First Light Gets The Bight

Story by Andrew Badullovich

The age old saying of, “The early bird gets the worm” has a lot of merit in the fishing world. Although I struggle to pry myself out of bed for an early start these days, there is the odd occasion when I’ll need an early start to catch the right tide for a particular location.

One location where I like to test my luck, really fires well on the high tide. Just recently, the high tide phase was at bloody sparrows fart, and I was forced to hit the water at an ungodly hour! The early start paid off, as I caught a stack of beautiful big bream; however, I must pay credit to my polarised sunglasses for part of my success.

The fish that I was catching were stationed close to structure close to the riverbank, where they were preying on small batfish that were fringing the skinny water along the shoreline. There were many forms of structure along this particular stretch of shoreline, and not all formations were holding fish. I was, however, able to see the structure that was holding fish through my sunglasses, which allowed me to maximise my fishing time throughout the high tide phase. Instead of casting blind at the bank and hoping for the best, I was able to isolate and identify my targets, and present them an offering with precision. Yes, the high tide aided my success, yes the early start was also a key factor; nonetheless, I wouldn’t have achieved half the success that I did, if it wasn’t for my polarised eyewear.

The lens I used was my tried and true, go too low-light lens – G3H9. When I first tested this lens for Mako, I had massive raps on it as an awesome low-light lens. And to date, it hasn’t disappointed!