Passage Packs a Punch
  |  First Published: August 2011

Finally it’s happy days for the Pumicestone anglers! Nearly all fishing reports have been very positive and very few anglers have been missing out on the tight line action.

There has been plenty of winter whiting from Donnybrook all the way down the passage through to Beachmere and the mouth of Caboolture River. It’s great stuff for the kids; plenty of action with constant hook ups for hours of fun.

While targeting whiting you will also hook your fair share of flounder and flathead to give you a mixed bag.

Lure anglers are finding things a bit tougher than normal due to a lot of slimy weed prominent in the waterways at the moment. It’s fouling up hardbodies constantly and covering soft plastics, making them unpresentable to the fish. This can be very frustrating and annoying to say the least. Putting the lures away and converting your angling to bait can be a lot less frustrating and bring great rewards. Even though I like to stay away from bait fishing, as lure fishing is a lot cleaner, less smelly and much more rewarding – A man’s got to do what a man’s got to do to get results!

The tailor are schooling up with mixed results, but they are there. I’ve had guys giving me reports of huge tailor, but they are there one day and gone the next – that’s fishing!

The go-to spot for tailor is the Donnybrook side of the green beacon at the 112s. You need to get there early for the best bite session. Just look for the boats congregated all in a tight section near the green beacon and slide your way in making minimal noise – too easy!

Pillies and chrome slugs are the easiest and most simple catch methods – they are both foolproof performers that anybody can use without much experience or know-how. Halco Twisties, Raiders, Bumper Bars and Flashers are a handful of the best chrome slugs that can be easily purchased from any tackle store. They are available at the local Donnybrook and Toorbul convenience stores.

All anglers have been getting amongst the flathead and yellowtail pike as they are thick throughout the passage from the Caloundra bar through to the Military Jetty at Bribie Island. Anytime from now through until mid September the mouths of Bullock, Bells and Glassy creeks are great target spots for the flathead. They will be there in numbers and, if my predictions are right, you will land some good size fish, so don’t forget the landing net and camera.

Fishing photos are best taken out on the water when the fish is first landed as this is when its colour is still vibrant; they lose their colour quickly after being taken from the water. Keep this in mind when packing the boat for a day out on the water and you will end up with some cracking photo memories.

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