Desperate for a Fish
words by Brad Morris, Pics by Gill Greenberg
Well it’s been a couple of weeks since my last outing and I was chomping at the bit to get out for a fish before I go back to work, so with the weather report not looking so flash as normal I call up my fishing buddy Gill Greenberg and suggested we go for a Session, needless to say I didn’t have to twist his arm to come along so we hit national park boat ramp at 06:30 on Tuesday and I was surprised to only see one small boat trailer parked there. Was it because of the predicted forecast for the day? Possible showers with 10 to 15 Knots NE to NNE winds. We were there, the boat needed a run and there were only jobs to do back home for the wife so I was going anyway.
It was a slower than normal trip across the bay, but once there we moved in close to shore to work the mangroves and rocky headland in search of Golden Trevally, I opted for a nice new shrimp pattern I had just tied and Gill went for a small Bait fish minnow pattern, with poor water visibility and clouds blocking out the sun we went into blind casting mode hitting the edge of the mangrove. It was my Second or third cast and I hooked up on one of them out of season buggers about 70cm long For a short time anyway as the 12 pound tippet only lasted one head shake and so did my new shrimp fly, dam I really liked that fly.
As we tracked along the mangrove edge putting in cast after cast and having multiple out of season fish coming out for a swipe at the flies, we decided to push out to the rocky headland for a look to get away from what was becoming a really annoying situation. It never seems to happen like this if we were out to target them during open season though, I am certain they are aware of the closed season.
Shortly after hitting the rocky out crops I landed a couple of good size Bream (37-41cm), now with my donut gone and Gill still needing to land his first fish things got tough, the wind was getting stronger and changing direction regularly, the clouds darkened and out enthusiasm withered, with the prospect of getting drenched by rain and battered by rough water hanging over our heads. Weighing up out options we decided to take a gamble and wait out what looked like a decent size storm heading our way.
We hugged the coast for about twenty minutes or so until our prayers were answered. The skies cleared and the wind settled down to a steady 10 to 12 knots NE so with the dropping tides we moved out onto the sand bars in around 6 to10 foot of water. There we concentrated on areas where the dirty water line ran across the bars, and a few minutes in Gill was on with a standard size Giant Trevally for this area( small 30 cm one) at least he got the monkey off his back, Me!
We got down to business weeding through the countless vermin to finally set the hooks into some nice Barred Grunter, Golden Trevally, Giant Herring, and some better size Giant Trevally around 50 cm. We came across a large school of Blue Nose Salmon milling around in the dirty water, but all to no avail, we could not get a take or any interest from them so we moved on following the dirty water line shooting at dark shadows that were darting in and out of the colour change. Gill and I picked up a few more Goldens and we dropped a few, pulling the hooks whilst attempting to slow them down, but that’s fishing.
Well the day was getting on and the tide had stopped, the dirty water dispersed as did the fish, so it was time to head for home.
All in all, we got lucky with the weather and it was good day out waving the wand around with 6 Goldens landed a couple of good size Grunter and Pikey Bream, Giant Herring, and triple figures worth of Giant Trevally for the day, I Can’t wait until next break to do it all again.