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Post Posted: Fri Sep 14, 2018 11:06 am    Post subject: East arm fishing

Good morning guys
I have been fishing a couple of times from east arm boat ramp mor exactly in hudson creek.
I was looking for crab and maybe barramundi. The first I got 1 crab out of 6 pots using chicken neck, i setup my pots 1 hour after the high tide because i couldn't go in the water earlier, and 2nd time i got 1 crab out of 6 pots using chicken wings, smoked ham bone and out of 3 pots i tried to put some in of cat food with hole in it to attract the crab. This time i setup my pots 2 hours before the high tide and i tried to go further in the creek.
So then during the time i was waiting for my crab pots i went back to the mouth of the creek and tried to fish for Barra.
The first time i didn't get anything and yesterday i got a small trevally and a cat fish on lure.
So what do you think about my technics, bait and spot that i'm using?
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Post Posted: Fri Sep 14, 2018 11:47 am    Post subject: Re: East arm fishing

You are better off having the pots in and fishing for barra from low tide onward. Two hours before high tide is about when things start slowing down as everything moves into the mangroves.

Also, crabbing can be quite an active business on a big tide, it can be tricky to fish for barra and crab at the same time, although plenty do.

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Post Posted: Fri Sep 14, 2018 2:07 pm    Post subject: Re: East arm fishing

Ok so if i'm planning to go fishing on sunday the low tide is at 4.30pm i should launch my boat around 2pm right? Start fishing the barra first and then setup my pots when the tide start to change, then keep barra fishing and get back my pots?
Or should I choose to do barra fishing or crabbing to put more chance on my side?
Sorry for maybe asking silly question but i want to do it right
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Post Posted: Fri Sep 14, 2018 2:22 pm    Post subject: Re: East arm fishing

I prefer putting Potts on the low because u can see the channel in the gutters. The best time for Barra is an hour either side of the low tide. So I would put the pots in a couple of hours before low tide, fish that 2 hour window for your barra. Then checks your Potts.


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Post Posted: Fri Sep 14, 2018 5:10 pm    Post subject: Re: East arm fishing

Thanks Eman for the advice, i think going to follow your plan! And what type of lure do you usually use for barra fishing?


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Post Posted: Sat Sep 15, 2018 1:21 am    Post subject: Re: East arm fishing

White SXR 10 xrap works OK as an all rounder for that area barra,trev, good jacks and the odd cod around the small rocky islets in the bay during the day or under the wharf lights at night.

But most of the good fish you come across out there either out on the reef or way up the creeks will eat live mullet if you can be dedicated enough to get a few and sift through the bycatch. ... :fishing:

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Post Posted: Sat Sep 15, 2018 7:35 pm    Post subject: Re: East arm fishing

I agree if you can get a hold of live bait that’s the ticket, in addition to what flicken4em said small gold bombers are a good lure.


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Post Posted: Mon Sep 17, 2018 12:40 pm    Post subject: Re: East arm fishing

A quick review of a sunday fishing in East Arm still looking for crab and barra. I took one o my friend out for a relax sunday afternoon. We didn't get any Barra but we managed to get 1 big crab (1.5KG) and a nice cod in the pot. We got some trevally, mangrove jack and few small crabs and I hooked up a stingray on the tail close the barb, lucky I managed to release it.
We end up cooking the crab for a good stir fry noodle and crab meat, amazing taste. We couldn't have dream better for a good sunday diner.
Such a nice Sunday, still practicing to get more crab next time and maybe some barra.


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Post Posted: Mon Sep 17, 2018 1:47 pm    Post subject: Re: East arm fishing

Nice work mate! I plan harbour trip to put the boat in on the top half of the run out tide, drop pots off near drains but make sure you put them where you will be able to get to them when the tide drops. Fish around any tidal drains for barra as the tide drops. After an hour and a half check your pots, you might have to move a few to deeper water, then go back to barra fishing until dead low tide. At dead low throw net some live bait. As the tide turns fish your live baits in any eddies at creek mouths or around rock bars, check the pots once between low tide and high tide, moving them further up drains as the tide comes in. Once the tide is up in the mangroves pull the pots and go home, or go out and fish reefs in deep water, in the creeks all the fish will move into the mangroves as soon as they can.

Gold bombers, reidys little lucifers, 65mm soft vibes and 75mm squidgies are all good lures to start with. Most of the time getting the lure in front of the fish, and with the right action is more important than the actual lure you use. I find slow and "twitchy" retieves better than fast and "jerky" if that makes any sense. Let soft plastics and vibes hit the bottom and them "hop" them with a medium/fast lift of the rod, before letting them hit the bottom again. Fish smaller lures until you get the hang of it, you will catch more small fish but at least you will get an idea of what works and what doesn't faster than if you just get out there and try to catch only large fish.


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Post Posted: Mon Sep 17, 2018 1:49 pm    Post subject: Re: East arm fishing

Oh and try to make a plan, and stick to it! Nothing will make you miss out on fish quicker than spending all day boating from spot to spot "looking" Find a spot other catch fish in regularly and fish it often. You will work out what works in that one spot, then you can take what you learn there and apply it to other places


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Post Posted: Mon Sep 17, 2018 11:09 pm    Post subject: Re: East arm fishing

Good stuff. What tides do you find best for the harbour?


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Post Posted: Tue Sep 18, 2018 11:06 am    Post subject: Re: East arm fishing

Building tides about 2-3 days before full or new moon are better for water clarity but sometimes lures are a bit easier to be sussed out and refused tho. I fish the bigger sets of springs in general as it drys a lot of prime spots leaving the fish more concentrated in the remaining bit of water in your area.

Exact low tide heights vary heaps depending on how far up you go or what structure you want to fish ( a prime spot upstream on the right is a decent rock ledge we fish it as it drops to a 2.4m low but it will be way up on dry land with a 0.8m one and this info only comes with time spent out there ) some spots up the top are a bit like king ck rockbar or shoal bay rock etc. In that section these landlocked bits are an all dayer as you can only enter or leave on the upper section of the tide then you are stuck there for hours over the heat of the day usually in the 38deg buildup waiting for hours for the tide to return.

Low tide is a prime time to take some pics or mark a few spots too for the next trip. Reef boots will give you bank access on some rocky bits up there too while you are stranded without the injuries that come from oysters and things in the mud when treking between spots. Big jacks and nice sized barra to 80cm can be caught between virgina rd and wells ck . But pleny of bad rockbars through there too so be careful and make sure you have a spare prop and tools to change it.

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