A Few Holiday Sessions
Well although I have spent most of my holidays in the far south I have managed one good trip before I left and a whole swag of morning sessions in various parts of SEQ. It has been a very busy holiday period so apologies for my inactivity as well
Just after Queensland schools finished I went on a quick trip to a local system in the hope of catching a few surface bass before I had a self- imposed abstinence while spending the holidays at Phillip Island. With a little rain around I planned to return to a system that performed quite poorly on my opening day and I wanted to see if things had changed since then.
Launching as the sun came up it didn’t take long to realise the water levels were still very low and that post spawn bass had probably still not had a chance to return to upstream to my chosen location. The water still looked awesome and so I decided that I would still see what was about and it wasn’t long before a few rat bass started to smack away at my Sammy 65.
The first fish of the day were caught on my favourite surface lure the Luckycraft Sammy 65 and I decided it was time to try out Dishley’s Next Bend popper that he had painted in my favourite colours. It wasn’t long before a cast in tight to a small tree stump was belted after the first bloop and I had a nice 30cmFL+ bass slipping into the net.
Alternating back and forth between the Sammy and the Popper I managed a few more bass before I headed upstream where the action subsequently died.
Turning around I thought I would try the pool below the launch and managed another solid hit that missed the mark. I contemplated heading downstream but the amount of portage required in a river with very low water was enough to steer me another location nearby where I knew I would be able to find a few more bass and exit in orderly fashion.
Arriving at my second launch there were number of other cars parked at the causeway but luckily they were all swimmers and so I quickly launched and headed downstream. It wasn’t long before I managed a bass or two off the surface in the small pockets of shade created by the midday sun.
Many of my favourite structures though were fully exposed and so I was forced to go deep on a number of occasions to find a few willing bass.
After the long session on the weekend I couldn’t help but pop out for another quick morning session at a spot close to home. This involves me getting up at 4AM and getting home by 7AM so it really is a quick fish if you include travel. The waterway holds a very small population of bass but there are some good fish in there and o I am always drawn back to it even though a donut is always a possibility. That said I have always managed a hit or two even when I emerge without netting a bass.
On this particular morning I missed a bass early which hit my Luckcraft G-Splash in Archer Bee and refused to come back for seconds. Casting at all my favourite structures the bass remained very quiet until I reverted to my Duel 60mm Hardcore Shad and cast adjacent to an overhanging bush. As the diver reached depth it was slammed and my daydream was broken as I struggled to control the fish and get it to the net. At 38cmFL it was another good fish from this system and will keep me coming back for a quick fish again and again
After returning to Queensland I was keen to get out for another morning session and so I headed to another local waterway that sees a lot of pressure. It has not fished well for a while now although the few quick morning sessions that I have head in there have yielded me a fish or two and have made the quick trips worth the effort. Like other mornings that I have ventured into this creek the fish seem to be keen to hit lures in the twilight but shut down very quickly once the sun comes up.
My first cast for the morning with the Nobroko Softcada was unrewarded but the second cast tight to the root ball of tree running parallel to the bank saw a bass hit the lure and miss. The follow up cast was a shocker and fell well short of the root ball and so I retrieved it quickly only for the bass to belt the lure at the very end of the retrieve and scare the bejesus out of me! It was only a rat but it’s always a good sign to manage a bass off the surface no matter what the size.
Two casts later and a bass smashed the Softcada as it ran parallel to the tree trunk and I though it was a good fish until I felt the weight and realised it was only a rat again. It amazes me sometimes how hard small bass can hit lures! I didn’t take any photos but got some good video!
I continued downstream and the fishing quietened off as seems to be the way in this system. I switched back to my go to lure which needs no introduction and eventually it was smashed off the top on an exposed section of roots on the bank. This bass was a bit better and at 35cmFL it was my best fish for a while off the surface in this system.
I missed another bass on the Sammy further downstream in another section of exposed roots and then the surface action completely died off. I switched to a diver but even this could attract no attention. At one point it got caught down deep on a snag and after a bit of effort the snag came loose and came to the surface. As it breached the waterline I noticed a Megabass Siglett was also caught on the stick and I thought you ripper! As I reached for the stick it fell back into the water and although I tried to quickly snatch it back it vanished into the depths! Bugger!
I continued to cast as I moved upstream and I was eventually rewarded with another average bass of 35cmFL (I got a photo but it was too blurry!) to round off the morning.