February fun for all
  |  First Published: February 2008

Now that the school holidays have come to an end it’s a great time to head out and avoid the crowds. Even though there were heaps of fishos out and about throughout the holidays and long weekend the fish are still around in good numbers.

Tailor have been running through the bar and are as far in as the Powerlines. There has been no real size about them, but some of the best greenbacks have been nearing 2kg. The majority have mostly been choppers up to the kilo mark. But the best catches have been coming at night from the beaches of South Straddie. Other lucky anglers are doing well floating pillies along Kalinga Bank or out near the Jumpinpin Bar.

Muddies are coming up in good numbers, but you have to move the pots around a bit and try different baits as one pot might have 5-10 in it and the next one down is bare. The rivers are going well for muddies and you could try Tiger Mullet Channel, Tabby Tabby Island, Double Island and across from Cabbage Tree Point for some sandies.

Another quality jew was weighed in from Tim Lyne who caught it on soft plastics from near the Bar. This one went 10kg. That’s three months in a row now for Tim and I reckon he’d better leave some for the rest of us, eh? A few smaller school jew have come from Marks Rocks and from the Graveyard. We also had Jamie and Camo come in with a great haul of sandies, muddies, a top trevally and a decent squire – a great mixed bag.

Quality whiting are on offer along the drop offs of most channels using sandworms or bloodworms mainly at night near the bottom of the tide. The Logan River is going well producing the odd half kilo specimen, or you could try near the Powerlines, Slipping Sands and south of Russell Island.

There are still plenty of flathead on the go and they seem to be biting at all times of the day regardless of what the tide is doing. White, pink and green soft plastic lures are working well throughout the ‘Pin area especially near the bar on the sandbanks between North and South Straddie. Use small pillies, prawns, whitebait and froggies for bait and have a drift to cover more area and give yourself a better chance of landing a lizard.

As usual bream are everywhere you drop your line on pretty much any bait. The larger specimens have come from the surf off South Straddie, Kalinga Bank, Short Island and near the Powerlines at night.

Thanks for all your reports and keep them coming in. If you have any questions or would like to order some bait give Gem Bait & Tackle a call on 07 3287 3868 or email --e-mail address hidden-- . I’ll catch you next month

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