What a difference a week can make. It seems like only yesterday extreme heat and bushfires dominated the news for a large portion of the east coast. Well the weather gods have certainly responded with pretty well the entire state receiving a long overdue drenching. Hopefully there is more to come.
For the keen anglers among us, flood type conditions create a few short term opportunities which do not exist, at least to any major extent, during periods of stable weather. The primary opportunity, as many will know, is in respect to chasing mulloway from the breakwalls.
Flood conditions have the dual effect of both flushing baitfish down from the upper reaches, while also creating ideal ambush conditions.
As such, when any estuary receives a decent fresh, mulloway often congregate around the river mouths in search of easy meals. It is during this concentration, that targeting this species generally results in a much higher success rate compared to other times.
In the absence of any supply of live bait, the most popular and time proven method is using lures. From time to time, most types will prove effective, however large minnows, preferably those containing a rattle, generally achieve the more consistent results.
All tides are worth a look, but the best action is often found around the tide line between the clean and dirty water. If you are contemplating this form of angling for the first time there are a couple of things worth bearing in mind.
Firstly, breakwalls during flood-type conditions are quite treacherous, and personal safety should be of paramount importance. Secondly, these types of conditions are difficult to fish in at the best of times, let alone during heavy seas, which usually accompany floods.
As such chasing mulloway with gear not suited to this purpose often leads to tears. By all means give it a go if you are keen, however, doing so in the company of someone who is experienced in these types of conditions, and with the appropriate equipment, is highly recommended.
Apart from chasing mulloway, blackfish and bream are other species which often fire up during these types of conditions. Blackfish often congregate in big numbers during a fresh, however generally ignore standard green weed offerings in clear preference for black weed. If you know where to get hold of some, it is generally dynamite during a flood.
Another location which fires only during real heavy seas is the bay at Shellys, with blackfish usually flocking to this location for both shelter and feeding opportunities during these conditions. Sea cabbage is the go here.
On the bream front, the breakwalls are certainly the place to be. Bait type is generally not of significance, however, best results will usually be achieved on the run-up tide, fishing the dirtier water rather than any clear water that may come in on the run-in tide.
For some reason, the bream often scatter when the clean water approaches. If you can't guess why, go back a couple of paragraphs.
Until next week, tight lines and good fishing to all.