Trevally terrorising bait
  |  First Published: June 2015

Fishing has been up and down the past few weeks due to heavy rainfall and changes in water temperature, although it just makes the fishing more of a competition.

The odd jack is still getting around and the keen fishers are still hitting their successful spots and pulling fish. If you are keen to land a winter jack, use that same tactics as summer, but put a few more casts into that one spot.

Bream are improving in numbers as well with more fish hitting the 1kg mark, which is a great fish! You may find you are getting busted by a few stonker bream, so don’t be afraid to upgrade leader weight to 5, 6 and up to 8lb fluorocarbon. Try light lures and work them slow.

Flathead are another species improving in numbers. There’s a few small fish around but if you fish hard you will get the results. The usual sand flats, drop offs, rock walls and also bridge pylons producing fish.

Will Smedley was kind enough to give us an insight on fishing down south Gold Coast around Tallebudgera. The fishing has been up and down as well – one week firing and the next quiet.

Trevally are on after the recent rains as they like the clearing up conditions. Use small plastics that mimic small shrimp as they are pushing into the canals. You may even start noticing the odd school jewie caught.

Again, like I mentioned last month, there are still plenty of GTs, with a lot of big fish pushing the bait up against the rock and retaining walls. The best times seem to be between 5-7am and 4-6pm.

Now and the next few months is a great time for blade fishing as the water gets cooler. Most bottom dwelling fish won’t mind the look of your blade! I found last winter that darker and also baitfish like colours have produced most fish. One blade I will recommend is TT Lures 1/8oz Switchblade in brown mongrel, which accounted for solid bream, flathead and trevally.

Within the next month we will see some very low temperatures and water temperatures drop with the odd shower not too far away. I am very excited for winter, as the big long-nose trevally come out and play, they put up a great fight and can come in big numbers!

With the rain likeliness decreasing, it shouldn’t stir up the canals as much now, which will make for exceptional fishing. Once again, make sure you keep your leaders light, as the fish may tend to get finicky with what they’re eating around these times.

A few prawns are still getting around Jacobs well and Slipping Sands, it’s just a matter of finding them and making sure you have a good sounder. Once they’re on in that area, they are on, but not as many have been caught lately.

For the bait fishos, the usual techniques are working. Try the canal mouths where there is some nice flow. Trevally, bream, flathead and painted sweetlip are getting around at the moment. Great baits include prawns, pilchards, white bait and also anchovies.

In conclusion, June is set to be a cold month, although offering a range of fishing and plenty of fun. Fish hard and the results will come!

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