Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Summer Season at Last

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Summer Season at Last

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IF you haven't been able to wet a line properly these Christmas holidays because of wet and windy weather, crowds inundating all the best fishing locations or that unusual desire to go shopping, then the time has come to stand your ground and exercise patience and perseverance, because the muddy waters are subsiding.

And the numbers of people at this exceptionally busy time of year are thinning ever so slightly as many have to return to work now that all the public holidays are over ... for a bit.

Early starts are a great idea for both the river and offshore trips. Not just because of very busy rivers and boat ramps, but the clear, cloudless days have heat beating down from the sun at a rate which burns even the most zinc-covered person. Most fish hunt and stalk at dawn and dusk rather than in the middle of the day unless in pursuit of a large school of tasty baitfish.

If you have indulged in the odd beer over the past week, then perhaps a twilight fishing session appeals more than a pre-sunrise trip?

It only took a little rise in water temperatures to get the dusky flathead on the chew and, although only a few big fish have shown up, plenty of succulent pan-size flathead of around 40-50cm are taking fresh and live prawns, blade lures and soft plastics in the lower reaches of the Noosa, Maroochy and Mooloolah Rivers as well as Currimundi Lake and the little creeks off Pumicestone Passage.

Flathead can be caught all year round but in summer they tend to have a sweeter flavour as their diet is rich in prawns and small fish. Making and falling tides are good as long as the water is not rushing too quickly. Try to fish along drop-offs or on a sandbank where water flows over and stirs up the sand slightly.

It was great to see some superb catches of bream at the moment, with both bait and lure anglers sharing the success.

Local lads Frank and Mick Bartosek have cleaned up in the Maroochy River and along the Mooloolaba rock walls, with every fish weighing a minimum of 1.2kg and the largest tipping the scales at 1.6kg. These big bream usually frequent the rivers in the middle of a cold winter. …

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