Passage provides plenty
  |  First Published: February 2014

February should be a cracker, from whiting to jacks and everything in between.

Those chasing the whiting have been having an absolute ball; these fish have been impressive from 400g+. When you put a half dozen of these little rippers in the icebox you don’t need too much else, you can go home a very happy camper.

Red Beach has been firing on all four cylinders with great hauls coming from the entire stretch of beach.

The mouth of Elimbah has been a great target spot for whiting with most guys opting to run with worms to get the best results, but keep a bucket of yabbies on hand for back up bait. If you have a bit of extra time up your sleeve head to the middle reaches of the passage up around Hussy Creek as it always holds good elbow-slappers. Sometimes it is well worth the extra travel time, especially if you can coincide with a large incoming tide early in the morning. Also, this is a great area to hide from our strong summer breezes as it is fairly protected.

The duskies can still be targeted with great success. There are no huge numbers at the moment but there are still some good fun fish around ranging from 40-65cm. They have mainly been taken on the soft plastics, although hardbodies and bait are still working fine. The plastics are a much more versatile tool to use, not to mention cheap and no mess, it’s a win-win really. We have been hitting the deeper gutters in the southern end of the passage.

Word on the street has it that the lock on Bribie is producing some great jacks. This is a good land-based option if you wish to leave the vessel at home. Lures and bait are great in this area. Fresh bait can be caught in close proximity, within a couple of hundred metres, of the target area which makes it a simple no fuss fishing location for the whole family.

The passage is still producing some very decent bream and grunter bream. These guys are some of our most popular fish to target in the passage. Fresh mullet, gar or chock guts is a sure fire way of scoring a good feed. For the sport fisher, flicking small soft plastics or vibes will get great results, and the canals are the hot spot.

A few boys ducked out to the shipping channels to hit a few cobia and came home very happy anglers with one fish going well over 1m. It was landed on 20lb line and apparently it was a real handful. Nice work boys, keep it up. Big cobia and 5 knot winds, now that’s a day you’ll remember.

The crabs have been hit and miss with mixed results. Some guys have been bagging a dozen sandies, some snagging a few muddies. No matter what you want to chase you need to keep an eye on your pots with a lot of share farmers getting around. No matter what area of the passage you like to target for a feed of crabs the low-lives are never far away.

There are a lot of bull sharks around at present. They are a lot of fun if you want to target a fish that can pull large amounts of line; they range from 2-5ft. If you do hook one it is easy to tell what it is as they tend to have a very erratic fight – ranging from running across the surface diving deep to turning back on themselves and running directly back towards the boat. All you can do is sit back and enjoy the ride.

Have fun out there and enjoy.

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