. Bream along La Balsa Wall. Whiting off the beaches.
Caloundra: Spotty and School mackerel from Currimundi Reef. Trevally from the boardwalk on high tide. Flathead just inside the bar. A few whiting from the mouth of Bells. Grunter bream from Bullcock Beach. Mud crabs throughout the passage.
Patcho McGill and his grandson Jake McGill were trolling garfish around Point Cartwright when this 35kg Spanish mackerel smashed the bait.
Irene Withner was fishing with her grand kids Daniel and Blythe Levick in the Maroochy River during the school holidays and released this dusty flathead on Anglers Advantage Charters
Zane Tuckwell was fishing out from Mooloolaba on Monday morning when he hooked this 7kg spanish mackerel.