>
 
FishingBoating-World.com
 
 
News Home Newsletters Photo Gallery Powerboat-World Australian Cruising World Cruising MarineBusiness-World Animated Knots
Video Gallery MarineBusiness-World
Sail-World.com : Wet season awakening
Wet season awakening


'When it rains heavily, like it's doing in this image, the inflow points in impoundments become hot spots to fish! - Wet Season Awakening'    Lee Brake    Click Here to view large photo

Lee Brake explains how and why heavy rain is the catalyst for some exciting fishing opportunities in the north of Australia.

When the rains come we can often fall into the trap of sitting in front of the television or computer. We forget that it is this very rain that acts as a jump starter for many fish species' life cycle and in turn creates some very exciting fishing opportunities, especially in the north of Australia.


Barra are the obvious fish that springs to mind when we hear the words 'wet season'. The big breeding-size fish instinctively head out to the salt to breed and it's the rising water levels from rivers in flood that accommodate this. The juvenile barra also use the floods. They push upstream into the fresh and begin the early stages of life in the relative shelter of freshwater streams, billabongs, ponds and even irrigation channels. Now most times, if we are lucky, all this is going on during the barra closed season and then once the season opens we have as chance to capitalise on the wet weather guilt free.

Most baitfish washed down by floodwaters are very small, so never be afraid to match the hatch. A little soft plastic can equal plenty of fun, even if it is only from rampaging tarpon. - Wet Season Awakening -  Lee Brake   Click Here to view large photo

That's where you want to be casting. Work areas where running water is pouring in. It's a prime ambush point for waiting predators. - Wet Season Awakening -  Lee Brake   Click Here to view large photo

You see, it's not just barra that use the floodwaters to breed and disburse their eggs and offspring. Baitfish like empire gudgeons, hardyheads, rainbow fish, bony bream and many others all multiply exponentially once the rains set in. It's these same fish that then become food for an assortment of predators as they are washed along with the currents. This floodwater-driven sushi train is what makes the wet season such a great time to be fishing, not sitting in front of a screen!

Tarpon are great fun in the wet. Look for ripples on the surface of the water where they are feeding on bugs and small fish. - Wet Season Awakening -  Lee Brake   Click Here to view large photo

Every time we get good rains that cause noticeable run-off I'll be waiting with my gear at the ready for the first break in the showers. I live within walking distance of a small freshwater stream that is a tributary of Mackay's Pioneer River. When it rains heavily, a series of rapids, which separate the various parts of the stream, begin to pump as water funnels through. At the base of these rapids barra, tarpon, catfish and sleepy cod all wait to snack on the aforementioned baitfish. I can go down with the fly rod and cast tiny little white clousers and catch tarpon or work soft plastics like Squidgy Slick Rigs for barra. Both work, and I have had some great sessions doing just this. However, it gets better. If you time it right, at the very last set of rapids this stream flows down into a brackish creek, and on big tides the salt will actually meet the fresh at the base of these rapids. Combine this with a rain event and some bait-laden run-off and you have a veritable piscatorial meat grinder. Bait floods down and barra and tarpon move up with the tide and they all meet in this small area in a boofing, splashing cacophony of chaos.

How's that for a fat football of a sooty grunter! When the rains come these fish go off their heads in the impoundments. - Wet Season Awakening -  Lee Brake   Click Here to view large photo

This is not a pattern reserved for my little stream either, it is the same in most little tributaries that flow into our rivers and creeks. You'll even find a similar scene in freshwater impoundment if you look. Every dam has its old creek beds and natural valleys that flow with run-off after heavy rains. Sooty grunter love these inflows and will breed and feed in the running water until they are battered, exhausted and spent. I've had some amazing sessions using spinnerbaits and diving minnows like Reidy's Little Lucifers around the inflows of Teemburra and Eungella Dams.

Lures that vibrate and pulse in the water, like the paddle tail of a Squidgy Slick Rig, are a good wet weather choice. Predatory fish zero in on the tail beat in the dirty water. - Wet Season Awakening -  Lee Brake   Click Here to view large photo

While on the topic of lure choice, the key is always action and vibration over colour. Freshwater run-off carries lots of sediment as a rule, so the water clarity is either like well-steeped tea or like a chocolate milkshake, depending on the area. For this reason, you want something that has a big action like a Gold Bomber or a B52. Alternatively, try surface lures. Lots of creatures, like frogs, lizards, bugs and even chicks and baby bats, get washed along with floodwater and will flounder on the surface, and all are fair game to a hungry predator. Lures like poppers, fizzers and walk-the-dog stickbaits are excellent imitations of these floundering food sources.

The real key with run-off fishing, wherever you do it, is to be early. The feeding window is when there is a sudden change – be it fresh meeting salt, dirty water ballooning out into clean, fast-flowing aerated water meeting an otherwise still pool, or cool water meeting warm. It's the change, and the feeding opportunities it brings, that triggers the bite, but wait a just a short time and if the rain stops the status quo will return, and if it continues, a new status quo will emerge (i.e. the whole system will rise and run with the same sediment-laden floodwater).

So, next time it rains, don't re-watch Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings, tie some leaders, ready some lures and get ready to take advantage of the first gap in the rain.

Fish hard and stay safe.


by Lee Brake

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.fishingboating-world.com/index.cfm?nid=106915

10:21 AM Mon 25 Feb 2013GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.







FishingBoating-World

The Governor of NSW David Hurley is to be the patron of the new Rotary NSW Emergency Services Community Awards which will be launched on Wednesday, March 4, at Government House, Sydney ... [more]  

Rio de Janeiro's state environmental agency says it is investigating a fish die-off that has left thousands of carcasses floating in waters where sailing events are to be held when Brazil hosts next year's Olympics. ... [more]  

Twelve people on board a charter fishing boat near Broughton Island at Port Stephens had an early end to an expected day out fishing when mechanical problems stopped the 10m vessel. ... [more]  

2015 Aquece Rio International Sailing Regatta – The Notice of Race, the Olympic Test Event, has been published. The Aquece Rio – International Sailing Regatta 2015 is the second of two Rio 2016 Olympic Test Events with the first being held in 2014. Rio will welcome sailors once again from 13-22 August 2015 with racing taking place inside and outside of Guanabara Bay. ... [more]  

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and Boating Writers International (BWI) announced today winners of the 2015 Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show Innovation Awards, presented during the annual Industry Breakfast at the Miami Beach Convention Center. ... [more]  

A 59 year-old Bentleigh man will be charged with the use and possession of prohibited mesh nets, as well as taking undersize bream from the Maribyrnong River earlier this week. ... [more]  

Roads and Maritime Services expand live vision of conditions by Transport Roads and Maritime Services
Boaters now have access to live vision of conditions at more locations with an expanded network of 18 cameras in key coastal areas and one alpine waterway in NSW. ... [more]  

High seas weather warning for Metarea 10 issued by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre Brisbane at 0907 UTC 19 February 2015. Hurricane force wind warning for North Eastern Area. ... [more]  

Pacific Sky Power is launching the Kite Controller, a redesigned reel-bar with a compression winch that maintains equal line lengths throughout the launch and retrieval. For kayaks and canoes, this system enables sailing with a kite. ... [more]  

On a day that a television boating identity advised boaties to ‘give it a miss’, Australian Master Marine seized the opportunity of threatening skies, plenty of wind, swell and whitecaps to conduct sea trials on the first two new boats in its small plate alloy range. ... [more]  

This is an in-water trial set-up, which will involve The Albert Park Yachting and Angling Club (APYAC) assisting Fisheries Victoria and University of Melbourne to load and deploy locally sourced limestone rubble and other materials etc. onto to the seabed ... [more]  

Anglers of all abilities will be treated to the latest and greatest in leading-edge lures when the Yamaha Super Tank captivates audiences at the Gold Coast International Marine Expo (21-24 May 2015). ... [more]  

Information provided to the 13 FISH reporting line has led to two men being questioned by Fisheries Victoria for allegedly taking a large numbers of abalone, urchins and periwinkles near Portarlington. ... [more]  

A striking new exhibition of elegant images exposing the inner workings of fish from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History will open at the Australian National Maritime Museum this February. ... [more]  

The Maritime Management Centre in NSW is calling on members of the boating public to have their say on a draft paper reviewing lifejacket safety standards in Australia. ... [more]  

A 56-year-old Stawell man caught fishing without a licence at Peterborough last year has pleaded guilty to multiple offences, including possessing unauthorised commercial fishing equipment. ... [more]  

For the 2015 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show some of the marine industry’s biggest names have already signed up. In fact, bookings are on par with this time last year – where 307 exhibitors turned out – which bodes well for another bumper event. ... [more]  

A Sunshine Coast driver has had that horrible sinking feeling after his car went under water at a local boat ramp. ... [more]  

NOAA Fisheries has released its 2015 Biennial Report to Congress highlighting U.S. findings and analyses of foreign illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing activities and of bycatch of protected species and shark catch on the high seas for foreign fleets. ... [more]  

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) is urging owners of emergency beacons to dispose of their unwanted beacons correctly. ... [more]  

To improve fishing opportunities for recreational anglers, more than 100,000 estuary perch fingerlings have been stocked into seven lakes and rivers across Victoria, including three new waterways never before stocked with the species. Fisheries Victoria are actively reviewing other waters across Victoria to rebuild Estuary Perch populations. ... [more]  

Most of the seafood Americans eat comes from abroad. And a lot of that is caught illegally — by vessels that ignore catch limits, or that fish in areas off-limits to fishing. ... [more]  

The Association of Collegiate Anglers (ACA) announces that Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) has renewed its title sponsorship of the 2015 Collegiate Bass Fishing Series Championship. Now in its 10th Anniversary year, the event will be held May 20-22 on Pickwick Lake in Florence, Alabama. ... [more]  

New bipartisan legislation introduced today would help ensure recreational boaters don’t put unsafe fuel in their boats, according to Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS). Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), with 30 co-sponsors introduced the Renewable Fuel Standard Reform Act of 2015. BoatUS is urging all boaters to contact their US Representative to support the bill. ... [more]  

New bipartisan legislation introduced today would help ensure recreational boaters don’t put unsafe fuel in their boats, according to Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS). Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), with 30 co-sponsors introduced the Renewable Fuel Standard Reform Act of 2015. BoatUS is urging all boaters to contact their US Representative to support the bill. ... [more]  

Last Thursday a rare and very unusual shark was caught by fishermen trawling off Green Cape, south of Eden on the NSW south coast. ... [more]  

Conservationist and world acclaimed marine wildlife artist Dr. Guy Harvey is bringing his newest documentary Panama Paradise, A Guy Harvey Expedition to the Miami International Boat Show’s Big Game Room for a South Florida premier showing. ... [more]  

Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2015, Club Marine Magazine is launching its Birthday Bonanza promotion with one great destination package being won each edition of the magazine, beginning with a Fijian fishing experience for its February/March edition. ... [more]  

Boaters are reminded to keep clear of a section of Cudgen Creek next weekend for the safe staging of a triathlon. ... [more]  

A call to the 13 FISH offence reporting line recently helped Fisheries Victoria officers detect two Melbourne men aged 24 and 27 allegedly with undersize snapper at St Helens, north of Geelong. ... [more]  

Fish stocking in the Wimmera River is more than 70 per cent above normal levels this year thanks to improved water quality and funding from Victorian recreational fishing licence fees. ... [more]  

An anonymous tip-off to the fisheries offence reporting line 13 FISH earlier this month has led to three people allegedly being caught with more than 50 times the daily catch limit for abalone near Mount Eliza. ... [more]  

Fisheries Officers based at Portland seized 79 bream, one mulloway and ten fishing rods as a result of alleged fishing offences detected at Nelson on 21 January. ... [more]  

Better access for Great Ocean Road rock fishers
Rarely sighted frilled shark turns up in Victorian waters
Keep Australia Fishing - Queensland’s recreational fisheries
Solarshield by Oceanair: Antiglare roller blind for Marine use
Superior SuperElite ends Townsville ramp rage
2014 warmest year since records began + Video
New Torquay Reef a boost for local jobs and local fishing
A life jacket made to display on a wall
Sea, road and air? Abell Point Marina has you covered
AMM takes small plate boats upmarket into ‘Sea Class’
Wahoo Smackdown VI Tournament - Marine artists are onboard
Go on a submarine adventure in a special family fun day at the museum
Go on undersea adventure in theatre show at National Maritime Museum
Sail-World.com - Contributors Guidelines *Feature
Marine Rescue Kioloa and Ulladulla vessels investigate flare sighting
Two men and 4-year-old missing on fishing trip off Jervis Bay
Summer reminder about yabby fishing rules
Wish a Marine Rescue NSW volunteer a happy New Year on Sydney Harbour
Stop thief! Spies nab Spy thieves
Stop thief! Spies nab Spy thieves
Marine Rescue Batemans Bay brings two home safe on Christmas Eve   
Learn to make personal watercraft safety a priority this summer   
2015 Victorian Recreational Fishing Guide is now available   
2015 Lakefest Aquatic Week - A week-long celebration of boating   
Seven tips to get more out of a marine survey   
Marine Auctions raises the bar with live internet bidding for auctions   
You are what you eat – if you’re a coral reef fish   
Keep safe on the water this holiday season   
Sail-World new format - Important first visit changes needed   
Four new 'Fish Friendly Marina' accreditations announced   
Another successful auction year comes to a close at Runaway Bay Marina   
Marine Auctions is proud to announce the return of Bill Fankhauser   
Go on an underwater adventure this summer at the museum   
2014 Sanctuary Classic winners announced   
AMA raises concerns about banning small cottage based fishermen   
Club Marine's all-new TeleClaims and Online Claims   
Introduction of NSW's first combined car and boat licence   
Scientist explores mysterious food-borne illness: ciguatera   
Bum breathing icon’s future in doubt   
Three rescued from capsized boat in late night emergency   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW FBW
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT