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Fly Fishing

Chasing Golden Trevalley on the Magnetic Island flats.


Enjoying one of the many beautiful beaches of Magnetic Island.

Sunday 8 February 2009

Barramundi hard to find in the floodwaters

I spent yesterday afternoon with Ward and Dion chasing some Barra in the freshwater. Initial plans were to head south to some of the flooded lagoons. But our confidence about being able to reach the lagoons, let alone fish them, was quite low. So we decided not to waste time and fuel, and to fish locally. Water pounding down the Ross kinda counted that one out. So we decided to give the drains into the Lake a try. At least we didn't have to go too far. And we always had spot x to fall back on for some fun with the Tarpon.

Well we hit those drains hard for a couple of hours with nothing more than a couple of small Tarpon to show for it. It was time for spot x. Dion had never fished here, so we were keen to show him just how much fun the small fish can be on light gear. And it didn't take long for him to find out. Dion's first fish was a ripper for this area, and his spin reel buzzed at it raced off with the 2kg line. A few jumps and it was at our feet for complementary photograph.

We finished early with a phone call from my wife saying that she had managed to lock herself and the kids out of the house! But that wasn't before I managed to hook my first Barra of the season. Probably in the 40cm range, it was great fun on the 4lb line. But it managed to straighten the hook on the small jig head as it pulled hard through some weed on the edge of the bank. Boy was I cranky, it was almost in! Might be having something to say about the Bearkley brand of jig heads.