Fishos brave the wind and rain, and land catches, on Hinze Dam

Although the past week has been not conducive to fishing, some of us still braved the wind and the rain, and we caught fish.

FRESH WATER FUN: Rick Hughes is onto a fish among the sticks at Hinze Dam.

FRESH WATER FUN: Rick Hughes is onto a fish among the sticks at Hinze Dam.

Many from the Queensland Hobie Kayak fishing crew went out for a pre-competition fish in the Pine River to hone their skills, and many bream, cod and flathead were caught and released.

Encouraging has been the presence of bream in the 30cm to 35cm length range. Bream are worth targeting from along the coast.

I went fishing twice last week from the shore. Taking advantage of living on an island, we found a place out of the wind.

Two friends and I gathered yabbies and live hardyheads for bait. We caught only one legal-sized whiting, but the bream kept us entertained, and the live baits attracted the better-sized fish.

On another day, I went out on my own, pumped a few yabbies, and waited until an hour before the top of the tide to start fishing. I caught four whiting and two large bream which my wife and I had for dinner that evening.

Last Wednesday, Ray Kennedy and Rick Hughes fished the western arm of Hinze Dam. Despite the rain, they landed 56 bass on live shrimp before running out of bait by 9.30am.

A positive from the wet weather is that the prawns have shown up. The run is excellent for fishing, but the fish often are not interested in other offerings because they are so focused on prawns. Use live prawns or imitation prawns for best results.

Mud crabs should be active as well, and it is a great time to put out a few crab pots. Sand crabs are abundant, and this past weekend while fishing from the beach, we caught two which took our bait.

A small bull shark followed one crab all the way to shore. The bull sharks made a nuisance of themselves by taking all our live baits and biting through our leaders.

Anglers are always seeking an advantage in catching more fish. Fishing the right tides and best times is a tried and tested method of improving the chances of catching fish.

Two fish painted by a disabled artist feature on the 2022 edition covers of the two most authoritative, annual pocket guides for boaties, fisherfolk and off-roaders.

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