November is a great time of year to chase most of the usual species that you can expect to catch at the ‘Pin as well as a few notable additions like mangrove jacks, cod and jew.
Fishing for these fish can sometimes prove difficult as they live in heavy snags and fight extremely hard usually resulting in loss of gear for you. Using heavier line to prevent getting blown away is a good way to start and by using large live baits and flesh baits usually takes away the pickers and allows your bait to stay in the strike zone longer.
The Coomera and Pimpama rivers have lots of rock walls and sunken trees to fish on or you can also give trolling lures a go which allows you to cover more territory and find where the fish are.
Flathead will still be around in good numbers as their breeding season comes to a close. What a great lizard season it has been and it just goes to show that the size and bag limits are working, as I’ve never seen this many juvenile flatties in the estuaries of the ‘Pin system as now. For a few flathead try around the mudflats at the mouth of the Logan River towards the Powerlines and Browns Bay.
Kalinga Bank is always a favourite too and you can’t go past the top of Crusoe Island without dropping a pillie or flicking a plastic. Whiting too should be on the chew all month so grab some bloodworms or beach worms and head out to the Gold and Green Banks, behind Diner Island, Slipping Sands and the Never Fail Islands near Tipplers.
Bream are always about and relatively easy to catch but there will be lots of pickers amongst them. Berleying up when fishing for bream will attract the bigger fish and present them with bigger juicier bait will give you a better chance at some quality fish. Try at the dead trees off the bottom of North Straddie, Pig Sties, Cobby Passage and the Powerlines near the top of the tide for best results.
Tailor and salmon are still running together and are great to catch on light gear. They both get aerial and put up a great fight on pillies, soft plastics and small metal slugs around the Pin Bar to the point of Short Island.
As the water temperature heats up pelagic species like tuna, mackeral, cobia, wahoo and marlin will start to show up in good numbers. They will be chasing schools of baitfish so look for surface action like birds diving and fish busting up as the fish feed.
Try flicking metal lures into the schools or trolling around the edge of the school with diving hardbodied lures. My favourite lure is a 7m+ crazy deep diver with a white body and red head. The reefs close to the ‘Pin like Sullys, Alfs and the Dragon are always full of slimeys and yakkas at this time of year. Concentrate on jigging at these spots, get yourself some livies and use them to catch these great fighting fish.Reads: 1210