Heatwaves and big tides can combine to make catching fish a challenging task.
The fish Hold tighter to the bottom in the Warmer conditions. At this time of the year we will usually get those bigger tides which creates more current flow in our favourite spots so it really only allows us a few hours either side of the tide for the current to slow Enough for us to be able to get some nice fresh lightly waited baits Down to our fish.
For Moreton Bay Fishing Charters Sean Conlon, it’s a challenge he takes on with some local smarts when taking clients out on the Bay.
And Sean is more than happy to impart this knowledge with us to enjoy a solid days fishing.
When there are reasonably big tides I am going to look for areas where it would not normally run as hard. This is an area where there’s not a lot of tide movement and allows for up to two hours of calmer conditions.
In that area I will have some structure that I know of and what I’ll do is anchor up-current from that and I’ll run a big burley trail Before feeding my lightly waited baits back to wards the structure.
As the tide starts to slow in that area I’ll go to another area where it normally has a lot of current and fish for another two hours there. In the last two hours of the run in for the first two hours of the run out the tide in these areas Slows enough to make it fishable.
Again I’ll find some structure in that area and then get another burley trail going before running out some nice Lightly waited baits.
I’ll sit up current from a little bit of a rocky outcrop or a ledge and then I’ll feed the baits back.
So what I’m basically doing is fishing the same tidal flow for 4 hours by changing spots.
Knowing the tidal run is important because when the tides are running really hard which brings a lot of current flow ,You have to use too much weight to get your bait to the bottom And then the bait doesn’t look natural to the fish.
The areas Sean refers to when the tides are bigger are around Peel, Macleay, Goat and Coochiemudlo Island’s.
While knowing the right spots is one thing what bait you are using is just as important.
Fresh is best! I will use a nice strip of 3-inch long and half-inch wide fresh cuttlefish on a longshank hook.
I will push the cuttlefish right to the top of the hook and then I’ll feed a nice fresh prawn on to the long shank hook And then a half hitch around the bait to secure it to the hook.It just makes it a little bit harder for the pickers to yank it off.
It makes for a nice seafood cocktail!
So get to know your spots whether it’s a big or small tide and by moving about you’ll be able To fish more productively on your days out on the bay. But as I mentioned fresh bait is best.