Today I took Adam Hine from NSW over to Hope inlet to fish the low tide. Results were very encouraging. Despite the only bait available was a long way on the small side we managed to catch five Barr up to 80cm. All the fished were released but unfortunately one 65cm fish didnt make it as you can see in pic above.
Have done several low tide tours recently for similar results. Bait at low tide still remains hard but I would expect that to improve over the next few weeks.
The really good news is what I saw on a walk up onto the floodplains after the big spring tides last week.
I walked about two kilometers up and despite the lack of rain the mullet were wall to wall of all different sizes and sitting in the channels were packs of hungry Barra ready to swallow any mullet coming of the flats into the channels. It was fun scaring the mullet out into the channel and watch the barra boofing them. So I think despite the lack of rain we will get a bit of run off fishing in the bay though it may not last as long. Over the next few week thing will really star to crank up.
Crab have been about in numbers for a while now but many have been empty. This is pretty much what happens most years and by the end of March most are usually Full.