February rain should bring the bites
  |  First Published: February 2016

Temperatures are set to rise and we should see more rain. On the fishing side of things the weather has been playing a big part; rain has been beneficial in turning the bite red hot! A heavy downpour the night before or a light sprinkle with overcast in the morning while fishing gets me excited.

One species I’ve had great success on lately is flathead. Fishing anywhere from sand and rock walls to canal pylons has been very productive. Flicking blades in the canals is a great option, although it can be an expensive option, so make sure you know the structure where you’re fishing.

The Broadwater has been fishing really well – sand bar drop-offs, weed beds and deep water are all giving up results. One plastic that has done really well and that I feel confident in is the ZMan 4” StreakZ Curly TailZ in motor oil.

Our large river systems such as the Logan, Coomera and Nerang are all doing exceptionally well. The Logan is a great river system, with thick mangrove lined banks for jacks, trevally and so on. Jumpinpin produces large mulloway, flathead and bream. The Coomera and Nerang tend to produce more mangrove jacks and trevally.

Jacks will continue to fire with this rain and the slight drop in temperature from possible rain won’t affect them. This month will be a great month for surface fishing for bream, trevally and mangrove jacks in our canal systems, so it’s time to start digging out the surface lures and firing them around jetties and different types of structure. A surface lure I would recommend for early morning and late afternoon would be the Luckycraft Sammy 65 and Bevy Pencil and most ‘walk-the-dog’ lures.

Fishing the high tide seems to work best, as this is when the bait gets pushed up along the walls and there’s more water for predatory fish. Big fish have showed up around the north wall of Wavebreak Island in the seaway. As the high tide is receding, GTs and tailor are smashing and holding baitfish in the area. One tip is to keep your lures ready, as the fish bust up for a short amount of time and scatter, although most of the time they’ll come back and bust up a few more times.

Sharks of all sizes are being caught throughout the canals, The Broadwater and especially Jumpinpin for the larger models. Try using mullet fillets for the small sharks in the canals, and nighttime is the best time to tango with sharks. Stingray flaps or trevally frames are both good bait for the larger sharks in more open water.

Big mulloway are still around, and a range of plastics, vibes and live bait will work well on these big silvery ghosts of the estuary, as well as the smaller models throughout the Logan, Nerang and Coomera rivers.

In conclusion, February is an excellent month for a range of species, both in the canals and more open water. It’s a great month for all anglers. It’ll also be a hot one, so remember to slip, slop, slap! Don’t forget to check out my instagram: --e-mail address hidden-- all my recent fish captures! Catch you on the water!

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