August would have to be one of the best times of the year to fish Jumpinpin. The westerlies kick in that make for cool and calm fishing conditions. The quality bream are still around in good numbers, flathead are starting to feed up for their spawning season and there are heaps of other species on the bite like whiting, jew, snapper, tailor, trevally and more.
Bream once again will be the most popular species being targeted and you can expect them to be around in great numbers right throughout this month. All the usual spots will be firing like Kalinga Bank, Short Island, Flat Rock, the Powerlines and up towards Karragarra Island in the deeper water. Or you can try to avoid the crowds and try the Stockyards, Five ways, Tabby Tabby, the mouth of the Pimpama and Tipplers Island.
For land-based fishos the Jetty at Jacobs Well has been producing good bream late at night, or you could try the rock wall, or under the bridges of the M1 in the Logan and Coomera rivers.
The flathead will be starting their annual run at the end of the month so we can expect them to be feeding hard and fattening themselves up during August. There will be heaps of larger 75cm+ females about that must be put back, so be sure to handle them with care and release them to breed and pump up the lizard stocks of the Pin.
The deep water from the Pig Styes to the dead trees at the bottom of North Straddie is littered with snags and drop offs that are perfect for lizards to lie in wait for a feed of pillies, herring, prawns or mullet, or any lure that looks similar to those. The best time is the first of the run-out tide. Other spots to try are the mud flats at the bottom of Kangaroo Island, Cabbage Tree Point sand flats, the mouth of the Logan and Canaipa Passage.
School jew to 6kg are still around in good numbers with most taking small to medium live mullet. They will also take herring, prawns, yabbies, flesh baits and 3-7” soft plastics. The deep water off Swan Bay, Giants Grave, Marks Rocks, the Powerlines, Little Rocky Point and Tabby Tabby have all been producing.
Some better whiting are on the bite down towards Couran Cove and the mouth of the Pimpama River. The Logan is firing too around Alberton Sands and Marks Rocks. Also try the Never Fail Islands, Tipplers, the Gold Bank and the Sand flats at the top of South Straddie. Black Bream are biting in Tiger Mullet Channel and Short Island on small yabbies and weed.
Greenback tailor to 3kg should be in the surf off South Straddie, along with smaller choppers, bream and dart with the odd Australian salmon thrown in. The westerlies should flatten out the surf and make it easier to cast further. Look for deep gutters along the beach and you will get better results at night, if you’re willing to brave the cold.
Smaller choppers will be inside the Bar around the top of Crusoe right to the breakers of the Pin. Floated pillies, white bait and small metal slugs are working the best.
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