Troll Up a Treat
  |  First Published: October 2010

The water temperature was spiking above 20ºC in early September so by October we should be well on the way to reaching 23ºC and above. So now is the time to pull out the trolling gear, rig a few baits and get the teasers in the water because summer is on the way!


The pelagic species are thick around most reefs and beacons with mackerel, trevally, tuna and cobia taking Snap Back, Gulp, Flasha lures and Raiders worked erratically to the surface.

The Fairway Bouy, Moon Ledge, Arch 6 mile and the 25 fathom hole are all performing well on these species with the jigs.

On the surface, it’s been much the same with schools of mac tuna, longtail, spotted mackerel, trevally and Spaniards working the bait from Moon Point to Rooneys. Cast and trolled lures are the best way to catch these fish and persistence will usually be rewarded.

Black Marlin are a real possibility from now through to March and with the amount of bait in the bay you couldn’t ask for a better lead up to the season.

The Reef fishing has been great out wide with good numbers of trout, reds, parrot and sweetlip being caught at the Shoals, Gutters and the Coral Patch/Rooneys areas.


Bream are still taking blades and plastics fished close to structure.

Flathead are all over lures and baits as they shake off their winter lethargy in order to spawn.

Some nice summer whiting are becoming consistent on yabbies and worms.

There are a few salmon being caught on live mullet in the Mary/Susan and Burrum systems and they should only improve in the coming months.


It’s a similar story with the bread and butter species of bream, flathead and whiting taking yabbies, live herring and artificials. Grunter, trevally and mackerel are taking squid and mullet around German Creek, Ungowa and Woongoolba Creek.

It has been a bumper year for squid so far and they are still in big numbers feeding around the boat ramps, jetties and most rocky shorelines in the bay. From the bank lighter weighted jigs are the go giving more time in the strike zone and reducing snags.

Night fishing around the lights is very productive and it always pays to have a variety of sizes and colours as squid quickly loose interest once a few get caught and the ink gets a bit thick.

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