Bring on the big bite
  |  First Published: September 2014

It's spring already and this year is flying by! Winter was a cool one with exceptional fishing, and spring should be just the same – fishing wise. As the temperature rises, the fish will become more active and you should start to see more consistent catches.

This month I will start taking the jack gear out with me more often, as this is the time when you will get some big fish.

Flathead and trevally fishing will definitely get better. Canal fishing this time of year can go off as a lot more bait will flourish the canals which brings a lot more fish on the bite. We will start to see more bust ups – fish smashing the surface on schools of baitfish, most of the time they will be giant trevally.

This time of the year is also great for bait fishos with quality painted sweetlip taking prawns, I have found an early morning high tide is best around bridges. Hold onto your rod because these fish do tend to go hard! A few other baits that will work well in September include pilchards, white bait, anchovies, mullet and tailor fillets.

If you like your lure fishing, try the new Z-Man 2” CrusteaZ close up to structure. I have been testing these out for bream in the canals and they have been proving successful! Any small 2-2.5” plastic rigged up with a light jighead, fished close to structure will more then likely catch fish, just put the hours in and the fish will come!

Very big flathead will be around, although not in huge numbers at the moment. They will hang around at the canal mouths throughout Paradise Point, Biggera Waters, Runaway Bay, Jacobs Well, Pimpama and pretty much any canal with some nice flow and bait. Best time to fish for these big lizards is from the dead high to the run-out. Table sized fish will also be caught throughout and deep diving lures also work well when trolled.

I’ve heard reports of squid on the bite. If there is a nice, bright light shinning in the water at night, squid won’t be too far away! Paradise Point jetty, Biggera Waters (around the fish and chip shop) are just a couple of places where squid hold. IKA Squid Jigs are excellent in a pink or green colour, a couple of others include Yo-Zuri and Yamashita work well too.

Blades are continuing to show some positive results in the canals, anything in the 1/12-1/8oz are getting results. A brown or white/silver colour seems to be a favourite of many.

If you would like to get into lure fishing, the canals are a good place to start (be careful as lure fishing is extremely addictive!). A 1-3kg or 2-4kg rod, 1000 size or 2500 size reel with 4lb braid and 6lb fluorocarbon leader is the perfect set up. All this can range from $150 to $300 and even up to $800+. I recommend picking up something that is durable, last a life time and keep you happy but at the same time not breaking the bank.

Drop into your local tackle store and have a more detailed chat with them! If you would like any more information feel free to private message me on my Facebook page - ‘Josh Dunn’s Fishing’!

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