What tackle to use
8 - 10wt outfit, 12-15lb fluorocarbon leaders of at least 9 feet, reels with super smooth drag systems
What flies to use
Crab fly or Del's Merkin; Clousers; Floating crab; Prawn imitations; Gotchas; Crazy Charlies
Crustacean imitations, sinking, suspending and floating - depending on conditions and the fish's feeding pattern. Estuary mouths are prime territory in far North Queensland, but they also like open surf beaches, headlands, sheltered offshore reefs, ocean reefs, coral cays, and lagoons like in Exmouth in the West. They feeds on molluscs, crabs and other hard-shelled invertebrates - they love crabs!
A successful technique is to present the fly to fish feeding visibly on food items being flushed out at estuary mouths. They also feed actively in working surf and surf gutters or holes off beaches. Large solitary individuals often feed around the rubble zones of reefs. Crabs and prawns are not generally items that flee at high speed - so presentation needs to be careful and the methods of retreive range from a stationary fly, slow or small strips and long pauses. These fish are difficult to find, difficult to see and difficult to coax with the fly.