Yep, it’s getting cold but the fishing is hot.
With winter upon us cool days and cold nights dictate our fishing styles. The cooler months and usual westerly winds generally keep the river water clarity at its best, with high tides pushing clear, salty water right throughout the river system. With no rain on the cards, this should continue for a while yet.
Dolphins in the river are winter’s sure sign that the mullet run is well and truly on and in turn sets the scene for a good winter’s fishing right up and down the river. We often see pods of dolphins in the Logan at this time of year and they are nature’s fish finder. With dolphins, comes bait schools of varying types. Their main prey of mullet are accompanied by schools of herring and a host of other species, which tends to turn up the heat on the fishing front. Keeping a visual contact to the environment by following the signs that dolphins, sea eagles, sea gulls and pelicans display will quite often point you in the right direction.
The Logan River consists of a mouth that has numerous areas (channels) that flow in and out of it during the tides, right up to the junction of the Albert and Logan rivers and is an excellent area to chase numerous species of our piscatorial adversaries.
To name a few that will be in good numbers, mulloway, king threadfin salmon, bream, whiting, tailor and flathead along with the ever-reliable mud crab.
Mulloway will be in large schools easily displayed by a good sounder in the lower part of the water column. They tend to school up and hold in areas that the bait frequents. Areas to try will be deep water near the mouth just before leaving the river, Marks Rocks, the beacons opposite Aggeston Sands, Pitts Rocks, Devils Elbow and the junction. Livies along with large soft-plastics worked slowly will be their undoing.
Threadfin take a bit more work but adhering to last month’s tips will help the angler in the spots previously mentioned. Results will come to those who put in the hard work and search for the areas that threadies prey in. Once again, livies and large paddle-tail plastics will work a treat once you’ve nutted out their haunts.
Bream will be in plague proportions, so anyone taking the kids fishing, this should be your target species as kid’s attentions soon wanes if there are no fish coming aboard. A light 6-7’ rod and spinning reel loaded with 8lb monofilament line and a no. 2 sinker directly on top of a 1/0 suicide hook will keep the smiles going and the fish coming in fast. Baiting with prawns, mullet, herring or yabbies, which can be pumped at low tide on Aggeston Sands. Areas to looks for would everywhere in the Logan, but for kids I would look for somewhere where thee aren’t too many snags, as kids and especially captains can’t re-rig the lines every cast. Deeper banks offer the best bet and there’s plenty to try.
Whiting would be the next best, as the yabbies and peeled prawns can have you connected to some of these tasty fish as well. Main areas for whiting in the Logan would be the shallow banks in and around the islands out fro Rocky Point prawn farm, just up from Marks Rocks followed by Aggeston Sands and the Horseshoe Bank just before the junction of the two rivers.
Flathead are in consistent numbers and you can’t go past having a troll as just about every bank in the Logan holds a flatty or two. I suggest trolling in 3-7 feet of water close to the bank on the last of the run out tide. They will be congregating around the mouth of the small drains and on the edge of the sandbanks awaiting the bit to be forced off the shallows in search of deeper water. They will prefer the shallower water at this time of year, as it is usually a bit warmer. Aggeston Sands is a great place to troll as there are no snags and it’s a large area to try for the angler. Redland Bay Channel is a good place to try as well.
Tailor will be throughout the river on the last of the run in tide up to the half hour of the run out if this coincides with dawn or dusk. The seagulls will indicate their arrival at this time, so when you see seagulls getting active, it’s time to throw a few small hardbodied lures around. Anything in the 50-75mm size range diving between 1-4 feet would be m suggestion. White and pink seem to be my most successful colours. Pressure points along rock bars are their usual haunts, so having a troll will cover a bit of ground until you can get connected, then a cast and retrieve with a stop-start style can be employed.
Also, never forget the crab pots as the muddies are always in the river. Remember, 4 pots per person, so my advice would be to try 4 different areas. The success can be heightened if this approach is taken. Best baits will always be your old fish frames or left over bait, as what you take from the river should be returned to it n one form of another. I hope these tips will put some fillets on the table or just make for a memorable day out. Don’t forget to take a kid fishing, because their smile is as good as a screaming drag.
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