With the fish firing it's about time to head into the canals and fish for the summer species; mangrove jack in particular, along with GT, bream and flathead.
A late afternoon fish in the canals should bring you some action. I've found I have been getting a lot of fish at 4-5pm around pontoons. Solid GT are plentiful at the moment with most caught around bridges; sounding up the bait will improve your chances.
I've been searching for bait on the sounder and finding the GT with the big-eye trevally not far away. Bright and natural coloured 2.5” plastics have been the best option, as it represents a baitfish. The standout lure has been the Z-Man 2.5” Slim SwimZ in blue steel, but plenty of other models and colours will work.
The canals at Coomera River, Runaway Bay, Tallebudgera, Tweed River and throughout the broadwater have been producing some quality fish. There hasn't been as many queenfish around, although my mate tells me there are a few hanging around with the trevally down in Tallebudgera. There was a report mentioned in Tackle World recently that a guy landed a 1m queenfish right up in a Coomera River canal, which is very rare!
Tallebudgera Creek has been producing plenty of decent fish such as mangrove jack and trevally. There are a fair few pups around with the odd red dog about, fishing hard and putting the hours in will show the results. Most fish caught are right up the creek, about a 15-minute boat drive from the canals. Target around the mangroves and rock walls were a lot of fish have been caught. Early morning with a high tide fishing with a minnow type lure around 3-4” in natural colours rigged onto 1/4oz jighead is a good rig to test the waters.
With the hot weather setting in we should see more afternoon storms, this will be great for the fish and give the canals a flush out. I have heard the jacks fire up the day after storms. The water temps will also rise and will be a good chance to throw around some surface lures for the surface feeders.
I have seen more bream getting around and caught. Small plastics cast up against a pontoon with a slow retrieve is pretty fun, especially seeing your line tightening before setting the hook! If you’re into your bait fishing, try chopped up tailor, pilchards, prawns and mullet around bridges and rock walls at night. You should get into some bream, Moses perch and mangrove jack.
We should start to see the odd prawn getting around. Coombabah is a spot where you will get quite a few, not to mention Jacobs Well and Pimpama River!
January is set to be a cracker month, mid-January last year I caught my first jack on plastics. So get out there, catch a few fish and have a great month!Reads: 1749