Flatties still on the hit list
  |  First Published: November 2015

Summer is approaching and already we are seeing great signs of life in our waterways. November will be an excellent month for a range of species with mulloway still hanging around, plenty of mangrove jacks roaming the canals, flathead throughout the Broadwater and a stack load of bream!

Flathead are in good numbers, and they are currently being found around bridge pylons, rock walls and mouths of systems. Blades are a perfect presentation for these fish. Cover more ground by fanning your casts as you drift or anchored. Don’t be afraid to throw plastics around 5-6” or larger baits as flathead will be greedy.

I’m starting to see a lot more people coming into the canals flicking lures at jetties, and the first thing that comes to mind is jacks or bream. With warmer weather already rolling in we may see more late afternoon storms, and this is prime time for jack fishing, just before or after a storm jacks will fire them up, especially if it was a hot and muggy day. Although I wouldn’t recommend fishing for jacks in a storm!

A lot more GTs are in the canals, already I’ve encountered some solid fish, most coming from bridge pylons. The seaway pipeline is also producing plenty of fish. The more signs of bait, the more active pelagics will become, so finding good patches of bait will be beneficial.

Casting small plastics around bridge pylons or rock walls with some clear, flowing water is a great option for trevally. A plastic of about 2-3” with a jighead weight of around 1/8oz-1/4oz is a perfect. Moses perch have been plentiful lately, so getting through them is a must, but some persistence should result in a trevally or flathead! If you’re a bait fisher, live bait will definitely be the best option in these areas.

Blades have been working great at night, and they would have to be my go-to when the bite is tough. My favourite would be a dark colour that silhouettes at night. Cast blades around bridges, lights and sand banks for the best results. Try and fish them slow at night by letting your lure hit the bottom and lifting your rod slowly, making the lure work well through the water column.

The Logan River has been firing all throughout that system, and fish have been hitting both bait and lures.

Over to the Nerang River, whiting, jack and bream have been plentiful around the Council Chambers, so try fishing at night with live bait.

In the Coomera River, there’s been plenty of action from the mouth to the highway bridge, and I would try fishing rock walls in the early hours of the morning. If you seem to be getting snagged up a lot with a regular jighead, try using a TT Lures SnakelockZ jighead, these work well and keep that hook point away from any nasty structure!

In conclusion, November will be a month of hot weather, and the warming waterways will bring out plenty of fish and will hopefully turn the surface bite on! Bait fishing is also set to go off, especially at night!

Good luck to all anglers!

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