October Open Season
  |  First Published: October 2010

Bring on the warmer weather! With longer days and rising water temperatures there is more time to be on the water and the fish should really be firing up.

Flathead will be continuing to make up the bulk of the catches. They will still be around in large numbers after their breeding run so if you’re after a feed of flathead, then now is the time to get out there and hit the water.

Fish the first of the run-out tide as this is the time when flathead become more active and feed.

As these fish are an ambush predator they will be lying in wait behind snags, holes, drop-offs and where the sand meets rock walls.

Flathead will take a variety of baits like prawn, pilchard, yabby, herring and mullet.

If you haven’t already done so, give whitebait a try too. Flathead love them and I’ve found they are often the most productive bait.

Use either a small two ganged rig with 1/0 or 2/0 hooks or a single hook threaded through the eye with the hook turned out.

The pick of the spots this month to try will be Tulleen Island, the mouth of the Logan River, deeper holes off Short Island and Kalinga Bank, along Crusoe Island and the Broadwater near the Seaway.

Great catches of bream throughout the ‘Pin will be the norm in October from the usual hotspots.

There are a lot of pickers around but some quality 30cm+ bream will still be available so keep persisting until they come on the bite.

Try around the Five Ways, Short Island, Tabby Tabby, Fishermans Channel, the Powerlines and of course Kalinga Bank.

A few small school jew have been caught from Marks Rocks, Giants Grave, out front of Swan Bay and in the deeper holes of the bar.

The tailor have been a little quiet with only small choppers on offer and not many reports of greenbacks but fingers crossed it won’t be long until the next school comes through.

The best chance of a bigger tailor will be from the beach across from the Bedrooms.

Live bloodworms, beachworms and small yabbies seem to be the bait of choice for whiting with some top catches around the 40cm mark.

There are a lot of small summer whiting on the sand flats stealing everyone’s bait around the Gold Bank, Cabbage Tree Point and Jacobs Well Channel. The better size fish are coming from Never Fail Island, the Albert and Logan river junction and near Slipping sands.

Outside there should be a few cobia on the close reefs. Alfs, Cotton and Sullies are all full of baitfish and perfect cobia grounds. There should also be snapper, tuskies, trag jew and the odd pearly available as well.

Muddies have arrived on time with some decent bucks almost nudging 1.5kg. These are being caught mainly in the rivers and Redland Bay Channel with a few from Cabbage Tree Point, Jacobs Well Channel and south of Russell Island.

Blue swimmer crabs are being caught consistently throughout the ‘Pin area – but remember you’re only allowed four pots per angler.

Thanks for all your reports and fish weighed in. Drop us a line at Gem Bait and Tackle if you’d like to order bait or get some up to date info on what’s biting on 07 3287 3868 or email --e-mail address hidden--

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