Surface working a treat
  |  First Published: April 2014

As some of the anglers are heading offshore in search of one of those Spaniards or yellowfin, some are almost forgetting about how good the canals are this time of year. There are bream, GTs and jacks on topwater with the odd flathead on the bottom which can't resist a plastic or a bit of bait.

The GTs have slowly made their way into pretty much all canal systems, taking just about anything from small white plastics to most surface lures and bait. Good places to fish include Pimpama River, Coomera River, Runaway Bay canals, Jacobs Well canals and up to Logan River, from the mouth of the river to deep into the canal. I find the morning high tide and afternoon is best.

The mud crabs are also in good numbers so why not throw a pot in while you catch a few fish? Whole mullet is my favourite crab bait. Great places include Logan River, Ormeau, Pimpama, Coomera and Nerang River with lots of other great spots on the list. If you throw a pot in that afternoon and check it the next morning, you should see some quality muddies.

My mate has been telling me the prawns are out and about, he prawns Jacobs Well a lot with great success. I reckon it'll be a great prawn season to come (remember, 20L per person).

Over the coming month we will see a lot more tailor around smashing bait and taking lures. I've caught tailor deep into canals so don't be scared to fish there. Having said that, there are a lot more quality fish at the mouths of the rivers from Nerang up to Jacobs Well. Pilchards are a hard bait to go past, and one of my favourite lures is the ZMan 3" MinnowZ in opening night colour.

One of my favourite things is seeing some surface action, especially topwater bream fishing. It’s simple but it does take some practice and study. One technique I find that works great is fishing from the boat with the electric motor, getting 30m from the bank and throwing surface lures to the sand banks and rock walls. You then retrieve them either with a slow-medium pace wind and pause a few times. Surface hardbodies that work an absolute treat include Strada 55mm and 70mm Dancers in natural colours, most bent minnows at around 70mm, 'walk the dog' style lures and poppers. Places that fire up in April include Biggera Waters, Runaway Bay and Nerang River. In the next month we will see a heap more surface action! Great fun!

Moses perch are around in good numbers and coming in one after another. An angler was telling he's been getting quite a few fish averaging 30cm. He also tells me they are an exceptionally great table fish!

Moses perch take almost everything that a bream would take – prawns, pillies… I even got a heap on ZMan 2.5" GrubZ. These fish go hard, just like their close relative the mangrove jack. I have found moses perch just about everywhere in the Gold Coast canals, mostly around bridges and large jetties. Remember there’s a bag limit of 5 and a minimum size of 25cm.

This month as the temperatures start to drop it's a good idea to head out for whatever you want to target in your local Gold Coast canal, because you won't regret it! Tight lines and I’ll see you out there!

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