The weekend was looking like it would be blown out with forecast winds in the 15-20knt range, I was keen to get out and give it a go anyway. So with the planned flats fishing blown out the window I decided to fish the Bohle River. Luckily for me the ramp is only 1km from my front door and I was able to sleep in and head out at about 8am, to catch the 10.30 am low tide. I like to fish the Bohle on a low tide when I am chasing Barras and Ill usually head to the upper reaches and fish the
I arived at my favorite stretch of riverbank and found that I had left my tackle box full of leader and bits and pieces at home, so a quick call to the better half and a sprint back to the ramp to beat the falling tide and Jacinta was there with my tackle box. Start again...
I tied on a pink thing and started methodically working the submerged snags and soon found hungry rat Barras. I had some swiping at the fly but couldn’t get the hook to set, after thinking about a fly change I kept working the same fly for a while and then finally got the pointy bit to stick. 45cm of Barra flew into the air and fortunately jumped well clear of the snag and I soon had him boat side and in the net. The following 5 casts to the same submerged timber all resulted in either a fish on or a hit. By this stage I had 4 fish released all ranging from 30-40cm.
As I moved further upstream against the slowly ceasing tide I noticed some Tarpon rolling, so I changed to a clouser pattern, light pink over white with a little flash hoping this would tempt my nemesis, but not through lack of trying I couldn’t get one to eat the fly, quite frustrating but that's how fishing for saltwater Tarpon usually goes for me.
Back to the Barras, I tied the Pink thing on again and it wasn't long until I had Barras swiping at my fly. The next fish that I was trying to tempt was a little bigger and I watched him come out from under a branch at least four times before I got a hook into him and it was all over in a flash. He ate the fly and turned straight back to the snag and then jumped on the other side with my line going under the branch and the 20lb leader couldn’t hold up to the punishment, I was left mumbling to myself about how he was the biggest fish for the day easy!! I'm thinking
he would have gone at least 70cm, this was later confirmed as I was coming back past about 30 min later by a local lure fisho who extracted a 71 cm Barra from the very same snag with a bleeding cut on the opposite side of its jaw when he removed his soft plastic and put it in the esky. If it was the same fish its good to know that within 30min it had thrown the fly, but a shame it went into his esky.
After chatting to those guys they told me that the mangrove edges at the mouth of the river were holding a heap of fish earlier in the day so I headed out and had a look. They were spot on and I ended up with a good drift along the snags resulting in another couple of rats for the tally. All in all It was great day in my local with 9 Barras ranging from 20cm to 50cm, only small fish but constant fun with multiple fish on each snag and constant hits all session.
I love great days like this.