Norm on Form
  |  First Published: February 2012

Now that the holiday period is over and there aren’t as many boats on the water we can get back to some sort of normality with the fishing.

More boats usually means less fish so it’ll be good to get out on the water and fish where you want. February is a great time to fish because it’s still hot and humid so jacks and cod are still firing and all the usual Jumpinpin species like bream, whiting, flathead, tailor and so on can still be caught in good numbers. And if the weather permits you can slip through the bar and chase a few mackerel, tuna, marlin or cobia.

Whiting will be on the top of most fishos lists with big summer whiting expected to be on the chew. There is nothing like catching a half kilo whiting on light gear. Using small baits like a little bit of worm, yabby or prawn will usually get you a small fish so for better quality try using heaped baits, like whole worms, squid, big yabbies or whole peeled prawns.

Always berley up for whiting as they will swim up the berley trail to find where the food is coming from straight to your baits. Try around the Pig Styes, the sand flats at the top of South Straddie, the Green and Gold Banks, the mud flats at the mouth of the Logan River and the Never Fail Islands to Couran Cove.

Bream and flathead will be highly sort-after using plastics and baits. The popularity of plastics has skyrocketed over the last few years and is no longer just for the pros but available to all of us and a great way to make your fishing more fun and interactive. If you haven’t given it a go I suggest you try it asap, because when you get your first fish you’ll be hooked. Stick with 1-2” plastics with light 1/16oz-1/4oz jigheads for bream around rocky outcrops, snags, jetties and any structure where they tend to congregate.

Plastics fishing for Flathead is a little different as they could literally be anywhere as they camouflage themselves in the sand or mud waiting to strike. Drifting along making your plastic look like a wounded bait fish with short sharp flicks off the bottom should do the trick, and the best thing is even massive flathead can be caught in shallow water on small lures. 3-7” plastics with 1/8-1oz jighead is the go and I’ll let you pick the colour because everyone has a favourite. I’ve done very well on White 5” jerk shads with 1/4oz jighead for lizards between 20-80cm so it’s a good overall plastic, but let’s just keep that between us…

Jack and cod have been caught by trolling lures around snags and rock walls in 6-10ft in the Coomera and Pimpama rivers. Be sure to work the lure pulling forward and laying it back to imitate a sick fish. When you get the strike be sure to get them out of the snag as they will blow you away very quickly. Using big flesh baits like bonito, mackerel or mullet with a big 6/0 hook with a stinger rig will also work well.

Thanks for all your reports and fish weighed in and if you would like any up to date fishing information drop us a line at Gem Bait & Tackle on 3287 3868 or email --e-mail address hidden-- . I’ll catch you next month

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