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Chasing Golden Trevalley on the Magnetic Island flats.


Enjoying one of the many beautiful beaches of Magnetic Island.

Friday 14 May 2010

Flats fishing part 2

After a few tries and finally working out that the flats can fished at both high water and low, I finally landed some fish! 

After catching the first targeted trevally, on a rising tide it was with some trepidation that I started fishing on a falling tide. As the tides are not always perfect as they are in our dreams, sometimes you have to fish at the wrong time. 

The place I fish has mangroves on the waters edge, sand flats offshore, some rubble beds and coral bommies in the deeper water. The basic plan is to fish the flats first. This will allow me to target any fish moving up over the flats as the tide rises. Then move up to the mangroves and work the mangrove edges, this allows any small fish to move out from the mangroves and hopefully attacked by a larger predator! Finally move back to the flats as the water leaves the mangroves, at this point I am again chasing the larger fish but this time moving off the flats. The final spot is to work the rubble and coral areas at the end of the tide. Ideally the next step would be to follow the tide back in! 

The type of fish caught so far are pictured but there are smaller fish they may join your catch. The main target is the golden trevally so hopefully they will follow. I do look for fish feeding and work with stingrays if possible. I am using a 8wt rod with an intermediate line and at this time a white clouser/deciever pattern this seems to work best so far.