With the forecast not looking too good due to strong south easterly winds, and potentially rain on the radar, the decision was made to stick close to the shore and hit the wharf on the southern side of the Brisbane River at Colmslie. This area has always produced a lot of fish however completely shut down through winter. A recent fishing trip a few weeks ago produced about 20 good quality bream all over the 30cm mark.
So the alarm rang out at 4am, a quick bite to eat and then it was off in the car to the launch site at Colmslie. With a bit of rain and wind around meant I was able to score my favourite parking spot right in front of the beach and ramp. The kayak was off the roof and in the water within minutes and off I paddled ready to get some fish in the net. The tide was running out and quite quickly at this point. The water was still nice and clean from the run in bay water. I was feeling pretty confident armed with an array of hardbody lures of various sizes, shapes and colours.
On the paddle to my main destination there are several pieces of structure that I always have a flick at. The last trip out resulted in losing a favorite lure to a great hit which took me straight around an oyster encrusted pylon resulting in my line breaking. So this time I made sure my drag was dialled up and I positioned my kayak better so I would get taken around the pylons. After a few quiet casts I finally got a strike right on the surface! 2 big bream chased my lure and attempted to smash it just as I brought it to the surface. What a stonker! But alas, the bream were spooked and I could no longer get any more strikes at my lure.
I bypassed the next few structures and straight lined it all the way to the end of the wharf to increase my fishing time in around the pylons. As the tide was rushing out, I planned to drift the length of the wharf casting in and around the pylons in the hope of luring out some of the big 35cm+ bream that hold deep on the pylons. I really like fishing around this particular wharf. Every 5 metres of the wharf there are 3 large pylons which provides great structure for bait fish and larger species. Bream seem to be the most common species of fish I have caught, with Cod, Flathead and the occasional Mangrove Jack being caught in closer to the banks around the sand flats and rockwalls.
The lure of choice for todays session is a Savage Gear crank in a brown/orange prawn colour. I chose this lure for it’s load rattle and shake and the ability to dive deeper along the pylons. I have success on pretty much all sorts of lures, but find the lures with more rattle work well once the water starts to turn brown on the run out tide. Great success has been had on the more natural, clear or silver lures such as Ecogear SX40, or Berkeley Fat Dog (or any crank bait type lure). I am yet to work the wharf with soft plastics as when the ride is running hard, it’s hard to get the lures up close to the pylons to be effective. Many times I have ended up getting snagged or my line wrapped around pylons.
My main method when fishing the pylons is to face the kayak into the current and drift slowly backwards casting first in front of the pylon and retrieving past it, and then as the kayak pasts the pylon casting again but in behind the pylon. Often the bream and other fish will be hiding out behind the pylon sitting in the eddy created by the current. Getting the lure as close as possible to the pylon as possible will definitely increase strike rates and the chance of a hookup.
I drifted the wharf 3 times in total, and managed to land about 12 bream in total. Not a huge haul, but I was happy with that, especially after only catching 1 bream in last weeks fishing adventure to the mouth of the Brisbane River. The biggest bream was about 31cm which is pretty decent as far as bream go. I am happy with anything over 30cm, with the majority of fish caught always between the 25cm to 30cm mark. That’s the great thing about lure fishing, the quality of fish tend to be much better than say bait fishing. My best so far from the wharf is about 38cm, which put up a great fight and nearly was lost to the pylons.
By this time the water was turning very brown as the run out tide was in full effect. It was about an hour from dead low so I decided to head back to the ramp and have a few flicks at other structure. Alas, it was not meant to be as I had absolutely no interest from any fish, so it was straight back to the ramp to load the yak on to the roof and head home.
Overall it was a good session. Plenty of good quality bream caught, no lost lures, no rain and home by 9am. Til next time, tight lines.