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Make the day this May
  |  First Published: May 2014



The cooler weather this month should bring on the bigger bream and the westerly winds will flatten out the Pin and make fishing conditions spot on. This is definitely one of my favourite times of the year to fish.

Bream fishers will be gearing up for another cracking season with the larger fish starting to feed up in preparation for their breeding season. This means they will be actively looking for a food source, which will make them easier to find and catch. Using berley will also help your cause as it will start the smaller fish feeding and that will attract larger fish to the area.

Best baits to try are prawns, yabbies, white bait and mullet gut. Flesh baits like bonito and mullet fillets are great baits as they stay on the hook longer and give you more of a chance to catch the fish. Using small hardbodied lures or twitching small soft plastics/vibes are great ways to target bream around the Pin as there is an abundance of structure you can target where they like to congregate.

Jetties, rock walls, pylons or any mangrove/snag will hold bream. The pick of the spots to try this month will be from the Pig Styes to the dead trees along the bottom of North Straddie, the Stockyards, the southern side of Short Island, Flat Rock, the Powerlines and Rocky Point.

There have been plenty of mulloway about, mainly between the 60-70cm length, which means they are undersized and need to be put back. They need to be over 75cm and have a bag limit of two. Live baits are working the best as usual but large banana prawns, pilchards, mullet fillets or bonito fillets working as well. Try around the deep water off Swan Bay, Kalinga Bank, Short Island, Giants Grave and in the Logan near Marks or Pitts Rocks.

Whiting anglers should benefit from the rain we’ve had recently that has flushed much-needed nutrients into the river system. They will be foraging along the bottom in search of a feed facing into the tide so be sure to berley up and lure them to the back of the boat. They will also take vibes, poppers and other small lures, and using a slower retrieval should yield better results. Try the sand flats near Alberton Sands, the top of Tabby Tabby, Fishermans Channel, Slipping Sands and the top of South Straddie.

You can expect the flathead to keep biting all month with soft plastics producing some great catches now that the water has started to clean up. I’ve been catching flatties on plastics casting and retrieving twitching them along the bottom as to imitate an injured baitfish or drifting using a lifting action straight up and down to look like a rising baitfish.

Flathead will usually hit the bait when it is on the way down so be sure to give it a good lift upwards. If bait fishing is your go, live mullet and herring are the best followed by prawns, pillies and whitebait.

You’ll find good lizards at the first of the run-out tide from Kalinga Bank to the Bar, the Stockyards, west of Short Island, Cobby Passage and the mouth of the Logan. There are still a heap of muddies and sandies around even though the season should be winding down. The rains seemed to have fired them up so hopefully we can expect the season to go all winter long. The Logan River mouth, the Powerlines, Tiger Mullet Channel and down towards the Pimpama River are still good spots to try.

Don’t forget the King Of The Pin fishing comp is on again this month starting Fri 30 May to Sun 1 June. Entry fee is only $30 adults/$10 juniors (15 and under) with a major prize of $2,000 cash for the heaviest random species. Tickets are available here at Gem Bait & tackle. Weigh in is at the Gem Hotel Sun 1 June and there will be food/entertainment and you could even win yourself a boat package worth over $6,000 or a houseboat holiday worth over $2,000.

• Thanks for all your reports and fish weighed in. Drop us a line at Gem Bait and Tackle if you’d like to order bait or get some up to date info on what’s biting on 07 3287 3868 or email --e-mail address hidden--

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