Where Barra hang out... Just follow the signs!
Fishing Baffle Creek!
A view of Baffle Creek from an aircraft, if you're lucky enough to have that experience, is spectacular and appears like a series of baffles. There are numerous islands with channels of brilliant blue water sweeping left to right around them, continuing upstream for many, many kilometres (view image).
The Baffle is massive. Its tidal reach extends all the way to Essendean Bridge, that is a whopping 35 kilometres, greater than any other estuary in Southeast Queensland. For more info on the river system click here.
The numerous channels of The Baffle and tributaries provide vast areas of opportunity to target fish, crabs and prawns.
In the lower section of the river including the mouth you'll find: Queenfish; Tailor; Trevally; Salmon; Grunter; Bream; Whiting; Flathead; Mangrove Jack; Moses Perch; Estuary Cod; Barramundi and various species of shark.
Depending on the species of fish targeted, there are numerous places to hook-up. There are large areas of sand flats to target Flathead, Whiting, Bream and probably Flounder or Sole. In the main channel at the mouth, Queenfish readily take spinners. Cast into the holes located around rocky areas with live bait or lures for Mangrove Jack, Barramundi and Grunter. Just back from the mouth, depending how long after a good flushing of the river, are stacks of trees washed downstream. Just imagine what huge Barra or Jack hide there. Dare to cast a lure! Other great snaggy locations are in and around the inlets of the small channels and creeks near the mouth.
The upper reaches of Baffle Creek branch out in many directions. In this part of the river, you'll find most species of fish already mentioned. The bank is mostly lined with Mangroves (view image) or rocky structures. Troll lures in the small channels around the numerous islands or cast at snags.
Bottle Creek, located approximately 5 km from the mouth of The Baffle on the southern side, is the first main tributary feeding into Baffle Creek. On high tide, a tinny would probably travel upstream approximately 10 km. Navigate around the sand banks. Mangroves line the creek most of its length until the bank steepens. There you'll find eucalypt forest along the bank and many fallen trees to cast lures at.
Become familiar with rock bed locations. Heading upstream on Baffle Creek are rocky areas just before "Red Hill" on the northern side 5 metres from the bank and on the southern side 1 km further along on the edge of the left bend. This is a wide section of the Baffle where one might not expect to run aground on a hard surface since the substraight before there is sand. The rocks are just below the surface on high tide and will make a serious mess of your propeller, hull and or occupants if hit at speed. From there to as far as a tinny can travel up Baffle Creek there are patches of rock here and there.
Continuing along Baffle Creek, approximately 8 km upstream from the mouth of Bottle Creek, on the northern side is Euleiliah Creek (view image) - hardly justifiably called a creek! Access to this part of Baffle and Euleiliah Creek is from boat ramps on either side of the "Ferry Crossing" (view image) on Baffle Creek. The junction of Euleiliah Creek is approximately 1km up stream from the ramps. There are many, many kilometres of great fishing, crabbing and prawning to be had along Euleiliah Creek. The banks are lined by eucalypt forest again with numerous fallen trees making shelter for fish (view image). Further upstream the eucalypt forest is replaced by overhanging Rainforest (view image).
Back on Baffle Creek heading upstream again, the habitat is the same as pictured for Euleiliah Creek, Eucalypt forest replaced by Rainforest habitat along the banks. Baffle Creek truly is a beautiful river system to explore and it really doesn't get any better than this. Walkers Crossing, about 6 km upstream from the junction of Baffle and Euleiliah Creeks, is a terrific spot (view image) down by the riverside (view image & view image). Continuing upstream of Walkers Crossing to Essendean Bridge (view image) will require a canoe and would be a fantastic journey. Must do that some day...
More to come... Lake Monduran. Keep watching!
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