Another trip I won’t be forgetting anytime soon. But…. all for the wrong reason! I initially wanted to fish the port of Brisbane today but the wind was way too strong. I opted for the 2nd choice of hitting the canals on the Gold Coast. Being bored with going to the same spot over and over again I tried a new one. I did, however, overlap the new spot to an old favourite just in case 😉
Arriving a bit shy of midday I quickly dropped in the kayak and paddle with the tide towards the Convention Centre. Within 10mins the first fish hit the deck. Little 26cm bream. I battled the tide for a bit from there up until past the convention centre. Tide had just started turning so the paddle wasn’t too hard. Arriving back at a favourite small loop I soldiered through. Expecting a hit in this area I had both eyes glued to the rod tip. Towards the end, I took my eyes off them for a bit to answer some messages. Looking up I found one of the rods had a serious bend in it. No drags going off …. nothing.
Honestly, I thought I had snagged up; but after a few turns of the handle, I felt it…..Big head shakes!!! Omg..this was at the same spot I pulled in and landed my pb flathead 86cm some few months back! Yep… I hooked onto another croc. After getting it within 2m of the kayak I reached back to grab my landing net. Reaching out to land it my heart sank. The big guy took a massive head shake and shook free. Sitting there teasing me for a bit before diving for the depths 😭😭 Obviously this fish knew about the 1.5 social distancing too.😅😂
I finished the loop and headed for my next loop. This section wound around behind the Cascade Gardens. Heaps of snags and overhangs, extremely fishy but very difficult to fish. The current rips through here. I opted to pepper the oyster lined banks and jetties with Ecogear Bream prawns and Rapala Cranks. No luck though. From this section all the way back to the car I managed to land 2 more legal breams. Disappointed to not be able to bring home a prized flattie for dinner but oh well… beats sitting at home bored to death.
Only thing I’d like to add was the current of the Nerang! Omg don’t mess with it. My legs canned as I pushed through the currents. Then to add to the pain the little canal I came back through was like a rapid. The Current ran wild between these two pylons of a small bridge. Yep big sign “Caution strong tidal current”. I did 4 attempts before managing to get through. The locals looked on concerned. One mistake and I’d be in the drink. On the 4th attempt, I got through the bridge but my legs started cramping up. I reached for a bush that was overhanging to hold my spot. Little did I know it was a bougainvillea! With thorns! Ouch! But I hung on for dear life. I should really get myself an electric trolling motor!
Getting through I had a bit more time up my sleeve to fish but I was exhausted. Threw in the towel. I wanted to lie down n die somewhere panting 😅😂🤣