Fishing heats up in winter
  |  First Published: June 2011

Big bream will be the most sought after species this month. They move into the sheltered waters of the Pin to feed up for their breeding season and you will notice the quality and size of the fish you catch will improve dramatically this month.

We’ve already seen some 1kg+ fish caught and like the crab and prawn season, I expect this bream season to be a bumper with some excellent fish caught. When fishing for these larger fish the best way to go is to upsize. Upsize your tackle as these fish don’t mess around and will usually be found around heavy snags and rocks that they will use to bust up your tackle. Line breaking strains in the 12-20lb order should be enough with a heavier leader line to a 1/0-3/0 baitholder hook and a sinker to suit the conditions to make sure you get to the bottom.

Upsize your baits as well to tempt the larger fish. Larger banana prawns, bigger clumps of mullet and chook gut, larger mullet and bonito strips are all good winter bream baits. And set up a good berley trail to get the fish feeding.

Night fishing has always proved more fruitful in the last few hours of the run-in tide. Or, for a change of setting, try fishing off the beaches in good gutters where tailor and dart are found, as these gutters will hold some big sea bream as well.

Other great spots to try are the deep water off North Straddie, kalinga Bank, the stockyards, Short Island, karragarra, Jacksons, the Powerlines, the north wall of the Seaway and Tabby Tabby Island.

Flathead are still being caught in large numbers around the top of Crusoe Island, Cobby Passage, Pandannus weed banks, the Pig Styes, bottom of Kangaroo Island and the mouth of the Logan River. Pillies, prawns, mullet, herring and soft plastics are the best and the first of the run out tide will be the best time to catch a feed of lizards.

Winter whiting should be around in good numbers as well. They are easily distinguishable from their summer whiting cousins as the winter whiting is usually smaller, although they do get to 30cm, and have dark spots at the base of their pectoral fins. There is no size limit but they do have a bag limit of 50 per person and they are found on the sandy flats of Moreton Bay right down to the Broadwater at the Gold Coast. Winter whiting are great for family fishing outings as they are easily caught on worms, squid, pippi and small yabbies. At the Pin you can find them at Slipping Sands, Tiger Mullet Channel, The Bedrooms, Tipplers and the Neverfail Islands.

Tailor should be around early in the mornings just inside the Bar and at the top of Crusoe Island. Also try the beach across from South Straddie for better quality fish and the odd dart and bream thrown in as well.

The crabs and prawns have gone a bit quiet but there is still good cause to throw some pots out during winter as there are still some good muddies and sandies about. Lots of small mulloway are being caught as well, some to about 90cm, but as the cool nights kick in we are expecting some larger 20kg fish to be on the chew in the deep water off Swan Bay, Kalinga Bank, Short Island and in the Logan River near Marks Rocks.

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