North Pine Yellas
  |  First Published: December 2010

I can’t believe I’m writing for a magazine that I’ve been reading religiously for the past 15 years.

My dream (like most people) has been to earn a living out of something that I love to do. When the opportunity to purchase The Tackle Shop at Carseldine came about I thought – this is my chance.

I love all types of fishing from dam to estuary and fishing around Moreton Bay. Depending on the weather and work commitments I try and get out on the water at least once a week.

In my reports I’ll be talking about what’s going on in our local dams, creeks, estuary systems and the Northern Bay area. I’ll be relying on the good information and reports supplied from our customers and from some of my own experiences.


Hopefully by now the dams and rivers have settled down after the 260mm of rain during the early to mid parts of October. A large number of bass and yellowbelly went over the dam wall and as a result the North Pine River has been receiving a lot of attention.

Live shrimp and earthworms are top live baits. Jackall, Atomic and Kokoda vibe style lures are all claiming their fair share of catches. Don’t forget you’ll need a stocked Impoundment permit (SIP) to fish the dams. All money raised from the sale of these permits goes back into restocking our local dams.

If you’re looking for something to keep the kids amused in the school holidays then give the red claw a go in Lake Samsonvale. These tasty little cray fish are easy to catch from the shore. Opera house traps are the best way to catch these little critters using canned cat food, pilchards, rockmelon and potatoes.


The Pine River has been producing some excellent flathead over the last couple of months. The flathead have now finished spawning and will start to spread out and head further upstream.

Bridge pylons, creek mouths and drop-offs should produce fish, especially on the out-going tide. Drifting with whole small fish baits such as whitebait or small pilchards along edges and drop-offs is the best to cover an area in search for fish.

Deep diving lures and soft plastics will also work using this method, with 65mm Squidgy fish in flash prawn one of the best flathead soft plastics I have used.

For those who like a challenge there are reports of bull sharks in the Pine River. These fish love discoloured brackish water. Live large poddy mullet or fresh mullet strips are the best baits.

There is still some nice bream and squire coming from the Brisbane River at night along the rock walls of Fishermans Island as well as the occasional metre plus threadfin from around the river mouth.

Hopefully by now the prawns should be on the go. Last season the Pine River and Brisbane River were the most productive spots on the north side.

Good numbers of quality summer whiting have been showing up, try around the mouth of the Pine River, Brighton Beach and Sandgate jetty. Live bloodworms and yabbies are the most popular baits.

Sand crabs in the lower reaches of the estuaries and out in the deeper channels of the bay.

For the muddies place your pots in the deeper channels and drains close to the edges of mangroves. Leave in overnight for best results.


There’s been a lot of activity in the bay lately. The beacons towards the northern end have been producing yellow tail kingfish and cobia up to 40kg. Using live baits drifted down a berley trail should produce the goods.

Wahoo, Spanish mackerel and longtail tuna have been caught around Hutchinson Shoals and western rocks area by trolling diving or skirted lures.

Halco laser pro 190DD or Rapala CD18”S would be a good place to start with a wide variety of colours. These lures are built tough and work a treat. A few school mackerel are starting to show up around the usual haunts. There are also big schools of mac tuna working bait in and around the main shipping channels.

The Tackle Shop at the Caltex Service Centre Carseldine has easy access and great parking even with your boat. It’s your one stop for bait and tackle, fuel, beer, coffee and pies. See you next time you head north to go fishing.

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