‘Pin Heats up in December
  |  First Published: December 2010

School holidays and lots of boat traffic on the water are on the cards as December rolls around, so remember to be patient and courteous at the boat ramps, obey all the rules and we’ll all have a safe time out on the water.

Whiting will be the main species to target this month and there should be plenty around too. The Logan River always produces some real quality fish with plenty over 40cm to be expected. The pick of the spots are Ageston Sands, Marks Rocks, the Junction and the mud flats at the mouth of the Logan.

Bloodworms are the by far best bait for catching whiting however they are very expensive and not always in abundant supply so be sure to order them a few days in advance to avoid disappointment. Other baits to try are beachworms, pipis, prawns and squid.

Outside the river a few other spots to try are the Gold and Green Banks, the top of Crusoe Island, Tipplers Island and the Never Fail Islands.

Flathead catches just seem to keep improving with most reports including a lizard or two. There is still some real quality 75cm plus fish are being caught on pilchards, whitebait and 5-7” soft plastics from the deeper water of Kalinga Bank to out front of Swan Bay.

But most flathead caught are between 50-60c; these fish are a great eating size, so everyone is happy if they get one of these. Try around Tabby Tabby, Logan River mouth, Pandannus Island, Couran Cove and the Stockyards for the good flatties.

There is still not too many jew being weighed in, only the odd schoolie being caught and released from the Logan River near Marks and Pitts rocks, out from Swan Bay, the Bar and the Powerlines. Try live mullet, mullet fillets, bonito or heaped beachworms around these areas to try for a jew.

There’s been plenty of bream and small to medium snapper about the ‘Pin area with the bigger fish being taken at night. Little Rocky Point, the Powerlines, the eastern point of Short Island and Cooby Passage have been productive but stick to the deeper holes and snags where they tend to school or along rock walls.

Mangrove jack are also a fair chance in these areas as well if you can get some live mullet or herring as bait, but remember to use heavy line as they can easily snap 50lb line.

Outside the fishing has been heating up to with good snapper, jew, cobia and mackerel coming from the close in reefs such as Alfs, Sullies and the Dragon. My brother, Richie, and his mate, Crossy, scored a 6.2kg old man snapper and a 14.5kg jew on a recent trip to the 36s.

The mud crabs are starting to come on for Christmas in the Logan and Coomera rivers and the sand crabs are being caught north of Macleay Island in the bay, Canaipa Passage, Rocky Point and Tiger Mullet Channel. A few banana prawns are starting to show in small schools in the rivers.

I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a safe and successful fishing new year.

Thanks for all reports and if you need to order worms or have any questions on conditions or what’s biting drop us a line at Gem Bait & Tackle on 07 32873868 or email --e-mail address hidden--

A head only a mother could love, and the old man snapper is pretty ugly too. My brother, Richie with his PB 6.2kg snapper and his mate Crossy with a 14.5kg jew caught off the reefs north east of the ‘Pin.

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