It’s no secret that the freshwater fishing scene is my passion. Catching sweet water jacks, barramundi, sooty grunter and jungle perch is personally preferred to chasing many saltwater species, even when the weather is good and allows for exploration further afield.
I recently returned from visiting the family in Bundaberg and spent some time with the old man and brother in law fishing the brackish zone of a local estuary as we thought a few solid mangrove jack may be on the cards.
I grew up fishing the estuarine section of this river when I was a kid but had never once visited the brackish area as a kid mainly because back then my fishing preference was switched around and I actually preferred the salt. These days, things are a little different.
I used google earth to identify a public access point in some pretty likely country and knew that the big tides, due to the full moon at the time, would push up over the tidal limits rock bar and pour into this awesome looking pool we located.
We arrived at the location just as the water was pushing up and over this bar and into this pool. Our timing could not have been any better. Poddy mullet were coming in from everywhere and this tidal water was bringing in a colour change, not to mention oxygenation caused by the torid movement of the new water.
Rocks and rockbars should be fished as a priority when chasing jacks, particularly the larger models. Throughout my years of catching these red devils, we have often caught many smaller to medium sized fish from the mangrove and snaggy environment….but caught the real solid fish around solid rock. This spot had it all. Over a red-hot 2 hour session we landed 4 jacks between us, a decent cod and large pikey bream on my 3000 Twinpower and the old man’s 2500 Sedona. I have recently been informed that my brother in law has visited again since this trip and has also pulled bass out of this hole as well. Now caching jack and bass out of the same waterhole is pretty cool!
Fishing of this kind is available to anybody with a sense of adventure and to those who take the time to study their local systems, identifying big waterholes, rock bars and tidal extent. It’s awesome visiting these locations around the full moon each month when tides are larger as this extra tidal elevation will encroach on upstream pools and fire the fish up in these locations that do not often see a surge of water from the salt. Give it a crack!