Cool Weather Heats Fishing
  |  First Published: May 2011

The weather is cooling off and that will get the bream all fired up. Thanks to the rains earlier in the year it should be a bumper season, like it has been for prawns and crabs.

Small metal blades are working really well around rock walls and any structure where bream congregate, like jetties, snags, pylons, weed banks and so on. Prawns, pillie bits and live yabbies are also working well.

For a feed of bream try around Kalinga Bank, Fishermans Channel, the dead trees at the bottom of North Straddie, Short Island and Steglietz.

The larger greenback tailor have been coming from the surf with mostly small choppers available around dawn and dusk towards the bar and near the yellow crossover beacon. Using 10-40g metal slugs or a floated pillie are getting the best results.

Whiting are still going well even though it’s starting to cool off and the best results have been coming from Tiger Mullet Channel, Crusoe Island, South of Russell Island and along South Straddie down towards Wave Break Island.

Worms, small prawns, yabbies and squid strips are the pick of the baits if you’re chasing whiting.

Flathead are going great with good numbers being caught on soft plastics and bait. The best baits have been small to mediun sized pillies, prawns, whitebait, herring, mullet and bonito flesh. Try the first of the run-out tide around the Stockyards, Kalinga Bank, Eden Island, Pandannus flats and the Broadwater.

School jew are around in good numbers but unfortunately there aren’t a lot over the legal 75cm, although I am expecting it to be a great season for big jew. Try the smaller tides where there isn’t much run and use live mullet, herring, prawns and flesh baits around the deep water off Swan Bay, Kalinga Bank, Marks Rocks, Fishermans Channel and the Five ways.

There are still a few muddies and sandies around even though the season is pretty much over. The Logan River mouth, the Powerlines, Tiger Mullet Channel and down towards the Pimpama River are still good spots to try.

Thanks for all your reports and keep those fish coming in. If you’d like any advice or up to date fishing information drop us a line at Gem Bait & Tackle on 3287 3868 or email --e-mail address hidden--

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