Warmer conditions fire up the Pin
  |  First Published: October 2012

We are right in the middle of the best time of year to fish the Pin.

The flathead and bream are still around in good size and numbers and with the water temperatures heating up we can start to target some of our other favourite species such as jacks, cod, trevally, the odd Pelagic. And the whiting quality should be kicking in for summer.

Being right in the middle of a cracking flathead season there are plenty of reasons for you to get out and chase some lizards. All season long they have been smashing trolled lures in about 2-8ft of water and providing some great memories. Working your plastics along the bottom and the edges has been proving very fruitful and a lizard will never go past munching on a livie or a well presented bait. All these methods have been working a treat when hunting flatties and this trend should continue all through October.

To try for a few good flatties you can’t go past trolling around the shallow banks north of Cabbage Tree Point or along the bottom of Kangaroo Island. If plastics are your preferred method then try Kalinga Bank all the way to where Squire Island used to be, the Stockyards, top of Crusoe Island, Whalleys Gutter and the mouth of the Logan River. Baits should work in all these spots and be sure to present your bait as natural as possible and you will catch more fish.

Whiting love bloodworms, beach worms and live yabbies; it’s just that simple. They will take prawns, squid and pippies but stick with the live bait as it works. You should notice the quality of the fish you catch improve as the water temp heats up and if you love to eat whiting try from Marks Rocks to Alberton Sands and Lone Pine, the Gold and Green Banks, top of South Straddie, near Couran Cove and Tipplers Island.

Mulloway and tailor have been hit and miss all year. Some good school mulloway should be around Marks Rocks in the Logan, the Powerlines and along Kalinga Bank to Swan Bay. Tailor have been very sparse with only small schools coming through the Bar. The beach across from The Bedrooms will be your best bet for some better tailor.

The odd stray mackerel or tuna should be cruising around just beyond the Pin Bar. Keep an eye out for birds working the surface as this usually means the pelagics are there. They rarely come inside but on a clear day you should be able to get out past the breakers and either flick lures at them or troll deep divers around the schools.

Mangrove jack and estuary cod can be found hiding in the same spots. They take up residence in among sunken trees, rock walls, pylons and anywhere there is cover. Don’t go chasing these fish with light gear. Use 40lb gear and even then they’ll probably still win. Live mullet, strip baits, pillies and herring should tempt them. Try Cobby Rocks, Kalinga Bank, rock walls in the Logan and Pimpama rivers and any snag that looks good.

It’s going to be a hot summer, so don’t forget to cover up during the day and apply the mozzie spray at night.

If you have any reports of fish, any questions, need to order bait or just want to yarn give me a call on 07 3287 3868, come in and see me at Gem Bait & Tackle on the way to the ‘Pin or e-mail --e-mail address hidden-- I’ll catch you next month.
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