By Brad Bell
Kid’s sleepovers usually means a whole lot of screaming little uns (In my case females as I have daughters). I decided that it would be better for me mentally if I spent the night on the Burrup peninsula instead. I was to spend most of my time fly fishing however during the middle of the tide periods I was going to work some of the inshore reefs and points for jacks and trout. I was using the Samurai Reaction 402 which is a beautifully weighted 7ft 10-20 lb stick, great for northern inshore fishing. After the first flats session I worked a point on in the lee of the now moderate easterly that was blowing. That Is one of the great things about the Dampier Archipelago, there is usually always somewhere to hide even for the small boat anglers like me.
I was casting Bassday Bungy Casts and Atomic shiner 75′s into overhangs and areas amongst the cliffs and pommies that had shade over them. In my experience the local jacks love using these areas as ambush points, particularly on a rising tide. The great thing about the Bungy Cast stick bait is that it is sinking, and really lets you work the whole water column easily. Sometimes it’s just what you need to entice stubborn and shy fish. I landed one good jack and the length of the 402 makes fighting fish a little easier in these parts, being 7ft long I can maintain a high rod tip on the strike improving my chances of preventing a bust off. Unfortunately it doesn’t always work, after landing one jack I was blown away by an enormous grouper, I gets that’s always a chance when you’re fishing in the north.
The shiner was a great replacement, I was using the “silver wolf” colour, and it really throws the light and attracted a lot of strikes. Fortunately after being blown away by a number of large fish I was able to stick it to a nice coral trout. I went really hard on the fish to keep it out of the reef, I was really happy to see the lure (straight out of the packet) hooks hold up to the test. I’m sure my wife will be happy as well, dinner trout is always welcome in my household .