Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Don't Ignore Estuaries, Rivers

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Don't Ignore Estuaries, Rivers

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WITH the wind and swell the way it has been over the past couple of weeks, plenty of boats have been left on the trailer when in fact we have some wonderful rivers and estuaries teeming with fish.

To the north the Noosa River is one of the best, with a huge everglade at the top of the system that produces food for the river.

A little further south the Maroochy and Mooloolah Rivers both hold great stocks of fish, and with the Bribie Passage open at both ends to the sea and a fantastic fishery, there is no reason the boat should stay on the trailer.

If we do see a lull in the wind there have been some great reports of mackerel coming by the coast.

One of the quickest ways of getting onto a school is to keep an eye out for bird activity, which will usually indicate pelagics hitting bait from underneath and forcing them to the surface.

Now don't roar up to the school with the outboard on full noise as this will usually spook them.

Best to stand off and figure out which way the school is moving and then position the boat so they come to you.

Slugs are usually the best bet in this situation.

Big casts and fast retrieves, these slugs are designed to look like a fleeing baitfish, and one little baitfish all by himself is an easy meal.

In the river mouths whiting have been enjoying live baits like worms and yabbies as well as peeled prawn and cured worms.

A little further upstream the fishing has been equally good, with quality flathead, school jew and trevally that are pretty much everywhere with the low light periods morning and night producing some nice fish.

While you are upriver don't forget to lob the crab pots over the side.

There have been good sized bucks taken lately, and with the fresh water that is in the system they will be walking.

I had a guy in the shop the other day who reckons the secret to a good buck is to soak the baits in tuna oil -- and by the photo he showed me I think he is onto something. …

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