Catch a flat in Feb
  |  First Published: February 2014

Fishing Jumpinpin in February should provide a mixed bag of fish that call these waters their home. The school holidays are behind us, which means less traffic on the water and more freedom to find yourself a fishing spot.

Whiting will be at the top of most fishos’ lists as they are a top table fish and great fun to catch. Bloodworms and beach worms are always the best bait, but yabbies, squid or prawns will also do the job. Some of the best spots that have been producing some good fish of late are the sand banks from Slipping Sands, Cobby Passage, Squire Island, the Pig Styes, the Gold Bank, Whalleys Gutter, the Pandannus Banks, Never Fail Islands and the Bottom of Kangaroo Island to name just a few. If you like fishing in the Logan, then head to the Junction, Ageston Sands and around those small islands in front of the prawn farm.

A lot of small to medium bream are on offer this time of year. The larger fish have been coming at night mainly from rocky outcrops like Giants Grave, the Powerlines, Flat Rock and Rocky Point. Using baits like mullet fillets, squid, gut and any bait that holds onto the hook will give you a better chance of a fish; baits like prawns and yabbies are great but they are easily picked off by a hungry bream.

The flathead stocks just keep improving. You will notice there are a lot more juvenile lizards out there at the moment. That is great for the future of flathead fishing at the Pin as it is one of the biggest breeding areas in South East Queensland.

When using bait, stick to small fish like whitebait, hardiheads, small gar, pillies, froggies and mullet. When using soft plastics try to use ones that mimic these baits. All hardbodies getting trolled already look like these baits and the secret is to just find the areas where the fish are and you shouldn’t go wrong. Try around the bottom of Kangaroo, Pandannus weed banks, the Stockyards, the Dead Trees at the bottom of North Straddie and Cobby Passage.

There is also a fair bit of by-catch on offer too, which is great fun as you never too sure what will come to the surface: sharks, shovel-nose rays, stingrays, catfish, toadfish and anything else the Pin can throw at you will always add an interesting story to any fishing trip.

It’s a great time of the year for those wishing to head out chasing a feed of the brutes and speedsters that frequent along our coastline and just inside the bar at this time of year. Mackerel, tuna and small black marlin will be on offer with the chance of mahi mahi, bonito, cobia or mulloway off the close reefs or bait schools.

Tailor too should start to show up off the beaches just inside the bar chasing schools of whitebait. Thanks for all reports and if you have any questions on conditions or what’s biting drop us a line at Gem Bait & Tackle on 07 3287 3868 or email --e-mail address hidden--

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