The Christmas and New Year breaks are always a busy time of year on the water, but even with much higher than normal boat traffic, there were still some good fish to be had in the Bellinger and Kalang systems over the last 2 weeks.
I joined the many other hopefuls in dropping a few pots to get some crabs for Christmas and found a few nice Muddies high up in the Kalang. With the minimal rain we’ve had over the last few months they do seem to be further up the systems.
I got a new Chilli crab recipe and some ingredients off a mate and we enjoyed some delicious chilli crab over Christmas!
The Cicadas have been going mental in the hot weather and there has also been some great surface fishing right through the day in the snags and flats further up the systems. I had my better half Cath with me for an afternoon session up the Kalang and she managed to smash me on the scoreboard with a number of good bream on the gravel beds with her brand new Samurai Reaction / Shimano Stradic Ci4+ outfit she scored for Christmas!
Down lower in the estuaries there are still some nice Jew and Flathead getting about, and also some big GT’s! I had a very early start down near the mouth of the Bellinger and found a few of these brutes cruising the edges of the flats smashing baitfish. After hooking one on a light plastic and getting smoked in about 3 seconds, I followed the fish as they moved up the river a little further. These were not your average 30cm trev’s that you see in the system regularly, these were a very small school of real gangsters. I followed them to within casting distance and watched as a couple of the lead fish cruised along the surface, one even ‘tailing’ as they cruised along creating bow waves and wakes. A Bassday Sugapen 6′ in front of the lead fish proved irresistible and it only took 2 twitches for the fish to annihilate it.
I was a little excited and didnt measure the fish but at an estimated 65-70cm it would be the biggest GT I’ve caught in the rivers down here so was pretty happy as my smile suggests!