The cooler months on the Tweed can be an exceptional time to target trevally species in the river. Not only are they a fantastic sportfish, they are also sensational in beer batter and make even better sashimi.
It’s always possible to find trevors throughout the Tweed system, but I find the cooler months in particular to be the most rewarding. The river is generally clearer and the baitfish are in abundance, so there is no better time to rig up and go chase some line-burners.
The most productive areas to fish at this time of year can be the two main bridges in the lower reaches, Boyds Bay and Barneys Point. Both bridges are main structure points and current breaks in the Tweed. They hold a heap of bait and are accessible by boat and land, so regardless of your situation it’s possible to tangle with arguably the hardest pulling fish in the river.
There is a wide variety of methods to target trevally, and my favourite way to target them is on lures. A light spin combo capable of throwing 10-12lb line is all that is required. You won’t stop all the fish around structure on this tackle, mind you, but it keeps it sporting and keeps the tackle shops busy.
Pin tail jerkbait style soft plastics are the go-to here. Opt for a heavier jighead to allow you to cover more ground. Keep your lure working fast and erratically to get the fish fired up. I have found the prime time for fishing the bridges is around the tide changes, as fish will hold up here gorging on any bait that takes refuge as the tide slackens.
It can be really productive to fan cast metal lures as the tide slows to locate the fish before they hold up on the pylons. That’s when it’s time to rig up a plastic and start jigging. Micro-jigs and small blades can work just as well too, so it pays to have a variety of lures in your bag, depending on what gets the fish going on the day.
The north wall at the river mouth also holds big numbers of fish that patrol up and down in loose schools throughout the tide. Early morning and late afternoon are great times to target them on surface lures while land-based fishing. Patience is key. You can go without a bite for some time, but the trevally are never too far away.
Long casts up tide and parallel to the groyne are your best bet. Stickbaits and poppers in the 75-110mm range are ideal. It’s common to get belted by tailor as a by-catch, and when bled straight away these make an awesome breakfast.
The bigger tides around the moons will see the fish pushing up into the Terranora Arm, which can produce some awesome fishing. On more than one occasion I have been fishing the drop-offs chasing flathead and have been smoked by trevally in the 3-5kg size class. I choose to let fish of this size go and generally keep ones around 1kg.
So rug up early and hit the bridges or the flats for some light tackle lure fishing fun this month. Be kind and courteous on the water, and remember it’s lovely just being out there.Reads: 2007